Amazing – you’ve just booked a trip to London! Now comes the hard part. What area of London is best to stay in? How is it possible to weed through the 130,000+ hotels in London? And, as London is one of the most expensive cities in the world – just like Paris, New York, Hong Kong, and Geneva – how will you ever find that perfect hotel without blowing your budget? Rest assured, if you don’t have the time to research nor want to break the bank on accommodation costs this Guide is for you! I’ve curated a list of London’s best luxury boutique hotels or affordable luxury as I like to call it. 

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London Boutique Hotel Information

This curated list of the best boutique London hotels have all received 9+ star ratings from guests and are 5-star properties. I prefer to stay in boutique hotels over large chain hotels. Therefore, all of the recommended places to stay are smaller, stylish hotels with amazing designs and décor. If you’d rather stay in large chain hotels or even want to do your own search, click here

The second criteria for my search were to include what I call affordable luxury hotels. Being an expensive city, budget hotels by my definition are anything under £600 per night (that’s $1,000CDN or $750US). The price per night cost is represented by £. If you see a hotel you like, simply click on the link, check for available dates, and book directly for the best-guaranteed price. 

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Best Areas in London to Stay

I’ve been busy planning my first trip to London and have sought advice from some of my fellow bloggers. Based on their expert advice, the best areas in central London to stay are in The West End – neighbourhoods like Soho, Piccadilly, Mayfair, and Covent Garden. Especially for first-timers like me, as it’s near all of the top attractions. Another area that always appeals to me is being close to green spaces, like Hyde Park and that is Kensington and South Kensington with neighbourhoods like Westminster, Belgravia, and Victoria. I also love to stay in trendy areas where you can find cool bars, restaurants, shops, and art galleries. For that, go to Shoreditch. Based on these three areas of central London I began my search for the best affordable lux boutique hotels. 

Best Boutique Hotels in The West End London

MAYFAIR

Mayfair is one of the poshest neighbourhoods in London. Enjoy the upscale hub of high-end shops, galleries, and restaurants. Stroll through some of the streets in Mayfair – Regent Street, Bond Street, and the stylish Mount Street.

  1. The Mayfair Townhouse – is a highly-stylized modern, chic hotel. A bonus to this boutique hotel is the sought-after Dandy Bar known for its cocktails £££
  2. COMO Metropolitan – is steps from Hyde Park and offers a simple style emphasizing clean lines and light colours ££££
  3. Dukes London – is a nod to the traditional English style, even in its popular onsite pub, Dukes Bar is a must visit £££££
  4. 11 Cadogan Gardens – is a chic hotel with hints of the English countryside, it also happens to be located in a quiet area of Mayfair £££££
  5. Flemings Mayfair – is a posh larger-sized hotel that features the top restaurant, Ormer Mayfair. This hotel is close to Green Park for those who love having a green space close by  £££££

SOHO

Soho is one of London’s livelier districts known for its nightlife and dining. It offers pedestrian shopping on the famous Carnaby Street and Liberty London, a local’s favourite department store. And, theatre-goers head to Shaftesbury Avenue.

  1. Treehouse Hotel – is a playful hotel full of different colours and patterns. The best part is every room comes with a great city view ££ 
  2. The Mandrake – is a very stylish 30-room hotel with a private art collection. This lifestyle hotel features a gorgeous terrace with an outdoor dining restaurant serving up botanical-based cocktails and a Latin American menu £££
  3. Nobu Hotel London Portman Square – situated at the tip of Hyde Park near Soho and Mayfair, this boutique hotel is known for its food – even local foodies dine here ££££

COVENT GARDEN

Covent Garden is well known for its shopping, especially Covent Garden Piazza. A theatre, museums, and the Royal Opera House are just some of the top attractions in this district. 

  1. Sea Containers London – situated near Covent Garden, this boutique hotel resembles a transatlantic liner and its rooms have the best Thames River views £££
  2. Henrietta Hotel – is a small feminine 40-room hotel with touches of pretty pink and curvy Art Deco, and it feels very French ££££
  3. NoMad London – is a nod to Art Deco style and the hotel bar and restaurant are sought after by locals and guests £££££

Best London Boutique Hotels in Kensington

The neighbourhoods of Belgravia, Victoria, and Westminster are home to many of London’s most iconic attractions – the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and Big Ben.

