The Lost Poet, Notting Hill, London

The Lost Poet, Notting Hill, London

Bold, beautiful, but decidedly diminutive, this smartly dressed Notting Hill hotel enchants with its debonair style in miniature.

a neighbourhood flush with Instagrammers, a little modesty
goes down well. But don’t mistake the unostentatious door of this
dinky Victorian townhouse wedged into one of Notting Hill’s pastel-toned terraces as a sign of
subtlety. Step beyond the low-key entrance and you’ll find a
guesthouse that dares to be different.

Offering a home-away-from-home approach, The Lost Poet
is a place that fans the fantasy that, on arrival, you’re entering
your very own private Notting Hill flat. The property – dreamt up
by the acclaimed Cubic Studios, based nearby – entertains the
infatuation. Ignoring “big”, we’d reach for “bold and beautiful”
when describing the interiors: geometric wallpaper, loud modern art
and bespoke furnishings juxtaposed with Portobello Road antiques.
This is a guesthouse rooted in the borough’s eclecticism and
drawing on dynamic British brands throughout its design. There’s
Maison C wallpaper here, House of Hackney there; armchairs clad in
vivacious Timorous Beasties fabric; and artwork from east London’s
Nelly Duff on the walls.

And yet, from the front, you’d never know. It’s a place to be
cocooned in, hidden from the TikTokers dancing outdoors, in your
own little slice of Notting Hill nice. We’re smitten.

An orange sofa in a corner at The Lost Poet, a boutique hotel in Notting HIll
Colourful details at The Lost Poet in Notting Hill


With just four rooms connected by a rickety staircase, this is
an intimate guesthouse. Think of each suite as a debonair London
gentlemen, dressed smartly with bucketfuls of Bond Street style,
and accessorised with locally sourced, playfully repurposed
antiques that add well-heeled character. Behind their
pastel-painted doors, each of the four spaces wears a dedicated
colour palette that runs from the geometric Spanish bathroom tiles
to the quirky local artwork. In one, old-school science lab benches
are used for panelling (with a Colman’s-yellow velvet sofa
beneath); in another, washed rouge pairs with soft pink, replicated
in the frolicking nude bodies of the House of Hackney bathroom
wallpaper and the wacky bed cushions printed with a Soviet
astronaut. Opt for the botanically inspired penthouse (our
favourite), to linger in a froth-filled roll-top bath à la Juliet
Roberts in Pretty Woman (trust us, it’s much nicer than the Notting
Hill tub), before sipping a carefully mixed cocktail or mocktail
from the minibar on your own private roof terrace.

Whichever room you’re in, you can expect king-sized beds,
air-conditioning, a Nespresso coffee machine (with fully
compostable pods from London coffee shop Grind), plus a TV,
Marshall speaker, a minibar stocked with complimentary cocktails
and water and bathroom toiletries from Evolve Beauty.

A forest-hued bedroom at Notting Hill hotel, The Lost Poet

What’s for breakfast?

A canvas bag delivered to your door each morning acts as a
gastronomic guidebook to Notting Hill’s best restaurants. You can
pick from fresh pastries baked at Ottolenghi’s Ledbury Road branch, with lashing of
salty butter and jam (the “naughty” menu), or chia seed pots from
The Sloe Kitchen (the “nice” alternative), plus a
bottle of fresh orange juice. Still peckish? There are ample
breakfast spots nearby for a second banquet. Head to Lowry &
at the other end of Portobello Road for homemade granola
and smoked salmon-topped English muffins.

How about lunch and dinner?

The Lost Poet doesn’t have a restaurant, but all rooms come
equipped with a handy map of the hotel team’s nearby favourites,
many of which offer discounts to guests. Try Taqueria for
excellent tacos, or dip into Franklin’s Wine
for an evening glass amid elegant interiors.

We could write a guidebook on our favourite Notting Hill
restaurants a little further afield, but if you made us pick, we’d
tell you to head to Farm Girl for feel-good lunchtime feasting on baked
Turkish eggs, coconut BLTs and crunchy salads, then land at
Orasay for
loch-fresh Hebridean dishes in tranquil surrounds.

Is there a bar?

No, but you’ll find beers and cocktails in your room. Tea and
coffee can be ordered from reception.


Refreshingly few (if we can say that). This is a hotel made for
city breaks in a town that has it all, so anything you need is just
a walk or tube ride away.

Given the 24-hour nature of the capital, the hotel uses a smart
Flexipass app for access – so you can come and go using your phone,
but the concierge is contactable 24/7 by text in case you need any
help or recommendations.

A yellow-toned hotel room at The Lost Poet, a hotel near Portobello Road Market
A green-hued suite, The Quarters, at Notting Hill hotel, The Lost Poet

What are the hotel’s eco-credentials like?

Small but serious. You’ll find complimentary water bottled up in
reusable containers, the loo roll is recycled (but still plush) and
full-sized, British-made toiletries are offered in the bathrooms.
All lights are LED or sensor-triggered, to help save energy.

What about accessibility?

There’s no lift and the ground-floor room is bijou, so
wheelchair users will find it difficult to navigate.

What’s the crowd like?

It’s mostly adults (children must be over 12, unless you’re
booking all four suites), but you’re unlikely to see other guests.
Bar a few Boglioli-besuited legs whisking upstairs, and an Away
suitcase rolling through a doorway, we didn’t meet our

Within a short walk I can find…

The haughty grande dame architecture of Kensington and Holland
Park, interspersed with pastel-perfect streets; the pristine
greenery of Kensington Gardens; and a congregation of our favourite
London boozers, including The
Churchill Arms
, The Mitre and The

The hotel sits on the uncrowded curve of Portobello Road’s
quieter end, so you’re steps away from the famous market, and close
to Notting Hill Gate tube station, too.

Come evening, end your night tuned into the syncopated saxophone
sounds at Notting Hill Arts Clubs or catch one of the latest
flicks at Electric Cinema.

Things I should know

This is a Victorian townhouse, so don’t bring too much luggage –
the stairs are steep and the rooms don’t have space for more than a

The Lowdown

Rooms cost from £200 a night, including breakfast, and
from £1,370 for the four rooms exclusively.

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