Created from two five-storey, red-brick Chelsea townhouses, complete with original brick balconies and verdant window boxes, family-owned boutique hotel San Domenico House is a little piece of Italy in West London. Communal areas and bedrooms are stuffed with antiques from the bel paese, and English and Italian traditions are blended throughout. It’s warm, welcoming and extremely inviting.
The hotel might not have any gardens, but there’s a small, secret terrace up on the top floor. If your room’s not blessed with outside space, then head up there and ask for some cocktails to be sent up to you.