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Halkin by Como, London

1 February 2015

Words: Mark Evans / Image: HALKIN BY COMO

In a city teeming with iconic hotels, the Halkin stakes a claim as London’s very first boutique hotel. Housed in one of the capital’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, Belgravia, the Georgian-style property is, as you’d expect for such surroundings, elegant, impressive and a tad exclusive. That exclusivity means peace and quiet – no bad thing in our book – and a clientele largely made up of groups from the Middle East, Russia and, perhaps, the odd passing movie star. 

While the hotel’s exterior, resplendent with its beautiful Portland stone facade and arching windows, is very much in keeping with its traditional neighbours, the interior of the 41-room Halkin opts for a more contemporary approach, with uncluttered spaces, soft, earthy hues and clean lines. It’s a clever mix that works well. The key, however, is location; some of London’s most stellar addresses are only a short walk away (incidentally, the hotel is owned by Christina Ong, founder of Mulberry, who certainly knows luxury when she sees it) – perfect for the well-heeled visitor.