London's Secret Small Hotels
Moored in the Docklands, a few minutes’ walk from Canary Wharf, is an old barge with one bright, cozy guest room in the stern for perhaps the most individualistic visitor of all. Your hosts—Polly Dickens, the former creative director of Conran, and furniture designer Mark Gilbey—live on the boat and can be convinced to rent out the whole thing. Dickens, who has a real passion for food, cooks your Columbian blacktail eggs and ginger bacon in the morning, which you take in the wheelhouse with a view of the docks. Sit on the deck a while; the water is very calming. Blackwall Basin, Canary Wharf; 44-20/7515-1372; klasina.com; doubles from $179.