The 10 Best Boutique Hotels in London
Jan 1, 2018
We've spent hours researching blogs and magazines for the best hotel recommendations. These are our top picks of quirky hotels in London. Bon voyage!
Updated Jan 2, 2018
Rated 9.1 in 87 reviews From 170 GBP per night
“Quirky and wonderful hotel for a stylish stay”
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 St. Cafe is open all day and serves 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.
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.
Rated 9.1 in 902 reviews From 192 GBP per night
“Really central and super close to the museums and places like Harrods and Hyde Park. The hotel itself was lovely and quirky with a lovely breakfast.”
With its own Mediterranean restaurant and just a minute’s walk from South Kensington Underground Station, The Ampersand is a cosmopolitan hotel set in a large Victorian building. The hotel also has a gym and games room.
The pillared foyer has a grand staircase lit by an elegant cascading chandelier. The downstairs bar area gives a sophisticated urban feel with its exposed brick arches, and a patisserie menu is available in the hotel’s drawing rooms.
Bedrooms at The Ampersand are individually decorated with bold contemporary wallpaper designs and original Victorian features. Each room has a minibar, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and an en suite bathroom.
As well as the hotel’s well-equipped gym, guests will have access to information regarding horse riding, private trainers and running routes.
Within 2 minutes’ walk of the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, Harrods and Hyde Park are just 15 minutes away by foot.
Rated 8.4 in 1594 reviews From 169 GBP per night
“A quirky designer hotel with comfort, delicious food and a lovely staff.”
The luxury boutique Exhibitionist Hotel is set opposite the Natural History Museum, in the heart of South Kensington. Close by are the V&A Museum, the Science Museum, The Albert Hall, and the upmarket shopping of Knightsbridge, Sloane Street, Harvey Nichols and Harrods.
The property is set in beautifully restored, 18th-century townhouses which combine original design and contemporary finishes including bespoke furnishings. The hotel features 8 galleries with frequently changing pieces of work displayed.
All rooms have a walk-in shower as well as a bath tub and Noble Isles toiletries. The Spa Suite features its own plunge pool, while the penthouse has a terrace with an outside TV.
Staff are happy to help with your stay in London.
A few minutes' walk will lead you to the area's famous museums, or South Kensington Underground Station. There are plenty of shops, restaurant and bars that you can reach on foot. Hyde Park is a 15-minute walk away.
Rated 8.2 in 1488 reviews From 58 GBP per night
“Quirky Floating Hotel with ultra friendly staff Perfect place to spend a night or two as a base for sightseeing. Quirky... A floating hotel in a dock - has a nautical feel to it.”
Good Hotel London is a profit for non-profit floating hotel with a waterfront location and rooftop terrace offering panoramic views. It is located within a 10-minute walk from the ExCeL Convention Centre and 1.8 miles from London City Airport and Canary Wharf.
All rooms offer modern decor, with both custom-made and design furniture. The rooms offer water or city views, en suite bathrooms with showers, fluffy down pillows, in-room safes, tea making facilities, work desks and free WiFi.
There are no TVs and sofas in the rooms, however guests are welcome to use the shared guest lounge, which offers the opportunity to meet and interact with other guests.
Locally sourced food and drinks are served all day in The Living Room. The on-site coffee corner serves crafted espresso drinks and a variety of healthy refreshments to stay or takeaway. The Rooftop terrace is an open-air cafe overlooking the city of London and river Thames (weather permitting).
There is 24-hour front desk and concierge services.
Good Hotel is a social business initiative which re-invests all their profits to train long-term unemployed local people and educate disadvantaged children. By staying at Good Hotel, you are helping the local community to maintain these programs.
Rated 8.3 in 1012 reviews From 99 GBP per night
“Smart, yet quirky. Sophisticated, yet not overwhelming.”
The Georgian House Hotel is 800 metres from London Victoria Station. This unique, award-winning property was built in 1851 and offers the charm of an English country hotel in the city.
Dating back to 1851, this property features beautifully and individually styled rooms with modern comforts. Some feature a bath and others have rainfall showers. Some rooms are located in different buildings either in the Georgian or Bower house.
