The Mitre Hampton Court – East Molesey, Surrey

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Set on the banks of the River Thames, overlooking the magnificent Hampton Court Palace, this new opening has already become a firm favourite with those in the know. Its history is quite the draw: housed in a Grade II-listed building dating back to 1665, it was originally used as ancillary accommodation for guests of King Charles II. Interiors-lovers will swoon at the design, too. Here, Nicola Harding has curated the most photogenic individually styled bedrooms, all named after historical references linked to the hotel. Choose from views over the Thames, palace or charming internal courtyards. Then there’s the fantastic culinary offering. The Orangery has one of the largest riverside terraces on the Thames, along with the world’s first Whispering Angel concession – a blissful space for rosé sundowners as swans and little boats glide by. Grab one of the bay window tables at the riverside brasserie 1665, before ending the night at the popular Coppernose brasserie and bar. 

Doubles from £180

+44 (0)20 8979 9988; mitrehamptoncourt.com

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