We’ve talked about hotels for bookworms before, and mentioned a few hotels with their own libraries. But there are plenty of other hotel libraries to explore, including some rather new ones.
While many “libraries” are restaurants or meeting rooms with a few books, there are fewer where the books can be enjoyed by all guests…
Ham Yard Hotel
Ham Yard is the newest member of Firmdale and its fun features have already featured on our blog. Apart from the rooftop terrace, bowling alley and theatre, they also have a cosy library for all guests to use.
Like the rest of the hotel, it’s designed by Kit Kemp and features her textiles and other touches. The reading and reference library has a large section on London and there are also plenty of materials about travel and the rest of the world, plus lots of literature too. You can settle in with a drink from the honesty bar, which allows you to make yourself a drink.
The Soho Hotel
Another Firmdale hotel, The Soho Hotel, like others in their portfolio, also has a comfortable library for guests.
The room is done in neutral tones, with a few splashes of colour to brighten it up. As well as being a great place to read a book, enjoy cocktails or just curl up with a book, you can hire it privately too. Plus there’s a ladder to get to the higher shelves in case you’ve always wanted to be a librarian!
The Lanesborough still hasn’t reopened after its refurbishment, but it should be opening its doors soon.
When it does, the Library Bar will reveal a new look. More traditional than Firmdale’s libraries, the made-over bar will keep the intimate club feel of its previous incarnation. The walls are lined with leather-bound books, and the sofas and wing-chairs are the perfect place to enjoy a cognac by the fire.
No. 11 Cadogan Gardens
If you want a luxurious place to relax and read, the library at No. 11 Cadogan Gardens is just the place to be.
There’s an oversized velvet winged sofa and a chaise longue, and you’ll be watched over by neoclassical busts. Some of the antique books are from as far back as 1845, so there’s lots to discover in their beautiful collection. You can turn the pages of works from Shakespeare and Dickens, encyclopedias, and even the original books of the Victorian satirical cartoon, Punch.
It would be great to get outside this summer, but we all know British summers aren’t the most reliable. If you’re stuck inside, these hotel libraries are perfect sanctuaries to curl up with a good book. Happy reading!
Photo credits: Barta IV, Ham Yard Hotel, The Soho Hotel, The Lanesborough, No. 11 Cadogan Gardens.