  1. Astors Belgravia – situated in the lively Victoria,  close to Westminster Abbey and the House of Parliament, this is considered one of the best hotels in London for under 200 pounds. Plus, it includes a scrumptious breakfast £
  2. Eccleston Square Hotel – is a grand Georgian townhouse in a chic neighbourhood. It’s the perfect hotel for tech enthusiasts as it offers guests unlimited data, iPad, and 3D TVs ££
  3. Artist Residence London – is an artsy 10-room hotel that looks like a private townhome just outside of the Victoria area. It features an all-day restaurant and the Clarendon Cocktail Cellar which is a gorgeous speakeasy bar £££
  4. 41 – is an elegant hotel with a stylish black and white theme. This hotel rates high on service, offering a free supply of snacks all day long £££
  5. The Hari – situated in the Belgravia area is reminiscent of what you might find in Italy, so you’ll definitely want to dine at il Pampero, the hotel’s Italian restaurant £££££

Best London Boutique Hotels in Shoreditch

Shoreditch is a trendy part of the city with an influx of art, music, food, and drink. This cool neighbourhood in itself holds the top spot on London’s must-see lists. 

  1. The Zetter Townhouse  – situated in the Clerkenwell borough is vintage chic and feels like a home rather than a hotel ££
  2. Boundary London – situated in a converted warehouse in Shoreditch offers some amazing art gallery vibes £££
  3. Batty Langley’s Hotel – is in an 18th-century building that looks like a warehouse. Each of its 29 rooms is individually designed in a slightly eccentric “batty” way ££££
  4. The Hoxton, Shoreditch – is a cool contemporary hotel with lots of exposed brick and soaring ceilings. Also, its hotel spaces – restaurant, bar, and big lobby area – act as a casual hang-out spot £££
  5. Mondrian London Shoreditch – situated in the heart of Shoreditch offers large exposed brick rooms with balconies with great city views. The members-only rooftop pool and restaurant is one of the most instagrammable places to be seen ££££

As a holidaymaker…

Hopefully, you found your next affordable luxury hotel from this curated list of the best boutique hotels in London. Follow me and find out which one I choose to stay at in October 2022. 

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91 Comments

  1. We generally stay in brand hotels because we have elite status. But sometimes we really just want something different. This list of luxury boutique hotels in London would certainly tempt us. You chose such a lovely variety in spots.

    1. Happy to hear this curated list might tempt you to try a boutique hotel. They really do offer you a personalized experience quite different from a brand hotel. But understand the draw of loyalty perks they offer.

  2. I’m planning a short stay 3-4 days in London the next summer. And this is very useful! I’m still hesitating between mid range hotels and luxury. I guess I’ll have to define my budget and decide.

  3. Considering how expensive London is, some of the accommodation you mentioned are really quite affordable compared with where they are and what they offer. I will definitely keep this lost for my next trip to London! Thanks for sharing!

  4. The older I get the more luxury I am introducing to my travels. Thanks for the great suggestions – they will come in very useful for my next trip to London.

      1. Great article! SoHo is one of my favorite places to travel and like many people here have mentioned luxury hotels is something I’m starting to look into more/book. Can’t wait to go back and experience one of these suggestions first hand.

  5. We always stay at either Boutique Hotels or Bed& Breakfasts. This list will certainly come in handy for when we ultimately make plans to travel to London. I would love to stay in the neighborhood close to the Royal Opera house.

  6. This is such a helpful post. I am bookmarking it for my future travels. It is very difficult to find the right boutique hotels in any destination, especially in London which is one of the costliest destinations. So, this post saves a lot of time for travelers. I personally liked Mayfair hotels. So, I would love to experience it in London as well.

  7. What a great resource for places to stay in London! Although it’s a price option (with four £ signs), I think I’d love the Mondrian London Shoreditch. I’m a sucker for exposed brick and a balcony!

  8. We are plannning to do a belated 25th anniversary in London but weren’t sure where to stay. This list was just what we needed to pick the perfect place.

  9. Boutique hotels in London would definitely be my preference in places to stay when visiting. I love all of the hotels you’ve suggested!

  10. You’re just giving me more and more accommodation choices for my never ending list of places to stay in London lol. Especially when they’re very lovely but relatively decent priced, it’s just the experience that I’m really gunning for.

  11. We love boutique hotels, and it can certainly be a struggle to find affordable ones in London. Love that you’ve provided recommendations by neighbourhood, which makes it easier to find something near your preferred sights. I love Soho and the Treehouse hotel looks like a lovely choice.

  12. I love the idea of boutique hotels, comfort plus class clubbed together. I love the look of hotels in Mayfair, it would be easy to explore the hub of high-end shops, galleries, and restaurants from a stone’s throw away from these hotel options. I also would like to explore the Covent Gardens area, the museums, Opera House and theatre is so my thing. Soho also seems to house some great hotels, my husband would pick that area he is a total nightbird.

  13. Thank you for these recommendations. We are actually planning to visit Shoreditch so this list is very helpful. We’re actually considering Batty Langley’s or the Mondrian. 🙂

  14. Ah, these hotels all look so charming! I love the character you get with a boutique hotel! Artist Residence London in Kensington looks especially charming! Thanks for the great guide!

