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Kings Cross

Rough Luxe Hotel

1 Birkenhead St.
London, England, WC1H 8BA, United Kingdom
TEL: 44 20 7837-5338

At the nine-room Rough Luxe, in a Georgian building in the King’s Cross neighborhood, Hotelier Rabih Hage left historical details as they were: some chipped paint here, a bare floorboard there. Some guest-room walls have been stripped back to plaster; a Jonathan Root portrait of Gilbert & George presides over reception; and the restaurant’s sole table is made of reclaimed wood from a Brighton pier. It’s an exercise in urban archaeology, and Hage cites wabi-sabi, the Japanese aesthetic that values impermanence over perfection, as an influence. “I was searching for beauty in imperfection,” he says.  For travelers seeking a creative spin on guilt-free luxury, consider booking now.

Room to Book: Room 8 is one of the hotel's larger rooms and comes with an en-suite bathroom, complete with a free-standing copper bathtub.      

Insider Tip:

With many shared baths and lack of telephones, the hotel certainly isn’t for everyone.


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  • Meeting Room
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