I've stayed at the Edward Lear 3 times. Each stay has been 10-14 days. I've always been perfectly happy there. I find it sparkly clean, quirky, charming, extremely convenient and comfortable enough. It's a really authentic place to stay instead of a homogenised hotel that you could find anywhere in the world.
A man I was talking to at the breakfast table put it best: he said he wanted to stay somewhere that had that touch of Fawlty Towers. Exactly.
Basil Fawlty is nowhere to be seen but the building used to be a private home and has been split up, probably numerous times, for accommodation and that's where the slight eccentricity can come in. I've always stayed in a single room with shared bathroom so have no experience with the self contained rooms but it's always worked for me. I highly recommend the downstairs bathroom, next door to the breakfast room. It has the best shower.
I find the staff friendly and helpful, the breakfasts delicious and amazing considering they're included in the very modest fee, the location truly excellent. I still haven't been on the tube even though Marble Arch is just around the corner; I just walk everywhere, that's how convenient the location is.
There's no elevator so you have to haul your suitcase upstairs- well if I can do it anyone can. I don't travel lightly. There's no air con in Summer, which is when I stay but it's an old substantial building and well insulated. And you can always open a window. The quality of your stay can be affected by the consideration of your fellow guests. Sometimes people come in late and slam the front door. Big deal. I have heard someone say they thought the rooms were a bit noisy from the traffic on the road at the front. I'm an insomniac and I've stayed in rooms at the front and the back and I can't say I've been bothered by noise. You can ask for a room at the back, which will look out at a mews or buy some earplugs at Boots around the corner. Everything is basically round the corner from the Edward Lear.
Look, it's not fancy and if you're accustomed to luxury and have deep pockets Edward Lear may not be for you. For those of us with modest financial means, a good sense of humour and still wanting cleanliness, comfort and convenience, Edward Lear works.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Very popular former home of the famous Victorian artist and poet, Edward Lear. The perfect place to go back to after a busy day in London. We guarantee you'll always be met with a smile that's genuine, and, if you need help with finding your way around London, booking theatre tickets, checking on train times, etc. we'll always be glad to assist. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Edward Lear London
- Hotel Edward Lear
- Edward Lear Hotel London, England