  15. i always reckoned accomodation in london would be really pricey, but i’m glad to know there are so many options for boutique hotels out there!

  16. I can’t believe I found this at just the right time – I’m planning a trip to London in December and need a super cute hotel (my husband loves staying in unique places). Awesome recs!

  17. I love a little weekend city break in London and a nice hotel really is the cherry on top so I have saved this to find somewhere special the next time I make it there 🙂

  18. Beautiful selection of hotels! I love staying in boutique hotels when I travel so I’ll definitely save this for my next trip down to London.

  19. This is a wonderful post! Love the way it’s laid out by neighborhood which is not only is useful but helped me see the city in a way I haven t before. I’ll definitely refer to this in the future.

  20. From all of these hotels, I only know the Hoxton, which is great! But I live in London, so I don’t really stay at hotels in the city. I did book a couple during the pandemic, for a staycation, but they were always around Tower Bridge. I do like a good boutique hotel, they are always quirky and give you a much more individual experience than chains.

  21. These is a great collection of hotels in London. I used to commute once every two weeks for almost two years for work from Amsterdam to London for work related matters. Me and my team members we used to stay in the “Montcalm” hotel as it was very close to the office and had amazing facilites. Sometimes we had to stay in other areas as the hotel was full. I love “Shoreditch” area to stay, and your list is pretty good so I will keep it for future reference.

  22. The Treehouse Hotel looks so cute with that little Paddington Bear in there! London is on our bucket list so thank you for sharing these!

  23. I have fond memories of London. I lived there for sometime, so I never needed a hotel, but if I visit again, I know where to come back to, to decide the perfect hotel for my stay. Soho and Covent Garden are definitely my favourite areas for a short stay. Treehouse Hotel in Soho sounds perfect with its different colors & patterns & city view. But Sea Containers London in Covent Garden would be my top choice for its Transaltantic liner like shape & Thames view!!!

  24. Boutique hotels are always my favorite! The ones you’ve listed here all look so pretty, especially the Boundary London in Shoreditch. I’d love to spend a couple of nights here for my next trip to London.

  25. Now this is definitely the best way to experience London in some of the best hotels to stay in. I love everyone and would be happy to start of my visit to London right and with these luxury and pampered stays, who wouldn’t right?

    1. So many hotel choices, and they are all pretty too! It’s good that you featured different price ranges but making sure the hotels looks like luxury. The treehouse hotel looks posh yet still affordable.

      Just in case I get to travel to that part of the world, I can have these hotels as backup plan on where to stay just in case my friends or family in London cant host me.

  26. I feel like London is the perfect place to stay in a boutique hotel! Such a variety that you’ve put together here. The Zetter Townhouse seems right up my alley – love the ‘homey’ feel of it!

  27. I’m with you, I prefer small intimate hotels, located close to attractions, quaint restaurants and cozy, lively bars. Not so much shopping. I know wherever the hotel is, there will be magnificent architecture.

  28. Kensington is probably my first choice. I like the area and so many fun things nearby. The places at Mayfair look really nice but might be a bit out of my price range (and a bit too high end of an area for me). I really like the look of the Treehouse, what a great place. And soho has so many good food options around. Love this list, can’t wait to visit London again soon

  29. I could live in any of these accommodations 🙂 All seem like excellent suggestions, with fitting locations for those visiting London. Thanks for sharing

  30. As an ex-Londoner I found this post really interesting. You have perfectly captured the areas and the advice to saty in an area where you want to exlore most is good advice.
    London is so big and many of the sights spread out around the city that being near an underground station (or bus line, if you can work them out), is essential.
    I also tend to avoid big brand hotels in favour of smaller family or boutique hotels. The big brands are often overpriced and anonymous and often do not represent good vlue for money.
    I know some of the hotels you have selected and the comments are justified, they are all beautiful hotels.

  31. Oh, I read this with great interest as I know London and the city like the back of my hand. Shoreditch is quite off and very hipster. In places it is a very odd area. Having read your blog for a while, I feel Kensington, Chelsea, Marelybone, Notting Hill, Earls Court even Hammersmith would be more your area. The thing is, the hotels in central London are in typical terraced row houses and often lack proper building maintanance. I don’t know what it is but with London, I tend to be not too fuzzed if it was luxury or budget. Saying that I never spend more than 150 pounds on a hotel room (New Road Hotel in Whitechapel tends to be my choice) but yeah London is pricey.

  32. Perfect article to plan your accommodation in London! I love boutique hotels and I love the style of what I see here! Probably I would pick something near Covent Garden as it’s one of my favorite areas in London! Thanks for sharing this!

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