LON­DON CALLING

Sched­ule a mini-break in one of the cap­i­tal’s new­est bou­tique ho­tels

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BEST FOR OLD-WORLD CHARM Ket­tner’s Town­house A year shy of its 150th an­niver­sary, the Soho so­ci­ety in­sti­tu­tion Ket­tner’s – which Napoleon III’S chef Au­guste Ket­tner opened in 1867 and was there­after fre­quented by roy­alty, as well as the likes of Os­car Wilde and Agatha Christie – closed down in 2016. The Grade Ii-listed Ge­or­gian build­ing has now been taken over by the Soho House em­pire and re­opened as a 33-bed­room hotel with a restau­rant and Cham­pagne bar. Note the Wil­liam Mor­ris tex­tiles, hand-painted wall­pa­per and 1920s chan­de­liers (from £225 per night; ket­tner­stown­house.com). BEST FOR COCKTAIL HOUR My Chelsea The new­est branch of the My Hotel group has opened on a Vic­to­rian boule­vard in SW3. The in­te­ri­ors, cour­tesy of Lon­don prac­tice De­sign Haus Lib­erty, are in­spired by the bor­ough’s an­nual RHS Flower Show: ar­chi­tec­turally pared-back, but big on botany. We love the green­hous­es­tyle lobby with brass bar and vel­vet chairs (from £169 per night; my­ho­tels.com).

BEST FOR AFFORDABILITY The Pil­grm This Padding­ton guest­house aims to re­lax tra­di­tional hotel rules: there’s no for­mal check-in ( you do so online) and the café feels like a friend’s sit­ting room. There are vel­vet arm­chairs, book­shelves with ferns trail­ing from them, and home­style cook­ing – from a plate of Bri­tish char­cu­terie to Jerusalem ar­ti­choke soup (from £99 per night; thep­il­grm.com).

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