York & Albany

127-129 Parkway, London, England, NW1 7PS

Price from: £175

York & Albany - Superior room

By Nigel Tisdall, your London expert

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#22 of 80
expert-rated hotels in London
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Location:
4.3
4.3
Bedrooms:
4.4
4.4
Eating/drinking:
4.8
4.8
Public areas:
4.7
4.7
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.7
4.7
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Couples, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Honeymooners, Romance, Sightseeing, Special occasions, Trendiness

Expert review of York & Albany

A top class restaurant-with-rooms close to Regent's Park.

Gordon Ramsay is one of Britain's most acclaimed and high profile chefs, and every time I visit this cosseting, nine-room hotel on the east side of Regent's Park I wonder why his empire doesn't include more places like this. The restaurant-with-rooms is such a winning idea - a slap-up meal followed by a stagger upstairs - it ought to be a compulsory feature of every London borough. Sadly, good ones are few and far between - but if anyone is doing research, the York & Albany gets just about every aspect of the enterprise right. Book in now - and bon appetit.

Location: 

A Grade II listed building, this former coaching inn dates from 1827 and has a handy location caught between the grassy playground of Regent's Park and the bohemian streets of Camden Town. You can easily walk from here to London Zoo, Primrose Hill, the shops of Marylebone and top performance venues such as the Jazz Cafe and Roundhouse. I'd particularly recommend staying here in summer.

Bedrooms: 

Eight of the nine rooms are set in a handsome three-storey building with a central staircase - there is also a large suite above the old stables with a private entrance, but I find this less appealing. Rooms are categorised as Classic, Superior and Deluxe and come with wooden floors, magnificent armoires and dressers, and individual touches that could be an original fireplace or a deftly inserted bathroom. All mod cons are provided, including blissful beds and super-thick dressing gowns, but there are quirks - rather than provide a minibar, room service menu or tea/coffee facilities, the management prefers you pick up the phone and ask for whatever you need. Here the human touch matters.

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Public areas: 

The hotel has a dedicated entrance to one side of the main building. The central focus, though, is the bar - a lovely long run of pewter backed up with high stools and a good cocktail list. Graceful sash windows, sumptuous curtains and comfy black sofas create a quietly refined atmosphere.

Eating and drinking: 

The York & Albany is a joint venture between Michelin-starred Chef Patron Angela Hartnett and Head Chef Colin Buchan. The superb cuisine leans towards the Italian but also champions British seasonal produce. The restaurant is on two levels - I greatly prefer the ground floor dining room which has a large picture window and a terrace for summer use. Don't ignore the bar area, though, which manages to be both cosy and smart. A faultless à la carte breakfast is served here to jazzy sounds, while later on you can enjoy delicious pizzas and platters created in the adjacent Nonna's, a rustic-looking deli housed in the former stables. If you have something to celebrate, the first floor Regency Room is a splendid venue with views to the park.

Leisure facilities: 

None - but you can walk or jog in Regent's Park.

Service: 

Tip-top in the restaurant, responsive in the hotel. Staff wear smart grey uniforms and are on hand 24 hours.

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Who stays there: 

Foodies, families, couples, tourists and visitors seeing friends in the area.

Price advice: 

Rates generally exclude VAT. Full English breakfast costs £12.50, excluding service, and WiFi is complimentary. With a popular restaurant and just nine rooms, you'll need to book well ahead.

Pros: 
Superlative food
Close to Regent's Park
Cons: 
Next to a noisy traffic junction
Early booking advised

More information on York & Albany:

Price from:
£175
Type:
Hotel
Address:
127-129 Parkway, London, England, NW1 7PS
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service
Neighbourhood:
Camden Town

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