Here’s a well-kept secret, one that combines the luxury of a top hotel with the intimacy of a guesthouse. Ladies, solo or otherwise, love it. Why wouldn’t they when it’s a designer bag’s swing from Harrods and Harvey Nichols? The Levin is the baby sister of The Capital, almost next door. If The Capital is small, The Levin is tiny: 12 bedrooms arranged around a staircase that spirals through five floors, with a dramatic, shimmering installation, mimicking a chandelier that cascades down the stairwell. The lobby has beautiful duck-egg blue walls, with a feel of the 1930s, and the minute lift is a nostalgic throwback. The bedrooms are the sort you may never want to leave: suave, with particularly good lighting, a selection of interesting paperbacks and – best of all – the champagne bar, with all the ingredients, including recipes, for the perfect champagne cocktail. Tucked away in the basement is The Metro, the hotel’s elegant little bistro. Doubles from £245.
Name to Know: Front of house manager Lorena Somera, who works to offer the guests a little something extra. Ask her to recommend the best boutiques in the area.
See: The Levin is just a short stroll to some of London’s most renowned museums including The V&A and the new Design Museum.
Eat: Next door at the Michelin-starred , the sister hotel of The Levin.
Buy: Indulge with a treat from Food Halls, only steps away.
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