London Calling

by jennine on March 26, 2009

My memories of staying in a London Hotel are as follows: Expensive. No hot water, and no water pressure in the showers. Tiny rooms. Chintzy floral wallpaper. 13″ television bolted to the wall.  Practically in Zone 3 and still £90, plus they smell weird. And that was 10 years ago. Honestly I hadn’t stayed in a London hotel room since… Oh, one time I got an internet deal for a cute place in Bloomsbury but that was £180/night and they had brown orange juice. Yep.

I know, I don’t normally talk about travel, and extravagant hotels aren’t one of my regular topics either, but  David Carter an internationally renowned interior designer, often used his residence for fashion editorials and now has opened up his doors as a boutique hotel called 40 Winks that caters to the creative community…

Situated in vibrant and trendy East London, David Carter’s home is a historic and elegant four storey Queen Anne townhouse built in 1717… David has also pitched his prices to appeal to even the most bargain-conscious fashionista. “It’s not about making loads and loads of money.” says David, who runs his own very successful interior design business, “The house has a special, magical quality to it, and I love having people here. If I didn’t I wouldn’t have been running it as a location for such a long time.”

Former guests have included Helen Mirren, Johnathan Rhys Meyrs, Orlando Bloom, Gillian Anderson…and the list goes on… and I’m not one to gossip. It get’s better, single rooms go for £65 and double’s £80 per night! Wow! With the Euro/Sterling exchange rate it sounds like I need to make a trip to London.

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Ashe Mischief March 26, 2009 at 6:52 am

Ohhhh… that would be such a beautiful & magical place to stay. I’m sure they’d have to evict me!

trishdarling March 26, 2009 at 6:55 am

I remember your version from stays there…40winks looks absolutely fabulous. Don’t think I would leave either!

Mademoiselle Robot March 26, 2009 at 7:06 am

Ha! SNAP again! David contacted me before Dress Up to meet up. I was supposed to go there a couple of weeks ago to take some photos and do a little interview and then I got ill :( . I am probably going to go there next week at some point, I can’t wait as it looks absolutely terrific!


dream sequins March 26, 2009 at 7:50 am

Wow. That is just so amazing! East London is where the creative vibe is at anyway. So I’m glad there’s such a well-priced alternative just for creatives. I usually stay with my friend out east when I’m there, but this is definitely a nice alternative. Thanks for sharing this.

What The Pros Do March 26, 2009 at 8:07 am

Awww im sorry we left such a bad impression on you! Thanks for the tip off this looks like a fab place to stay, im definitely bookmarking this for future ref.

jennine March 26, 2009 at 9:56 am

ashe and trish, me three! we can be roomies!
melle… ha! great minds…
dream, yes, east london is where it’s at for’re lucky to have a friend there!
pro, you didn’t.. it was just those hotels, i lived for three years in a flat in london with bad water pressure.

What The Pros Do March 26, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Lol, I thought I had died and gone to heaven when we had a power shower installed, i dont know why it has taken so long for decent showers to catch on!

lisa March 26, 2009 at 4:06 pm

Ah I heard about 40 Winks! It seems like a great place.

Vintage Tea March 29, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Thank you soooooo much for posting this. thanks to you im staying here for 5 weeks when I go to London for my internship! I was totally stressing about finding a lovely decently priced place to stay and now I have! THANK YOOOU!


susie_bubble March 31, 2009 at 2:18 pm

What a lovely find! Not particularly for me but definitely one to recommend to friends!

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