These unique London hotels reflect the taste for the impeccably designed, the extraordinary, and the original found throughout the city, providing travelers with a more unique or even maybe quirky place to stay during their time in London. These hotels offer a perfect location as base to explore one of the most famous and historic cities in the world.
1.The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
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The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel stands as a feat of architecture in the neighborhood and a gem in the world-famous city of London. The five-star luxury hotel has its own distinctive character, offering a one-of-a-kind accommodation for travelers to stay, relax, and eat. The hotel is made up of more than two hundred rooms, thirty-eight historic Chambers suites, and its Chambers Club. A variety of options for dining are available, such as the Booking Office restaurant and bar, The Gilbert Scott restaurant, MI + ME, and the Hansom Lounge. The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel also includes a Spa.
Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London
2.Great Northern Hotel
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The Great Northern Hotel is a well-designed boutique luxury hotel situated in a great location for travelers to explore the city of London in King’s Cross St. Pancras, only twenty-five meters away from the Eurostar terminus.The ninety-one luxurious guest rooms feature original decor, handcrafted furniture, stunning bathrooms, and free high-speed wireless internet. The rooms are designed to perfectly blend the new and the old. Plum & Spilt Milk offers service from dawn until midnight, providing guests with breakfast, elevenses, lunch, and dinner. The GNH Bar evokes the Manhattan of the twenties against the culture of Paris, offering various food and cocktails.
King's Cross St Pancras International Station, Pancras Road, London
© Blakes Hotel
The Blakes Hotel was founded by Anouska Hempel, a celebrated designer, and is considered to be the premier luxury boutique hotel of the world in the city of London. The hotel is made up of converted townhouses from the Victorian era, designed to be a completely unique lifestyle hotel, transforming the idea of small luxury hotels worldwide. The five-star Blakes Hotel is famous as being London’s “Couture” hotel, located in the city’s stylish Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea neighborhood. The hotel also boasts a stance on privacy that never wavers, which has been a key point of its service.
33 Roland Gardens, Kensington, London
4.The May Fair Hotel
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The May Fair Hotel is a gorgeous historic hotel in London's Mayfair district, located near top city attractions such as Buckingham Palace, the National Gallery, and the luxury boutiques of Bond Street. The lovely hotel, which was originally opened in 1927 by King George V, is the official hotel of London's Fashion Week and offers some of the city's most luxurious guest rooms and suites, which feature Sicilian marble bathrooms, flat screen televisions, Nespresso machines, and minibars. Upgraded rooms feature en suite kitchenettes, cozy fireplaces, complete cinema systems, and private balconies. State-of-the-art amenities include a full-service spa with an aromatic steam room and herbal sauna, a 24/7 gym, and one of the city's largest private theater screening rooms. Dining options include the Spanish and Italian tapas joint May Fair Kitchen and the May Fair Bar, which serves up more than 40 signature cocktails throughout the evening hours.
Stratton St, Mayfair, London W1J 8LT, UK, Phone: +44 20 7769 4041
5.Z Hotel Soho
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The Z Hotel Soho provides travelers with an opportunity to stay in the heart of attraction-filled, bustling London as an Urbanite, rather than a typical tourist. The hotel boasts that it offers everything guests need for a few nights in London, including the West End just outside the door, an “out-of-town” price, and concentrated style. The hotel is a designer conversion made up of twelve different Georgian townhouses, with classic architecture combined with a contemporary style. The Z guest rooms feature an en-suite shower room, complimentary wireless internet, BT Sport and Sky channels, a forty-inch television, and crisp bed linen.
17 Moor Street, London
6.Sanctum Soho Hotel
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The Sanctum Soho Hotel is a five-star, stylish London hotel located within close proximity to Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street, Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, and more. Among the several amenities guests will find at the hotel are a rooftop terrace and a whirlpool. The modern Sanctum Soho offers express check-in and check-out, valet parking, and 24-hour room service as well. Thirty guest rooms, all well-appointed, make up the hotel, along with the on-site restaurant that serves British fare. There are also several other restaurants and bar in the vicinity. A cosy lounge bar provides a place to relax in the evenings.
20 Warwick Street, London
The Boundary Project is a unique hotel located in Shoreditch on Redchurch Street in East London. Housed inside of a converted Victorian Warehouse, the hotel is made up of a boutique hotel with seventeen guest rooms each with its own design, two bars, three restaurants, and a deli, bakery, and grocery. Each room’s design is inspired by a twentieth century design movement or iconic designer. Albion is a British cafe, grocery, and bar open all day on the ground floor, while the buzzing TraTra bar and bistro can be found in the basement. There is also the Rooftop Bar and Grill.
