I always struggle when I’m asked for suggestions on where to stay in London. There are plenty of hip hotels in East London, or luxurious options in central but where can you have a completely memorable stay in this crazy chaotic city? My new recommendation for those visiting London for a minibreak is the The Napoleon, London’s smallest hotel.
The Napoleon Hotel’s single suite bedroom is located above three well-known cocktail bars: Black Rock (a whiskey emporium), The Devil’s Darling (for the finest classic cocktails) and Sack (a sherry & tapas concept). The glamorous vintage bedroom has plenty of space and includes a super-king sized bed, lavishly decorated lounge area, voice-activated Spotify music, LED TV and an extensively stocked minibar. The luxurious bathroom has a decadent roll-top bath and Aesop toiletries.
The room is full of character, with carefully chosen velvet furniture, quirky artwork and a bold multi-coloured carpet which I particularly loved. We quickly settled in, and once unpacked concentrated our attention on the cocktail room-service options which are delivered by the in-room dumb waiter! There are order slips for all three bars and you just simply tick which drinks / snacks you desire and send it down to the appropriate bar in the lift. A quiet ‘bing’ will notify you of your cocktails’ arrival to the room!
As we are both whiskey geeks we chose two drinks from the Black Rock, the ‘fruit’ and the ‘spice’ cocktails, both short and strong with lots of aromatic flavour. We were also delighted to discover a set of Aske Stephenson Bottled Cocktails to take home with creative pre-mixed cocktails like Cigar & Coffee Manhattan and Sesame and Popcorn Daiquiri.
After our round in the room we headed down to The Devil’s Darling for a nightcap. We sat at the bar and chatted to the knowledgeable bartender about our favourite cocktail bars around the world. Here the cocktails are more traditional but the experienced mixologists can whip up anything you wish or make you something off menu to suit your preferences.
For breakfast, guests are invited to wander across the road to Modern Pantry – where you’ll receive your choice of hot or cold dish from the menu, along with coffee or juice. This stylish spot serves up one of the best breakfasts in town so I was delighted to be back dining here. We opted for the vegetarian halloumi, spinach, poached eggs and tomato and the Honey roast oats, seeds and nuts with grated apple, pomegranate and Greek yoghurt. It was all delicious.
The Napoleon room rate starts at £180, which seems very reasonable considering the exclusivity of the hotel. For a special night in London I can’t imagine finding a more memorable place to stay.
More information and book a stay at The Napoleon Hotel here.