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Feb 16, 2020
We've spent hours researching blogs and glossy magazines for the best hotel recommendations. These are our top picks of quirky hotels in London. Bon voyage!
Updated Feb 16, 2020
“The refurbishment of this Brutalist building is a real achievement. The design and decor pay great homage to mid-century design and call to mind Kubrick’s vision of a futuristic swinging London. An unforgettable stay!”
Housed in the former Camden Town Hall Annex in London’s King’s Cross neighbourhood, the 1974 Brutalist building has been restored and is The Standard’s first hotel outside America. The property is just across the street from St Pancras International and Underground stations.
All room types are uniquely decorated, featuring en-suite facilities and flat-screen TVs.
The building features an eclectic in-house library and features a Sound Studio hosting weekly live music events and talks.
The Double Standard restaurant serves lunch, casual drinking and dining, while the garden restaurant, Isla, serves a seasonal, coastal inspired menu. Both restaurants are run by Executive Chef Adam Rawson.
The exterior red lift takes guests directly to the 10th-floor where Chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias’ forthcoming restaurant will showcase his live fire cooking and the building’s 360-degree views of London.
“Amazing hotel. Excellent refurbishment. Live jazz at the lobby and the amazing amenities in the room. Loved the whole art deco interior. It all felt like being in The Great Gatsby movie.”
Set in the former Midland Bank building in the City of London, just steps from Bank Station, The Ned hosts 250 bedrooms, ten restaurants and a range of men’s and women’s grooming services.
The Grade I-listed building was designed by Sir Edwin 'Ned' Lutyens in 1924. Each bedroom at The Ned features elements of design specific to the 1920's and 1930’s and includes vintage pieces, richly patterned furnishings and rainforest showers.
The former Grand Banking Hall is host to eight restaurants which serve a wide range of cuisines, from Britain to Northern Italy, North America to Asia.
Six private hire rooms and two terraces are at guests’ disposal and are among the building's most elegant spaces. They all benefit from natural light, period features and have a dedicated reception area.
Access to the Ned’s Club Gym and Spa can be arranged for a daily supplement, subject to availability.
The property is within a short walk from St. Paul’s Cathedral and within 15 minutes from Oxford Street and the West End, by tube. Bank Station also offers a direct DLR connection to London City Airport, which can be reached in 30 minutes.
“Henrietta is a small boutique hotel in Covent Garde, which was a welcome contrast to some of the more ‘corporate’ hotels in the area. A perfect gem in the heart of London!”
The Henrietta Hotel is located in London, a 2-minute walk from Savoy Theatre, and features free WiFi. This 4-star hotel offers a bar. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, a concierge service and luggage storage for guests.
At the hotel, all rooms have a desk and are equipped with a private bathroom and free toiletries. The units in The Henrietta Hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a hair dryer.
Continental and buffet breakfast options are available every morning at the accommodation. At The Henrietta Hotel you will also find a restaurant serving European cuisine.
Royal Opera House is 300 metres from the hotel, while Arts Theatre is 300 metres from the property. London City Airport is 12 km away.
“The comfort of an apartment and the service of a hotel. Very comfortable, clean and modern. With the underground nearby it's an excellent place to start your journey through London.”
Offering stylish accommodation with free WiFi, Leman Locke is located in Shoreditch, London, 900 metres from both the Tower of London and Brick Lane.
Each accommodation has city views, a dining area and seating area with bespoke furniture and a flat-screen Samsung Smart TV and Apple TV Box.
There is also a fully equipped kitchen with a washing machine, dishwasher, oven, fridge, microwave and toaster. Dishes and utensils are also provided. A rainfall shower, complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer are featured in the private bathrooms.
Leman Locke also includes a fitness centre with gym. Guests can enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant, buy a sandwich, salad or coffee from the cafe or a drink at the bar. Guests will receive 15% off food and beverage at Leman Locke.
There is a 24 hour reception and concierge service at Leman Locke.
Tower Bridge is 1 km from Leman Locke, while London Bridge is 1.4 km away. The nearest airport is London City Airport, 8 km from the property.
