Cap­i­tal gains: small rooms with big ap­peal

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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

Mimi’s, Soho

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

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