Many people are charmed by the bustling city of London, drawn in by its intriguing culture and fascinating history, it is a treasure trove of places to explore. Amongst the picturesque streets, you will find the finest boutique hotels in London that reflect the city’s lively culture. From classy and sophisticated to funky and eccentric, they’re the perfect hideaways to unwind while you soak in the city’s atmosphere.
With its vibrant culture, rich history, and lively art scene London also has some of the most stunning boutique hotels to choose from. This is why we have collated the very best boutique hotels in London to complement your adventure through this wonderful city.
The Chesterfield MayfairHotel in Mayfair
4* | The Chesterfield Mayfair is a gorgeous boutique hotel located in the heart of Mayfair. It is ideal for anyone shopping at the luxury boutiques nearby or looking for a glamorous stay in the city. Within walking distance to Hyde Park the hotel lives up to its stylish surroundings. Inside the hotel is adorned with chandeliers, antique furniture, and marble flooring, whereas the guest rooms are impressive with rich fabrics and large comfortable beds.
The hotel is a haven with beautiful dining areas and a cosy lounge with luxurious leather armchairs and a library. Green Park station is located nearby and the popular street of Bond Street is close for guests looking for a spot of retail therapy.
Hotel 41Hotel in Westminster
5* | 41 is excellently located close to Buckingham Palace and Victoria train station in the heart of Westminster. This great boutique hotel offers a hidden retreat from the city with its bold yet glamorous interiors. The hotel is perfect for those looking for privacy, with its dining and bar areas only open to its guests, creating the air of a private members-only club. The Executive Lounge is cosy with an open fireplace and deep mahogany furniture where guests are discreetly tended to with round-the-clock sweet and savoury refreshments on offer.
Each one of the 30 guest rooms available has been individually designed with sophisticated mahogany bed frames, monochrome furnishings, and fine linens. The hotel’s star, however, is the Conservatory Suite with its wood-carved bed under its glass ceiling, perfect for star-gazing.
The Rubens at the Palace LondonCafé in Westminster
5* | This stunning boutique hotel is located close to Buckingham Palace, Victoria Station, and the Victoria Apollo Theater. From the outside, the hotel has a grand appearance which stands on an area that once was part of the Buckingham Palace grounds. This rich heritage is celebrated throughout the hotel with a cosy yet glamorous interior. Guest rooms at the hotel have been carefully designed to offer a luxurious retreat with rich red, royal blue, and gold brocade upholstery and linens.
However, the real appeal of the Ruben at the Palace is the fantastic Royal Afternoon Tea that is served in the Palace Lounge which features panoramic views over Buckingham Palace mews, an ideal place to watch the Royal Carriages and horses come and go.
5* | The Broadwick Soho is a fantastic Soho boutique hotel, located in the heart of London and convenient for anyone wishing to visit one of the many theatres nearby.
The hotel has an impressive exterior with two eccentrically dressed elephant sculptures adorning the facade and finely dressed doormen ready to welcome guests. Inside the hotel is stunning with stylish pastel-coloured rooms including elegant wallpapers, designer details, and beautiful ensuite bathrooms. The hotel has some truly stunning areas such as the rooftop Flute bar, a great example of maximalist glamour with a mirrored ceiling and plush animal-print seating. The Dear Jacking dining area is equally as impressive and oozes Italian sophistication with red silk walls and Murano lighting.
Tottenham Court Road station is nearby, but with such a central location everything you need is within walking distance.
Mimi's Hotel SohoHotel
4* | Mimi’s Hotel is a small boutique hotel located in an old mansion on the famous Frith Street in London’s Soho district. This accommodation offers all the comforts of a first-class hotel in an unbeatable location and at a more than fair price. Although the cheapest rooms are a bit smaller, they are equipped with everything your heart desires. Mimi’s is located in a privileged spot, where you’ll have the city’s best restaurants and bars right on your doorstep. It provides the ideal base for those looking to enjoy a few days of shopping in London’s best stores.
Great Northern HotelHotel in Kings CrossOur highlight
5* | The Great Northern Hotel was originally built in 1854, to serve passengers of the newly opened Kings Cross station opposite and continues to be a beautiful hotel in the busiest part of London. This stylish boutique hotel is charming and offers a welcome sanctuary for its guests looking for a place to unwind. Guest rooms have a contemporary design, and feature Couchette-style rooms, that refer to the design of sleeper trains and the hotel’s history with locomotives.
Handcrafted furniture accompanies each room, with pristine linens creating a cosy yet comfortable retreat. The Great Northern also boasts a stunning restaurant, Plum and Spilt Milk, and a sophisticated public bar that radiates elegance and perfectly compliments this impressive hotel.
