For our holiday to London we stayed in the pub come hotel William IV, about a half hour walk to the centre of Portobello Rd.
But for looks alone WIV scored high with original features intact (fireplaces, beams, sash windows) and a colour palette straight out of a Farrow and Ball catalogue. The layout was characteristic of a country cottage - accessing certain rooms meant going upstairs then back down via different steps - creating a secret passage feel.
Furniture was a mix of old and new - the bar area (including the beer garden) was a mismatch of leather wing chairs, couches and stools, while the rooms included low leather bound beds and disco ball style lighting.
The food was also amazing...on our first night we ate in the bar and had breakfast in the restaurant every morning (unfortunately we missed out on the BBQ menu which came out on Saturday):