Dean Street Townhouse Soho House — boutique hotel living
In London Soho is one boutique hotel that easily qualifies for the ‘blink and you might miss it’ category. Dean Street Townhouse London is located in one of the trendiest areas, with some of the best restaurants and bars within seconds’ walking distance.
Dean Street Townhouse London – a short history
Occupying no. 69 and 70 Dean Street, London, carpenter John Meard built the Georgian residences in 1732-1735. Famous past residences include King Charles II’s mistress Nell Gwynne as well as other notable aristocratic families of the time. The residences then became a centre for sculptors, architects and artists to meet and hang out. Given the creative history of its patrons, it was fitting that private members’ club, Soho House, took over in 2008.
The clubs serve as private establishments for people in the creative industries, with 18 locations across Europe and North America. Clubs around the world include Soho House Berlin, Barcelona, Chicago and Manhattan. Along with restaurants, most clubs also have their own accommodation, workspaces and spas.
Dean Street Townhouse London – the hotel
Though part of a private members’ club, non-members are able to book at Soho House establishments and dine at the restaurants. It’s a great option for business travelers that want to work, while also entertain clients in a unique space. To visit for a drink at any of the bars, it’s advisable to email reservations and book before arriving.
Dean Street Townhouse has 39 bedrooms, with room sizes ranging from tiny to big. The tiny and cozy-sized room come with double/king-sized beds, Egyptian cotton sheets, and rainforest showers. They also have the ridiculously comfortable Soho House velvet armchairs in every room.
The medium and big-sized rooms, however, is where the luxury factor comes in. With a space of 365 and 460 sq ft respectively, these rooms come with king-sized beds, velvet armchairs, and a generous shower room and toilet. The best feature by far is the freestanding bathtub, which hints to the hotel’s Georgian heritage. Views in these rooms overlook Dean Street or the courtyard round the back.
“The best feature by far is the freestanding bathtub, which hints to the hotel’s Georgian heritage.”
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On entering the room, soft lighting welcomes you, as does the sound of classical music playing on the vintage radio. The décor matches the classic style of the rest of the hotel, and reinforces the Soho House ‘home from home’ sentiment.
Look out for the personal touches in the room. The excellent Cowshed Spa has branches in many Soho House clubs, and there are plenty of products at your disposal. Organic, award-winning, and containing wild-crafted plant extracts, you’re guaranteed to feel renewed after a long soak in the bathtub.
Don’t forget to eat…
Though its London location is within seconds of some of the top restaurants and eateries, you must try the hotel’s restaurant. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, its large velvet armchairs, and curved bar with barstools extends its old-school elegance.
Brunch here is hearty, delicious and good value. Many people mistakenly think they’re going to cry when the bill arrives, but I assure you it’s not the case. Kick off brunch with one of their excellent Bloody Mary’s, or a healthier smoothie if you’re nursing a hangover.
I chose the ham hock hash (try saying that in a hurry!) and fried duck egg. It comes with a rack of warm toast, which was perfect for soaking up all of the gooey rich yolk. The cocktails here are worth indulging in too — especially the Lemon balm fizz, which contains my favorite Prosecco.
For vegetarians and vegans, there are tasty options, such as the heritage beetroot salad and potato dumplings. Diners on a gluten-free diet are also catered for, with plenty of meat, fish and veggie dishes to choose from.
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“It comes with a rack of warm toast, which was perfect for soaking up all of the gooey rich yolk.”
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Till next time,
Happy boutique travels X
Dean Street Townhouse, 69-71 Dean Street, London, United Kingdom