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An artful experience in Soho

1 June 2018

A boutique offering in the heart of the city, Soho Hotel turns any London stay into an experience to remember

Some hotels are merely a place to rest your head after a long day outdoors. Others are meant to be experienced. Soho Hotel is very much in the latter category.

Quietly tucked away from the West End hustle and bustle in Richmond Mews, it’s one of London’s most stylish and popular boutique establishments. Designed by owner Kit Kemp, it’s part of Firmdale Hotels, which also include Charlotte Street Hotel, Covent Garden Hotel and, their signature, Ham Yard.

One thing Soho Hotel guarantees is space. The other is the eclectic décor. Its 96 rooms eschew the minimalism of many competitors for a more artistic, colourful and quintessentially English style. A 10-foot sculpture of a cat by Colombian artist Fernando Botero greets you as you enter the lobby, setting the scene for what you can expect during your stay, while other works of art are dotted throughout the hotel.

It’s not just art either; it’s the deft little touches that make for a memorable experience. Our suite included a turntable and accompanying collection of classic vinyl records by the Beatles, Elvis, Jimi Hendrix and Frank Sinatra, adding a shade of “Swinging Sixties” London to the living areas.

At Refuel Bar and Restaurant you can enjoy a selection of starters and tapas dishes, as well as a varied menu of main courses, while the bar is a popular post work and weekend destination. Breakfast is available on room service at all hours of the day.

Stepping out, Soho’s many bars and restaurants are literally metres away, while the theatre district is only a few minutes walk. However, given what the Soho Hotel has to offer, many guests will no doubt be more than happy spending a good few hours indoors as well.

Words: Ali Khalid