The Boundary Project, Shoreditch
The Boundary Project is located on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch. Housed within a converted Victorian warehouse, the building consists of a small boutique hotel with 17 individually designed bedrooms, three restaurants, two bars and a bakery. At ground-floor level you’ll find Albion, an all-day British cafe, bar and grocery, and in the basement, TraTra, a buzzing subterranean bar and bistro. Head to the hotel’s rooftop terrace, which comes to life in the evenings with blankets, log burners and fairy lights, before relaxing in one of the spacious rooms, each of which represents an iconic designer or movement, from Young British Designers to the Bauhaus.
Rooms from £120 per night.
Kingsland Locke Hotel, Dalston
Opening just a few months ago, Kingsland Locke has already established itself as a trendy spot in Dalston. The hotel has 124 studio apartments, as well as an all-day restaurant, complimentary co-working space, workout studio and coffee shop. The huge ground-floor atrium welcomes workers in the day, then transforms into a lively restaurant and bar at night. Guests can book tours of the microbrewery and gin distillery, and feast on taco-sized kebabs at Le Bab’s fourth restaurant on site. Rooms also feature flat-screen TVs, en-suites with a shower and hairdryer, plus kitchenettes with a microwave fridge – ideal for quick meals on the go. Don’t miss the hotel breakfast which is a lovely continental affair with plenty of pastries and great coffee.
Rooms from £98 per night.
The Pilgrim, Paddington
The Pilgrim offers a modern stay for a modest price. Rooms are stripped back and vintage-inspired, with striking design features, such as the original 200-year-old parquet flooring in all 73 spaces. Medium rooms have comfortable double beds, while Large ones (the most spacious in the hotel) have great views of Paddington and come in at just £99 per night. There aren’t any en-suites, but guests can make use of a utilitarian shower room, complete with Egyptian cotton towels and 100% natural toiletries. The best part? Brunch is served until 3pm – ideal for late risers – and The Terrace has outdoor heaters if you want to dine al fresco or pop down for drinks in the evening. Plus, all in-house guests receive 25% off food and drink during their stay.
Rooms from £69 per night.
The Henrietta, Covent Garden
Just two minutes’ walk from Covent Garden Market, The Henrietta is a small, Italian-inspired boutique hotel. There are 18 rooms decorated in Insta-worthy baby blues and pinks, where guests can make use of 24-hour room service, high-speed Wi-Fi, a small mini bar and luxury toiletries. The Covent Garden rooms (the most affordable in the hotel) have plush furniture and decorative accessories, all with a courtyard view. Enjoy brunch outside and book one of the new Italian supper club nights at the restaurant to enjoy fresh pasta and a selection of west coast Italian wines.
Rooms from £200 per night.
Sea Containers, South Bank
Located on the South Bank, Sea Containers is an SL favourite, with seriously cool interiors reminiscent of a 1920s transatlantic cruise liner. It’s also in a prime location for a night out or to see some of the city’s most iconic sights. There are 359 rooms and suites to choose from, but the Standard Rooms are the most affordable, with comfortable queen-sized beds, Tom Dixon furniture, complimentary Wi-Fi and rainfall showers. There’s a great spa, too, where guests can enjoy botanical treatments, plus a gym, Curzon cinema, an award-winning restaurant and two bars – Lyaness has all the style of a slick London hotel but with the energy of a great house party.
Rooms from £200 per night.
Assembly Hotel, Charing Cross
Embracing a ‘get up and go’ mantra, this urban hotel is a great choice for one or two-night stay. An ideal space to re-charge, the rooms are stripped back, focusing on everything that really matters, like comfy beds, sfluffy pillows, walk-in power showers, great sound proofing, air conditioning and strong Wi-Fi. Snug rooms are ideal for solo travellers, while Nest rooms have a little more space for couples or groups of friends. Guests can relax at the rooftop bar, and enjoy cocktails with a view of the London skyline.
Rooms from £110 per night.