York & AlbanyHotel in Camden Town
The York & Albany is a sophisticated boutique hotel in north London, located between the bustling area of Camden and the refined locale of Regents Park. Situated in an 1800s coach house, this Grade I listed building was designed by Regency architect John Nash and has been carefully restored.
The hotel is elegant with its classic decor, pretty chandeliers hang from ceilings and guest rooms feature high ceilings and antique furniture. Delicate wallpaper adorns the walls and sturdy four-poster beds take centre stage in the lofty rooms.
Downstairs Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant takes care of the dining and drinks with delicious offerings including British Sunday roasts. Camden Town train station is located nearby and the beautiful Regents Park is opposite the hotel.
The Standard LondonHotel in Kings Cross
5* | The Standard, London, located in the vibrant King’s Cross area, stands out as a stylish and contemporary Boutique hotel. Housed in the former Camden Town Hall Annex, the building retains its quirky 1970s architecture, blending it seamlessly with modern, luxurious interiors. This hotel is known for its eclectic design, vibrant atmosphere, and excellent service. It features a variety of rooms and suites, each uniquely decorated with a blend of retro and modern elements.
The hotel also boasts diverse dining options, including a rooftop restaurant with stunning views of the city. The Standard is a perfect choice for those seeking a unique, high-end experience in one of London’s most dynamic neighborhoods.
The GyleHotel in Kings Cross
4* | Located adjacent to King’s Cross Station and within walking of the British Library the Gyle Hotel is an impressive London boutique hotel. Guests are welcomed by its intimate and unique British style with botanicals that decorate the walls and ceilings, giving the effect that you are stepping inside a garden. With only 33 rooms this hotel is quaint yet quirky and appeals to those looking for an unconventional hotel stay.
Guest rooms are elegant with solid oak flooring, vintage furnishings, and Scottish textiles, in charcoal, black, and moss green, which can be seen throughout the hotel. Private patios are a feature of larger rooms and spa treatments are available to order within your room.
Megaro Hotel LondonHotel in Kings Cross
5* | Located in Kings Cross, you can not miss the Megaro Hotel’s eye-catching arty facade. Inside this boutique hotel is glamorous, with flamboyant details and unique spaces where guests can enjoy themselves. The Magenta restaurant is eye-catching with bright seating, while the fantastic Hokus Pokus bar is located underground and wows guests with its steampunk meets Victoriania decor.
Guest rooms range from quirky design rooms to clean contemporary rooms, catering to every guest’s preference. Whether you are looking for a statement room with bulldog sculptures and Brit Pop decor or you are after a classic hotel room, there is no doubt you will have a unique stay at the Megaro. The hotel is opposite Kings Cross and St Pancras Station, where you can also jump on the Eurostar.
Lime Tree HotelHotel in Knightsbridge
4* | The stunning Lime Tree Hotel is located in Belgravia, close to Sloane Square and Chelsea, an affluent area known for its grand architecture and boutique stores. Situated in a historic townhouse, the Lime Tree Hotel offers guests a beautiful stay in West London. With only 26 guest rooms available, the hotel is cosy and intimate. Guest rooms have a comfortable yet contemporary style with pretty wallpaper, warm bedding, and traditional furnishings. Each room also has an ensuite bathroom with modern facilities and British toiletries.
Guests at the hotel can enjoy the homely feel of The Buttery with its rustic-chic decor, serving guests throughout the day and offering delicious cocktails and an excellent wine list in the evening. The Lime Tree Hotel also has a small garden area, unusual for an inner London hotel, where guests can enjoy drinks and bites during summer.
The Hayden Pub & RoomsHotel in Notting Hill
For those wishing to explore the delights of West London, The Hayden Pub is the ideal place to stay, opposite London’s vintage Portobello Road Market. Situated in the centre of Notting Hill this quaint boutique hotel is part of a gastropub collection. Each room has been carefully designed with fine details, unique art, and modern ensuite bathrooms. Comfortable king-size and super king-size beds dressed with cosy blankets and heritage fabrics take centre stage creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Whereas downstairs guests can enjoy the light and airy Hayden Pub, where traditional British cuisine is served including excellent Sunday Roasts. Should guests decide to explore the nearby area, they will find an excellent selection of fine restaurants, bars, and cafes located nearby and a wonderful array of designer boutique stores.
Sydney House ChelseaHotel in Chelsea
4* | Sydney House Chelsea is a boutique hotel in the heart of the beautiful Chelsea district in London. This quaint hotel is situated in one of the area’s typical townhouses and is very tastefully decorated. The rooms are really lovely, some even come with their own balcony, and you can wind down your evening in a relaxed setting at the small bar.
