End of the line: three luxe hotels still (technically) on the Tube map
Need some clear air away from the Big Smoke? Check out of the office on a Friday lunchtime and check into one of these three city getaways only an hour later. Just don’t forget your Zone 9 travel card…
1.The Crown Inn, Old Amersham, Metropolitan Line
Tucked away in Old Amersham lies The Crown Inn, a stylish modern take on a traditional English coaching inn and an idyllic summer escape that’s less than an hour from the centre of London on the Metropolitan line.
The inn dates back to Elizabethan times, but its current palette of soft, tonal greys and warm taupes is the brainchild of international interior designer Ilse Crawford, whose portfolio includes Soho House in New York and Grand Hotel Stockholm. You get the best of traditional timber frames, wooden oors and open replaces paired with a minimal, Scandi-inspired aesthetic that covers its 45 bedrooms and suites. Mid-century wooden furniture, roll-top baths and sheepskin rugs complete the of-the-moment feel.
For something more intimate, the hotel also has a separate townhouse 100 metres up the high street with three double bedrooms, a lounge with an original inglenook replace, and a courtyard rose garden with terrace.
Food-wise, you’re in good hands here, too. The hotel’s restaurant, Hawkyns, is helmed by two-time Michelin-starred head chef Atul Kochhar, and features a menu that intertwines English and Indian avours. As well as à la carte, there’s also a tasting menu, an impressive wine list, and a selection of classic cocktails to sit back and sample.
Rooms from £110/night, thecrownamersham.com
2. The Bingham, Richmond, District Line
As you head further west on the District Line, the hustle and bustle of London starts to fade, and the Thames starts to narrow. On a green and leafy twist of the river you’ll find The Bingham, a chic outpost that provides a fine escape from the Big Smoke for a night or two.
Built as two Georgian townhouses in 1740 but since combined, The Bingham sits on the towpath between Richmond Bridge and Petersham Meadows, and offers front-row-seat views of the Thames.
The hotel has been recently refurbished but it’s lost none of its old-world charm. Its 15 stylish and individually decorated bedrooms feature copper bathtubs, mid- century modern beds, and chairs in natural wood and rich jewel hues that perfectly reflect the greenery outside.
The hotel’s restaurant is headed up by chef Andrew Cole, who has curated both à la carte and tasting menus that reflect the best of modern British cuisine. Dishes such as beef sirloin with English peas and asparagus, and pork fillet with star anise and honey-glazed pig cheek, can be paired with wines from the cellar or cocktails from the Bingham’s Signature list.
If your aim in escaping the city is to detox, then take advantage of the adjoining eco-spa, Bhuti, just minutes away from the main hotel, where visitors can indulge in holistic body treatments, as well as alternative therapies like acupuncture and Ayurvedic medicine.
Rooms from £144/night, thebingham.co.uk
3. The Mash Inn, Radnage, Metropolitan Line
Food is central to the story of The Mash Inn, a small hotel nestled in a sleepy Buckinghamshire hamlet little more than an hour out of London. Dating back to 1745, the inn has retained all its character – sloping ceilings, traditional red brick walls, and a garden with raised beds stuffed with vegetables. Just a short hop from the Metropolitan Line, it’s in a prime position with sweeping views over the surrounding Chiltern Hills.
With only six bedrooms to choose from, it’s an intimate experience. The rooms are cosy and defined by their original 18th century features, but the place has had a recent refresh, marrying contemporary furnishings and free-standing baths with natural wood and traditional iron bed frames. And if you want extra space, you can book one of two garden rooms that come complete with their own private patios and garden views.
But the hotel’s centrepiece is its restaurant – the food has been a critical success in both local and national press. The open kitchen at the heart of The Mash Inn – which visitors can wander into freely – is where it all happens, with a bespoke wood grill red up daily to deliver the inn’s ever-changing menu. Chefs handpick ingredients from the inn’s kitchen garden, or head out on foraging expeditions to choose from nature’s store cupboard for a menu defined by the seasons and the hotel’s surroundings.
Rooms from £100/night, themashinn.com