“Incredible place to stay in London. Modern spacious apartment with well equipped kitchen. Super clean, very nicely decorated, great central location in hip area with only 5 min walk from London Bridge.”
Providing a fitness centre, Native Bankside is set in London, not far from Borough Market and London Bridge. Complimentary WiFi is provided.
All apartments come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, washing machine and kettle.
Sky Garden and Tower of London are 1.8 km from the property. The nearest airport is London City Airport, 12 km from the property.
“The hotel design, comfort and facilities were the best I have experienced anywhere in my travels around the world. The staff were the extremely helpful and courteous and the whole stay was a wonderful experience.”
Hotel Café Royal is an iconic luxury 5-star hotel in the heart of central London. With the hotel situated to the South-West of Mayfair and Soho to the South, the property is positioned on Regent Street, within 1 mile from Theatreland, Buckingham Palace, Westminster and the British Museum. The shopping areas of Bond Street, Oxford Street and Savile Row are a short 6-minute walk away.
A London landmark, the hotel features 160 contemporary guestrooms, including 54 suites and 7 signature suites. Each is designed with careful detail and features complimentary WiFi, Bang & Olufsen entertainment systems, media hubs and luxury bathroom amenities. Certain Suites offer a complimentary minibar including snacks and soft drinks.
After a busy day, guests can relax in the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre, which features a state-of-the-art-gym, a large lap pool, a sauna, a Hammam/steam room and a wide range of spa treatments.
Hotel Café Royal also offers a selection of restaurants and bars for guests to enjoy. At the heart of the hotel, is the Grill & Sushi Bar, Laurent at Café Royal by internationally renowned chef Laurent Tourondel, while the Green Bar serves a selection of cocktails. Restored to revive the ornate Louis XVI décor and detailing, the Oscar Wilde Lounge offers afternoon tea. Ziggy's cocktail bar, which is adjacent to Laurent at Café Royal which offers an eclectic cocktail list inspired by David Bowie who famously retired his alter ego Ziggy Stardust with a star-studded bash at Café Royal in 1973
“A great boutique hotel with excellent staff. Clean, stylish and ambient rooms. Decor and finishing touches are great. Amazing for the price in London!”
Located less than 1 minute from Paddington Station in central London. It offers free high-speed WiFi and en suite rooms with Freeview TV. Some rooms overlook the tranquil Norfolk Square.
Each room features vintage design elements, a selection of books and magazines and original artwork. Each is also fitted with an en-suite shower room.
An à la carte breakfast is offered. There is a ground floor cafe for coffee and pastries, and a first floor lounge offering all-day dining and cocktails. The terrace is open for guests to drink and dine outside.
The Heathrow Express service at Paddington Station offers a 15-minute journey to the airport. The West End is a 5-minute Tube journey away, and Notting Hill and Marble Arch are within a 10-minute walk of the hotel.
“Rooms are perfectly laid out and feel very spacious. Bed was comfortable. Huge immaculate bathroom. Location is convenient and easy to walk to many shops, restaurants and bars. I really liked the lobby bar and the drinks were well made.”
The London EDITION is located in central London’s Fitzrovia district, with Oxford Street, Theatreland and Piccadilly Circus all within a 10-minute walk. Inside, there is a Michelin starred restaurant, 2 cocktail bars, a 24-hour front desk, free WiFi and free use of the on-site fitness centre for all guests.
With a view of the vibrant city, each en suite room at The London EDITION features a flat-screen TV and air-conditioning. An iPod docking station, bathrobes and a mini-bar are also provided.
Each evening, the restaurant offers a contemporary British menu using fresh, British produce.
Uniquely themed, the cocktail bars offer an extensive collection of spirits, with beers, wines and ciders also available. An a la carte breakfast is available for room only rates.
3 Tube stations can be reached within a 10-minute walk, providing easy access to all areas of London. The British Museum is a 15-minute walk away and Madame Tussauds London is 1.1 miles away. Hyde Park is also just a 22-minute walk away.
“Truly nothing to complain about. The staff are very nice and ready to help at any time. The food at every restaurant is mouth watering. The location is very central and bang on the edge of the Thames. The rooms are all very well kept and designed in a very pleasant modern aesthetic.”
