Exploring London’s 22 Best Boutique Hotels for an Unforgettable Stay

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London, the vibrant capital of the United Kingdom, is a city known to be among the most attractive travel destinations.

Whether for its rich history, Instagram-worthy landmarks, and dynamic atmosphere, or its world-class theatre, cuisine or culture, London has everything to make a trip unforgettable.

In the middle of the splendour and glamour of this city, lies a gold mine of luxury boutique hotels that provide a unique and personalized experience for discerning travellers. From charming townhouses to stylish city retreats, these gems are the perfect base from which to discover all that London has to offer. Within the boutique hotel industry, there lies a different budgets from five star luxe to relatively affordable but still exclusive, so find the one that best suits yours.

Here are 22 of the best boutique hotels in London, each with its own distinctive charm and captivating character.

The Soho Hotel

Highly recommended for theatre goers

Address: 4 Richmond Mews, Soho, London W1D 3DH

Tucked away in the vibrant neighbourhood of Soho, The Soho Hotel is a delightful sanctuary in the middle of the energetic city atmosphere.

The neighbourhood is at the heart of the city’s entertainment district, surrounded by some of London’s best bars, restaurants, theatres and night life.

Its 96 individually designed rooms boast a blend of contemporary style and timeless elegance.

The hotel’s Refuel Bar & Restaurant is a popular spot area for pre-theatre dining, while the sumptuous screening room and their afternoon teas add a touch of glamour to any stay.

Ham Yard Hotel

Highly recommended for Soho Night Life

Address: One Ham Yard, Soho, London W1D 7DT

Found in the heart of Soho and close to elegant Mayfair, Ham Yard Hotel is a stylish metropolitan retreat with a unique blend contemporary and eclectic appeal.

The public space of the hotel sits around a gorgeous garden with a bronze centrepiece by sculptor, Tom Cragg.

With its striking interiors and roof terrace, this boutique hotel offers a peaceful escape from the city buzz.

Don’t miss out on the hotel’s own theatre, gym, spa, and original 1950s bowling alley complete with its silver grand piano and Howard Hodgkin artwork for an unforgettable experience.

The Ampersand Hotel

Highly recommended elegance and luxe in South Kensington

Address: 10 Harrington Road, South Kensington, London SW7 3ER

Nestled in the elegant district of South Kensington, The Ampersand Hotel is a boutique gem inspired by the neighbouring Science Museum and Natural History Museum.

Each of its luxury 111 rooms is themed around music, botany, geometry, or ornithology, creating a whimsical environment complete with a small collection of curiosities.

The Drawing Rooms, the hotel’s comfortable lounge, is perfect for taking pleasure in afternoon tea.

Its Mediterranean restaurant and colourful games room with ping pong table provide additional tasteful spaces for your comfort. Families and dogs are welcomed, and special treats are provided for the latter.

The Artist Residence London

Highly recommended for bohemian artistry

Address: 52 Cambridge St, Pimlico, London SW1V 4QQ

Situated in the vibrant neighbourhood of Pimlico, Artist Residence London is a bohemian boutique hotel that showcases the work of local artists.

The hotel was a former townhouse and is tucked away in a quiet street but close to Chelsea, Westminster and the delights of Tate Britain.

With its imaginative interiors and cozy spaces, it exudes a welcoming and laid-back atmosphere. The hotel’s lively cocktail bar and restaurant are popular hangouts for locals and guests alike. Families and dogs can be accommodated too.

The Ned

Highly recommended for City-based luxury

Address: 27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ

Housed in a spectacular Grade I listed building that was formerly the headquarters of a bank, The Ned is a glamorous and luxurious boutique hotel.

Located in the heart of the City of London, this hotel boasts an impressive 250 rooms all decorated in 1920s glamour, ten restaurants, 17 bars, a rooftop swimming, and a spa.

The hotel also has a state-of-the-art gym, a traditional Moroccan hammam and a late-night bar in the bank’s original vault.

