Capital gains: small rooms with big appeal
If you compromise on space, you can stay in a London hotspot at a great rate. lists her top five
Batty Langley’s, Spitalfields
The Box Room at Batty Langley’s has been given as much attention as the other 28 rooms in this jewellery box of a hotel (look for the salamander tap). The cleverly designed space resembles a ship’s cabin: the vanity unit is modelled on an 18th-century china cupboard; while behind mahogany doors lie a shower room and loo. Other touches include a French Regency sleigh bed, a south-facing window, a compact desk with USB ports, a concealed flatscreen television and REN toiletries. Should you get cabin fever you can pick up a drink from the honesty bar and head to the communal courtyard.
From £195 per night telegraph.co.uk/tt-battylangleys
The four Tiny Single rooms at Mimi’s Soho follow the same velvety, 19th-century feel of the rest of this hotel, whose mantra is compact luxury. Each comes with Frette linens, free mineral water, air-con and a rainforest shower with Molton Brown toiletries. Note that the rooms really are teeny-tiny and only three have windows; one comes without. You’ll spend most of the time in Henson’s bar anyway, sipping on cocktails and snacking on croque monsieurs. The real clincher is the fact you’re in the heart of Soho, on the corner of Frith and Bateman Streets.
From £95 per night telegraph.co.uk/tt-mimis
Dorset Square, Marylebone
The original hotel of Tim and Kit Kemp’s Firmdale group is in buzzy Marylebone, just a skip from the Underground station. It suits those looking for boutique shopping and a neighbourhoodly vibe – head to the Monocle shop, KJ’s Laundry and The Conran Shop for one-off pieces, and to luxe-but-oh-so-cool Chiltern Firehouse for a nightcap. Dorset Square’s Single Rooms have been dressed with similar patterns and colourful verve as the rest of the