The Lime Tree Hotel, London, hotel

Lime Tree Hotel – Belgravia, SW1

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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 last 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 whole world away from the heady bustle of nearby Sloane Square.

Doubles from £150

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The Lime Tree Hotel bedroom
The Lime Tree Hotel restaurant
The Lime Tree Hotel sitting room