Finally a gorgeous new hotel in Notting Hill and it’s based on everything local. The Laslett is named after popular local activist Rhaune Laslett whose small Notting Hill Festival in the 1960s eventually became the massive Notting Hill Carnival we know today, and the the bar is named Henderson Bar after the founder of the Notting Hill carnival, Russ Henderson. Locals are employed here and SideStory curated tours are on offer for the guests. sidestory.co After a day out sightseeing visitors can come back, have a relaxing Neal’s Yard Remedies bath and then roll on some smellies from Couverture and the Garbstore.
Founder Tracy Lowy, who grew up here, says: “It’s all about British, all about local.”. Art work is also all by British artists like Becky Beasley and Laura Bartlett and there are prints by Biba founder Barbara Hulanicki. “The concept was to create a townhouse hotel. It’s very ‘unhotel’, we want it to feel as if you are in someones fabulous house. The 51 rooms span five restored terraced houses made into one hotel. Architect Tom Bartlett has created calm and beautiful spaces with unusual, quirky pieces by Jerome Dodd, made by him and from his shop Les Couilles du Chien in Golborne Road. The bench (pic right) is made by Pinch and based on one found in a Holland Park girls school.
In a glass case at the entrance to the hotel is a carefully displayed pair of Victorian shoes that were found beneath the floorboards during the building’s renovation. Victorians hid shoes and other garments, caches, to bring good luck and fertility to the home. We hope it works here.
It’s open all day, so if you are meeting for a coffee or drink before the cinema it is in a great position, a stone’s throw from Notting Hill tube at 8 Pembridge Gardens. the-laslett