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The Laslett hotel – a just-launched boutique stay in the centre of Notting Hill – flies the (Union) flag for localism.  Shaped by London designers and native trendsetters, guests get a true sense of place, with not one Jubilee mug in sight…

Named after Rhaune Laslett, founder of the Notting Hill Carnival, the Living Rooms team behind this elegant –and suitably eccentric – stay have hand-picked the best bits of its bohemian surrounds. Guests can mingle with well-heeled West Londoners in the Henderson Bar, too; so neighbourly love is clearly mutual…

London's hottest local | the Sally Clarke tea room at the Laslett hotel, Notting Hill

Who’s been popping round to the Laslett with a cup of sugar and a bespoke painting under each arm? Fantastical antique whosits and whatsits are courtesy of Jerome Dodd, owner of Golborne Road institution Les Couilles du Chiens (quite literally, the dog’s bollocks).

The brains behind Biba boutique, Barbara Hulanicki, and artist Barry Kamen both have prints hanging in rooms; and food and drink comes courtesy of restaurateur Sally Clarke (whose excellent eatery is a 10-minute walk away), charcuterie swots Cannon & Cannon and Press juices, with strong brews from Workshop Coffee Co.
London's hottest local | The Laslett hotel, Notting HillWhy not follow suit and pop round for a Joe’s Tea Co cuppa, read about former Notting Hillbilly Ossie Clark in the lobby library, and pick up a pair of point-heel stockings by Mrs Miller in the small on-site shop, before you retire to bed, feeling somewhat like you’re staying with a long-lost friend.


• Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa‘s casitas date back to when Trancoso was settled. They’re arranged around the Quadrado – the Pataxó Indian village’s Unesco-protected town square – a mingling spot for guests and resident artisans. Native chefs are recruited for cookery lessons, spa treatments use indigenous almescar and cacao, and bathrooms have Brazilian Natura products. We’re especially fond of the hotel’s locally influenced dishes, such as moqueca of lobster.

• Pretty Beach House pays deference to its jaw-dropping Bouddi National Park setting; there are ample opportunities to ogle Brisbane Water from the hotel’s pavilions, and owners teach guests about the park’s historic significance through aboriginal story-telling and an indigenous welcome ceremony. Artwork by famed Aussies Sidney Nolan and John Olsen hangs in the house, and Stefano Manfredi’s lauded Italian fare is made with the best local produce.

• Hotel La Semilla embraces a little wear and tear; its owners have scoured the Yucatán’s flea markets for statement pieces, and artfully chipped paint and lovingly worn furnishings add to its cosy feel. The home-made breakfast is excellent too, and laid-back lounges and gardens encourage you to act like you own the place. We love the organic Yucherbal products in rooms, and its cenote and jungle-flanked setting is heart-stoppingly beautiful.

Looking for a second home? Get a little local insight with a stay at The Laslett, or check in to a villa or cottage.

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