Blink and you’ll miss it. Seriously, an unassuming doorway at the Hyde Park end of Kensington High Street is all that tells you that this is where The Hux Hotel is. You could easily walk right passed if you weren’t looking for it, but those who are in the know are in on one of London’s best kept secrets.
Described as a ‘clandestine boutique venue’, The Hux Hotel comprises a collection of rooms, each tastefully bathed in rich jewel tones and sumptuous velvet – think deep teal, navy and jade, offset with ochre, fuchsia, forest green and mirrored gold accents, an aesthetic that runs throughout the hotel. We stayed in one of the Petite Double rooms which, while fulfilling the ‘petite’ promise (this is London after all, where square footage comes at a premium), provides ample space for a couple on a city break.
Plus, a stay at The Hux grants you access to the private members bar downstairs, where you can melt into one of the super squishy sofas with a cocktail in hand and listen to the live band that plays late into the night (in the daytime you’ll find breakfast, brunch and snacks served here). While you’re there, make sure to admire the ‘eccentric’ decor – think taxidermied animals aplenty (we spotted flamingos, crows, penguins, parrots, zebras and peacocks during our stay), butterflies suspended in bell jars, foliage tumbling from the ceilings and vintage posters bearing slogans such as ‘If it’s not weird I’m not interested’, which just about sums up the Hux’s approach to design.
With Kensington Palace a stone’s throw away, Kate and Will are basically your neighbours when you stay at The Hux (it’s rumoured the Duke himself occasionally patronises the Hux’s piano bar for an evening nightcap), plus you’re perfectly situated for exploring the fashionable areas of Kensington, Knightsbridge and Belgravia – including all the excellent shopping and eateries the area has to offer – as well as the rest of the city.
From £150 a night for a Petite Double room; book your stay at The Hux Hotel at huxhotel.com.