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Best Boutique Hotels in London

Published: 17 June, 2024
Last modified: 19 July, 2024
Corinthia London
Corinthia London

London’s allure lies not only in its historic landmarks and bustling streets but also in its charming boutique hotels! While known for its classic elegance, the city is also home to playful and eye-catching boutique accommodations that blend contemporary style and that London flair. In our quest for the most exquisite stays, we’ve curated a list of the “Top 10 Boutique Hotels in London.” We love these hotels for their distinctive interior designs, exceptional amenities, and proximity to prominent iconic London landmarks. Whether you’re a culture enthusiast, a culinary connoisseur, or simply seeking a luxurious escape, our selection ensures that your stay in London will be nothing short of extraordinary.


Art’otel London Battersea Station

Situated along the Thames, Art’otel offers a creative oasis for art enthusiasts. The hotel boasts an impressive and ever-changing collection of contemporary art, and each room features its own unique artwork. The rooftop bar on the 16th floor provides stunning river views, while the art-inspired restaurant serves delectable Portuguese and Iberian spiced dishes. Nearby attractions include the Battersea Power Station and Battersea Park where you can spend some time enjoying the sights.


COMO Metropolitan London

One of COMO’s boutique accommodations, COMO Metropolitan London is a tranquil retreat in the heart of bustling Mayfair. What we love about this stay is its sleek, minimalist design and exceptional wellness offerings. Guests can experience a blissful urban escape at the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape Spa where acupuncture and steam room relaxation are available, or savour exquisite cuisine at the award-winning Nobu restaurant that serves a masterful mix of Japanese-Peruvian fare. This gem is also one of the boutique hotels in London that’s just a stone’s throw from Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace.


The Londoner

One of the newest boutique hotels in London, The Londoner is a marvel of contemporary design. Dubbed as the world’s first super boutique hotel, this 5-star city stay is famous for its innovative sustainability practices. It features 16 storeys of carefully curated spaces exuding the West End style, 6 concept dining spots and bars, guest-only parlour rooms, a rooftop lounge with unbeatable panoramic city views, and a wellness retreat too. While on-site dining options abound, we suggest indulging at 8 at The Londoner—an elegant rooftop izakaya with a wonderful refined atmosphere.


Bankside Hotel, Autograph Collection

One of the top considerations we have when making our lists is a hotel’s location, and Bankside Hotel just perfectly captures our style. While it is close to all major attractions, it’s a bit tucked away from the main street, lending it a quieter more “insider” vibe. A riverside haven for art aficionados, Bankside Hotel celebrates creativity with its art studio rooms and vibrant common spaces. The hotel’s restaurant, Art Yard Bar & Kitchen, serves modern British cuisine all day and has a relaxed casual setting. After exploring nearby Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, do try out the local beers and cocktails at Art Yard Bar!


The Marylebone Hotel

Looking for a stay close to Madame Tussauds? The Marylebone is a charming hotel that exudes contemporary style. It has a range of rooms and suites to choose from, but our favourite has to be The Marylebone Suite with its generous glass-ceilinged terrace that lets you enjoy rooftop views. We also enjoy the vibe at The 108 Brasserie at the back of the hotel, set on Marylebone Lane. Its classic yet refined menu is great for all-day dining and the streetside location adds to its unique charm.


Ham Yard Hotel, Firmdale

The Ham Yard Hotel is a design lover’s paradise with its colourful interiors and a lush rooftop garden (plants inside bring the lush feel too!). The hotel boasts a stunning drawing room and a private cinema, but the fun doesn’t stop there. On-site, there’s also the Croc Bowling Alley and Soholistic Spa where you can relax your senses after a lively day. Feel like going for a snack? Check out the delectable dishes at the Ham Yard Restaurant & Bar where you can enjoy your meals in or outdoors. Conveniently close to Piccadilly Circus and Soho Square, Ham Yard Hotel is a fun-filled stay indeed.


The SOHO hotel

Eclectic, bold, and playful, The SOHO Hotel lives up to its location’s vibe. We especially like how this boutique offers a peaceful escape from the lively surroundings while still being in the heart of the action. Inside, you’ll be treated to a delightful motley of classic and contemporary styles with a healthy dose of vibrant colours. This is one of the boutique hotels in London that features not just one cinema, but two! If you’re looking to recharge, we suggest some therapies at Soholistic, or some of the flavourful offerings at The Refuel Bar & Restaurant—a favourite among guests. If you’re looking to enjoy Soho’s vibrant nightlife and West End’s theatre scene, this is a great place to stay


Grosvenor House Suites

As much as we love light and bright spaces, there’s that magnetic charm that comes with darker interiors. This style is wonderfully captured by Grosvenor House Suites located on Park Lane. These suites epitomize luxury and modern living. If you’re planning a longer stay, especially with the family, Grosvenor House Suites feature fully equipped kitchens and stunning views of Hyde Park. Not in the mood to cook? We understand! Know that on-site, JW Steakhouse offers a world-class dining experience that we strongly recommend. After a day of strolling nearby Harrods, the West End theatres, and Buckingham Palace, a hearty meal at the Steakhouse would be a great way to end your day.


Corinthia London

Famed for its opulent interiors and impeccable service. Corinthia London is a regal retreat along the River Thames. Its serene suites showcase classic British interior design style with its rich fabrics, leather, and timeless combinations of colours. A wonderful base for exploring the city, some of the attractions you’ll be closest to when you stay here include Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, and is also just a 2-minute walk from the Embankment tube. On-site, the hotel’s Northall restaurant serves British cuisine in an elegant high-ceilinged setting, while the Velvet—a luxurious champagne and cocktail bar—is perfect for a romantic date night.


The Dorchester

A timeless icon on Park Lane, The Dorchester exudes old-world charm and sophistication. The highlight of this hotel is its three-Michelin-starred restaurant, Alain Ducasse, which is a culinary masterpiece that showcases French haute cuisine. If you’re looking for something more relaxed, you can enjoy afternoon tea at The Promenade. Needless to say though, its gorgeous suites embody impeccable modern style, matching the top-tier dining spots on-site. Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace are nearby, making it an ideal choice for a quintessential London experience.

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I'm the co-founder of View Retreats. I love travel and the perspectives travel gives you. I love helping people find rejuvenation and inspiration through our recommendations.
Mat and Stoewie - co-founders of View Retreats

We’re Mat and Stoewie. We’re both seasoned travellers and qualified life coaches. We’re passionate about finding and creating travel experiences that help to connect people to special places and experiences that will help them to rest, relax, reconnect & rediscover. 

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