London’s Stepney Green isn’t known for it’s boutique hotels. They’re all over the other side of London in Kensington. But in an unassuming townhouse on Mile End road, stands a little secret. Possibly the worst kept secret. 40 Winks might just be the most special hotel in London. And certainly the smallest. It’s only got two rooms. So if the hotel is so very tiny, and in the East End, why is this hotel becoming so popular amongst the fashion elite and celebrities?
Because it’s so very beautiful.
The hotel isn’t just a hotel. It’s interior designer David Carter‘s home. And it feels like a home when you arrive. You slip your shoes off, you’re led into a cosy kitchen. There’s something pretty to look at everywhere you turn. Postcards from happy visitors, cards from friends. Gorgeous little touches that remind you that this isn’t just a business. It’s personal. It’s a home.
The rooms themselves are exquisitely designed. Light is clearly important to David and his interior design talents are apparent in every single corner of the house. Everything has been considered. Every nook and cranny. But nothing is overdone. An old teddy bear here, a book of fairy tales there. Little touches, tiny details, that add up to make something special. Nothing has been added for effect. It all feels authentic. With so much ‘faux vintage‘ going on at the moment, it’s nice to see something real.
The house is perfect for parties, and David makes everyone feel welcome. Whether that’s at the bedtime stories events (yes, if you’re imagining stories in your pyjamas with a night cap, you’re bang on the money) or TART, the vintage afternoon tea and dress up day. Get your hair curled, have a cocktail, try on a stunning vintage dress. Spend the day being pampered. Because you can.
And if you don’t feel like leaving? Despite 40 Winks fast becoming one of the most exclusive hotels in the world, staying here is still affordable if you think that you ‘re paying for a luxury experience in London. Especially one so very pretty.
Photos taken by Sian Mendes, author of this article.