London is home to some of Europe’s finest design-led hotels. As well as the classic luxury of well known traditional hotels such as Claridge’s and the Savoy, London also has a growing collection of boutique hotels that put cutting-edge design front and centre.
Boutique Places to Stay in London
We’ve handpicked some of the finest boutique hotels in London to help you find a quirky, romantic, memorable stay in the capital. Our guide to places to stay takes in the major districts and areas across this sprawling metropolis which over eight million people call home.
The City of London, also known as the Square Mile, is the oldest part of the capital and is rich in fascinating history, architecture and rituals. It’s also very well connected with superb public transport links and access to the river. Boutique hotels in the area, and nearby Clerkenwell, include the five star Threadneedles, which was once a Victorian bank, The Montcalm at the Brewery, Malmaison, the Zetter and the Zetter Townhouse.
Threadneedles hotel in the City of London – formerly in use as a bank.
Mayfair is one of the most desirable and exclusive parts of London, with top designer boutiques, Michelin-star winning restaurants, thought provoking galleries with work from world famous artists, private members’ clubs and, of course, hotels.
Mayfair boutique hotels included in our round up include 45 Park Lane, Brown’s Hotel, St James’s Hotel and Club, Fleming’s Hotel and Apartments, and No 5 Maddox Street.
This area is another gem in London’s crown, with top shopping destinations such as Harrods in Knightsbridge and the King’s Road in Chelsea. It’s also home to the capital’s Museum Quarter with the Victoria and Albert, Natural History Museum and the Science Museum.
Boutique Hotels in this part of Kensington, Chelsea and Knightsbridge that we recommend include the Milestone Hotel (pictured top), The Knightsbridge Hotel, Belgraves, the Exhibitionist and the Halkin by COMO.
Marylebone, which has a charming village feel, is home to what is considered by some to be the country’s best collection of fine arts with the Wallace Collection at beautiful Hertford House in Manchester Square.
Marylebone is also where Thomas Lord’s first cricket ground was located, and the influence of cricket is alluded to throughout the stylish and contemporary Dorset Square Hotel (below). Other boutique hotels here include The Arch, Ten Manchester Street, London EDITION and the Grazing Goat.
The Dorset Square Hotel in Marylebone
Our curated guide to special boutique hotels in North London includes the Pullman St Pancras, Megaro Hotel, Rough Luxe and the York and Albany.
This creative and trendy part of the capital has developed a hotel offering which reflects this fast changing area. Local boutique hotels included in our guide include the Hoxton Hotel, Boundary Restaurant, Rooms & Rooftop, the Ace Hotel, Town Hall Hotel & Apartments and London’s only super-yacht hotel in the Royal Docks.
Colourful, vibrant Soho and Theatreland has long been known as a place to go in search of excitement and entertainment. It’s also a place to go for a boutique place to stay with Hazlitt’s, the Courthouse Hotel, Haymarket Hotel, One Aldwych and the Dean Street Townhouse all featuring in our guide to this distinctive area.
South London’s excellent choice of boutique hotels will challenge the preconceptions some people might have about the area with our guide featuring Church Street Hotel, Bermondsey Square Hotel, Tulse Hill Hotel and the Tommyfield in SE postcodes, and the Dog and Fox in Wimbledon, SW19