As the festive season approaches, you might be thinking of spending a weekend in London catching a show, doing some Christmas shopping, or visiting one of London’s many cultural landmarks.
A weekend in the capital also offers the chance to spend the night at one of London’s many luxurious independent hotels.
We’ve combed through some of London’s most beloved neighbourhoods to find the very best boutique hotels to make your stay in the city even more special.
The South Bank is home to some of London’s top visitor attractions, including the National Theatre, the Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Royal Festival Hall.
For an overnight stay that extends the appreciation of art and culture, you can’t miss Bankside Hotel and its Art Yard Maker’s Studio. The studio is a permanent creative space in the hotel used to promote the work of emerging artists who you can watch as they practise their craft.
If you’re looking for a more unusual place to rest your head, Sea Containers London might be more up your street. Stay on the River Thames surrounded by design inspired by the 1920s transatlantic liners. Sea Containers London is stylish and comfortable, offering stunning views of the London skyline.
London’s world-famous West End is the perfect place for an exciting night out.
After you’ve had your fill of the bright lights, The Resident Soho’s Carlisle Suite offers a luxurious space that has everything you could need to wind down and relax.
The Resident focuses on quality of service rather than quirky design, and this commitment really shows. The hotel is simple, elegant, and above all extremely comfortable.
If your taste errs more on the side of extravagance, Hazlitt’s Hotel will have you feeling right at home.
Every feature is chosen to exude decadent, historical charm, from the restored Victorian fittings in the bathrooms to the 17th century carved oak bed frames. Described as “one of London’s best kept secrets” by Harper’s Bazaar, New York, you may not ever want to leave Hazlitt’s after you step through its doors.
Kensington really is a playground for history buffs, filled with extensive museum collections. With so much to do and see, it can be hard to know where to start.
Luckily, The Ampersand Hotel has you covered. Not only do they offer exquisite rooms and suites for a little rest and relaxation, they also offer tours of many of London’s most famous landmarks.
You can book onto their exclusive Science Museum tour, the Kensington and Knightsbridge Tour, and even a panoramic sightseeing tour of London in the quintessentially British black cab. Afterwards, indulge in one of their renowned private afternoon teas.
If you prefer to run things your way, The Other House in South Kensington offers an entirely contactless stay.
Using their Other House app, you can manage everything with a tap of your phone from checking in and booking a table for dinner to housekeeping and checking out. Their philosophy is to provide a home from home for those who know exactly what they want from a trip to London.
It’s hard to beat the buzz of Covent Garden, home to the Royal Opera House and Royal Ballet as well as a multitude of theatres and bustling markets.
Set amongst the excitement is Middle Eight Hotel, a stunning, ultra-modern hotel offering customer service that is second to none. No detail has been overlooked, and guests are welcomed with drinks and treats on arrival.
Just across the road from world-famous Fortnum & Mason and Waterstones Piccadilly, Europe’s largest bookstore, The Dilly at Piccadilly has much to recommend it.
Their official Peter Rabbit afternoon tea is delightful for adults and children alike, and their boldly British design can’t fail to put a smile on any visitor’s face. But the real magic is in the fact that, like London itself, the Dilly never seems to sleep; there is always something going on from dancing in the ballroom to creative cocktails Downstairs at the Dilly.
Hyde Park / Marble Arch
Hyde Park and Marble Arch give you the best of all worlds, being perfectly placed between beautiful Kensington and exciting Soho.
Roseate House hotel offers a beautiful, Victorian-themed backdrop for your stay at Marble Arch. Classic Victorian artwork adorns the walls of this luxurious space, handpicked and curated by Jonty Hearnden, antiques expert and presenter of BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. They also offer their very own Hyde Garden for private hire or simply to relax and enjoy time with friends.
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Taking regular trips to London and staying in your favourite hotels is a real treat.
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