Located on the banks of the River Thames, Sea Containers London is in the famed Sea Containers House, just a 7-minute walk from the Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. The hotel is also 15 minutes' walk from the London Eye, Borough Market, The London Dungeon and SEA LIFE London Aquarium.
Sea Containers London boasts a riverside restaurant with outdoor seating, a cocktail bar, an agua spa, a rooftop bar and a terrace with panoramic views over London. Free WiFi is available for all guests.
Decorated by award-winning designer Tom Dixon, each room features bespoke furniture, a flat-screen HD TV, air conditioning, dimmable lights and a minibar. The marble bathrooms are complete with either rainfall shower or bath. Extras include a media panel, Malin+Goetz toiletries and satellite channels.
Many of the rooms feature river views, directly facing the Thames. Some also have a balcony. The on-site Curzon screens a range of new releases, classic matinées and family favourites in a bespoke 56-seat cinema from Friday evenings through Sunday.
Waterloo Train Station is a 12-minute journey on foot and London Blackfriars Train Station is 8 minutes' walk away.
“Boutique hotel at its best. Very nice stay, the grand suite was beautiful and certainly worth paying for. Gives a lot more than most other hotels for a similar price-point in London.”
A 10-bedroom award winning hotel just 10 minutes' walk from Victoria and its rail and tube station. This stylish property offers individually designed rooms and an all-day restaurant.
Offering smart design in its rooms with vintage furnishings and rustic wooden floors. All rooms have free high speed WiFi, a flat-screen TV, a DAB radio, air conditioning and an en suite bathroom with designer fittings.
The Cambridge Street Kitchen is open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as weekend brunch and Sunday roast. There is a also a ping-pong room that doubles up as a meeting room. Tucked away downstairs is Clarendon Cocktail Cellar, a cocktail bar with a speak-easy feel, serving unique cocktails inspired by cult movie posters.
The property is just a 10-minute stroll through Pimlico’s streets down to the banks of the River Thames. A 20-minute walk East along the river will lead you to the famous Westminster Abbey and Big Ben.
“The property was above and beyond beautiful and welcoming, the service superior. The bar has really excellent live music and fun every night. All of the food was delicious. I would come back to London just to enjoy this hotel!”
Rosewood London offers elegant London accommodation on High Holborn. Just a 5-minute walk from Covent Garden and Oxford Street, its spacious designer rooms feature bespoke furnishings and Italian marble bathrooms, and Rosewood’s spa, sauna and glamorous restaurant are also on-site.
The air-conditioned rooms each have classic décor and a luxurious marble bathroom. Each room includes an iPod/iPhone docking station, a 46-inch flat-screen TV, a cordless telephone, a Nespresso coffee machine, a minibar and a dining area.
Start the day in the Holborn dining room with an a la carte breakfast, including continental, healthy and traditional English breakfast choices. The striking Mirror Room restaurant is open from morning until evening with an elegant all-day dining menu.
Just 3 minutes’ walk from Holborn Underground Station, Rosewood London enjoys easy connections around the capital and offers direct access to Heathrow Airport.
“The room was perfect, the room servicing discreet and absolutely outstanding, the breakfast buffet was just amazing (best I have ever seen). The location is really handy to London's best sights and locations and we usually just walked to where we wanted to go.”
Boasting an indoor pool, a restaurant, a fitness centre and a cocktail bar, the Hilton London Bankside also has free WiFi access. Situated on London’s popular South Bank, the hotel is 11 minutes’ stroll from Borough Market and London Waterloo Train Station.
Each of the rooms includes a 42-inch flat-screen TV with pay-per-view channels, a radio, air-conditioning and a Hilton Serenity Bed. There is a seating area, a work desk, a fridge. The en suite bathroom has a bath or a shower, bathrobes, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Some of the rooms also benefit from a city view.
The restaurant serves all-day dining and there is also 24-hour room service available.
