Tim Firmager rounds up Vada’s top 10 boutique London hotels, for a fabulous and luxurious city break in the British capital.
Accommodation in this capital is no different from anywhere else, it is one of the most important things travellers choose. It is true that there is a plethora of pristine properties, so how to distinguish the best value boutique London hotels.
For Brits and visitors from abroad alike, London boasts everything travellers could want from a city. History to modern art (e.g. Hockney and Queer British Art at the Tate), the latest street food trends to fine dining, swimming in Hampstead Ponds to clubbing (Heaven and G-A-Y to name but two venues) are but a few of the attractions drawing LGBT people to London. As diverse as this community is, one thing in common at the end of the day (or start of the next if you’re partying hard) is the desire for an inviting bed. A touch of luxury always helps rest and recuperation before the next day’s exploration. Therefore here at Vada we have rounded up our top 10 boutique London hotels to help you explore this capital city.
Inside the one bedroom apartment is a private hallway, which leads to a spacious living room, also with views over the garden and which features a dining table capable of seating six. The one bedroom apartment has a fully-fitted kitchen as well as a breakfast table for two. Next door is the master bedroom, which has a king-size bed, fitted wardrobes and luxury bedlinen.
The most luxurious thing about this apartment, however, is its bathroom, with a double sink, bathtub, shower, and REN skincare products.
Prices from £199 per night for a one bedroom apartment. Full details available at living-rooms.co.uk.
Hidden in Clerkenwell, close to Farringdon station is The Rookery. This unusual residence makes it into our top 10 boutique London hotels because of its opulent Georgian style. What it lacks in food offering (there are no restaurants within the venue – only breakfast available, a hotel bar and a discerning room service menu), it makes up in charm. And a resident cat, Lady Grey.
Prices start at £149 per night. More details at mrandmrssmith.com.
An elegant boutique hotel in South Kensington, the Ampersand is in our top 10 boutique London hotels as a conveniently located, beautifully restored Victorian treasure. Close to the V&A, Natural History Museum and many of London’s most popular museums, it is also well located for shoppers as Harrods, Knightsbridge, and Chelsea’s Kings Road are also within walking distance.
Prices start at £192 per night. Full details are online at ampersandhotel.com.
This boutique London hotel, the Dorset Square Hotel, is a beautiful Regency townhouse with 38 individually designed bedrooms many of which overlook the leafy, private garden square which was originally the site of Thomas Lord’s first cricket ground, a collection of memorabilia of which is displayed throughout the hotel.
The Potting Shed bar & restaurant is open all day long, and on Sundays a Prosecco Brunch is available, with free-flowing bubbles.
Prices start at £240 per night. For more information, visit firmdalehotels.com.
With a total of 41 bedrooms, Number Sixteen Hotel is marginally larger than it’s counterpart at Dorset Square. This venue, Number Sixteen, forms part of a mid-Victorian white stucco terrace and is situated in the heart of lively South Kensington. The unique selling point is the tree-filled private garden accessed via the Orangery and until 10th September hosts a Grayson Perry inspired Afternoon Tea. Number Sixteen of course also provides all the facilities expected of a luxury hotel including 24 hour room service, valet, concierge and high speed wireless internet access.
We’ve found prices from £312 per night for two people. For more information, like above visit firmdalehotels.com.
citizenM brands itself as a hotel wanting to create affordable luxury for people, specifically travellers. They have three outfits across the capital, and this Bankside property in our list of boutique London hotels offers relative style and affordability at a central location. The rooms may be compact, but the beds are big – 2m by 2m, so ideal for sharing, or not. The lighting in the rooms seems to be good enough for selfies too, so for millennials it’s the place to check in.
Room rates start from £125 per night. For more information and to book, visit citizenm.com.
Part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection of hotels, St Ermin’s Hotel is luxury in the heart of London. A moment from St. James tube station, St Ermin’s offers a wide range of comfortable bedrooms and suites, and inspired public spaces, but what really sets St. Ermin’s apart is the hotel’s signature approach of attentive service within in a relaxed atmosphere. Even if just popping into The Caxton Grill restaurant for lunch, all guests receive the same level of service. Afternoon Tea is offered in The Tea Lounge, with an unlimited Prosecco option at £35 per person. The rooftop bee and kitchen garden provide honey and some ingredients for the hotel.
Prices start at £259 per couple for bed and breakfast. For more details, visit sterminshotel.co.uk.
Proudly residing in London’s most prestigious neighbourhood, the Adria is a traditional Victorian townhouse revived as a boutique London hotel for the modern traveller. Each bedroom is charmingly named after a quintessentially British icon. One for each letter of the alphabet. Surprisingly for a Victorian townhouse, the Adria manages to squeeze in a spa, gym and sauna. A 60 minute massage is available from £95, and can be arranged for anytime of the day or night.
Discount prices are available £154 from per night. To book, visit theadria.com.
Said to be one of London’s best kept secrets, this boutique London hotel blends civilised surroundings, old-fashioned hospitality and friendly, efficient service. Rooms are generously furnished with pictures and antiques, feature beds (often 17th Century carved oak or Georgian 4 posters), and windows are hung with heavy silk curtains. The bathrooms have restored period plumbing fixtures and fittings, with either a free standing bath or shower. All rooms are air-conditioned and have complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen television, mini bar, safe, antique desk and REN toiletries. For those with a penchant for historic charm, this is the choice from our top boutique London hotels.
Prices start at £219 per night for a double room. For more information or to book, visit hazlittshotel.com.
The Montcalm Marble Arch is a petite but perfectly formed urban escape. Ideally located within strolling distance of Oxford Street and easy reach of London’s shopping landmarks, this chic property offers an idyllic setting in which to experience the best that London has to offer. Rooms have the usual range of modern amenities such as complimentary broadband and Wi-Fi, LCD TV with satellite channels, tea and coffee making facilities, and in-room safe.
Via it’s sister property, literally across the street, guests can access the Spa at The Montcalm, with a gym, spa facilities and treatment rooms. Also, for dining options try the Crescent Restaurant & Lounge, and Nirvana Bar.
Prices from £162 per night. Full details online at marblearchbymontcalm.co.uk.