Spread across five beautiful white stucco Victorian townhouses in buzzing Notting Hill, The Laslett is part of Tracy Lowy’s Living Rooms collection of elegant, superbly located London addresses. Inspired by the neighbourhood’s rich cultural heritage, it takes its name from Rhaune Laslett, an activist who organised the original Notting Hill Festival, forerunner of the famous Carnival. The interior, with walls hung with carefully chosen photographs and paintings, features a dynamic ground floor, more local chill area than hotel lobby, with a library, an eclectic antiques shop and The Henderson Bar and Coffee Shop which serves a daily evolving menu of simple, seasonal dishes, home-made cakes and tip-top cocktails. Rooms and suites are classic but cool, looking and feeling like a very stylish private home, where Penguin Classics for bedtime reading rest comfortably beside British-designed furniture and works by local artists.
Doubles from £220
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The Design Museum in Kensington is devoted to contemporary design in every form, from architecture and fashion to graphics, product and industrial design.
At Sally Clarke’s restaurant on Kensington Church Street serving delicious simple, seasonal food with a daily changing menu.
Curios and natural history treasures from Jerome Dodd’s Little shop of curiosities at The Laslett.
CLAIM TO FAME
Russell Henderson, a Trinidadian musician and a founder of Notting Hill Carnival, was the inspiration behind the eponymously named The Henderson Bar.
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