The Windermere is an award winning small hotel of enormous charm and character, where the atmosphere is relaxed, the welcome is friendly and the service is personal. Located at the heart of one of the world’s finest cities, we are just a stone’s throw from some of London’s main attractions including Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, Tate Britain, Harrods and the Royal Parks.
Each of our 19 guest rooms are individually decorated and personally designed by the Hambi family, using British designers and local suppliers wherever possible. We take great pride in supporting the “best of British”.
In 2012 we completed an ambitious refurbishment project, which included the seamless installation of our lift. The lift has been a great improvement for The Windermere as walking through our classical Victorian building with its traditionally narrow corridors is now much easier for the weary traveller. We take pride in our building, our location and our hotel. During this refurbishment we restored many of the building’s original external features that were lost during World War II.
All of us at The Windermere take pride in what we do, and will always strive to make you feel at home whilst you are with us. It is our ambition to ensure that you have a clean, comfortable, elegant yet cosy and above all friendly place to return to after a long day of exploring our city, be it for business or pleasure. You will always be greeted with a warm smile at Reception, at breakfast in the morning, and in our Windermere Brasserie in the evening. We all look forward to welcoming you to The Windermere soon.
Welcome to London, welcome to The Windermere.
The Hambi family have owned and managed The Windermere since 1987, winning a number of awards and accolades along the way. Constantly seeking perfection, every effort is made to continuously improve the services and facilities we offer. We were recently awarded (summer 2012) the prestigious Gold Award from Visit England. This is the highest accolade possible for our hotel category and therefore an improvement on our previous Silver Award. The Gold Award is given in recognition of exceptional quality of accommodation and customer service. We were also awarded (summer 2012) the coveted 4 Gold Star Award from the AA. This indicates that we are within the upper 10% of the quality score range nationally for the 4 star guest accommodation rating.
The site upon which the hotel stands is steeped in history. The street overlooked by the windows of The Windermere has seen Kings, Queens, Princes, Abbotts and Nobility pass by.
Warwick Way used to be called “The Abbott’s Lane” because it was the road that connected Westminster Abbey with the Abbott’s residence, known as the Abbott’s Grange. Number 144 stands at the point where the gate to the Abbott’s Grange existed.
The Abbott’s Grange was the rest and leisure centre enjoyed not only by the Abbotts and the Monks, but also by the Kings and Princes of Medieval England. Number 142 and 144 Warwick Way were built in 1857 as a pair of private dwellings and are fine examples of early Victorian classical design. Number 144 was probably the earliest “Bed & Breakfast” hotel in the area when in 1881 it became the locally famous “Pimlico Rooms”. The Hambi family acquired The Windermere in 1987 and has always sought to maintain the hotel’s original features and respect the building’s history, whilst combining modern comforts for their international clientele.
During World War II, this part of London was subject to heavy bombing. The façade of 144 was damaged, losing much of its fine detailed architecture. In 2011 we restored the pediments, corbels and cornicing, in an attempt to return the building to its former glory. The Windermere now stands as an important landmark building on Warwick Way.