2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, London
8.South Place Hotel
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South Place Hotel is a lovely Finsbury hotel located within walking distance from top London attractions such as St. Paul's Cathedral and the Moorgate subway station. The vibrant upscale hotel features lovely guest rooms and suites designed by Conran + Partners, stocked with local contemporary artwork and lush amenities such as Bang and Olufsen televisions, marble bathrooms, media hub desks, and complimentary wireless internet. Rooms can accommodate guests traveling with children or pets in tow upon request. Delectable dining options include the Michelin-starred Angler Restaurant, helmed by executive chef Gary Foulkes, and the hip 3 Bar and Le Chiffre nightlife venues. Other amenities include a full-service spa and wellness center and a state-of-the-art 24-hour gym.
3 South Pl, Finsbury, London EC2M 2AF, UK, Phone: +44 20 3503 0000
9.New Road Hotel
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New Road Hotel is a lovely boutique hotel in East London, housed within a former textile factory building in the city's Whitechapel district. The hotel, which was reopened in its current incarnation in 2011, is inspired by the upscale hotel offerings of New York City, offering 79 luxurious guest rooms and suites that retain original factory design elements. Amenities are simple, including free unlimited tea, coffee, and hot chocolate served at vending machines on each floor. Dining experiences for guests include a signature restaurant by chef Marco Pierre White and a unique cereal cafe, Cereal Grind, that serves up cereal cocktails and fine coffees throughout the morning hours. Other amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center and several lively social and game zones, including a shared library.
103-107 New Rd, Whitechapel, London E1 1HJ, UK, Phone: +44 20 3019 8710
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10.Ham Yard Hotel
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The Ham Yard Hotel is just a short distance from Mayfair in Soho’s midst, providing an urban village atmosphere. The hotel itself revolves around the garden filled with trees with its centerpiece being a bronze sculpture created by Tony Cragg. Alongside the ninety-one uniquely designed guest rooms and suites are twenty-four apartments, a bar and restaurant that offers outdoor dining, and thirteen independent stores. Each guest room is designed in the modern, award-winning British style of Kit Kemp. The Ham Yard Hotel also consists of a rooftop terrace, gym, spa, library, drawing room, a theater, and even a bowling alley.
One Ham Yard, London
Hazlitts strives to create the type of accommodations that they themselves would love to stay in during a stay in the heart of London. While the hotel is located within a short walk from some of the city’s most important attractions, it is still situated away from the sound of busy traffic and boasts efficient friendly service, old-fashioned hospitality, and civilized surroundings. The Library features comfortable furnishings, a working fireplace, and an honesty bar, offering a perfect place to simply relax. Hazlitts also offers transportation from the airport, 24-hour room service, laundry service, same-day dry cleaning, and more.
6 Frith Street, Soho Square, London
© Hotel 41
Hotel 41 is consistently ranked by travelers on TripAdvisor as one of the top hotels in London and also has received a Five Star Rating by Forbes. The hotel is a hidden exquisite gem that overlooks the Royal Mews and Buckingham Palace, and is located only minutes away from the Victoria Station. A chic design of white and black runs throughout the hotel, which includes an Executive Lounge in which guests at the hotel are welcome to “plunder the pantry.” Several restaurants and bars are conveniently located next door to the hotel. Hotel 41 consists of thirty unique guest rooms and suites.
41 Buckingham Palace Road, London
13.Qbic Hotel London City
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The Qbic Hotel London City is situated in East London, on the City of London’s footsteps. Its location is considered to be at the heart of one of the liveliest square miles in all of London with some of the best street food in the city, boutique shops, nightlife, creative businesses, and art galleries. This is all held together by locals who make the area seem like it isn’t a tourist spot. The Qbic Hotel London City is designed to offer guests with a mellow oasis in the middle of the bustling city. Rooms feature free Wi-Fi, rain showers, and much more.
42 Adler Street, London
14.Rough Luxe Hotel
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The Rough Luxe Hotel is a “half rough, half luxury” hotel in London. The hotel boasts that it is “a little bit of rough in a luxurious London” and “a little bit of luxury in a rough part of London.” The look of the Rough Luxe Hotel is a combination of new and old, art and furniture, mixing stunning fabrics and colors with distressed original walls and cheap materials. Guest rooms are on the small side, however, the hotel offers guests luxury in the form of art, bed linens, selection of wines, and the staff that look after them.
1 Birkenhead Street, London
15.Georgian House Hotel
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The Georgian House Hotel is a quintessential English boutique bed and breakfast in central London. The elegant hotel offers uniquely designed guest rooms, excellent customer service, and an award-winning breakfast. Tucked away on Pimlico’s picturesque streets, the Georgian House Hotel combines Victorian charm with boutique chic with individually crafted rooms showcasing the nineteenth-century architecture of the hotel with a bit of a quirky twist. Guest accommodations range from doubles, twins, and singles to suites and apartments for as many as six guests. The breakfast at the Georgian House Hotel features dishes that are freshly prepared, locally sourced, and lovingly made.
