40 Winks is one of London’s most popular, playful, and luxurious retreats. It’s a townhouse hotel that actually is a home, acclaimed interior decorator David Carter’s home to be exact, which opens its doors to guests who crave something entirely unexpected whilst in London. Gracing hundreds of pages of leading interior and fashion magazines around the world for years, 40 Winks is a favorite for countless fashion and celebrity photographers. Every nook and cranny has been gracefully touched by David’s design talents, resulting in exquisitely designed rooms, and gorgeous vintage-chic touches everywhere. Their cozy kitchen serves a sumptuous full breakfast, and stocked with coffees and teas which guests can help themselves to at any time of the day.
40 Winks is surprisingly unassuming…guests are encouraged to slip their shoes off and relax, to come downstairs in your pajamas and enjoy their signature “bedtime stories” series, get pampered in your suite by an on-call massage and beauty therapist, or get spiffed up for vintage afternoon tea. There are only two rooms here, each equally as stunning, with a gorgeous guilded bathroom whose style and décor is not likely to be found anywhere else.
It is truly a smart, whimsically glamorous boutique option for London- bold, romantic and fantastical.
109 Mile End Road, Stepney Green
London, UK E1 4UJ
Telephone: +44(0)20 7790 0259
Mobile: +44(0)7973 653944
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About an hour up the Thames river was the government capital,Westminster). This had a church for crowning the monarch (Westminster Abbey) and palaces. As each palace was replaced by a larger one, the previous one was used for government, first the Palace of Westminster (better known as the Houses of Parliament), then Whitehall, then Buckingham Palace. The two were linked by a road called The "Strand", old English for riverbank.
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