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London is a sprawling capital city with a long history and rich cultural significance. Known worldwide for iconic sights like Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament or Buckingham Palace, London offers a diverse, multicultural experience along the Thames.
Those visiting London will get to experience every comfort at one of the city’s many boutique hotels.
The Best Boutique Hotels in London
Price: From $599
The elegant Bankside Hotel can be found in the prestigious South Bank area of London, right next to the Thames. This exclusive location gives guests easy access to some of the best attractions in the city, including Tate Modern, the National Theater, St Paul’s Cathedral, and Borough Market.
The hotel offers guests complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property and access to a gym, a craft space, and StreetGym classes. In addition, the Bankside includes a curated art collection with plenty of mid-century pieces and local representation.
Each room and suite at the air conditioning with individual controls, featherdown pillows and duvet, 300-thread count linens, and a state-of-the-art entertainment system. Blackout blinds are also provided. All accommodation options include a luxurious rain shower, Grown Alchemist bath amenities, a 400-thread count bathrobe, and slippers.
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Price: From $314
Batty Langley’s is a charming and eccentric boutique experience in Shoreditch, within walking distance of the Liverpool Street tube station. This upscale hotel is housed in a building that dates back to 1724, an exclusive part of London history.
Batty Langley’s is named after an 18th-century author who published handbooks about Georgian design and landscaping. The hotel also took inspiration from these handbooks for some of the quirky, authentic details adorning the rooms.
The ultra-comfortable rooms and suites at Betty Langley’s provide an amazing hospitality experience full of comfort and historical refinement. This gem of a location offers lavish accommodation options.
Rooms include restored vintage plumbing and fixtures, as well as a roll-top cast iron bath or a period-style shower. There is also a minibar, a safe, a flat-screen TV, and bath products from REN in every room.
The Grafton Arms
Price: From $233
The Grafton Arms is located within reach of the British Museum and West End theaters and is only a short walk away from Oxford Street. This 19th-century traditional London pub has a roof terrace and includes boutique rooms for those who wish to stay overnight.
Each luxurious room at The Grafton Arms includes a king-size or super king-size bed, an en suite bathroom, complimentary Wi-Fi, smart TV with free Netflix access, and a Nespresso machine. There is also an electric kettle with an ample tea selection, a set of bathrobes and slippers, and air conditioning available.
The highly popular gastropub downstairs serves gourmet Pan-Asian food, along with an impressive selection of top-quality beers and ales. This is an unmissable location in Fitzrovia with an amazing atmosphere and great connections.
Price: From $472
One of the most exclusive locations in London, The Guardsman can be found in Westminster, right next to Buckingham Palace. This boutique experience offers great views over the city and a sumptuous bar.
The private club atmosphere at The Guardsman feels as prestigious as every other detail in the hotel. The world-class service is personalized to each guest and contributes to a visit full of opulence. There is also a 24-hour front desk and an on-site restaurant.
Each room and suite at the Guardsman includes Noble Isle amenities, an HDTV with Chromecast and over 150 channels, underfloor heating in the en suite bathroom, a personal bar with local fairtrade goodies, and a Nespresso coffee machine. Under-bed storage space is available to tuck luggage away and family rooms are available to those traveling together.
Price: From $345
The Gyle can be found in a sophisticated Victorian townhouse dating back to 1850, only minutes away from King’s Cross Station. This elegant hotel offers guests a charming boutique experience with great access to the city.
Each room at The Gyle is unique and has plenty of character. The Toast B&B Lounge on-site treats guests to breakfast and fine alcohol options.
Natural materials and intriguing textures are present in each room’s design, and the duvet and pillows are 100% recyclable. There is a Harrison Spink mattress, a smart TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, and air conditioning in every room, as well as a safety deposit box. The bathroom features premium bath products from Arran Toiletries. Some accommodation options add a private balcony and a luxurious vaulted bathroom full of wonderful details.
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The Half Moon
Price: From $140
Located in a beautifully restored redbrick Victorian building in Herne Hill, The Half Moon is a classic boutique experience full of sophistication and charm. Known for its amazing outdoor spaces and the fine gourmet dining at the on-site restaurant, this hotel offers a stylish stay for all guests. The restaurant uses fresh and seasonal ingredients to create modern takes on pub food classics.
Complimentary Wi-Fi and breakfast are included in the rate. Accommodation options feature a grand suite on the top floor of the house, grand double/twin rooms, and classic double and petite double options, as well as a cabin-style guest room.
Modern comforts are present everywhere, with an en suite shower room, flat-screen TV, and luxurious materials. The suite and the grand rooms are the most spacious on offer. They also add a bathtub and a separate shower.
Price: From $234
The Hayden is a Notting Hill gem within walking distance of Portobello Road Market, the Museum of Brands, Westfield Shopping Center, and Paddington Station. The gastropub downstairs is a great hit with locals, and the sophisticated boutique rooms enhance the elegant atmosphere.
