London's eclectic boutique residence
This diminutive, 38-room, boutique hotel is situated at the edge of leafy Dorset Square in the heart of London, occupying a Regency townhouse that’s positively crazed with the sport of cricket. Dorset Square was the site of Thomas Lord’s first cricket ground, and the hotel has adopted a cricket-centric theme — framed vintage bats and uniforms dot the walls, and cricket balls act as doorknobs. Designer Kit Kemp decorated each guest room (which, minus the door knobs, are all cricket-free) in a different style, so no two rooms are alike. Our room featured padded walls covered in a navy fabric, a gray jersey headboard and hot pink pillows on the bed — a whimsical spin on the typical British style.
One of the best features of the hotel is its large, comfortable drawing room, which features a mish-mash of unique furniture and a large fireplace. In the basement, you’ll find The Potting Shed Bar & Restaurant, which serves three meals a day plus afternoon tea with a menu of English brasserie-style favorites. All that same food can be called up to your room via room service, which is just one of the hotel’s many perks. You can also borrow a laptop or iPad from the front desk and book an in-room spa treatment.