The hotel boasts an impressive art collection that is led by women or features work in collaboration with women to highlight the underrepresentation of top female artists in the City’s financial district art collections.

The Ned’s historic charm and luxurious facilities make it a leading choice for travellers looking for a unique experience.

The Pilgrm

Highly recommended for Paddington-based minimalism

Address: 25 London Street, Paddington, London W2 1HH

Tucked away in the Paddington neighbourhood, The Pilgrm is a boutique hotel that combines minimalistic style with sustainability. Think reclaimed wood, custom fittings, meticulous design and high finish.

The hotel’s 73 rooms feature reclaimed and repurposed materials, creating a stylish and environmentally friendly ambiance.

The Hotel’s innovative art collection is curated for its newness and relative lack of mainstream exposure.

Enjoy a cup of specialty organic coffee at the hotel’s café or explore Norfolk Square or the marvellous neighbouring Hyde Park for a tranquil retreat.

The Hari

Highly recommended for high end luxury and sophistication

Address: 20 Chesham Pl, Belgravia, London SW1X 8HQ

Nestled in the exclusive neighbourhood of Belgravia, The Hari is a five-star luxury boutique hotel that exudes sophistication and elegance. Its contemporary spaces and suites are beautifully designed with luxurious amenities and modern comforts.

Indulge in the hotel’s signature cocktail bar, enjoy a delicious meal at its restaurant, or enjoy its beautiful garden terrace.

Take a leisurely stroll to nearby Buckingham Palace for a glimpse royal splendour. Hyde Park and the Royal Albert Hall are also a short walk away.

The Portobello Hotel

Highly recommended for Bohemian whimsy luxury

Address: 22 Stanley Gardens, Notting Hill, London W11 2NG

Immerse yourself in the bohemian charm of Notting Hill at The Portobello Hotel.

This boutique gem is housed in a 19th-century townhouse and provides a whimsical and artistic atmosphere. Each of the 21 rooms is distinctively decorated with vintage furnishings, creating a relaxing and eclectic atmosphere. The hotel celebrates the spirit of the swinging 60s, and its bohemian vibe is evident throughout its carefully designed rooms. The hotel is known to host numerous celebrities in the fashion, film and music worlds.

Don’t miss the iconic Portobello Road Market, just a stone’s throw away.

The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell

Highly recommended for quirky and stylish detail

Address: 49-50 St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1V4JJ

Step into a world of quirkiness and eccentricity at The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell. This boutique hotel is housed in a Georgian townhouse and is a haven of style and character, featuring 13 individually designed rooms with a mix of vintage and contemporary elements.

The cocktail lounge, called after an imaginary eccentric aunt, Wilhelmina, has an extensive menu of imaginative concoctions, and is a must-visit for cocktail enthusiasts. The Zetter serves a delicious afternoon tea.

The Zetter is close to the 16th century medieval city gate, the trendy Exmouth Market, and a give minute walk to Farringdon. Wander to nearby St Bartholomew’s, a church founded in the 1100s which is an exceptional example of medieval architecture.

Charlotte Street Hotel

Highly recommended for contemporary British style

Address: 15-17 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1RJ

Nestled in the vibrant neighbourhood of Fitzrovia, Charlotte Street Hotel is a boutique retreat with a touch of glamour.

The hotel is located in the media area north of Soho, and close to theatres in the West End. Its stylish rooms and suites showcase a blend of traditional timeless and contemporary modern design, providing a luxurious and comfortable stay. Designer Kit Kemp has used art from the Bloomsbury Group period with a modern twist to showcase British excellence.

Indulge in a delicious meal at the hotel’s restaurant or wander the neighbourhood which is bursting with gastronomic options.

The hotel is close to Bloomsbury with its cultural and academic institutions, including the British Museum.

