Have no doubt – London is one of the most beautiful cities in the summertime (when the sun finally decides to come out!) Whether you’re from the city and seeking out a staycation, or visiting from out of town and looking to live the London life for a few days, I highly recommend staying in one of the beautiful boutique hotels that the city has to offer. And trust me, the city has a lot of them now, so I understand that choosing one to stay at can be a difficult task. That’s why I’ve put together a quick list of my five favourite boutique hotels in London for you. Here we go!
Looking for a relaxing oasis in the heart of London city? Leman Locke is the place to be. I had the pleasure of spending a weekend at this chic property over a weekend away in London, and can vouch for its many perks – the location is spot-on, the design is contemporary and sleek, the host of restaurants are constantly serving up delicious fare and the cultural program that brings people together in creative ways is truly stand-out.
The first thing you will notice about The Good Hotel is its unique design – industrial yet contemporary, the hotel is set atop a redesigned floating platform with a great waterfront view, especially if you’re hanging out on the roof and enjoying some cocktails during sunset. I love the minimalist design and the rooms at The Good Hotel get it so right – simple yet sleek, comfortable yet contemporary, and full of every amenity you need to have a great stay.
If you want a luxurious hotel experience while staying in one of the prime postcodes of London, this is the place to be. Though independent, Athenaeum Hotel offers an experience that can rival any of the popular five-star chains, but with the unique twist that comes with being an independent property. With rooms that are super cozy yet contemporary and a restaurant run by Michelin-starred chefs, The Athenaeum is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
Looking to stay in a less commercial, more cultural, part of London? The Curtain in Shoreditch, London’s famous artsy neighbourhood, is a great option. The hotel is as creative as the neighbourhood itself – not only does it have the standard amenities and services that you would expect from any great hotel; it also has a live music venue!
Situated in the heart of London, The Ned is ideal for those who want a modern experience but with a slice of history in it. After all, the building that houses the boutique hotel is a classic, designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924. Because of this, each bedroom at the hotel is full of design elements that are true to the twenties and thirties, along with great vintage pieces, gorgeous patterned furnishings, and rainforest showers. Be sure to check out Ned’s Club, where you can take in the view, go for a swim and have a cocktail at Canopy Bar afterward.