LONDON HOTELS

London hotels are among the best in the world. Whether you’re a Londoner looking for a little staycation or visiting the Big Smoke and wondering where to lay your head, our map has all of our favourite hotels in London. From design-led boutique numbers to five-star luxury, hotels in London cover every kind of style and budget imaginable so there’s always something to suit everyone. Below are some of London’s classic hotels that have stood the test of time; but if you’re itching to try something brand new, check out our guide to all the best London hotels opening in 2021.

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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 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.

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.

 

THE HOXTON, SHOREDITCH

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81 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3HU, UK

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.

HAM YARD HOTEL

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1 Ham Yard, Soho, London W1D 7DT, 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.

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THE TOMMYFIELD

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185 Kennington Lane, London SE11 4EZ, United Kingdom

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.

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THE CULPEPER

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40 Commercial Street, London E1 6LP, 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.

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THE HALKIN

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5-6 Halkin St, London SW1X 7DJ, United Kingdom

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.

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THE LONDON EDITION

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10 Berners St, London W1T 3NP, 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.

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THE HOXTON, HOLBORN

199-206 High Holborn, London, United Kingdom

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.

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DORSETT HOTEL

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Dorsett, Shepherd's Bush Green, London, UK

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.

BATTY LANGLEY'S

12 Folgate St, London E1 6BX, UK
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Located in the heart of Spitalfields the Batty Langley’s hotel, by its own admission, has a pretty strange name. The 29 bedroom hotel dates back to 1724 with Georgian interiors as opulent as one might expect from an 18th century architect’s residence. Think thick draped curtains, huge oil paintings with golden frames on every wall, open fireplaces and bookshelves filled with big leather-bound books. The hotel doesn’t have a restaurant but they do serve breakfast in bed and they make a mean bacon butty. There’s also a living room, fully stocked library, honesty bar with complimentary cake and a small outside courtyard for guests to use. With its decadent design, interesting past and charming location Batty’s is ideal for those looking to stay somewhere a little different.

ST PANCRAS RENAISSANCE HOTEL

Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2AR

The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel is one mighty impressive building. Even those who haven’t been inside will have probably seen various parts of the hotel on TV – yes it was the staircase in the Spice Girls ‘Wannabe’ video. It’s grand and decadent with high ceilings and huge corridors, made so for ladies in the olden days who wore massive skirts so that they could walk along them without getting stuck, and the rooms come with plenty of five-star touches. The hotel is also home to the Booking Office restaurant with a 29-metre-long bar and classic English grub.

KINGSLAND LOCKE

130 Kingsland High St, London E8 2LQ, UK
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If you’re after somewhere that offers more that just a bed, head for one of these 124 apartments in the heart of Dalston with interiors just as vibrant as the neighbourhood itself. Staying at Kingsland Locke also means having run of their social spaces, including a co-working lounge, coffee shop, workout studio and microbrewery. Drinks from German Kraft Brewery and Jim & tonic, and food from Le Bab? Check us in. The whole place is inspired by the local surroundings and we bet you feel like a proper Londoner after settling down here.

THE NED

27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ, UK
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The Soho House group transformed the old Midland Bank in the City, designed by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, into The Ned, a mighty luxury hotel. It’s a nod to 1920s glamour – think crystal chandeliers, marble columns and frilly lampshades, with many of the building’s original features still intact. The 250 bedrooms range from intimate crash pads to large-scale suites and it’s also home to eight restaurants (including Cecconi’s, Malibu Kitchen, and Electric Bar & diner), a rooftop bar, two pools and a spa. It’s as boujee as they come.

THE STANDARD

10 Argyle St, London WC1H 8EG, UK
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The London outpost of the US hotel group is housed in the former Camden Town Hall Annex in King’s Cross. The Standard features 266 rooms from snug hideaways to terraced suites with outdoor tubs – imagine the views from there. They’ve also added three storeys to the top of the building, only accessible by their iconic exterior red pill lift, where you’ll find Decimo, a Spanish-inspired restaurant headed by Michelin-starred chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias. There’s more eating and drinking options on the ground floor with restaurant Isla and bar Double Standard. There’s a real 70’s California vibe going on inside, with lots of mahogany, plush leather and pops of colour. This place is highly Instagrammable and a hot new addition to London.

THE DIXON

211 Tooley St, London SE1 2JX, UK
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If you were spending a couple of nights on this part of Tooley Street back in the day, you’d probably be in quite a bit of trouble as it used to be home to a magistrates’ court. Now you won’t find yourself in the dock (unless you’re drinking in the Courtroom Bar) as the space has been transformed into The Dixon hotel. As well as the aforementioned bar, the hotel is home to the very Insta friendly Provisioners restaurant and 193 swish bedrooms with original Edwardian features, grey timber furniture, king size beds and Murdock London toiletries. And once you step outside, you’ve got the best of SE1 right on your doorstep.

BANKSIDE HOTEL

2 Blackfriars Rd, Upper Ground, London SE1 9JU, UK
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On the cusp of south London, just over from Blackfriars Bridge, is the Bankside Hotel which opened up in 2019. Art and design is a huge focus at Bankside; the industrial-chic interiors pay homage to the history of the area whilst still remaining inviting, and the lobby is home to a curated collection of multi-disciplinary art put together by designer Dayna Lee. The hotel has 161 rooms ranging from a modest double to their biggest suite, and they come with Grown Alchemist bathroom products, remote-controlled blackout blinds, Chromecast, and a Nespresso coffee machine. Sadly there isn’t a spa to relax and unwind in, but you can enjoy a 24 hour gym in case you get the urge to throw kettlebells around in the middle of the night.

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