The Portobello Hotel – Notting Hill, W11
In room 16, Kate Moss and Johnny Depp filled the Victorian bath with champagne, Alice Cooper kept his snakes in it, and Tim Burton flooded the room by leaping from the bed into the bath and back again. The Stones, U2, Tina Turner and many other starry names from music, fashion and showbiz also stayed at The Portobello in its heyday. A few years ago it was given a new lease of life by Peter and Jessica Frankopan of A Curious Group of Hotels, which includes Cowley Manor, L’Hôtel in Paris and Canal House in Amsterdam. Today’s look encapsulates the bohemian spirit of Portobello Road in the Swinging Sixties and that famous bed and bath are still there, among many other items from the hotel’s decadent past. Rooms, however, have been brought forward and the decoration judiciously updated using bold colours. Even the minute attic rooms have been cleverly enlarged. There’s no restaurant but breakfast in bed and sharing boards in the sitting room are on offer, as well as an honesty bar with antique crystal glasses from Portobello Market.
Doubles from £185
+44 (0)20 7727 2777; portobellohotel.com
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