Home House: a stately home away from home in central London

Home House: a stately home away from home in central London

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  • The environment

    Founded in the 18th century and designed by the architect of George III, House House it is undeniably opulent, oozing with luxury in every glass of champagne. No need to pack your corsets or tiaras though, as Home House somehow manages to blend stately elegance with casual comfort and whether you’re in your jeans or evening gown, you’ll fit right in.

    Although notorious on the party scene, Home House also offers an oasis of calm in which to escape the bustle of London. Split across 3 interconnecting townhouses, the private members club offers a variety of bars and restaurants, a gym, sauna and steam room, however the good news is you don’t need to be a member to experience how the other half lives; since now you can book yourself a stay in one of the 23 club rooms. So, what are you waiting for?

    The rooms

    Classified as club rooms, specialty rooms and suites, each and every Home House room has been individually designed to blend Georgian grandeur with all the luxury and modern conveniences you expect to see today. We stayed in the frankly palatial Lady Islington Suite, which was larger than most London flats. Complete with a four-poster bed, dresser, parlor chez and writing console from which to conduct your correspondence, the suite evokes notions of Bridgerton, the only thing missing: Regé-Jean Page. The Lady Islington bathroom set deserves a whole paragraph. His and hers sinks, one of the most powerful showers we’ve ever experienced, and a soak so deep you almost need a life jacket. Combine this with wall-to-ceiling red marble cut from the same stone used in St Paul’s Cathedral, luxurious Penhaligans toiletries and fluffy monogrammed towels to create the perfect pampering palace.

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    The food

    With food and drinks served in 3 bars, 3 lounges or lounges, the main restaurant, and a courtyard garden, there’s no chance your glass will run dry. We reclined for a couple of hours in the drawing room sharing some champagne, nocellara olives and truffle fries, while the gentleman next to us had tea and porridge and the table opposite partook of some afternoon tea. The point is; It’s a homey atmosphere and almost anything you fancy is possible.

    Then we moved into the main restaurant, no need to change clothes, and took a window seat overlooking Portman Square. Designed by Russell Sage, the ornate cornices and ceiling, thick full-height velvet curtains, and sumptuous fabrics and textiles are sympathetically designed, while modern artwork brings the space back to this century and provides a conversation starter. interesting in case the conversation runs out. We had the Coronation Chicken Terrine for dinner, a triumph, and the Wye Valley Asparagus was equally delicious. The pea and asparagus risotto was earthy and nice but, like many risottos, lacked a hint of full flavour. The chicken ballotine with chorizo ​​and beans was perfectly cooked and the roasted pineapple with coconut chili lime sorbet was the perfect ending to a well-prepared meal. The restaurant defines itself as “brasserie-style dining, showcasing the best of seasonal British produce” and they have succeeded.

    Breakfast serves all the classics and is done exceptionally well. The perfect poached egg benedict, fresh squeezed juice (not the concentrate bought here!), and a tasty mashed avocado on toast rounded out our lineup. You can tell a lot about a place by the quality of its sausage and we can confirm that the sausage at Home House is top notch, as are the fries.

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    Home House is not your average London hotel. There is over 200 years of history poured into every nook and cranny and the experience is eccentric, grand and unique. If you’re bored with the whitewashed walls and soulless uniformed experience offered elsewhere in the capital, make sure you book a room at Home House for your next visit to London, we can assure you you won’t be disappointed.

    Visit the Home House website To book your stay, rooms start at £269 a night.

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