Whether you’re looking for contemporary accommodations with contemporary designs or cool old-world hotels, London has a wealth of stylish options. Narrowing it down can be a daunting task, considering all the possibilities.
While our top hotels are listed below, there are two booking platforms we suggest to fit your search. Mr. and Mrs. Smith is a favorite for luxury accommodations, spa treatments, and stocked kitchens, while Sonder is nice for apartment-style accommodations in neighborhoods like Camden, Clerkenwell, Kensington, and Notting Hill. The Sonder averages around 80 pounds per night, features elegant furnishings and all amenities managed via the Sonder app.
Keep reading for our top handpicked picks for the best hotels in London, based on local insight and repeat stays. Do I need more? Click on our list of the 15 best hotels in London, as recommended by a local travel writer.
A converted Art Deco-style Midland Bank provides the backdrop for The Ned, which combines a hotel, members club, spa, and restaurants ranging from Italian to sushi to New York-style deli. Live music plays at The Nickel alongside a range of entertainment downstairs – don’t miss the cabaret shows at The Parlor.
A night here is pricey but offers more than your typical hotel stay. We recommend booking on Saturday so you can indulge yourself on Sunday with Ned’s Feast, an all-you-can-eat cornucopia of lobster, oysters, salads, and grills. The hotel’s location is also ideal for exploring Shoreditch and the hipster haven of East London.
Town Hall Hotel
As the name suggests, this hotel is located in the actual former Town Hall, a stately building in an increasingly trendy area of East London. Polished marble blends with elaborate stonework, although the rooms are quite modern with hardwood floors and soft beds. Larger apartments are available, and feature separate living spaces and fully equipped kitchenettes.
On-site accommodation also provides easy access to a Michelin-starred Italian restaurant and a rare indoor heated pool.
Park Plaza London Riverbank
There are many Park Plazas all over London, but this one is our top pick for its cheap rates, central location, and proximity to London’s South Bank. Enjoy great waterfront views with the Houses of Parliament right across the bridge. You can find rooms starting at 100 pounds per night, which include access to the gym and a heated indoor pool.
This bustling hotel is a favorite with travelers who prefer a soaring, cool atmosphere. The rooms are small but well stocked with handpicked books, breakfast bags and handcrafted glassware. There are other Hoxton hotels in London, but this one is aptly titled near the Thames, Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe, and the London Eye.
Don’t miss a meal at the rooftop seafood restaurant, which offers an impressive oyster menu along with city views.
Ham Yard Hotel
If you like your accommodations with a side of eclectic design, check out this colorful and quirky place designed by Kit Kemp of Firmdale Hotels, a group of centrally located boutique hotels around Soho, Covent Garden, and the like.
Ham Yard is our favorite among plenty of fun features like a bowling alley downstairs, which makes extra appeals to families, with kids’ menus and babysitting services. An outdoor dining area with a rooftop terrace and bronze sculpture by Tony Cragg is a prime place to relax, and fitness facilities such as a spa and gym complement the inviting amenities. Perhaps the most attractive, though, are the common areas like the library and drawing rooms that ask you to sit down with a book and a cup.
Blakes London, a boutique hotel in Tony South Kensington, has a bohemian style tucked behind a Victorian facade. Gorgeous rooms feature rich colors and instead of an on-site gym or spa, the hotel offers a partnership with the South Kensington Club, where guests can use exclusive perks like a hammam, hammam treatment rooms, and more.
On the property, however, you’ll find an elegant restaurant, a gorgeous courtyard with a glass birdcage dome, and a basement bar a favorite among posh locals.
If you want to feel like royalty, there is no place more luxurious than The Goring. In fact, Kate Middleton herself stayed here the night before her wedding. It also happens to be across the street from Buckingham Palace.
Luxurious furnishings fill the public spaces and rooms, and despite the upscale vibe, the hotel caters to families by offering toys and baby gear. There are also two restaurants, one with a Michelin star, a 1920s-inspired cocktail lounge, and picturesque gardens.
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