Lime Tree Hotel – Belgravia, SW1
It’s rare to find an affordable hotel in central London; even more so in smart Belgravia. But the Lime Tree is just that, and what’s more it has the air of a place in the country, with painted furniture and breakfast menus chalked jauntily on blackboards. Matt and Charlotte Goodsall took over the guesthouse, which is spread across two grade II-listed townhouses, from Charlotte’s parents more than a decade ago. After a major six month refurbishment this year, this delightful bolthole has 28 simple, stylish and homely bedrooms each with pretty geometric patterned cushions and a Roberts Radio, and Bramley goodies in the bathroom. There’s also a new cosy guest lounge and The Buttery, a café-style restaurant (open to the public) full of chatter where friendly staff serve up delicious breakfasts and an all-day menu of light lunches, homemade cakes and savoury treats. When the weather allows, relaxing outside in the peaceful walled garden feels like having discovered a magical secret oasis, a world away from the bustle of nearby Sloane Square.
Doubles from £150
+44 (0)20 7730 8191; limetreehotel.co.uk