The Exhibitionist HotelHotel in South Kensington
5* | The Exhibitionist Hotel is excellently located in Kensington close to the revered museums of London and the expansive Hyde Park. The Natural History Museum and the Science Museum are a short walk away, whereas the area of Kensington is a delight to explore with Harrods reachable by foot.
Inside the Exhibitionist Hotel is stylish and arty with quirky details throughout the hotel and 8 gallery spaces. Rooms are unique and include colourful penthouse suites, jacuzzi splash rooms, design rooms with neon light displays, as well as classic hotel-style rooms. Each room has a luxurious king-size bed and the room sizes are spacious. With excellent attention to detail, guests can relax knowing that they will be well taken care of in this intimate and stylish boutique hotel.
The Queens Gate HotelHotel in South Kensington
4* | The Queens Gate Hotel is a stylish boutique hotel located within the museum district of South Kensington. The Natural History Museum and the Royal Albert Hall are located close by, and the hotel is a short walk from South Kensington Station. Inside the hotel exudes sophistication with a beautiful entrance and elegant guest rooms. Rooms are spacious and airy with a contemporary yet classic decor that is a soothing retreat from the bustling streets of London. Each room includes tall windows, a modern ensuite, and a sumptuous bed with luxury linen. The Q Bar and Restaurant offers guests the opportunity to relax on its heated terrace and grab a bite to eat or enjoy a drink after a long day exploring London.
art'otel London Battersea Power StationHotel in Battersea
4* | Located in South London the art’otel London is situated in the leafy Battersea in the newly developed Power Station area. This newly opened boutique hotel has been stylishly designed by Jaime Hayon and has a sophisticated yet arty vibe, with quirky sculptures and a wonderland-esque lobby area. Rooms offer guests picturesque views across the city skyline with 16 floors to choose from. The ‘Art Rooms’ boast rainfall showers, ‘art of sleep’ beds, and Signature art by Jaime Hayon. Guests at the hotel can also enjoy the stunning Joia rooftop bar where drinks and small bites can be enjoyed or take a dip in the rooftop pool. The Grand Cafe also includes a wonderful art gallery and the hotel hosts many art-based activities. It is the perfect destination for any art lover.
The Hoxton, SouthwarkHotel in South Bank
4* | Located in Southwark close to the River Thames, and the Southbank area, The Hoxton is an ultra-modern boutique hotel. The area is known for its excellent food markets and the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre are located close by. Inside the hotel is sophisticated with beautiful spaces for guests to enjoy, the Albie bar and restaurant is elegant, serving brunch, dinner, and drinks, and the Seabird Rooftop restaurant is stylish with botanical plants, plush sofas, and beautiful views across the city from the terrace.
Guest rooms at the Hoxton are spacious with a contemporary design. Concrete ceilings and exposed brickwork nod to the history of South London, and Crittall-style windows create a stylish space for guests to enjoy.
Sea Containers LondonHotel in South Bank
5* | Located along the Southbank the Sea Containers Hotel is an impressive boutique hotel in South London. Situated within walking distance of some of London’s best attractions such as the Tate Modern, the National Theatre, and the London Eye, the hotel is an ideal stay in London.
Inside the hotel has a stunning art deco style and is spacious with wide open spaces filled with bold colourful furnishing and large art sculptures. The hotel includes a beautiful spa, a riverside restaurant, and a rooftop bar with unparalleled views along the River Thames.
Designer Tom Dixon has decorated rooms that feature a minimalist style. Colourful velvet upholstered furniture contrasts against the slate grey walls, and large beds dominate each room. The Sea Container Hotel is a stylish and luxurious stay along the banks of South London close to Waterloo Station.
The Windmill On The CommonHotel in Clapham
3* | It doesn’t get more authentic than this: The Windmill On The Common is not only housed in a beautiful building with a pub, but it also wonderfully radiates the charm of old London. In this boutique hotel in Clapham, you can enjoy a relaxed time: evenings in the pub and delicious English breakfast served early in the morning. Fortified by this, you can be at two Tube stations within a 5-minute walk and start your sightseeing programme.
The LaLit LondonHotel in Bankside
5* | Located close to London Bridge station, the stunning Lalit London Hotel is a cosy and stylish boutique hotel in South London. The hotel is situated in a Grade ll former grammar school built by English architect Edward Mountford and offers guests an intimate experience with 70 well-appointed guest rooms.
Lalit exudes Victorian influence and includes impressive rooms such as the Headmaster’s Room with its grand fireplace, decorative ceiling, and plush velvet armchairs. Upstairs guest rooms are light and spacious with high ceilings and wood panelling. Each room has been individually designed to offer luxurious comfort, including beautiful bathrooms with heated flooring. The hotel also has a private gym and an impressive dining hall serving elegant Indian cuisine.