The Montague on the Gardens

Highly recommended for access to Bloomsbury and surrounds

Address: 15 Montague St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 5BJ

Located in the leafy Bloomsbury district, The Montague on the Gardens is a captivating boutique hotel with a warm and inviting atmosphere.

It has 100 individually designed rooms which exude elegance and comfort, while the hotel’s private garden provides offers a tranquil retreat in the heart of the city.

Filled with old world Bloomsbury charm, the Montague on the Gardens enjoys a long-standing reputation for luxury and excellence.

The hotel offers experiences such as beekeeping and sustainable cooking and children’s mocktail masterclasses.

The hotel is especially welcoming of families. Visit the British Museum just a short walk away or unwind at the hotel’s cozy Leopard Bar.

The Pelham

Highly recommended for elegance and access to museums

Address: 15 Cromwell Pl, South Kensington, London SW7 2LA

Found in the prestigious South Kensington neighbourhood, The Pelham is a boutique hotel that offers a blend of elegance and charm. Its 52 rooms are beautifully perfectly decorated with antique furnishings and contemporary touches, creating a luxurious and glamorous ambiance.

Chef Alfredo Russo creates traditional Italian delights in La Trattoria. Families and pets are welcomed at The Pelham. Explore the nearby Natural History Museum or enjoy a leisurely stroll walk through Hyde Park.

The Laslett

Highly recommended for wellness and vibe

Address: 8 Pembridge Gardens, Notting Hill, London W2 4DU

Discover the vibrant spirit of Notting Hill at The Laslett, a boutique hotel that captures the essence of the neighbourhood’s eclectic appeal.

Inspired by British style, the hotel is set across five Victorian houses. Each of its 51 rooms and suites showcases modern style and artwork inspired by local culture.

The Laslett also offers a state-of-the-art wellness boutique focusses on anti-aging treatments, building immunity and stimulating brain activity.

Immerse yourself in the bustling Portobello Road Market or unwind in the hotel’s library with a book.

The Goring Hotel

Highly recommended for tradition and luxury

Address: Beeston Pl, Westminster, London SW1W 0JW

Step into timeless classic sophistication at The Goring, a historic luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of Westminster.

This Belgravia family-owned gem has been welcoming guests for over a century and offers exquisite rooms and suites decorated with traditional British charm. Famously, The Goring is famous for British Royalty.

Indulge in the tradition of afternoon tea or dine in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant. The hotel has long been the benchmark for hotel excellence in the capital. Explore Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey a short stroll away.

The Hoxton, Shoreditch

Highly recommended for those looking for on-trend chic

Address: 81 Great Eastern St, Hackney, London EC2A 3HU

Situated within one of London’s most creative and trendy communities, The Hoxton is a boutique hotel that embodies the vibrant and artistic spirit of East London.

Located in fashionable Shoreditch, with its stylish and industrial-chic style, this hotel offers a trendy and laid-back atmosphere. The rooftop restaurant and bar provide panoramic views of the city.

The hotel’s prime location allows enables visitors to explore the vibrant street art scene, great restaurants and bustling markets of nearby including the Columbia Flower Market, Brick Lane, Spitalfields and Broadway Market.

The Mandrake

Highly recommended as an enchanting city retreat

Address: 20-21 Newman St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1PG

Escape into a world of mystique at The Mandrake, a boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Fitzrovia.

With its opulent interiors and botanical-inspired design, this hotel radiates an air of enchantment. The rooms, suites and penthouse are all carefully decorated and luxuriously furnished. This award-winning five-star hotel is thoughtfully curated to offer a unique and unforgettable experience.

Close to the West End and Soho, the hotel offers a respite from the bustling city on its doorstep.

The hotel offers well-being activities like morning yoga and shamanic rituals for spiritual health. Indulge in the hotel’s secluded courtyard, check out the private art collection, or unwind in the lavish spa for a genuinely immersive experience.

The Kensington Hotel

Highly recommended as spendid base for South Kensington

Address: 109-113 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, London SW7 5LR

Situated in the prestigious neighbourhood of South Kensington, The Kensington Hotel is a boutique retreat that integrates traditional elegance with modern comforts.

