London, United Kingdom

York & Albany

Rates per night from$188.21

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Best of British


Right by Regent’s Park

York & Albany hotel keeps good company. Set right off London’s Regent’s Park, the elegant building was designed by Regency architect John Nash, while Russell Sage came up with the stylish and elegant interiors and Gordon Ramsey dreamed up the restaurant. Needless to say, it's no surprise that the rooms, restaurant and bar are all favourites of England's tastemakers.

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A glass of prosecco each on arrival


Photos York & Albany facilities

Need to know


Nine, including one suite.


11am. Check-in, from 3pm.


Double rooms from $188.21 (£146), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates usually includes a Continental breakfast (full English is charged at £5 extra, and there's a tempting à la carte choice).

At the hotel

Wine bar, DVD library and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, coffee machine, kettle with a selection of teas, fresh fruit, free bottled water, a selection of books and magazines and bathrooms stocked with the White Company or Green Spring products. iPod docks are available on request.

Our favourite rooms

The two deluxe rooms on the second floor (Rooms Eight and Nine) overlook Regent’s Park’s leafy green stretch. The suite feels like a private loft apartment, with its own separate entrance accessed from a short staircase outside. Inside, it’s decked out in neutral hues, with an art deco desk carved from syrup-brown wood, heavy pieces of antique furniture, soft silk wallpaper and a vivid red rug.

Packing tips

Some vintage threads to match the antiques; a picnic hamper for sunny days in Regent’s Park.


The bar and ground-floor restaurant are wheelchair-accessible, as is one of the superior rooms (Room Seven).


Little Smiths are more than welcome – the hotel provides crayons and colouring paper to keep them busy. The restaurant has a menu tailored to tots.

Food and Drink

Photos York & Albany food and drink

Top Table

Sit out on the courtyard if the sun is shining, or head downstairs to the lime-green banquettes and watch the chefs at work.

Dress Code

‘Smart casual’ could have been invented for York & Albany – though the atmosphere is relaxed, the setting is stylish. Be as tactile as the surroundings and pair a silk-crepe shirt or vintage lace top with jeans.

Hotel restaurant

The restaurant is spread across three dining areas: the bar, a ground-floor dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows and a bright basement space overlooking the open-plan kitchen. Offerings are hearty and traditional with dishes such as Harissa roast lamb rump with ratatouille, and roast sea bream with pak choi and samphire, followed by a selection of British cheese or mango rice pudding for dessert.

Hotel bar

In the 1920s, York & Albany was a pub, and the bar still has the kind of warm, relaxed atmosphere that you can keep you in your local from noon ’til night. The soothing palette of mushroom, taupe and aubergine gets a shot of drama courtesy of splashes of black – leather chesterfields and a glittering black and glass mirrored bar. If you prefer a glass of wine to a pint, pop into the wine bar in the stables of the former coaching inn. Its cobbled floors and exposed brick walls have a Dickensian charm, and the wine list merrily skips from Patagonia, to the US to France, picking up their best bottles. Pair your plonk with charcuterie from Cobbled Lane in Islington and Brit cheeses (Bosworth Ash, Berkswell, Brighton Blue and Tunworth). Small plates such as salt and pepper squid, and salt-baked beetroot with goat's curd, tempt too.

Last orders

Dinner is dished up until 11pm Monday to Saturday (9pm on Sundays) and drinks are served in the bar until midnight.

Room service

The 24-hour room service spans the full menu during the restaurant’s opening hours, or a range of alcoholic and soft drinks during the night. You can also order snacks from the bar or grab some very upmarket takeaway pizzas from the hotel's pizzeria.


Photos York & Albany location
York & Albany
York & Albany 127-129 Parkway Regents Park
United Kingdom


The drive to London Heathrow will take around 45 minutes by car, depending on how good the traffic is to you.


Eurostar travellers will be pleased to know that 10 minutes in a cab will get you to or from St Pancras. As far as London Underground services go, both Camden Town and Mornington Crescent Tube stations (on the Northern line) are a five-minute walk away.


