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This fin-de-siècle period piece was founded by descendants of Captain Cook in two grand Victorian townhouses. The lobby and staircase are close hung with old paintings, and the bedrooms all have fantastic 19th-century carved oak beds, sumptuous drapes and shelves of old books.

The suites are spectacular: the Tudor Room has a huge stone-faced fireplace and a minstrels’ gallery, while tragedy queens should plump for the Venus room and Judy Garland’s old bed (and replica ruby slippers). Bistro One Ninety provides a casually elegant setting for great breakfasts, while the warm, wood-panelled Bar 190 is a charming setting for cocktails.

Venue name: Gore
Address: 190 Queen's Gate
Transport: Tube: South Kensington tube
Price: Rates £216-£528 double
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