Nevern Square is quiet and pleasantly isolated, but is just a few minutes’ walk from Earl’s Court Underground station - the right line for the South Kensington museums (the Science Museum, V&A and Natural History Museum), as well as St James’s Park and Westminster further west. Otherwise, this is a pretty nondescript section of London, slumbering between Chelsea to the south-east and High Street Kensington to the north.
As a converted townhouse, the hotel has rooms that are all different in size, shape and style. Each has a mix of Oriental and Western furniture, with some lovely carved wood, and marble bathrooms. Toiletries are concealed in intricate boxes, and some rooms have TVs in elegant cupboards. The twin room downstairs gives on to the patio at the back, and there’s a double with its own terrace, but I thought the mezzanine room was fun - even though the upstairs section has a very low roof.
There’s a conservatory breakfast room and bar (with flatscreen TV) at the back of the hotel, connected to reception by a lounge with paid internet station (Wi-Fi is free in the rooms), bright stripy sofa and a pair of intricate bird cages. The pleasant courtyard garden to the rear barely has room for the two tables at the centre, but it is the public spaces that nudge Twenty Nevern ahead of its neighbours.
Eating and drinking
A continental buffet breakfast (juices, cereals, pastries and fruit) is included in the price; full English is an optional extra. Otherwise, this isn’t the best part of town for restaurants - there’s a good sprinkle of the higher-end chains, but few stand-out independents in the vicinity. I’d hop on the Piccadilly line from Earl’s Court Underground station and explore Soho’s many options instead.
Pleasant and brisk, but not always very forthcoming.
Who stays there
The tucked-away location favours older leisure visitors - or anyone for whom peace and quiet is more important than excitement.
Wireless internet is free, but accessing the internet via the lounge workstation costs a few pounds.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
Pros & Cons
- Room décor a cut above the competition
- On a lovely quiet square
- Out-of-the-way location