You’ll find the hotel overlooking Regent’s Park, on the northern edge of the central park. There’s street parking available, but watch out for meters and permit requirements.

Worth getting out of bed for

Regent's Park and London Zoo are just across the road, so be sure to promenade round the park and admire the animals.

Local restaurants

You'll find a host of hip eateries around St. Pancras; our favourite dishes include the Big Bombay platter from Dishoom (the dish lives up to its name and is laden with Akuri, char-striped smoked streaky bacon, peppery pork sausages, masala baked beans, grilled field mushrooms and tomatoes and home-made buns), the thick-cut veal venison from German Gymnasium and the slow-roasted lamb shoulder at Granary Square Brasserie. Gilgamesh delivers pan-Asian goodies (dim sum, tempura, sushi, curries and co.) in glitzy surrounds – you can WAG-spot as you dine. Finish off with a cocktail or three, as the restaurant is a short stumble away on Chalk Farm Road.

Local bars

Art gallery by day, music venue by night, Proud’s building used to be a horse hospital. It’s a great place for cocktails, conversation and dancing, and it’s not far from the hotel, at Chalk Farm Road (+44 (0)20 7482 3867). Join the Camden cool kids at the Hawley Arms, at 2 Castlehaven Road (+44 (0)20 7428 5979) – look out for Amy Winehouse’s beehive. The Engineer, on a quiet corner in Primrose Hill, is a casual pub serving breakfast, lunch and dinner – don’t miss the American-style pancakes with honeycomb butter. Part of a dying breed of privately owned London pubs, the leafy, walled garden is perfect for a pint, or alfresco dining in warmer months (+44 (0)20 7722 0950).


Photos York & Albany reviews
Allegra McEvedy

Anonymous review

By Allegra McEvedy, First lady of fast food

‘I’m taking us away for a romantic weekend,’ says pregnant Mrs Smith to her (not-pregnant) Mrs Smith. ‘Excellent, where?’ she replies, Parisian hideaways and Moroccan oases virtually visible in her thought bubble. ‘Regents Park!’ I say as quickly and enthusiastically as I can, watching her face crumple ever so slightly before regaining its usual glow. But Mrs Smith and I have indulged in away weekends in our hometown before and there are serious plus points... 20 minutes to pack, doing door-to-door in under half an hour, and locals who speak the same language.

Let me set the scene. We rock up at York & Albany about 7ish on Friday evening; it isn’t a spirit of adventure that prevails, more a couple of broken spirits the result of brutal work weeks for both. Opening the door to this boutique boozer, we’re bombasted by Camden trendies on their Friday night out. Mrs Smith’s eyes light up in a way that I’ve learnt means ‘martini!’. This worn-out preghead is more tempted to spray venom on the assembled crowd. Not the ideal start to a romantic escape.

As the bar and restaurant is all that most people know about Y&A, it’s with great delight that I'd like to nudge you beyond the Gordon Ramsay-polished front of house to the demure hotel part of this beautiful Regency building. Like Dorothy and Toto post-twister, we pass through to the other side, an entirely contrasting setting. Chatter is replaced by calm; where we saw trendies we see trees; and in place of rowdy comes roomy. Cue these Mrs Smiths find the ticket to their dreamy weekend away.

Food, as you can imagine, is important at this stylish London stay. So it is after regrouping in our attic room, we head eagerly down to supper. A table-booking tip: I say, book a table downstairs. The ground floor is a dining room in the usual Gordon group get-up (not that noteworthy, more indiscriminately posh); in the burgundy bordelloey space below diners can eat next to an open kitchen. Bringing colour and life to the dining experience, we think we’d have preferred the subterranean option. The culinary highlights for us? A raviolo with garlic potato puree and a poached hen’s egg inside. Silky spuds + oozy yolk = sexy plate of food. Other memorables are a great lamb dish with a prize-winning salsa verde – well, I’d have given it a prize if I’d had one to hand – and a salted caramel parfait accompanied by a pear sorbet that brings clarity to all senses.