35-39 St Georges Drive, London
© Shangri-La Hotel
The Shangri-La Hotel in London offers an unmatched connection to the city with its location at The Shard. The hotel is known for being the highest hotel anywhere in London, located in one of the most iconic buildings in the world, providing some of the best panoramic views of the city skyline. The Shangri-La Hotel is made up of just over two hundred uniquely designed guest rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as four different restaurants and bars and a 24-hour fitness center. The city’s highest infinity pool, the Sky Pool, is also located at the Shangri-La.
31 St Thomas Street, London
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17.St Martins Lane
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St. Martins Lane London is situated within London’s bustling theater district in Covent Garden and is a dramatic evolution on English luxury at the energetic heart of the West End. The Den, located off of the hotel lobby, is a place to relax and gather, an ideal spot for a cocktail or afternoon tea. The Asia de Cuba restaurant serves a dynamic menu of Latin-Asian fusion, while the Blind Spot, a fascinating cocktail bar, features a hidden entrance for guests just behind the facade of a tea counter. St Martins Lane also includes on-site parking for an additional fee.
45 St. Martin's Lane, London
Stylotel, located within a short walk from Paddington Station, is an ultra-modern, unique hotel offering guest rooms and suite in the heart of London. The hotel is inspired by everything stylish, providing guests with a cool, one-of-a-kind boutique hotel experience. Behind the Victorian facade of the nineteenth century, the Stylotel provides something different of each kind of traveler, from budget designer Stylorooms to the Stylosuite exquisite apartments. The hotel is made up of forty en-suite guest rooms and eight guest suites that include kitchenettes, four of which have a separate bedroom and lounge area. A breakfast buffet is also provided.
160-162 Sussex Gardens, Paddington, London
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© Sunborn London
The Sunborn London offers travelers a chance to experience a different side of London, one of the world’s most exciting cities, from the deck of the luxury superyacht hotel. The yacht hotel features more than 125 guest rooms and four guest suites boasting timeless quality and designed to provide spacious accommodations and light, each with views of the dock or river framed by French windows. Guest rooms include a variety of amenities. The Yacht Executive Rooms have their own private balcony or terrace. The Lands End restaurant serves quick lunches, fine dining dinners, and casual breakfast buffets.
Royal Victoria Dock, London
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20.The Bailey's Hotel
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The Bailey’s Hotel is housed inside of a charming building from the Victorian era, complete with a sweeping central staircase and stained-glass windows. The English heritage-style, plush guest rooms feature oversized lamps and dark wood furniture, the majority of which include a bathtub in the bathroom. Luxury Rooms include complimentary wireless internet. Olives Bar offers cocktails next to an open fireplace, while Olive’s Restaurant serves Italian cuisine in a fine dining setting, offering a menu of new takes on some classic dishes. The Bombay Brasserie offers dishes that feature exotic Indian flavors, while guests can also enjoy Afternoon Tea.
140 Gloucester Road London
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21.The Pavilion Hotel
The Pavilion Hotel is considered to be a “groovy” hotel situated in central London that targets artistically-minded, discerning travellers. Guest rooms are themed to invoke a glamorous and funky image. The “Casablanca Nights” room is inspired by Moorish fantasy, while the “Honky Tonky Afro” room is a tribute to the 70’s. The Pavilion Hotel has been called “London’s chicest little hotel” by Harpers and Queen magazine, and is located near Hyde Park and Oxford Street, only minutes away from Paddington Station. A diverse group of actors, pop stars, and bands have visited the Pavilion Hotel, popular with the fashion world as well.
34-36 Sussex Gardens, Hyde Park, London
22.The Royal Horseguards
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The Royal Horseguards is a beautiful five-star luxury hotel that overlooks the River Thames, steeped in first class quality and history. Each room is defined by graceful decor and elegant furnishings, featuring generous space, high ceilings, and views of the garden, city, or river. The Royal Horseguards hotel aims to provide guests with the height of luxury and comfort during their stay with air-conditioned guest rooms with a every modern touch needed for a completely tranquil stay, including free, fast, and unlimited wireless internet, a large room safe, international plug sockets, flat-screen televisions, slippers and plush bathrobes, and underfloor bathroom heating.
