21 Best Affordable Luxury Hotels London Has to Offer

Amazing – you’ve just booked a trip to London! Now comes the hard part – where to stay. Well, you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best affordable luxury hotels London has to offer.

The reason why? How is it even possible to weed through the 130,000+ hotels in London?

Plus, London is one of the most expensive cities in the world – just like Paris, New York, Hong Kong, and Geneva. So 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 carefully sourced the best luxury boutique hotels in London or luxury affordable hotels as I like to call them. 

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Guide to Budget Boutique Hotels in London

I created this curated list of the best boutique London hotels when I went to London from Paris by train. These are all places I would stay in, and it includes where I did stay.

My research criteria for the best small boutique hotels in London included the following:

  • all received 9+ star ratings from guests
  • 4 to 5-star properties
  • stylish hotels with amazing designs and décor
  • they are what I like to call affordable luxury hotels
  • location, centrally located for sightseeing

London, being an expensive city, budget hotels by my definition are anything under £500 per night (that’s $850CDN or $625US). I realize this is not “affordable” and is steep compared to other European capital cities, but this is London, and it’s hard to find quality hotels at lower prices.

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. 

If you are staying more than a couple of nights you might prefer to stay in a vacation rental in London.

Location of These Affordable Luxury Hotels in London

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 who want to be close to the top London landmarks.

Another area that appeals to me is being close to green spaces like Hyde Park. Kensington and South Kensington with neighbourhoods like Notting Hill, 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 this is the focus of the search for the best luxury boutique London. 

11 Affordable Luxury Hotels London: The West End London


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.

It will be tough to find an affordable hotel in London this this area.

  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. The Zetter Marylebone – I love the English decor of this hotel and is the best value luxury hotel in London I could find in this area of London, it includes an English breakfast ££


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. Montagu Place Hotel – lies near Baker Street just outside of Soho in Marylebone, but the quiet, intimate location makes this worthy of adding to the list of the best value luxury hotels London has to offer ££

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. Victory House Leicester Square – minutes from Soho and Piccadilly Circus this boutique hotel offers 86 stylish rooms and onsite breakfast in their restaurant £££

5 Cheapest Luxury Hotels London: 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.

This is an area of where it’s a bit easier to find cheap luxury hotels in London

  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 want to dine at il Pampero, the hotel’s Italian restaurant £££££

5 Best Luxury Hotels London Cheap: 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 ££££

Where I Stayed: The Best Affordable Hotel in London

I stayed at Inhabit Hotels in London. They’re B Corp and Green Key certified, meaning they care about social impact and the environment. The hotel chain focuses on well-being and promoting mindfulness, healthy habits, and better sleep.

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Inhabit Southwick Street, affordable luxury hotel London

The main hotel, Inhabit Southwick Street, is in historic Paddington, with 88 comfy rooms, a quiet library, yoga space, meditation pod, sauna, and running routes for exploring the city’s green areas on your own. ££

Their second hotel, Inhabit Queen’s Gardens, is where I stayed. It’s a bit larger than Southwick, with an onsite spa and restaurant serving plant-based cuisine from Yeotown, including organic coffee, yummy cold-pressed juices, and a healthy menu for lunch and dinner. £££

They get my vote for being such cool hotels in London on a budget!

FAQ: Boutique Hotels in London

What is the cheapest month for London hotels?

The cheapest month for London hotels is typically January, when prices drop due to colder weather and fewer tourists. Book early for even better deals!

Which of the best London boutique hotels have rooftops?

Some of the best London boutique hotels with rooftops include The Ned, The Curtain, Boundary London, The Berkeley, and The Hoxton Southwark.

Which of the best London boutique hotels are best for families?

Some of the best London boutique hotels for families include The Nadler Covent Garden, The Hoxton Holborn, and The Ampersand Hotel.

Which of the best London boutique hotels are best for solo travellers?

Solo travellers may enjoy London boutique hotels like The Zetter Townhouse, Inhabit, and The Montague on the Gardens.

Which of the best London boutique hotels offers the best hotel bar?

London’s boutique hotels with the best hotel bars include The Zetter Townhouse, The Curtain, The Mandrake, The Henrietta, and The Dorset Square Hotel.

As a Holidaymaker

Hopefully, you found a few good options from this list of the best affordable boutique hotels in London.

Now, might I recommend taking a London private tour? For other trip-planning resources, check out my dedicated page. Thanks for dropping by, and cheerio!