One of London’s best kept secrets

Henry’s Townhouse sits in the heart of Marylebone on Upper Berkeley Street and is one of London’s best kept secrets. A true boutique bolthole, this four story, six-bedroom property has now opened up as a hotel for the very first time, in addition to exclusive use bookings.

Steeped in history, Henry’s Townhouse was inspired by Jane Austen’s favourite brother, Henry, who lived at this esteemed address in the 18th Century, at the height of Regency London society. The building has been loving transformed back to its former glory by Owners Steven and Jane Collins, alongside Russell Sage Studio. The interiors blend the Georgian glamour of a bygone era, with hand-picked fabrics, curated artwork and antiques (many directly from Steven and Jane’s private collection), paired with the modern amenities expected in a luxury hotel.

Thanks to Jane, Henry’s is colourful, vibrant and playful with hidden nooks and crannies at every turn, from honesty bars to a secret outdoor terrace with London rooftop views, to the Carriage Snug modelled on a railway carriage of times gone by. Henry’s Drawing Room is a sophisticated, intimate space, ideal for afternoon tea or a glass of wine with friends or family after dinner. Next door, guests will discover Jane’s Reading Room – Henry’s largest reception room, which combines comfortable but formal seating finished in beautiful velvets and subtle prints, antique furniture and a grand crystal chandelier with modern day amenities (all present yet sophisticatedly hidden). The Monsieur Halavant’s Pantry is a panelled, Georgian-inspired, kitchen and dining room. This is where guests enjoy breakfast (one of the best in London), meetings or private dinners and celebrations. Nothing is out of reach at Henry’s and the space can be transformed with intricate floral displays and table décor. Musicians and entertainment can be arranged, as well as award-winning private chefs.

Choosing one of the six bedrooms to reside in is the only challenging task when staying at Henry’s Townhouse. Each room represents a different member of the Austen family and their personal story, while fabrics, furniture, antiques and pieces of art have been hand-picked by the owners Steven and Jane Collins, some of which comes directly from their own personal collection. While guests may feel like they have stepped back in time, Henry’s offers all the modern amenities one would expect in a luxury hotel, from Dyson hair dryers, fully-stocked mini-bars and organic bathroom amenities to flat-screen TV’s hidden within the bed frames.

HOW: Henry’s Townhouse starts from £595 per night and £4170 per night on an exclusive use basis (minimum two-night stay required).

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