The hotel has lovely original features, including ornate fireplaces and cornicing. All rooms have large flat screen TVs with over 30 channels, a choice of delicious refreshments and White Company toiletries. Free WiFi is available throughout.
Georgian House serves an award-winning breakfast daily, with a focus on locally sourced, artisan ingredients. Both a Continental or full English breakfast are available. The property's restaurant, Pimlico Pantry, serves drinks, snacks, sandwiches, coffee and afternoon tea.
Georgian House Hotel offers meeting facilities in the Cubitt Room.
Hyde Park is less than 2 miles away and the nearest tube stops, Pimlico and Sloane Square, are a 10-minute walk away. The Georgian House Hotel is less than a mile from Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the shops of the King's Road.
Rated 8.8 in 4066 reviews From 60 GBP per night
“Fab, friendly and funky! It is quirky and comfortable, a great location as well. The staff were really helpful and we loved the decor. It was good to know it was also a truly green hotel.”
Qbic Hotel is situated in the City of London within 5 minutes’ walk of Aldgate East and Aldgate Tube stations with connections to the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines. Free high-speed WiFi is available throughout the hotel.
Based around the Cubi all-in-one ‘Qbi’ pod concept, each room has a comfortable bed with a hand-made hypoallergenic NaturalMat mattress, a 32-inch flat-screen TV, UK/ EU and USB sockets and an integrated en-suite bathroom featuring a powerful rain shower with water-saving technology, a steam-free mirror and complimentary organic toiletries. Complimentary tea and coffee is offered on floors 1 to 4.
Qbic restaurant offers various breakfast options, an all-day menu, and a selection of tea/coffee, wine, beers, spirits and cocktails throughout the day.
Shoreditch and Tower Hill can be reached in 10 minutes by foot.
Rated 9.2 in 508 reviews From 159 GBP per night
Set in central London's fashionable Clerkenwell area, The Rookery offers charming rooms with elegant period furnishings and free WiFi. Only 100 metres from Farringdon Railway Station, the small hotel is also just 5 minutes' walk from Barbican Tube Station.
With sumptuous antique furniture and artwork, each individually styled and air-conditioned room offers a flat-screen LCD TV. The luxury en-suite bathrooms boast REN toiletries and a hairdryer.
In the mornings, guests at The Rookery can enjoy breakfast in the elegant conservatory or served to the privacy of the room. Breakfast includes freshly baked croissants. For lunch and evening meals, there is a wide range of restaurants and bars in the immediate area.
Set within a row of 18th-century houses, The Rookery still retains many original features. Guests can relax in the library or in front of an open fire in the oak-panelled lounge. By Smithfield Market and on the outskirts of London's financial Square Mile, The Rookery is just over 1 mile from South Bank’s Tate Modern gallery. Impressive St. Paul's Cathedral is only half a mile away.
Rated 8.1 in 1444 reviews From 95 GBP per night
In the heart of Bloomsbury, this unique 4-star design hotel is located just 5 minutes' walking distance from Goodge Street and Tottenham Court Road Underground Stations. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas of the hotel.
The stylish rooms at myhotel Bloomsbury all have an LCD flat-screen TV and a mix of vintage and designer furniture. There is also room service for guests to enjoy.
GAIL’s Kitchen makes tasty food from its bread oven, and is open to My Hotel guests for breakfast, brunch and snacks.
The hotel also has a Body Kalm treatment room to enjoy, with massage facilities and a variety of soothing treatments.
Covent Garden and Oxford Circus can both be reached in around 15 minutes’ walk. There are a range of shops, restaurants and theatres within walking distance of the building. Kings Cross, Euston and St Pancras rail stations can all be reached within a 20-minute walk.
Rated 7.8 in 4755 reviews From 13 GBP per night
In central London in the vibrant area of Bloomsbury, this large, vibrant hostel is near Russell Square Tube Station. The Generator has an internet cafe, a lounge and a games room with pool tables.
The famous Generator Bar has special deals on meals and drinks every night. Entertainment includes karaoke, a live DJ and free movies.
The Generator has dormitory-style shared and private rooms with en suite bathoom. There is a friendly, cosmopolitan atmosphere.
A free walking tour of the city is available.
