The Laslett, London, UK

Occupying a row of five stucco townhouses, this smart hotel was named after Rhaune Laslett, founder of the Notting Hill Carnival.

Like Notting Hill itself, The Laslett is very smart and a little bit boho. Occupying five alabaster-stone townhouses on Pembridge Gardens, this reasonably-priced boutique hotel blends into its residential location with minimal signage and a discreet entrance. Inside, the creative and sophisticated interior is full of local art, cabinets of curiosities, bookcases packed with books on music and design, and furniture made by British craftspeople. Named after Notting Hill Carnival founder Rhaune Laslett, the hotel has an authentic sense of place and pays homage to the subtle eccentricity and cultural heritage of the neighbourhood. 

Who stays here? 

Creative West London types, flew-in-from-LA-this-morning types. Perfect for those looking for a quiet, leafy stay on Central line.


51 good-sized bedrooms feature art and curiousities (with an in-room art guide for those interested) piles of Penguin books, dove-grey walls, unbleached linen curtains, parquet floors and high ceilings. The ubiquitous mini bar has been replaced with a ‘big bar’ well stocked with full-sized essentials.

Monochrome bathrooms have rain showers, full-size Ren toiletries and robes embroidered with the Living Rooms logo.

Food and drink

The Henderson Bar, named after a musician from early Notting Hill Carnival days, serves coffee, drinks and snacks in the snug bar and library. The library is an intimate space of soft seating, bookcases and artwork. During Summer months, the outdoor terrace is a lovely spot for an aperitif in the evening sun.

Design details

Communal areas were designed by architecture studio Waldo Works to be high-end yet quietly whimsical. There is a subtle celebration of British craft with furniture by designers past and present including Pinch and Race, Nocturne Workshop and classic 1945 BA chairs by Ernest Race. A curiosity cabinet next to the repletion desk is filled with bits and bobs from local antiques dealership Les Couilles du Chien, with everything available to purchase.


Staff are welcoming and pleasantly informal. This is the first hotel in the Living Rooms group, which specialises in extended-stay apartments. All the right things have carried over – thoughtful interior design, privacy and unobtrusive service.

Packing list

You’ll fit in fine with a smart and artsy wardrobe, mixing vintage pieces with London designers.

Getting there

Notting Hill tube is a minute away. The Gate and Electric cinemas, Portobello Road Market and the boutiques and cafe of Ladbroke Grove are all within 15 minutes’ walk.

8 Pembridge Garden, Notting Hill, W2 4DU
From £200