Each room at The Hayden features either a king-size or super king-size bed, along with a Nespresso machine and kettle, with an excellent tea and coffee selection to go with them. In addition, complimentary Wi-Fi is available, as well as free access to Netflix on a smart TV.
Cozy bathrobes and slippers are provided, as are a hairdryer and practical iron. Each room has individual controls for air conditioning and an en suite bathroom. The Hayden does not serve breakfast but is surrounded by some of the best eateries in the city. Staff will be happy to provide recommendations.
The Kings Arms
Price: From $82
The Kings Arms is a traditional London pub dating back to 1850. This hidden gem boasts newly refurbished rooms that are the height of opulence. Each room features unique details while the design blends the comforts of home with state-of-the-art technology and historical accents.
Each room at The Kings Arms includes a contactless door entry controlled by the guest’s phone, a Nespresso coffee machine, smart TV, a minifridge, air conditioning, a king-sized bed, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included with the stay.
Some of the rooms include a copper bathtub, a Bluetooth-enabled mirror, a 4-poster bed, a vintage writing desk, and exposed brickwork. Each room has a separate en suite bathroom and offers views either over Wells Street, Little Riding Street, or Great Titchfield Street.
This boutique option is close to Chinatown, Oxford Street, the British Museum, and the West End.
Price: From $740
The ultra-sophisticated L’Oscar can be found in Bloomsbury, close to Soho and the West End. It gives guests great access to the best London theaters. Housed in a former Baroque-style Baptist church in Holborn, L’Oscar has been redesigned by French decorator Jacques Garcia. The result is remarkably opulent.
This stylish boutique experience is a literary and artistic hub, with rich interiors made from velvet and leather, Champagne coupes with unique custom designs, and a 7-story imposing chandelier.
Guests are greeted with a red-carpet welcome to this lavish theater-inspired hotel featuring top-tier personalized service and indulgent fine dining at the on-site restaurant. Each elegant room at L’Oscar is unique and has a rich color palette featuring purple, red, or gold accents.
Every accommodation option at L’Oscar features goose-down pillows, Iceland duvets filled with hand-picked down feathers, a king- or queen-size bed, whimsical butterfly or bird design accents, a yoga mat, and a Nespresso machine. The rooms also include custom his and hers bath products from Roja Dove and a rainforest shower.
Price: From $264
The Rookery can be found in trendy Clerkenwell, only a short walk away from the Old Bailey and St Paul’s Cathedral. Dating back to 1764, this boutique experience was restored along with the other early house on Peter’s Lane. It continues to preserve plenty of period charm while offering modern comforts.
There is wood paneling, antique furniture, and stone-flagged floors. Several fireplaces add even more charm to this homey and luxurious atmosphere. The Rookery allows guests to feel like they’ve stepped back in time — it feels more like a private club than a typical hotel, and it is a hidden gem full of wonders next to Smithfield Market.
Beds at The Rookery are either a 17th-century carved oak option or a 4-poster Georgian. There are rich silk curtains, vintage fixtures, and a flat-screen TV.
San Domenico House
Price: From $257
The highly intimate, Latin-inspired San Domenico House can be found in the heart of trendy Chelsea. It provides guests with a private oasis atmosphere that offers escapism in the very center of London.
Personalized concierge service is available and can include airport transportation arrangements or assistance with securing restaurant reservations or theater tickets. Business travelers can request chauffeur service and have access to secretarial support and photocopying facilities.
Each opulent room at San Domenico House includes air conditioning and a cable flat-screen TV with a DVD and CD player. The marble bathroom has a shower and bath, deluxe toiletries from Molton & Brown, and cozy bathrobes.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided throughout the property, and guests can choose to indulge with the help of the bespoke room service menu. This Chelsea location is right next to some of the best fine dining options in the city.
Vintry & Mercer
Price: From $321
The Vintry & Mercer offers guests a luxurious boutique hotel experience close to St Paul’s Cathedral. Inspired by the history of the city’s trading guilds, the Vintry & Mercer now provides an opulent bespoke experience full of modern comforts but surrounded by the past.
Guests will find a state-of-the-art fitness center on the ground floor kitted with workout equipment from Life Fitness.
The Vintry & Mercer also has a rooftop terrace offering stunning views over the London skyline. The terrace offers fine dining inspired by the best of British cooking, sourced sustainably. The basement bar has authentic vintage cocktails on the menu for a touch of extra class.
Rooms at the Vintry & Mercer include custom fabrics, leather door handles, velvet curtains, soft carpets, and velvet headboards. Modern luxuries like a Nespresso coffee machine and a Marshall Bluetooth speaker are included in every room.
London is an unmissable location. Visitors can enjoy exploring Notting Hill, Borough Market, or Oxford Street, watching the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, or benefitting from a great learning experience at the Natural History Museum or the British Museum.
London has something for everyone, including excellent outdoor options when the weather allows.
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