It is a quirky small location, on a charming minor avenue – smack bang in the coronary heart of Covent Backyard. Blink and you are going to miss it most likely, but that is partly what tends to make Henrietta Hotel one particular of London’s finest beneath-the-radar gems.
Aspect of the Experimental Team’s portfolio of achingly-hip inns, dining places and bars, the 18-bedroom townhouse was the very first London resort from the team when it opened in 2017. The Experimental Team was fashioned in 2007 by three childhood mates – Romée de Goriainoff, Pierre-Charles Cros and Olivier Bon. They burst on to the bar scene with the – now legendary – Experimental Cocktail Club Paris. After Xavier Padovani joined them in 2010, the group ongoing its progress and opened the Experimental Cocktail Club in London’s Chinatown. Due to the fact then, there have been beach golf equipment, restaurants, wine bars and hotels across the United kingdom, Usa and Europe.
Even though each job is diverse, the ethos driving them all is the same: characterful, charming, laid-back and modern. All of these attributes can be found at Henrietta Lodge, which retains a amazing vibe with its witty touches, and it has also tweaked its giving for 2021, with a new dining notion and programs to expand on the similar avenue.
Apart from its amazing area, part of the pleasure of staying at Henrietta Hotel is the quirky inside structure by Dorothée Meilichzon. A darkish and moody palette – feel: navy and burgundy with touches of rose pink – is blended with retro touches that really feel virtually Art Deco in style. Outsized, bold headboards – influenced by Venetian arched doorways – are assertion items in their possess ideal, whilst bulbous velvet armchairs have a vintage 1970s feel. Mirrors, polished brass lighting and marble surfaces give a glossy end and during robust shaping is vital, with curves, fifty percent-moon, circles and scallops supplying a playful aesthetic. The powder-pink loos, in the meantime, sense totally fashionable, with marble attributes, black bistro tiles on the ground and subway tiles in the shower.
At the coronary heart of the Experimental Group’s ethos is a potent target on food and consume, and listed here at Henrietta Lodge there is no exception. Given that re-opening, put up-Covid, the hotel has collaborated with Italian Supper Club to lead its eating – in the freshly named Da Henrietta restaurant – in a refreshing path. Headed up by food items and wine fans Toto Dell’Aringa and Silvio Pezzana, Italian Supper Club, initially established in 2011, is now an founded identify in the entire world of supper clubs, pop ups and underground dining places. The pairing brings an additional ‘of-the-minute’ dimension to Henrietta Resort, with a new menu taking visitors on an immersive journey alongside the Italian west coastline.
Encouraged by the wealthy cuisine of Liguria, Toscana, Lazio, Basilicata, Campania and Calabria, diners will be in a position to soak up the most effective of southern Italian foods society, with a variety of conventional Italian pasta dishes, Italian Supper Club’s accurate space of experience (the ‘Bucatini with Calabrian Anchovy, Pecorino and Chilli’ is a standout).
The menu is nicely concise, unfussy and lends itself to sharing – a lot like you’d locate in a neighbourhood trattoria. ‘Piccoli’ dishes consist of a excellent ‘Vegetable Pickles Giardiniera’, freshly-designed (and light-weight as air) ‘Grilled Bread with Devon Crab, Confit Yolk and Monk’s Beard’ and a delectable flavour mix of ‘Buffalo Mozzarella Treccia with Melon’. ‘Grandi’ dishes, meanwhile, element pastas (of study course), this sort of as the aforementioned Bucatini and the mouthwatering ‘Casarecce with Oxtail Ragout’. There’s also courgette performed 3 methods with smoked courgette purée and stuffed courgette bouquets, lamb with salsa verde and cod with new potatoes and fresh new herbs. For dessert, ‘Burnt Amalfi Lemon Tart’ will transport you to the sunshine-drenched Amalfi Coastline.
Just launched is the hotel’s ‘Italian Date Night’ bundle (setting up at £250), which features an right away continue to be and four-class evening meal with a focus on matched wine pairings. Sourced from compact producers located on Italy’s west coastline, there is a Greco from Campania, a Cesanese from Lazio and a Gaglioppo from Calabria (all indigenous grape varieties of the area).
Ideal for a staycation – let us face it, there’s no much better time to rediscover London than at the instant – the resort is an personal hideaway. Bedrooms are sultry, the cafe has lower-lit nooks and crannies (there’s also a mezzanine stage where you can be even more ‘hidden away’), and there is a excellent buzz to the spot no make a difference what time of working day you dine there.
Last but not least, and one particular to set on the look at-record, is Henrietta Hotel’s enlargement ideas for afterwards this summer. The lodge will open up a greater sister home, reverse to its present handle on Henrietta Avenue, with 40 bedrooms and continuing its determination to “authentic hospitality”. Check out this place.