High Road House, Chiswick

High Road House, Chiswick

and informal, the vibe at High Road House is positively horizontal. For those
looking to ease into London life, Chiswick is a great starting
point. Slow-paced, local living in the carpus diem and at a zippy
20-minute drive to Heathrow Airport, it’s a great incoming (or
outgoing) London posting.

Plotted right in the middle of Chiswick High Road, the Georgian
terraced townhouse lives up to its “home away from home”
reputation. Ilse Crawford was the original designer here, so
Scandinavian-influenced interiors are par for the course. In the
clubhouse, scout the contemporary art collection, with pieces by
Elizabeth Price, Ryan Gander, Mark Wallinger and a host of emerging


Running over three floors, the hotel is shoe-box sized but packs
in all the essentials – brilliantly British food classics,
super-friendly staff and a Cowshed shop conveniently located next
door – proving home is a moveable (and purchasable) thing.


Comprising of 14 bedrooms, guests can choose from three room
sizes. The Tiny Room is intimate and cosy with just the bare
essentials, while the Small Room, is, despite its name, quite
sizeable and airy; seafoam-green walls add to the sense of space.
For those whole really like a lot of space, the Play Room will not
disappoint. All rooms come with the same amenities – Cowshed
products, styling iron, minibar, Marshall radio – plus king-size
beds fitted with Egyptian-cotton sheets. Other in-room staples
include Eames chairs, butcher-tiled bathrooms and some of the best
homemade salted caramels we’ve ever tasted – ready for devouring on

What’s for breakfast?

Choose from hot breakfasts (think pancakes or a full English)
pastries and a variety of bowls – from acai to bircher muesli.
There’s also a fairly extensive drinks menu to work your way
through – choose from house press juices and some great smoothie
combinations (the vegan beet and charcoal blend has brought people
back from the brink).

How about lunch and dinner?

Enjoy lunch or dinner in the clubhouse or at the public
brasserie downstairs. The former is designed in a retro-modern
style, combing industrial elements – think exposed brick, gold
accents and velvet finishes synonymous with Soho House.

Serving classic, British-style dishes, the menu features
Blythburgh pork chop with hispi cabbage and apple alongside
fish-finger sandwiches and macrobiotic bowls (cauliflower rice,
vegetables and turmeric cream). The latter offers a similar menu
with an interior that is slightly punchier than upstairs thanks to
bulbous lighting and brightly patterned floor tiles. If you want a
calmer dining atmosphere, the club is the way to go.

Is there a bar?

On the second level, you’ll find the bar lounge-cum-dining-room.
Come after 9pm, when all cocktails on the “9 After 9” menu cost £6.
Choose from nine classics – we opted for the pisco sour to start
and chased it with an espresso martini.

In the basement, there’s an addition bar/lounge space with DJs
on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays making for a club


This is a compact hotel so amenities are limited.
Schwarzenegger-types can avail of a local gym, 10 minutes down the
road, free of charge. On certain nights, movies are played in the
basement, but if the screening is booked out, grab a spot on one of
the low-level sofas and play board games until the early hours (or
at least 9pm when the drinks offer chimes into action.)

Things you should know

Close proximity to Heathrow airport makes this a great
alternative to heinous airport hotels – even if you have a red-eye
flight to catch.

High Road House often run a series of offers – from multiple
night stays to bed and breakfast offers – so planning your stay in
advance is advisable; particularly for the bougie set, who can’t
resist a bargain.

Within a short walk you can find…

Next door there is a Cowshed shop, so stock up on all those
lotions and potions you’ve self-identified with over the course of
your stay (yes, I am quite the “moody cow”). One door down from
High Road House is The Old Cinema, a deceptively large
antiques shop that’s worth scouting if you’ve a room that needs an
upcycle. From kitsch Americana to period antique, Mad Men-style
rosewood to hardcore industrial, you’re unlikely to leave empty
handed. For a change of scene, No 197 Chiswick Fire Station – a cacti and
velvet couch brunch spot and cocktail bar – is a great option. Also
open for lunch and dinner, starting or ending your day here is to
see this place at its best.