There are as many places to stay in London as there were sequins on Kate Middleton’s wedding dress (and believe us, that’s a lot!)
Does an atmospheric townhouse with a wood burning fire take your fancy, or a cutting edge design hotel? How about a palatial five-star residence overlooking a royal park? Or a historic pub with a handful of cozy bedrooms?
Wherever you go, you’re guaranteed a warm British welcome. And a full English every morning, naturally.
Best Hotels in London
From princely to party-loving and everything in between, England’s grand old capital has a hotel to suit every personality. But which are the best places to stay in London?
With their decadent interiors and lavish service, The Savoy and The Wellesley ooze luxury, while you can’t beat the views from the Shangri La at The Shard, which boasts the highest infinity pool in Europe.
For period charm and funky detailing, opt for one of the best boutique hotels in London. The Portobello Hotel has four poster beds and serious rock’n’roll credentials (supermodel Kate Moss and actor Johnny Depp famously bathed in champagne in room No 16), while The Zetter Townhouse combines fashionably eccentric furniture with an excellent location.
Best areas to stay in London
You’ve survived the flight and navigated the journey into the city. Where should you put down roots?
The best area to stay in London depends on what sort of holiday you’re after. Looking for luxury? Stick to Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Mayfair. After a taste of authentic London with an arty vibe? Try Camberwell, Hoxton and Clerkenwell. And of course, Shoreditch and Soho boast many of the best bars in London.
Take the overground a few stops out of the hectic centre and you’ll begin to discover London’s villages. These residential pockets of calm typically boast tapestries of green spaces, pretty townhouses and independent shops, making them an ideal place to stay for those who prefer to take life a little slower. A few of our favourite are star-studded Primrose Hill, Hampstead and Dulwich.
Click here for a full guide of the best areas to stay in London by neighbourhood.
Best hostels in London
Meet like-minded travellers and keep your holiday spending at a minimum by checking into one of the best hostels in London.
Forget creaky bunks and limited facilities. The SoHostel in Soho has serious cool credentials and even offers a pamper room, complete with hairdryers and Hollywood mirrors. For easy access to Camden’s live music events, a stay at the Generator Hostel is a must.