Where to stay in London
Having grown up in London and lived in the city practically all of my life (minus my years at university), I’m not often in a situation where I need to stay somewhere other than home. However, over the years, the opportunity for a ‘staycation’ in the city has occasionally arisen, and I’m not one to turn down a good opportunity…not only does a staycation provide the perfect excuse to press pause and relax, but also allows you to experience staying in a new neighbourhood. I hope the selection of hotels below will act as a helpful guide to anyone visiting London, or to Londoners looking for somewhere new to sleep in the city.
Kettner’s Townhouse, Soho
Kettner’s Townhouse is a boutique hotel by the Soho House group, located in central London. Expect old school glamour and plush furnishings here, as well as all the usual Soho House luxuries: rolltop baths, fluffy dressing gowns, and homemade cookies. For dinner options, you’re spoilt for choice given the location in the heart of Soho, but head to the hotel’s in-house restaurant and bar for a classic British menu and cocktails; amazingly, the rooms are peacefully quiet despite the Soho crowds outside.
The Hoxton, Holborn
Having now expanded to Paris, Amsterdam, and stateside to Portland, New York, and Chicago, this hotel group has had a rapid expansion rate since its inception. Their second branch in London is only a stone’s throw from Tottenham Court Road, and flanked by Covent Garden and The Strand. The style here is primarily functional, whilst still retaining the original ‘cool’ factor that is central to the Hoxton brand.
The rooms are cosy in size but equipped with everything you might need: a Roberts radio, some tips on the local neighbourhood, and a complimentary breakfast bag in the morning, with yoghurt, granola, and a banana. If you prefer a cooked breakfast, the hotel’s restaurant Hubbard and Bell serves up a classic all-day menu, whilst the spacious lobby and bar is a great place to drop in and work remotely from throughout the day.
Redchurch Townhouse, Shoreditch
The latest London offering from the Soho House group, this boutique hotel is located on Redchurch Street, in the heart of Shoreditch: surrounded by independent boutiques and situated above Cecconi’s, the hotel takes its inspiration from London’s artistic scene. Rooms all feature the usual ‘Soho House' touch: glitzy, but with a more modern feel than you’d find in some of their other properties.
Rockwell East, Aldgate
Rockwell East is a stylish alternative to the traditional hotel, perfect for travellers visiting the city on business, or those looking for somewhere to stay at a more reasonable price tag. Located in Aldgate, and well connected to many neighbourhoods within east London, Rockwell East brands itself as an ‘apart-hotel’. The focus here is very much on design, with apartments being spacious (comprising of bedroom, bathroom, and open plan kitchen/living area), as well as clean, bright, and minimal.
Artist Residence, Pimlico
I’ve only visited rather than slept at this hotel, but having stayed at the Artist Residence’s Oxford and Brighton branches, I can fully vouch for this boutique hotel group. Their branch in Pimlico is just as beautifully designed as you’d expect, with quirky and characterful touches, and is home to what is possibly the most beautiful hotel bedroom in London (their Grande Suite). Downstairs, the hotel’s restaurant, The Cambridge Street Kitchen, also offers up a satisfying brunch and all-day menu.
These stays were gifted, but all opinions are my own. I do not accept and write about gifted stays unless I truly enjoy them.