London is full of hotels, but we know these ones are damn great.
Although The Pilot’s setting is far from picturesque, with flats on one side and a main road on another, the pub come boutique hotel itself holds up well. It's been around since 1801 so retains plenty of original charm alongside more modern design elements. The upstairs double rooms are pretty spacious and have amazing ‘rainforest’ showers, a huge comfy bed and some quirky design touches such as a stack of vintage suitcases and a whole wall filled with framed illustrations of birds.
68 River Way, London, Greenwich SE10 0BE, United Kingdom -
Soho's Ham Yard Hotel is A LOT more than just a hotel. Oh yes, this place has rooms 91 rooms, a roof terrace, outdoor terrace on the ground floor, bowling alley in the basement, cinema room, conservatory, bar and restaurant. It’s HUGE. The Deluxe Rooms come with floor to ceiling windows, a big comfy bed, sofa and impressive bathroom with big bath and TV, walk-in shower and two basins. The breakfast menu beats your usual greasy offerings with a small cold buffet table (hello fresh cakes, pastries, fruit, granola) and a menu featuring the likes of baked eggs, black pudding with bubble and squeak, and avocado on rye.
1 Ham Yard, Soho, London W1D 7DT, United Kingdom -
Just a stone’s throw from Hyde Park you'll find La Suite West. Designed by actress turned hotelier Anouska Hempel, the hotel is more than a little bit different. Made up of interconnecting terraced houses, LA Suite West is very minimalist in style with rooms decked out in dark woods and slatted sliding doors. The place feels very pared back and slick but still manages to feel cosy with big comfy beds, fluffy duvets, bathrooms with under floor heating and big baths.
41-51 Inverness Terrace, London W2 3JN, United Kingdom -
The Hoxton, Shoreditch is the original east end design hotel, having been on the block since 2006. The hotel has 211 rooms, which are compact but perfect for city stays, and with a restaurant and lobby below that's buzzing 24/7 there's really no reason to be in your room other than to sleep. The rooms all come with free breakfast bag, water and a mini fridge to stock with booze from the lobby shop at supermarket prices although we'd recommend checking out the avo on toast for breakfast - it's our fave avo in London. Be sure to check out the cultural events programme whilst you're there too and really submerse yourself in the local culture.
81 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3HU, UK -
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St James’ Court is a rather swish hotel set in a beautiful red brick Victorian building just down the road from Buckingham Palace. The rooms are pretty luxurious with massive beds and walk-in showers and baths. And with a secluded sunny courtyard perfect for breakfast and drinks, St James' Court ticks all the boxes.
54 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6AF, United Kingdom -
St James's Park
The Tommyfield has long been one of Kennington’s best gastro pubs, with a great menu of homemade pies, fish and chips and steaks. And with six boutique hotel bedrooms on the upper floors and rates starting at £99, it's also a great shout for a budget stay in London. The rooms are not a massive size but nicely designed and feel really cosy, with designer light fixtures, king size beds and modern artwork.
185 Kennington Lane, London SE11 4EZ, United Kingdom -
The May Fair hotel used to be THE hotel to be seen in; it was the place Miss Moss chose to host a three-day party for her birthday and Lady Gaga has also been known to shack up there when in town, but as competition has increased the celebs have fled the nest. But that doesn't mean that the hotel with 404 beds is any less busy, oh no. It still boasts a prime location and with a collection of rooms and suites, each a little different in style there's a room for everyone. And where better to rest your head after a dinner at Sexy Fish?!
Stratton St, London W1J 8LT, United Kingdom -
The Culpeper in Spitalfields is already one of our fave pubs in town and their bedrooms on the second floor, make us love it even more. The rooms are simple in design and decor, with distressed walls, but fear not, all of the technology and soft furnishings are modern and well-sourced - yes Netflix is built into the TV. But the best thing about the rooms? Well, it's that you get the chance to completely indulge below and stumble upstairs to bed.
40 Commercial Street, London E1 6LP, United Kingdom -
If you’re looking to stay in London without breaking the bank, then there are always great options if you look outside of zone one. The Dorsett in Shepherd’s Bush launched last year and fits the bill nicely for a stylish yet budget friendly London stay, overlooking the green and right next to Shepherd’s Bush Empire - so close that we could see into the artist dressing rooms from our window. The rooms are clean and spacious and are decorated in a Chinese style in a nod to the brand's Asian origins in Hong Kong, China and Malaysia. It was great to have floor to ceiling windows all around as we were treated to some picture perfect views of the summer sunset over London. Rooms are bang up to date with the latest technology too, including an iPod dock for playing tunes, flat screen TV and, best of all, a smartphone for guests to use throughout their stay. This includes phone calls, internet, and even a built in London city guide which is a very nice touch indeed. [URIS id=71714] The Dorsett also has a great Chinese restaurant, Shikumen, which serves banging dim sum and peking duck and is well worth a visit. Outside the hotel, there is Westfield a 5 minute walk away, the tube will take you into central London in 10 minutes, and just down the road is Chiswick and Kew Gardens too. Treat yourself to a stay at the Dorsett by using the code 'Jules15' to receive a 15% discount on bookings made up to 22nd September. 58 Shepherds Bush Green, W12 8QE www.dorsetthotels.com
The Halkin was one of the first luxury boutique hotels to open in London, and it's still one of the best. Located in an old Georgian townhouse in Belgravia, the property only has 41 rooms that are filled with natural light and have a simple, relaxed aesthetic. The marble-covered ensuite bathroom is pretty dreamy too and includes a deep bath with a separate shower. The Halkin has understated charm and luxury in spades - if we didn’t already live here, we’d be happy to make The Halkin our London home from home.
5-6 Halkin St, London SW1X 7DJ, United Kingdom -
Hyde Park Corner
Not in the mood for a hotel? Cuckooz Serviced Apartments are a 'home away from home' and perfect if you want your own space. Offering short term lets of between three days and three months, the apartments don't just look bloody cool but include a FREE class at BLOK London, beers from London Fields Brewery, Kennedy City Bicycles and access to a co-working space if you're in town for business.
36a Commercial Rd, London E1 1LN, United Kingdom -
Home to Jason Atherton's restaurant Berners Tavern, The London Edition is much more than just a hotel. The 170 rooms and pretty swishy penthouse have a Swedish feel to them with wood panelled walls, parquet floors and faux fur brown throws on the beds. Expect rain showers, Le Labo products and all the latest tech too. With a cocktail bar, basement club and pool table in the lobby, you'll never want to leave.
10 Berners St, London W1T 3NP, United Kingdom -
Tottenham Court Road
The second hotel in The Hoxton series opened in Holborn in 2014. There are 174 rooms, which come in four different categories. All rooms have black-out curtains and super comfy beds so be sure to double set your alarm... And with the usual Hox perks including one hour of free phone calls worldwide, super fast free WiFi, a breakfast bag filled with snacks and a fridge with free water and fresh milk, you'll never wanna leave. Downstairs there's also a restaurant and bar, nail salon, a coffee shop in the form of Holborn Grind and Chicken Shop. Yes, The Hoxton, Holborn ticks all our boxes.
199-206 High Holborn, London, United Kingdom -