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Hazlitt’s – Soho, W1


Hazlitt’s – Soho, W1

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Hazlitt’s is the real deal: as genuine, amusing and revealing a hotel as you could hope for, especially in seething Soho. It’s named after the radical essayist and master of English prose, William Hazlitt. He died in poverty in 1830 at number six Frith Street, one of three adjoining town houses that the owners, experts on the Georgian era, fashioned into Hazlitt’s in 1986. A fourth building behind was converted to create a sitting room with an honesty bar and an additional eight bedrooms, reached by a lift. As befits an establishment with such literary connections, the hotel is popular with authors, who leave signed copies of their works when they depart. The sloping, creaking floorboards have been retained and the rooms, decorated with antiques, busts and prints, are individually furnished, with splendid bathtubs and Victorian fittings in the bathrooms. Like the rooms in its distinctive sisters, Batty Langley’s and The Rookery, they are delightfully different from other London hotels. Doubles from £269.

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Name to Know: All rooms are named after people who lived either in the hotel or locally. Ask the staff about the colourful Teresa Cornelys.

See: Take some time to browse the selection of books donated by visiting authors such as Bill Bryson, JK Rowling, Ted Hughes among others.

Eat: Right in the heart of Soho, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to food. For a classic London spot, visit J Sheekey seafood restaurant.

Buy: A theatre ticket, since you’re in the neighbourhood.


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