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Hotel Review: Hux Hotel, High Street Kensington, London

The Hux Hotel is a surprising gem offering striking yet good value boutique accommodation in the heart of London.

by Sharron Livingston
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It’s easy to find somewhere glamorous to stay among the scad of designer hotels in London often costing big bucks.

Appealing boutique hotels are a little harder to find. You know the type, friendly, comfy and well-designed, usually found hiding away outside the city limits.

So, it’s a lovely surprise to find Hux Hotel on Kensington High Street. Entry is via a simple darkened glass door. It opens to a blue-carpeted dimly-lit narrow staircase straddled by burnt red walls and meanders around into the reception-cum-bar-cum lounge area that resembles a speakeasy den.

It’s a cosy space that is huge in colour and interest. I often had to stop and stare at an elephant head or a zebra or at an artwork that caught my eye.

It’s a jungle-themed decor, with lush, live greenery with birds hiding among the foilage and even a monkey hanging from the ceiling. Even the small reception desk has a startling peacock perched on its edge.

Who for

There is nothing understated or ordinary about this compact boutique hotel. Nevertheless, it is luxurious and offers a dinky overnight stay in Kensington.


There are 24 rooms and four suites all dressed with bold colours of greens, blues and pinks with accents of bold yellows and greens in the furniture and foliage. There is also a myriad of artwork throughout that tempers the bold block colours of the walls. Several lighting modes mean you can adjust for a pleasant touch of ambience.

The ensuite is pleasant in white and grey with a powerful rainwater shower, sweet-smelling Floris toiletries and bathrobes.

Amenities include a large TV with Netflix, a hairdryer, a Nespresso machine, a kettle and bottled water. There are USB sockets as well as plenty of plugs. 

Beds are more than comfy, and when the windows are closed, the noise of a busy High Street Kensington is hardly discerned.

Food & Drink

There’s no restaurant, but you can order a ‘Full English’ breakfast in bed.

We opted for the veggie version, delivered promptly, as promised, on a pretty tray with orange juice and coffee.

The lounge, with its soft seating, looks like a secret den, especially when the lights are dimmed after dark. That’s the time to check out the cocktail menu, kick back and sip a tipple while listening to the toe-tapping live music.


The Hux is all about a place to stay for the night, so there’s no spa or restaurant. It does have a delightful concierge and free wi-fi throughout. Twice a week, there’s live music of various genres, especially jazz. 

There is a lift, too which is handy for accessibility.

How much:

Room rates begin at £150 per night. 

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What’s Nearby?

The hotel is a couple of minutes’ walk from Kensington High Street station, but if you drive you can park in the NCP car park opposite.

The Royal Gardens are right opposite and nearby is the Royal Albert Hall – home to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and Hyde Park and a slew of great restaurants. 


NEWS ALERT CHRISTMAS 2022: The Hux is offering a Christmas menu. Three courses for £65. See the menu here

Amid the rush of Kensington’s Christmas shoppers is the festive luxe of the hotel, where new hot cocktails and luscious seasonal fare await within their hidden hub, making it the ideal locale for both festive revelry and an intimate night for two. Their Christmas menu includes Confit Duck Terrine wrapped in Bayonne ham with plum chutney, Butternut Squash Pithivier in a goat’s cheese puff pastry & creamy mushroom sauce, Turkey Paupiette with sage & apricot stuffing alongside vegetables & gratin dauphinoise potato and a Winter Spiced Crème Brûlèe.

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