2 Whitehall Court, London
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© Ampersand Hotel
The Ampersand Hotel is a unique hotel concept that has London’s famous museum district as its inspiration, as well as the ampersand iconic symbol, illustrating the role of the hotel in connecting guests with everything South Kensington has to offer. From its curiosities and collections to its interior design, the Ampersand unites guests with the area through five different themes: astronomy, ornithology, geometry, music, and botany. Apero, the hotel’s restaurant, is situated underneath the Ampersand Hotel’s Victoria cellar arches and offers fresh Mediterranean cuisine, while British style meets French finesse in The Drawing Rooms with armchairs and deep sofas.
10 Harrington Road, London
The CitizenM hotel offers a unique sweeping view over the city of London, including sights such as the Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. The guest rooms at CitizenM breathe comfort, style, and uniqueness. Guests can relax and watch free movies from a comfortable, extra large king bed or wash off jet lag with the rain shower. The CitizenM hotel features wall-to-wall windows looking out onto the Tower Hill area, and guests can take advantage of the free wireless internet and an international plug system for outlets. CanteenM offers fresh baked pastries, coffee, hot English feasts, and more.
40 Trinity Square, London
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25.Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell
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The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell is a thirteen-room, independently owned Georgian townhouse hotel that boasts an award-winning cocktail lounge. The hotel is located on the historical St. John’s Square in the center of East London, only minutes away from the Crossrail and Farringdon Station. Accommodations include two guest suites and eleven guest rooms, while other rooms include the Game Room and the Dining Room, which is used for private meetings and events. Guests who book directly with the hotel receive a complimentary continental breakfast, complimentary sparkling and still water, free and fast Wi-Fi, and discounts on drinks and food.
49-50 St John’s Square, London
25 Unique Hotels in London
- The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Photo: The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
- Great Northern Hotel, Photo: Great Northern Hotel
- Blakes Hotel, Photo: Blakes Hotel
- The May Fair Hotel, Photo: The May Fair Hotel
- Z Hotel Soho, Photo: Z Hotel Soho
- Sanctum Soho Hotel, Photo: Sanctum Soho Hotel
- Boundary, Photo: IVASHstudio/stock.adobe.com
- South Place Hotel, Photo: South Place Hotel
- New Road Hotel, Photo: New Road Hotel
- Ham Yard Hotel, Photo: Ham Yard Hotel
- Hazlitts, Photo: Hazlitts
- Hotel 41, Photo: Hotel 41
- Qbic Hotel London City, Photo: Qbic Hotel London City
- Rough Luxe Hotel, Photo: Rough Luxe Hotel
- Georgian House Hotel, Photo: Georgian House Hotel
- Shangri-La Hotel, Photo: Shangri-La Hotel
- St Martins Lane, Photo: St Martins Lane
- Stylotel, Photo: Stylotel
- Sunborn London, Photo: Sunborn London
- The Bailey's Hotel, Photo: The Bailey's Hotel
- The Pavilion Hotel, Photo: makistock/stock.adobe.com
- The Royal Horseguards, Photo: The Royal Horseguards
- Ampersand Hotel, Photo: Ampersand Hotel
- CitizenM, Photo: CitizenM
- Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell, Photo: Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell
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Brook Green Hotel
The Brook Green Hotel is a great place for guests to unwind and relax. At its heart, the hotel is a local friendly pub that offers cask ales and craft beers, along with an assortment of dishes for breakfast, dinner, and brunch in the Dining Room. A heated, cosy garden can be found outside, while Smith’s, a speakeasy cocktail bar, is housed in the hotel’s basement. Upstairs are seventeen stylish, en-suite guest rooms with several amenities and boutique designs. A cot or extra bed can be accommodated in all rooms, with interconnecting rooms available as well for families or groups.
170 Shepherd's Bush Road Hammersmith London
Gir Lion Lodge at London Zoo
The Gir Lion Lodge at London Zoo offers people a one-of-a-kind opportunity to spend the night at a zoo. The lodge is hidden back in the heart of the ZSL London Zoo inside of the Land of the Lions exhibit area, and provides guests with a chance to experience the zoo after dark and see what happens after day visitors leave. A stay at the Gir Lion Lodge includes a complimentary drink upon arrival, an English breakfast, and free admission to the zoo. Three exclusive tours are also included, one at sunset, one after dark, and one the next morning.
Andaz Liverpool Street
The Andaz Liverpool Street hotel is situated in the heart of the vibrant East London, making it an ideal base for both business and leisure guests alike. The hotel is housed within a beautiful Victorian building, opening originally in 1884 as the Great Eastern Hotel, one of the original railway hotels of London. Guests can find a range of dining options at Andaz London, such as an English breakfast, afternoon tea, international wines, a brasserie menu, and Japanese cuisine. The Andaz Liverpool Street also features a unique state-of-the-art fitness center set in the hotel’s old Egyption temple.
40 Liverpool Street, London