A former boarding school, home to Sigmund Freud and birthplace of WWII codebreaker Alan Turing, this charming Little Venice hotel has history to spare. Guests looking for a quintessentially English hotel experience will find the refined décor and old-fashioned style to their tastes as a visit here feels akin to slipping into a scene in a period drama. Located in the quaint neighbourhood of Little Venice, the Colonnade Hotel also has the benefit of the attractive canal system on its doorstep for guests to wander.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The old-fashioned look is laid on thick so if weighty drapes and shimmering wallpapers are a little too dated for you then look elsewhere.
A hotel born out of two Victorian terraced townhouses, the rooms at the hotel are charmingly mismatched, with some feeling the pinch of space and others blessed with kooky mezzanine levels and plenty of room to lounge around. The décor goes big on the traditional style and guests can expect four-poster beds, gold carpets and plenty of gilt frames peering down from the walls.
Rooms come with a handy smart device for guests to take out and about with them.
Compact bathrooms with combined shower baths lose the gilded look of the rooms but that might be a plus for some.
From the Blue Plaque on the outside of the property to the grand entrance lounge, history is your bedfellow at the Colonnade Hotel. Embrace the fussy golden details and homely country house appeal, you don’t find many like this anymore.
The basement Banu restaurant swerves away from the hotel’s typically English vibe and takes guests on a culinary tour of the tastes of Persia.
The hotel serves a daily afternoon tea in the restaurant.
Tucked out of the way to the West of the city, the charming Little Venice is all about the meandering canal system that guests should take time to explore. Very much a leafy, local’s neighbourhood, the main London attractions are all a short journey away. To get around, use Warwick Avenue Station to connect to the Underground, from where central London is around a 14-minute ride away. Take a short taxi ride to the west to explore Notting Hill and Portobello Market.
Had enough Persian cuisine? Then head to Gogi (9-minute walk) for a change of tact with some trendy Korean barbecue. Light-filled and laidback, Yasmeen 18-minute walk) is a great place to go for Lebanese food after a long canal walk.
One of London’s favorite theatre bars, the Bridge House (6-minute walk) bar is located beneath the excellent Canal Café Theatre, the best place in the neighborhood to catch a drink and a fringe theatre show. To match the hotel’s history, head to the ancient Warwick Castle (4-minute walk), a gorgeous pub that has been serving the area since 1867.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Not one to change too much to accommodate new trends and changes in style, the grand Colonnade Hotel sticks to its historical roots and impresses with its commitment to an old-fashioned English style. We love the four-poster beds, the quirky suites and the warm hospitality.