Rated 9.0 in 1344 reviews From 152 GBP per night
Located next to Liverpool Street Station and adjacent to Shoreditch, the 5-star boutique hotel Andaz London Liverpool Street - a Concept by Hyatt boasts 267 stylish guest rooms and suites, 7 restaurants and bars, free WiFi and a 24-hour Health Club.
The spacious and modern rooms have a flat-screen TV, iPod docking station, luxurious bathrobes with exclusive Plantation-London toiletries, free non-alcoholic minibar with juices and snacks
Dining options range from casual dining in Eastway brasserie to traditional English pub food in the George Pub to authentic Japanese cuisine in Miyako. Guests can also enjoy a drink in Catch Champagne Bar & Lounge.
Andaz London Liverpool Street - a Concept by Hyatt is just 1 mile from The Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral, and bordering vibrant and creative Shoreditch with its array of boutiques, markets and nightlife hotspots. It offers easy access to central London with famous Oxford Street only a short 7-min Tube ride away.
Rated 9.0 in 1656 reviews From 109 GBP per night
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.
Rated 8.8 in 385 reviews From 135 GBP per night
The Zetter Hotel is a quirky, award-winning boutique hotel located in fashionable Clerkenwell, London. Housed in a converted 19th century warehouse, the hotel boasts 59 uniquely-styled, air conditioned rooms, including 7 rooftop studios, each with private patios. All bathrooms feature a raindance shower and REN products.
Located on the ground floor, the central Atrium plays host to breakfast and an all-day menu. Ideal for a coffee and a good book as well as a glass of wine at the end of the day.
Also on the ground floor is Club Zetter Wine Room & Bar serving a range of wines, beers and cocktails, cured meats and cheese platters, small plates and bar snacks. During the day, it is a members club for collaborative working.
With free WiFi throughout, The Zetter Hotel was built and designed using sustainable materials and energy-efficient principles. Water drawn from the hotel’s own borehole supplies the complimentary bottled still and sparkling water that is offered to all guests.
Farringdon station is a 5-minute walk away and there is a bus stop outside the hotel. The exciting shopping districts of Oxford Street and Regent Street are less than 15 minutes away by Tube.
Rated 8.5 in 578 reviews From 60 GBP per night
This Spanish-American-style boutique hotel is in Camberwell, with easy access by bus to central London. It offers free WiFi, an honesty bar and attractive rooms.
The Church Street Hotel is decorated in a Cuban/Mexican style, with bright colours, arched doorways, wood furniture and hand-painted tiles.
Some rooms have shared bathroom facilities and some rooms have en suite bathrooms. All rooms come with premium L'Occitane toiletries and some have air conditioning LED TVs and DVD players. The house signature hot sauce, organic chocolate and mineral water are complimentary to each room.
The wood-panelled Havana-style lounge offers free organic teas and coffees and a DVD library. The honesty bar has an artisan selection of single malts, rums, spirits and fine wines.
The property is 10 minutes' walk from Denmark Hill Overground Station, and a 12-minute bus ride from Oval Tube Station.
Guests can enjoy daily passes to access the gym, pool and classes at Camberwell Leisure Centre, just 1 minute walk from the property. Day passes are available at reception at an extra cost of GBP 10.
The hotel building comprises 3 townhouses and is approximately 150 years old.
Rated 8.7 in 2618 reviews From 117 GBP per night
An elegant 19th-century town house, The Bailey’s Hotel London is centrally located in Kensington. These luxurious rooms are only 30 metres from the Gloucester Road Tube Station.
Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Royal Albert Hall and a series of museums including the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum are all within a 10-minute walk.
Stylishly restored in 2016, The Bailey’s Hotel London retains many of its original Victorian features, from the magnificent staircase to the stained-glass windows.
Spacious and welcoming, the rooms offer flat-screen TVs and an individual private bathroom with free toiletries and slippers. Complimentary bottled water, coffee, tea and biscuits are provided in the rooms and replenished daily.
After a busy day, guests may wish to unwind in Olives, an award-winning authentic Italian restaurant and bar. The restaurant serves a wide range of pasta, fish and meat dishes specially prepared by the chef.
The property is conveniently located between the Kensington High Street, Knightsbridge and South Kensington shopping areas. The famous Harrods Department Store can be reached in a 15-minute walk or directly by tube.
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 Jan 2, 2018