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The Laslett

Stylish 51-bed townhouse in Notting Hill

So many hotels claim you can live like a local, but at The Laslett you actually can. Located on a quintessential Notting Hill street, it’s a one-minute walk from Notting Hill Gate tube, a few minutes to Portobello, a five-minute walk to Hyde Park, and 10 minutes in a taxi to the West End. You can truly get anywhere in London easily from this location and Heathrow’s an easy drive or train, too. The Laslett is part of the Living Rooms group, a collection of rooms, suites and residences with four London locations.

The Hotel

Five elegant white townhouses make up this boutique hotel. Just moments from a main street, you’d never know it as you feel 100% residential here. Walk out the front door and join neighbours commuting to work, or hide away on the hotel’s tranquil, heated front terrace.

The Vibe

If you had a wealthy friend that lived in Notting Hill, and had a butler – that’s the vibe here. Check in is slick but it’s more of a counter than a desk, which keeps things less formal. Their restaurant buzzes, especially in the mornings, with hotel guests and business breakfasts, and their living room seems to act as a home away from home for many locals, too. This is an extremely friendly place, both via staff and guests.

The Rooms

There are five different room categories across the 51 rooms, ranging from a ‘spare single room’, which are perfect if you are passing through, to a spacious master bedroom suite, with floor-to-ceiling French doors and neighbourhood street views.

As for the design, every detail has been carefully considered and curated here – from the vintage Penguin books, record collections and player to the quirky artwork and standout carnival book, which is a nod to the hotel’s heritage (the hotel was named after Rhaune Laslett, the community activist and organiser of the original Notting Hill Festival, which is now of course known as Carnival).

The mini bars are a highlight: suites have silver cocktail shakers, facial masks, adapters, candles and good wine. Snacks are on the healthy side, and there’s a Nespresso machine with several caps (which is much appreciated as so many good hotels scrimp here). Bathrooms have chic black and white tiling, award-winning Votary botanical products, and bath salts for soaking. Rooms have USB plugs, umbrellas, luxurious thick curtains and carpets, too.


There’s always something going on at The Henderson Bar & Kitchen, which is the restaurant here. They have breakfast until 11, and brunch from 12-3/3:30 (even on weekdays, which is nice). They have a set vegan lunch menu and dinner is served until 10PM, with a small overnight menu that takes over until breakfast.

Menu highlights include: for breakfast, broad bean guacamole with chipotle and roasted vine tomatoes on sourdough, and a brioche bun with sausage patty, fried egg, sriracha mayo and rocket; for brunch, chorizo hash with harissa cream cheese and a black bean burger; for dinner, harissa chicken and orange polenta cake; and for overnight, their toasties which include tomato and cheese, cheese and ham hock, and chocolate and banana options. Their cocktails are made largely with boutique spirit brands, and they have special wine, cheese, and charcuterie nights (Mondays), as well as other seasonal nights; follow them for timely news.


Their Recharge Room, where treatments are done, is styled like a bedroom, but with a massage table and products. Light streams in, upbeat music is played and the pops of colour make you wonder why more spas don’t have décor like this. Treatments are based on things for travellers and include IVs with vitamins for recharging and a hand treatment for rehydration, and 30 minutes in their Ozone Sauna really helps with jetlag. They also have non-invasive facials that use a MesoJet machine (first in the UK) for antiaging and skin toning, as well as reflexology and massage.

As for working out, you’re a quick jog to Hyde Park, and close to fitness options in Notting Hill like SoulCycle and pilates.


This is a cosy place. It’s truly special to feel like you’re at home – but with room service, a spa, and great service. We love the books in the living room too; the perfect accents of colour. And the banana plants, we’ll be trying those at home.

Anything Else

Notting Hill is hot, hot, hot right now, so if you want to check out any of the local restaurants (like Dorian, Strakers, The Pelican, Gold, The Ledbury, The Cow, Core by Claire Smyth, we could go on…), be sure to book well in advance.


The Laslett is located in Notting Hill, West London.
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Originally published on
12th February 2024


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