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 from Charlotte’s parents and, after extensive renovation and redecoration, have created a delightful bolthole, with the added bonus of a garden, complete with lawn and potting shed. There are 25 simple, stylish and homely bedrooms, with pretty fabrics and personal touches. One has a small terrace and garden access; another has ‘bookshelves’ wallpaper across one wall that hides the door to the bathroom. Staff are notably friendly and helpful, and single travellers are particularly well looked after. There’s a cosy sitting room, awash with the latest glossy magazines, and breakfast is served at your table in a room full of chatter that feels like home.
Doubles from £185
+44 (0)20 7730 8191; limetreehotel.co.uk
Go for a riverside cycle ride on a Boris Bike.
Indulge in a slap-up lunch at the lovely Thomas Cubitt gastropub.
Browse the colourful local boutiques on Elizabeth Street.
CLAIM TO FAME
The two Grade II-listed townhouses that form Lime Tree were joined together a century ago and have been welcoming travellers from around the world ever since.
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