From the Hilton London Bankside, Shakespeare’s Globe is 7 minutes’ walk away and The Shard is also a 14-minute walk away. The London Eye, Southbank Centre and SEA LIFE London Aquarium are all less than a mile away.
“Really cool hotel. Small but cleverly designed rooms and great value for the price. Location is very good, 10 mins to Liverpool station and in the middle of the vibrant east London.”
Less than 1 mile from London’s Liverpool Street, The Hoxton, Shoreditch offers contemporary accommodation which boasts roaring fires and exposed brick work.
The Hoxton, Shoreditch offers free printing and faxing services, along with up to 1 hour per day of complimentary phone calls to the UK, USA, Australia, and most of Europe.
Each room comes with flat-screen TVs with pay-per-view movies, Roberts DAB radios, tea and coffee making facilities, with fresh milk, mineral water and a free newspaper. Free WiFi is available throughout and complimentary light breakfast bags filled with a granola pot, a banana and fresh orange juice are delivered daily to rooms.
The Hoxton Grill restaurant is run in partnership with the Soho House Group and serves American-style food from breakfast through to dinner with room service options available. There's a bar, big lobby area and outdoor courtyard covered for year round use.
For meeting and events, The Apartment space is available and can host events of up to 250 guests.
Old Street Tube Station is only 5 minutes’ walk away, providing easy access to London’s main attractions.
“A lovely little boutique hotel. Excellent location just around the corner from Notting Hill tube station. Lovely and clean. Great cocktails. Lovely staff. Super comfy bedroom with a nice new bathroom.”
Spread across 5 Victorian mansions, The Laslett is less than 1 minute from Notting Hill Gate Underground Station, and offers free WiFi in all areas.
Each of the 51 guest rooms and suites feature air conditioning, curated artwork and books, along with a ‘Big Bar’ filled with craft beers and locally sourced treats. Rain showers and full-sized REN bathroom amenities complete the subway-tiled bathrooms. The bedrooms offer work desks and USB charging points.
The Laslett boasts a selection of on-site facilities including a coffee shop, a bar that serves food, a gallery and a concept store. Breakfast is served each morning in the Henderson bar and coffee shop.
Kensington Palace is an 11-minute walk away and Royal Albert Hall is a 26-minute walk away. London Paddington Station is 1.2 miles away.
“Fabulous hotel. Perfect location and very modern decor. Staff were so welcoming and couldn't do enough for you. We'll definitely be back!”
Nobu Hotel Shoreditch in London is just 800 metres from Liverpool Street Station. Free WiFi is available throughout.
Each room at this hotel has floor-to-ceiling windows and a 55-inch flat-screen TV with Bluetooth and Apple TV, a traditional Japanese tea set and a minibar. Some rooms have views of the garden or city and include a seating area to relax in after a busy day.
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa created the menu for the onsite restaurant which includes a sushi counter, lounge, bar area and an outdoor courtyard. Room Service is available, serving Nobu cuisine 24 hours.
Brick Lane is 900 metres from Nobu Hotel Shoreditch. Old Street station is only 5 minutes’ walk away, providing access to London’s attractions. The nearest airport is London City Airport, 9 km from the property.
“Great hotel. Room was very trendy but comfy at the same time. Staff was very welcoming and friendly. Also loved the relaxed atmosphere in the lobby area.”
Ace Hotel London Shoreditch is located in the historic Shoreditch neighbourhood, a hub for galleries, theatres and fashion. The hotel has free Wi-Fi, a gym, a basement bar, a restaurant and a 24-hour front desk.
Designed with influences ranging from UK punk to bold graphic styles, each unique room comes complete with a flat-screen TV, a mini-bar and a security safe.
For food, the restaurant at Ace Hotel offers an extensive menu that caters for a variety of dietary needs. The on-site juice bar and basement bar also serve a wide range of refreshments.
Brick Lane Market, popular with bargain hunters is just 8 minutes’ walk from the hotel. Old Street Underground Station, on the Northern Line, is a short 10-minute stroll away. It offers direct routes into central London.
This list is manually curated and based on hotel recommendations from blogs and magazines. Please let me know if you think a hotel should be added to the list.
Updated Feb 16, 2020