The Best Boutique Hotels in London

While we have some fantastic luxury hotels in London, we also have a number of excellent luxury boutique hotels – from homely properties to design-led hotels and those with a wealth of character, here’s our guide to the best boutique hotels in London.

The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell

Located on a lovely square in the centre of Clerkenwell, the Zetter Townhouse is a gem of a hotel.

It is difficult to fault the cocktail lounge, the quirky bedrooms or the wonderfully comforting food.

The Zetter Townhouse boutique hotel in London

The overall feel is modern with a stylish eccentricity.  The cocktail bar is particularly special with its unique set of drinks, impeccable service and great atmosphere.

The Zetter Townhouse is one of the best boutique hotels in London.

Covent Garden Hotel

The Covent Garden Hotel is a starry eyed affair of effortless glamour and classic British style. The rooms show all the hallmarks of Kit Kemp’s distinctive style and the result is homely yet stylish.

The Covent Garden boutique hotel in London

The hotel is perfectly placed for theatregoers and shoppers on one of Covent Garden’s most quaint streets.

You may also enjoy our guide to the best restaurants in Covent Garden.

Blakes Hotel

Blakes hotel is a sultry affair that brings a certain sexiness to its upmarket corner of London.

You will discover rooms that are exotically Oriental, monochrome, delicately balanced neutrals or decadently dripping in velvet.

Blakes Hotel in London

The restaurant serves a combination of East and West in a seductive setting that will certainly please the palate and senses.

Dukes Hotel

Dukes Hotel is one of those unique hotels combining English charm, exacting standards and discreet luxury.

The beautiful front leads into a space that feels more like an elegantly appointed home than a hotel.

The design is fabulously understated with a focus on comfort and elegance.

Dukes Hotel London

Dukes Bar offers arguably the world’s best Martini and this is certainly a bar that is something of an occasion.

The Bingham, Richmond

Situated on the banks of the River Thames, The Bingham is a beautiful boutique hotel located in Richmond-upon-Thames.

The Bingham boutique hotel in London

Set in a Georgian townhouse overlooking the river, The Bingham has 15 contemporary and individually designed bedrooms and a modern British restaurant.

Be sure to ask for a river view room where you can watch on as kayaks and barges float past.

Batty Langley’s

Located near Old Spitalfields market and Liverpool Street station, Batty Langley’s is the third luxury boutique hotel from the founders of the Hazlitt Hotel in Soho and The Rookery in Clerkenwell.

Batty Langley's boutique hotel in Old Spitalfields

The rooms are richly furnished in deep reds, blues, greens or purples with polished wood panelling, stone-flagged floors, deep-pile carpets, open fires and antique furniture, giving a warm, homely atmosphere – more private club than hotel.

You may also enjoy our guide to the best restaurants in Shoreditch.

St James’s Hotel & Club

The St James’s Hotel is discreetly hidden down a quiet street near the exclusive shops of Jermyn Street.

Once discovered you will enter into a world of luxury, style and Michelin starred cuisine from William Drabble.

St James’s Hotel & Club

The overall feel of the hotel is modern, stylish and very chic. The St James’s Hotel and Club is one of the best boutique hotels in London.

The Rookery

The Rookery is a small boutique hotel in the fashionable area of Clerkenwell. Inside you’ll discover a world of period charm, polished wood panelling and genuine antique furniture.

The Rookery boutique hotel in London

The effect is that you feel more like you’re entering into a private club than a hotel. The rooms are delightfully traditional with four-poster beds, bookcases and rugs.

45 Park Lane

This hotel is superbly placed opposite London’s Hyde Park.

If this isn’t a big enough draw, then the Damien Hirst artwork, Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant CUT, the stylish Bar 45 and rooms designed by Thierry Despont will be.

45 Park Lane boutique hotel in London

Dean Street Townhouse

Dean Street Townhouse is a boutique hotel and dining room from the Soho House Group, which is constantly buzzing with the Soho crowd who can frequently be found perched at the bar.

Dean Street Townhouse

Bedrooms are available in Tiny, Small, Medium and Bigger sizes, with hand-painted wallpapers, upholstered vintage seats and sofas.

It’s also a great place for a business lunch, but make sure you clear your afternoon calendar as lunch can often merge into dinner.

The Ampersand Hotel

The Ampersand Boutique hotel in London

The Ampersand Hotel opened in South Kensington in August 2012. The hotel features 111 bedrooms and suites decorated with splashes of contemporary art, inspired by the surrounding museums.

Weekend brunch is a popular option at its restaurant, Apero.

The Arch Hotel

The Arch Hotel, sitting just north of Marble Arch, has the advantage of both Marylebone and Oxford Street. As you enter this beautiful townhouse you sense the upbeat and colourful nature of the hotel.

The Arch boutique hotel in London

There is contemporary art scattered across walls with bold use of colour, texture and patterns throughout.

The restaurant is relaxed and the gorgeous Martini Library (pictured above) makes a lovely venue for a party.

The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone

The second Zetter Townhouse hotel from The Zetter Group, this time in Marylebone, design around eccentric Uncle Seymour and his collected artefacts throughout his years of travelling.

Seymour's Parlour at Zetter Townhouse Marylebone

Focused around the cocktail bar that doubles as a parlour and reception lobby, we loved the loft apartment that comes with a canopied bed, separate sofa area, library and terrace with outdoor bath!

Click to read our review of the Zetter Townhouse Marylebone.

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Book your stay at one of London’s top boutique hotels and access a range of VIP added benefits (free breakfast, upgrades and $100 restaurant credits).  No deposit required and you pay the hotel on check-out.

Contact our travel team here to book.

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