This 35-room combo of Edwardian townhouses is warm and intimate with a country home feel, and in a great location for exclusive West End shopping. With wonderful boutique perks such as the free English afternoon tea (guests at other hotels will have to pay at least a £15 premium to enjoy such a tradition), free pre-dinner champagne, and free hot chocolate before bed, it’s hard to find much at the Draycott to complain about. Unless, of course, your priorities are a pool and fitness center, both of which the hotel lacks.
With a beautiful red brick Edwardian exterior and delicate Victorian antiques filling the interior, the Draycott is rich with period history. At an intimate 35 rooms, the vibe is more akin to a cozy country home than a hotel in one of the most bustling cities in the world: The Drawing Room is old-fashioned, with plush fabric sofas in flowery patterns, while the Library shows off an Edwardian fireplace complete with intricate period woodwork. Unique, endearing touches such as the meticulously hand-painted elevator doors and individual guest letterboxes complete the boutique charm.
Rooms are comfortable and spacious, each one themed and styled after a prominent figure in English theater. Biographies, portraits, and even a small dossier are provided to help familiarize you with your highlighted actor or actress -- a brief but delightful introduction to the world of English drama.
Five minutes from Sloane Square tube station, on the border of Knightsbridge and Chelsea
Formerly a bohemian quarter in the 19th century where artists, radicals, and poets used to convene, Chelsea now serves as a roost for investment bankers, film stars, and pop singers such as Kylie Minogue. The transformation is complete with King’s Road and Sloane Square now serving as favorite shopping spots for wealthy clients; even the Saatchi Art Gallery, home to some of the capital’s more interesting contemporary art, hosts auctions to multi-millionaire investors who buy "exotic" pieces by oppressed and tortured Chinese political prisoners.
Knightsbridge is primarily an affluent, toffee-nosed shopping and residential area, populated by well-heeled locals, Middle Eastern leisure and business guests, and the working immigrant class that holds everything together. Home to of some of London’s wealthiest residents (such as Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich), this is also the famed hangout spot for Arab boy racers who reportedly fly in their supercars for the summer and spend their days and nights racing around the local streets in £180,000 Lamborghinis.
5-minute walk to Sloane Square, Saatchi Gallery, and King’s Road shopping district
15-minute walk to Knightsbridge shopping district, including designer shops and Harrods
15-minute walk to Hyde Park
15-minute walk to the Victoria and Albert Museum
7-minute tube ride to South Kensington station, the Natural History Museum, and the Science Museum
10-minute tube ride to Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, and scenic walks along the Thames
14-minute tube ride to Notting Hill Gate and Portobello Market
15-minute bus ride to Hyde Park Corner station and Buckingham Palace
18-minute tube ride to Trafalgar Square, National Portrait Gallery, London ICA, Tate Modern, and the South Bank
20-minute tube ride to Piccadilly Circus and the theatre district
23-minute tube ride to Covent Garden and more theatre district