Set in a trio of townhouses built in 1718, Hazlitt’s is one of several hotels in London located in the frenzied centre of Soho and is named after a former resident, the celebrated early 19th-century essayist William Hazlitt (‘The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much’). The charming Georgian property (complete with wonky stairs and creaky floorboards) was converted into a small and cosy four-star hotel 20-odd years ago and furnished in charming period style, with plush antiques and classical paintings that complement the ornate, high ceilings and beautiful fireplaces. Each of the 23 rooms is named after Hazlitt’s friends and conquests, which included Jonathan Swift and Lady Frances Hewitt. There are numerous atmospheric nooks for reading one of the many signed first editions bequeathed by visiting authors in homage to the essayist, plus a fully stocked honesty bar. With its discreet Frith Street entrance, the rooms are also prized by celebrities seeking privacy. The downside? There is no lift, air-conditioning or restaurant on site (room service is available), although its excellent location means that there are innumerable eateries nearby. Just be sure to ask for a room that doesn’t overlook the street if you require perfect silence to aid slumber.