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Henrietta Hotel

London, United Kingdom

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The Premises 

We’d like access to Experimental Cocktail Club’s speed-dial. For the group’s first London venture, Henrietta Hotel – set in two elegant Victorian townhouses within nosying distance of Covent Garden’s main square – they’ve called on a top-of-their-game team. Hip maximalist Dorothée Mellichzon has brought Gallic elegance and the neighbourhood’s neoclassical grandeur to interiors; a pair of eccentric drink historians have reincarnated the townhouses’ colourful former residents in cocktail form; and for the kitchen they’ve nabbed a wunderkind Michelin-star-holder. Safe hands, indeed – we’ll see you there…

Henrietta Hotel

14-15 Henrietta St London, WC2E 8OHUnited Kingdom


Compliments of the House 

Two free cocktails from the bar a stay and VIP access to the Experimental Cocktail Club's bars

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Rates do not usually include the à la carte breakfast of pastries, muesli, fruit, juices and eggs any-way.


Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV; Revo sound system; Nespresso coffee machine with Cru Kafe capsules; Russell and Hobbs kettle; minibar with local goodies, including pre-mixed Experimental Cocktail Club drinks; bottled water; bath products.


Pack light – Covent Garden is renowned for its superlative high-street, high-end and independent shops, so it’s likely you’ll return home laden with souvenirs – mostly for yourself.


There’s a lift to four of the five floors and some of the larger rooms allow for wheelchair access. The London Eye Superior Terrace room under the eaves on the fourth floor is a little more intimate than others.
The hotel and the street it sits on have an impressive creative heritage; 17th-century painter Samuel Scott and actress Kitty Clive were one-time neighbours, and Henrietta Hotel’s main house was once the office of left-wing publisher Victor Gollancz, who greenlit work by raconteurs such as George Orwell, Kingsley Amis and John Le Carré.


The top-floor Grand London Eye Suite has that most coveted of London prizes: a just-big-enough-for-two balcony with a partial view of the London Eye. The bathroom also has a romantic claw-foot bath tub. Room sizes are generous for London hotels, even the cosiest categories have a two-person shower and his-and-hers sinks, but book a Executive Henrietta room for a little sitting area to socialise and clink cocktails in.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

Henrietta has secured Sylvain Roucayroll to devise its restaurant menu. New arrivals walk straight into the convivial hubbub of the ground-floor bar, beyond which guests dine on seasonal fare inspired by Corsica and the Basque Country (your chic navy and terracotta surroundings are a little bit French in style). The menu strikes a new chord in gastro-hub Covent Garden – reading it feels like a walk along a winding Mediterranean coastal path: start with jamón croquetas or truffle saucisson, perhaps, before moving on to beef tartare served with Basque anchovy and raw mushroom. To the back lies the open kitchen, where guests can watch Roucayrol’s team create and cook.

Liquid Bliss 

Backed by the Experimental Cocktail Club, the hotel’s drinks list is as theatrical as the musical numbers in nearby Theatreland. Drink historians – yes, it’s a thing – Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller (the brains behind slurpable Sipsmith gin) have looked to the hotel and neighbourhood’s storied past to inspire their quirky cocktail list.

Experience the Extraordinary 

Most Londoners would give their stiff upper lip to live this close to Covent Garden. Those with a penchant for purchasing could spend days in the boutiques laid out around the market, along Neal Street, Long Acre and beyond; high-street brands and high-end wares are well represented; groomed gents should sweep Henrietta Street for Fred Perry shirts, hand-lasted Cheaney brogues and authentic military jackets from Nigel Cabourn. Ladies can buy Burberry trenches, Jo Malone scents, Aesop lotions and Urban Decay make-up on King Street, which runs parallel. Neal Street is lined with quirkier boutiques and Neal’s Yard is home to the equally fragrant (for very different reasons) Neal’s Yard Remedies and Neal’s Yard Dairy – both excellent souvenir stops. The London Transport Museum is an intriguing look at the thing Londoners love to grumble about, and the London Film Museum has an array of intriguing celluloid artefacts. Come evening, it’s showtime in Theatreland; take your pick of musicals, comedies, dramas and more – some starring bona fide celebs – in Covent Garden’s myriad theatres: The Lyceum, Cambridge, Aldwych, Wyndham’s, the Garrick… boards are always being trodden somewhere.


Set within the range of a hawker’s cry from Covent Garden’s market square and the Actor's Church, Henrietta Hotel sits by hip boutiques and renowned restaurants on Henrietta Street. The Strand is a five-minute walk away.


London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports, the arrival points for international flights from all over the world, are both an hour’s drive away. Call Smith24 to book international flights or hotel transfers.


Covent Garden and Charing Cross Tube stations are both within a 10-minute walk from the hotel. The Heathrow Express zips passengers to Paddington in 15 minutes; from there, ride the Bakerloo Line to Charing Cross. The Gatwick Express pulls into Victoria Station after a 30-minute journey; from there hop on the Tube to Covent Garden. If you’re visiting London for a while, invest in an Oyster Card an


The joy of parading around London is coming across lesser-known restaurants and quirky backstreet bars; driving can be a stressful affair, and parking even more so… If your legs start to tire, the Tube will swiftly carry you from A-to-B. If you arrive by car, the nearest charged parking is at the NCP, a 10-minute walk away.


14-15 Henrietta St London, WC2E 8OHUnited Kingdom

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