Town Hall Hotel, Bethnal Green
Set in a former Edwardian town hall and right in the heart of the East End, this award-winning hotel mixes modern design with art deco and period details. Individually designed rooms come with sheepskin rugs and one-off pieces of vintage furniture, free Wi-Fi, music docks, TVs and DVD players, and even a loan of the hotel's goldfish (on request). It’s also one of the few hotels in London that allows dogs – ideal if you want to bring your four-legged friend along – and there’s also a resident greyhound. Elsewhere, the hotel has a beautiful pool (which looks like something you’d find in an Italian palace) and gym, while the Corner House serves simple French dishes for a special dinner.
Rooms from £126 per night.
Artist Residence London, Pimlico
An intimate offering but one that doesn’t lack in style and sophistication, Artist Residence is a ten-bedroom townhouse that offers a great location for visitors wanting to see the capital’s main sights. With cool retro rooms, and a subterranean cellar serving up an impressive selection of cocktails, guests are more than catered for. Taking influence from its flagship artist-designed venue in Brighton, the London outpost retains the same sense of eclectic style – think industrial lighting, unique artwork and bespoke, quirky furnishings.
Rooms from £180 per night.
The Buxton, Brick Lane
One of Brick Lane’s best kept secrets, The Buxton is an East End pub worth knowing about. In addition to the pub itself, which serves simple yet delicious British and European dishes, there are 15 rooms to choose from, each of which has original handwoven artwork, rugs and blankets made by a number of local weavers, as well as bright and airy interiors. Rooms also come with Nespresso machines, a selection of books curated by local bookshop Libreria, and compact en-suites stocked with Bramley toiletries. As well as enjoying food and drink from the pub below, guests have exclusive access to the rooftop garden which as panoramic views of Brick Lane.
Rooms from £125 per night.
The Laslett, Notting Hill
Inspired by its famous neighbourhood, The Laslett – named after the original founder of Notting Hill Carnival – is another boutique hotel to have on your radar. Loved by insiders and those in the know, the building has been converted from five former Victorian terraced houses, and now features modern interiors contrasted with curious antiques sourced from nearby Portobello Road. Spend an afternoon reading a book in the library or relaxing in the lounge, before heading out to explore the local area. Henderson Bar serves a great all-day breakfast and has an extensive selection of spirits and cocktails, while afternoon tea can be requested in the library or on the terrace.
Rooms from £195 per night.
East London Hotel, Bethnal Green
Less than a minute from Bethnal Green underground station, this is one of the most affordable hotels on this list. With Paradise Row’s selection of popular restaurants and bars on The East London Hotel’s doorstep and nearby Columbia Road Flower Market, Brick Lane and Victoria Park within easy walking distance, the hotel is ideal for a weekend break. Each of the 161 rooms is well equipped, with bespoke Millbrook mattresses, espresso machines, Rituals toiletries and smart TVs. There’s also an informal bar and restaurant, Due East, which offers a range of delicious coffees, cocktails, craft beers and locally sourced dishes, in partnership with Grind Coffee, E5 Bakery, East London Bagels, Red Church Brewery and The East London Liquor Company.
Rooms from £85 per night.
Leman Locke, Aldgate
From the same team behind Kingsland Locke, this hotel has the kind of chic, Insta-worthy interiors your friends will love. Ideal for a girls’ trip in the capital or special weekend away, the hotel is in Aldgate, just a short walk from the bars, restaurants and clubs in Shoreditch and Dalston. Guests can stay in one of 171 studio apartments, complete with living areas, a small kitchenette and en-suite bathrooms. Offering great value for money, each apartment also has its own pink L-shaped sofa for lounging or binge-watching Netflix, while a workout studio, restaurant, and outdoor terrace awaits downstairs.
Apartments from £115 per night.
The Zetter Hotel, Clerkenwell
An award-winning, independently owned hotel with plenty of personality, The Zetter Hotel occupies a contemporary, converted Victorian warehouse in Clerkenwell. Set among cobbled streets, historic churches, hidden gardens and some of the best restaurants in town, The Zetter also offers short walks to Exmouth Market, Smithfield Market and the Barbican. Ranging from well-appointed to decidedly spacious, each of the hotel’s seven recently renovated rooftop hotel rooms come with their own private terrace with panoramic views across London. Don’t forget to pop over the road to Seymour’s Parlour at the Zetter Townhouse for a well-turned cocktail or two.
Rooms from £130 per night.
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