The Kensington offers Victorian sophistication and old English grandeur with its high ceilings, heritage décor and open fireplaces. Its elegant rooms and suites offer a peaceful sanctuary.

Enjoy time in the hotel’s spectacular drawing room, perfect for afternoon tea, or explore nearby Victoria and Albert Museum, The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gardens or Harrods in Knightsbridge.

The Henrietta Hotel

Highly recommended for trendy Covent Garden and West End

Address: 14-15 Henrietta St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8QH

Located in the vibrant Covent Garden district, The Henrietta Hotel is a boutique gem with a modern and artistic flair. The hotel is a short walk to the West End, Soho, The Strand, and a short walk to the Southbank. Its 40 stylish rooms and suites showcase a mix of French, Italian and British design, creating a chic and comfortable ambiance.

The predominant palette is a restful pink and blue and the appointments are tasteful and on trend.

The hotel’s renowned Italian restaurant and bar, serving regional cuisine and less-well known wines from Italy, offer a culinary journey not to be missed.

The Rosewood London

Highly recommended for luxurious opulence

Address: 252 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V 7EN

The luxury The Rosewood London offers magnificent hotel in a restored Edwardian mansion estate.

Located in Holborn, the hotel is close to Bloomsbury, Covent Garden and the West End.

With its exquisitely elegant interiors, including a spectacular five-story marble staircase, this hotel offers a truly opulent experience.

The hotel is celebrated for its personalised service and attention to detail.

Families and children are well catered for with young guests offered pie-making masterclasses, afternoon tea and tailored spa treatments, and accommodated in luxurious interconnecting or adjoining rooms.

Indulge in hotel’s spa and wellness health centre, savour culinary delights at its renowned restaurants, or take a brief stroll to the British Museum.

The Franklin

Highly recommended for glamour and sophistication

Address: 24 Egerton Gardens, Knightsbridge, London SW3 2DB

Located in the famed Knightsbridge exclusive neighbourhood, The Franklin is a boutique hotel that exudes sophistication and elegance.

A stunning example of Victorian architecture, the hotel is framed by the lush Egerton Gardens. Its 35 rooms and suites a mix of classic Italian design and sophisticated modern luxury.

The restaurant is headed by Michelin-starred Chef Alfredo Russo and offers an unforgettable dining experience. Pets are welcome at the hotel.

Indulge in the hotel’s beautiful spa and hammam or explore nearby close-by neighbouring Victoria and Albert Museum and Harrods for a truly indulgent experience.

The Dorset Square Hotel

Highly recommended for Modern English Vibe

Address: 39-40 Dorset Square, Marylebone, London NW1 6QN

Discover the charm of Marylebone at The Dorset Square Hotel, a boutique retreat housed in a gorgeous Regency townhouse overlooking a leafy private garden square. Its stylish rooms and suites are decorated with vibrant colours and eclectic furnishings, creating a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere.

Designer Kit Kemp has used a crisp, modern English style to make the spaces comfortable and stylish.

Enjoy a drink a beverage at the hotel’s relaxing restaurant, the Potting Shed whilst you listen to live Cuban music (Thursdays) or take a leisurely stroll to nearby Regent’s Park and Madame Tussauds.

The Beaumont

Highly recommended with glamour and luxury

Address: 8 Balderton St, Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair, London W1K 6TF

Immerse yourself in the art deco glamour of The Beaumont, a five-star boutique hotel nestled in the distinguished Mayfair district.

Its luxurious 50 rooms and 22 suites and studios offer a blend of elegance, sophistication, and comfort.

The hotel is designed in the grand European tradition, capturing old-world glamour and luxury. The hotel’s distinct art deco styled spa and hammam provide a truly decadent experience.

Explore the neighbouring luxury shopping destinations of Bond Street and Mount Street for some retail indulgence.

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