The charm of The Draycott, a boutique hotel tucked away in Chelsea, is its seductive English feel. Offering guests a refreshing change of pace compared to bigger hotels found not that far away, The Draycott provides them with a completely different experience.

Easily described as a townhouse hotel, The Draycott provides a typically English home- away-from-home experience that is especially inviting to returning guests. Built in 1890, this beautiful redbrick building is representative of the classic Edwardian properties that line this pocket of Chelsea. Inside the Hotel, the elegant yet simple décor has been beautifully re-imagined by Nina Campbell. Tastefully split into a number of public spaces, the townhouse hotel features cosy areas that include a Library and Living room where guests can relax.

On entering the Library you will find several bookcases filled with books handpicked to reflect the Hotel’s heritage, interests and location. Candy coloured Penguin Celebration Classics line one wall, while books on London, England and the Brits perch on another. And if you didn’t know, tucked away in the fiction section, there is also a copy of John Cleese’s, So Anyway, which rumour suggests was written during his stay at the hotel.



Looking onto an unusually large private garden for the middle of Chelsea you will discover the Living room, also housing two bookshelves. These are dressed with classic collections of P.G. Wodehouse and Evelyn Waugh, as well as books on drinking, dining, history and society. On warmer days this provides guests with the opportunity to take books out in to the garden and unwind, the perfect location to read. Those lucky enough to book a suite will find small collections to dip in and out of at their leisure.


“The Draycott Mantis Hotel has always had a strong connection with the arts; all our rooms are named after famous authors, actors, playwrights and musicians.   Our desire is  to reflect this theme in both our Drawing Room and Library as most of our guests spend time unwinding in these rooms.   It was important we found a partner that could create a bespoke collection of books. The Ultimate Library’s knowledge of books was impressive and their eye for detail in the display of books is exceptional”, says Adrian Gardiner Chairman & Founder of the Mantis Collection.


With so much varied literature to get through in the hotel, the impulse to indulge in a good book is strong. So if you are looking for a new reading cubby hole, we may have just found the one for you!