The 11 Best Boutique Hotels in London
Nov 11, 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 Nov 12, 2018
Rated 8.7 in 3834 reviews. 183 rooms.
“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 8.5 in 1289 reviews. 59 rooms.
“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 8.9 in 1460 reviews. 208 rooms.
“Quirky, stylish and modern. The lobby was happening at any given time of day or night. Buzzing and alive environment.”
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 8.6 in 2337 reviews. 212 rooms.
“Perfect location very close to Gloucester Rd tube station. Superb breakfast. Spacious and comfortable bedroom. Would recommend highly.”
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.
Rated 8.1 in 995 reviews. 46 rooms.
“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 8.9 in 404 reviews. 55 rooms.
“Lovely quirky hotel with little thoughtful extras. Amazing shower. Endless free tea and coffee from the little kitchen. Lovely wine in the bar. Good breakfast.”
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 9.0 in 2036 reviews. 267 rooms.
“Quirky but sympathetic restoration of the old Great Eastern railway hotel. Great location for exploring the East End. Breakfast was perfect and staff went above and beyond.”
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 89 reviews. 10 rooms.
“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 9.0 in 456 reviews. 36 rooms.
“Beautiful, historic building lovingly restored with original, quirky features. The staff were attentive but not intrusive.”
In London's Theatreland, in the heart of the West End, this 4-star boutique hotel offers beautiful rooms with antique furniture and free Wi-Fi. There is a 24-hour front desk and a library lounge.
The unique bedrooms at Hazlitt’s have sumptuous decor and elegant panelled walls. All rooms have a flat-screen TV, minibar and work desk, and the luxury bathrooms feature REN toiletries.
A delicious breakfast is served in the rooms and includes freshly baked croissants and coffee. Hazlitt's also offers an honesty bar.
Built in 1718, Hazlitt’s features priceless antiques and historical features throughout. Details include chandeliers, Victorian baths and carved wooden beds.
Hazlitt’s is situated just off Soho Square, 300 metres from Tottenham Court Road Tube Station. Oxford Street is a 2-minute walk away, and Oxford Circus can be reached in a 10-minute walk.
Rated 9.1 in 970 reviews. 88 rooms.
“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.
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 Nov 12, 2018