Top 10 Hip Hotels in London
Controlled chaos sets the tone at this diamond in the rough.
Half rough, half luxurious, this hybrid delight sits a stone’s throw from Kings Cross Station and welcomes artists, musicians, the curious and the experimental. Enter the house and you will find the wallpaper stripped off, the floorboards laid bare and Gilbert & George staring out from a giant painting. Sit in a black armchair made from genuine muppet skin (!) and flick through "Monocle" magazine or a 1987 A-Team manual while waiting for Leo, the homeowner. Rough Luxe is deliberately distressed, but guests won’t be. Eight double bedrooms sit on three floors reachable via a tiny winding wooden staircase only. Leave big suitcases, wheelchairs and anyone with vertigo at home. Rich velvet bedspreads and sumptuous curtains contrast with crumbling walls and peeling ceilings. The top floor bathroom has a magnificent copper bathtub sitting under original half-stripped fifties wallpaper and a huge rain drip power shower. Two beehives on the roof provide honey for breakfast and wax for homemade toiletries. Rough Luxe offers no bar or restaurant, but does a meat-free continental breakfast of yogurts, cheeses and breads at a communal wooden table, under a poster declaring "THIS IS SH**" --- though the hotel is anything but.