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WHAT WE LOVE...

Location barely gets better than this: sitting opposite the South Kensington underground station inside four handsome white townhouses with pillared porches and tiled entrances, The Pelham is a handy bolthole for a weekend away in London. Understated from the outside but sumptuous inside, the Italian-owned hotel's bedrooms are each entirely unique, with splashes of colour and excellent views of the hubbub that makes South Kensington such an enjoyable place to stay. There are lovely public lounges for relaxing with a drink or newspaper, and owing to its Italian roots, a quirky little trattoria in the basement where you'll find hearty pasta dishes in the evening.

THE DETAILS

Location

One of London's favourite bakeries, Gail's, is directly opposite for mid-morning pastries and coffee.

You're within walking distance of the Natural History Museum, Harrods and Hyde Park.
By car: around 4 hours from Manchester and 2 hours 30 minutes from Bristol.
By train: Marylebone station is a 15-minute drive away; South Kensington tube is a 2-minute walk. thetrainline.com

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Style & Character

The Pelham is a romantic bolthole, ideal for couples or single travellers seeking a little luxury in the centre of London. The wallpaper in the hotel's so-called "elephant room" is incredibly charming, as are the restaurant's quirky artworks painted by a local Italian artist.

Service & Facilities

The wood-panelled lounge was made for lazy Sunday mornings with a newspaper and cup of tea.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Board games
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rooms

Room 102, a regal suite fit for royalty, has mesmerising views down South Kensington's main streets and a supremely comfortable super-king bed. The generously-sized Penhaligon's toiletries were a real treat.

Superior Room, Deluxe Room, Executive Room, Junior Suite, King Suite, The Mews
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, pillow menu, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

The pre-dinner strawberry-infused negroni was the real highlight of the bar, and the wine from Alfredo Russo's own vineyards was a perfect pairing. The Tiramisu is well worth loosening your belt for!

La Trattoria: Italian cuisine with an innovative twist. Dishes include handmade orecchiette, seabass fillet and risotto. All-day menu, open Tue-Sat. Breakast served daily.

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