Redchurch TownhouseHotel in Shoreditch
5* | Located in trendy East London near Shoreditch High Street tube station, the beautiful Redchurch Townhouse is a boutique hotel from the revered Soho House group. The hotel has a stylish interior with terrazzo flooring and soft velvet sofas. The wonderful Cecconi’s restaurant is connected to the hotel which is equally as stylish with a 40s influence serving classic Italian cuisine with their signature dish being Spaghetti Lobster.The rooms at the Redchurch are cosy and comfortable with a contemporary design and mid-century style furniture. Rooms vary in size ranging from small rooms suitable for solo travellers to larger suites filled with velvet armchairs and roll top baths in the room. The hotel is excellently located for exploring the vibrant East London markets and chic boutique stores.
The Zetter TownhouseHotel in Holborn
4* | The Zetter Clerkenwell is located in the creative area of Clerkenwell known for its excellent food scene, with many delights to be found at the nearby Exmouth Market. Inside The Zetter is quirky yet classic with an eclectic arrangement of leather armchairs and ornaments decorating the lounge rooms. The cocktail bar is the perfect place to soak up the quirky charm of this hotel with delicious drinks and small bites on offer.
Rooms are well-sized and continue the vibe of the hotel with their unique decor. There are only 13 rooms on offer and each room has been individually decorated with a combination of four poster beds, antique furniture, and a rich colour palette. Farringdon station is located close by and St Paul’s Cathedral is a short walk away.
Nobu Hotel London ShoreditchHotel in Shoreditch
5* | Within its neo-modernist exterior, the Nobu Hotel boasts a sleek Japanese-industrial style that offers a calm oasis in the city. Located in the trendy area of Shoreditch, the Nobu Hotel is a stylish beacon amongst the many excellent bars and restaurants in the area. Created to complement the famous Nobu sushi restaurant, which is located onsite, the hotel is a beautiful example of Japanese minimalism.
Inside the rooms have been carefully designed and feature concrete walls juxtapositioned by natural wood flooring. Shoji screens and clever dual-purpose furniture maximises space in the smaller deluxe rooms, whereas the top floor Yuhi Skyline rooms feature beautiful balconies and spacious living areas with black and gold complementing the minimal aesthetic. Downstairs guests can enjoy dishes from the Nobu sushi restaurant or venture out to explore the gastronomic delights of Shoreditch.
Sun Street Hotel ShoreditchHotel in Shoreditch
5* | The Sun Street Hotel is located in the trendy Spitalfields area close to Liverpool Street Station and Moorgate. The area has some excellent restaurants located near the hotel such as St John Bread and Wine and the Barbican Centre is within walking distance. The hotel has been boldly decorated by interior design firm Bowler James Brindley and its striking interiors welcome guests as soon as they arrive.
Clashing prints adorn the walls and floors, while bedrooms are saturated with bold hues of royal blue, emerald, or maroon. However, the maximalist decor works well together to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that reflects the quirky area of East London. The 41 rooms of the hotel are well-sized with moody interiors and include ensuite bathrooms with walk-in rain showers or suites with roll-top bathtubs, making them the ideal retreat.
Best Boutique Hotels in Central London
Standing at twice the size of New York City, London is an expansive place to navigate and is best considered by its five main areas. London natives often refer to the city by its geographical areas, North, South, East, and West with Central London as the epicentre. Venture into Central London where vibrant streets like Covent Garden and the iconic stretch of Oxford Street can be found. Or explore the banks of the river Thames along the captivating Southbank where you will find the iconic London Eye.
Boutique Hotels in North London
Discover North London, and you will find picturesque canal networks crisscrossing, unveiling the beauty of Regents Park. Explore the unique Camden Town Market or swim in the Hampstead Pond.
Best Boutique Hotels in West London
Meanwhile, the westward area of the city boasts famed museums like the revered Natural History Museum and the captivating Science Museum. West London is also home to Chelsea F.C. and features historic architecture, luxury shopping, and a scenic riverside setting, embodying a blend of luxury, culture, and sporting prestige.
Boutique Hotels in South London
South London is celebrated for its cultural diversity, historic sites like Greenwich, and sprawling green spaces such as Clapham Common. It boasts a rich arts scene, iconic markets, less touristy neighborhoods, and vibrant music and nightlife, especially in Brixton, alongside significant sporting venues like Wimbledon.
Best Boutique Hotels in East London
East London exudes an artistic vibe, where the lively streets of Brick Lane and Shoreditch bustle with vintage stores, trendy bars, and culinary delights.