Flanked by Grade-I listed buildings, Regents Park and a pretty canal, the York & Albany is situated on the crossroads of a somewhat sprawling London junction. So we’re not expecting such peace to greet us as we breakfast downstairs on Saturday morning. It is as though we’ve been transported from a corner of NW1 to a private lodge in the country thanks to leafy park views, minimal traffic and a wonderful sense of space afforded by the fine Regency architecture and its huge windows. Reading the hotel’s literature, I glean that this fine John Nash building was a 1820s coaching inn and for a moment I feel a world away from modern-day London. Over home-made yoghurt with seasonal fruit – for once, this word that’s lost meaning through overuse, applies to our strawberries and raspberries – and we plot the rest of our day in NW1.

Camden Market, with all of its bustle and people-watching, is a 10-minute walk away – perfect for those after the full-on London experience. Having done it to death as a teenager, I have different plans. A weekend this close to London Zoo surely has to incorporate a some gorilla gawping. So we stroll to one of my favourite foodie pubs the Lansdowne in Primrose Hill for some pre-primate Bloody Marys (for the missus) and a spot of lunch. Our afternoon of animal ogling is rounded off perfectly with tea and cakes back at our lodgings. This has honestly been one of our best Saturday afternoons in the city in a long time.

Now, a confession: we move room for our second night. The first was in a smallish boudoir right at the top of the building where we enjoyed gorgeous park views. And a game of ‘How on earth did they ever get that huge wardrobe into the room?' Also a round of ‘How many variations on beige can the decor include? (From walls to curtain, all trims are differently textured hessian hues.) Still, it isn’t taupe overload that drives us out, but the lack of a bath. This hippo-sized Mrs Smith (with nearly complete baby hippo inside) needs somewhere to wallow. And the move proves a good one: although we’ve lost the treetops, they’re adequately replaced with tub enough for a bloat of hippos – my new favourite collective noun. Plus the original Regency details in the ceiling and the four-poster bed win top marks. A bed that ends up playing a bigger role in our Saturday-night story than we were expecting.

I’ve made reservations at nearby restaurant Market on Parkway, but after the excitement of the day and the calming cake, a nap seems in order. You know where this is (or isn’t) going… Several hours later we come to. Befuddled by the fact it’s nearly 9pm, we apologise to the restaurant and order room service and a movie. This is no club sandwich scenario. Picture a full-on gastronomic experience thanks to an excellent bar menu; exemplary polpette and a stunning pinot noir from the cellar – all without leaving our bed. Lying under the canopy of our four-poster, I’m the antithesis of the person I was 24 hours earlier. I can’t remember being this happy and chilled – and certainly not in the Capital. So, in the words of Gordon himself… job done!

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in York & Albany’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The staff were wonderful so helpful and made us feel very welcome. Ideal location as has has easy access to London tube and buses. Mo hassle eating and a great bar.

Don’t expect

Gourmet dining.


Stayed on 5 Feb 2019

We loved

The size of the room, nice bar downstairs.

Don’t expect

The restaurant isn't great.


Stayed on 4 Sep 2018

We loved

The friendly staff and good food at reasonable prices. A comfortable and well appointed room in a quiet location. The jewish museum is different, unusual but informative.

Don’t expect

Luxury, but instead have a comfortable night's sleep.


Stayed on 16 May 2018

We loved

We loved the supremely comfortable king-size double and the friendly and accommodating staff, both in the hotel and the restaurant. The food was great. The hotel was peaceful and quiet, exactly what we were yearning for having dealt (!) with a newborn for the last month.

Don’t expect

Views over Regents Park werent as pretty as hoped. A function of the time of year (we visited in winter) but also because its on a busy road and junction - and the single glazed windows mean you can hear the traffic (it is London, after all).


Stayed on 1 Jan 2018

We loved

The room was beautifully accessorized with an enormous comfy bed. The bathroom was stunning with delightful toiletries. Wished we had tried the family Italian down the road! Lots of local interesting pubs with good pub food.

Don’t expect

Loads of hot water. We couldn't work the coffee machine – what happened to a kettle, flask of cold fresh milk and tasty teas and coffees?


Stayed on 27 Oct 2017

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