London's best hotels for your staycation in the big city

17 April 2023, 13:39 | Updated: 17 April 2023, 13:42

Here's our pick of the best hotels in London
Here's our pick of the best hotels in London. Picture: PH
Alice Dear

By Alice Dear

Taking a trip to London? Here's where you should be staying.

With the cost of living crisis affecting millions of families, many people are instead taking this time to explore what the UK has to offer.

And one of the hot spots becoming increasingly popular with friends, couples and families is the great city of London.

Whether you're visiting for the culture, the famous sights, the theatre or anything else, you'll need a central hotel where you can get a good night of sleep before the next day of exploring.

To make things easier for you, we've compiled a list of the best hotels to ensure your perfect staycation in the city:

Canopy by Hilton London City, Aldgate

What? A beautifully designed and stylish hotel perfect for a luxury break in the centre of the city.

The vibe? Stylish, modern decor with an opulent feel in all the rooms.

What you need to know: Just a short walk from Tower Bridge, Borough Markets and the Tower of London, Canopy by Hilton London City is perfect if you want to explore the culture London has to offer. The hotel is elegant and stylish, with a modern but welcoming feel throughout. The friendly staff make you feel at home, while the rooms are very well equipped with TVs, an incredible shower and plenty of amenities. The hotel also offers a delicious breakfast as well as complimentary bikes to explore the city and pet-friendly rooms. If you want to add an extra special touch to your trip, book into the beautiful rooftop bar Florattica. With views looking out across the city, the bar has stunning interiors and even more stunning cocktails which are inspired by the bespoke floral patterns that adorn the venue.

Find out more details here.

Canopy by Hilton London City
Canopy by Hilton London City. Picture: Canopy by Hilton London City

Hyatt Place London City East, Shoreditch

What? A brand new stylish hotel in the cosmopolitan heart of London.

The vibe? Wake up to ‘The City’ skyline and finish your day with drinks in their Pocketsquare skyline bar and terrace.

What you need to know: Hyatt Place London City East is an inspired choice for a London mini break, it offers effortless access to the City of London, the iconic sights, and delights of Brick Lane, Spitalfields plus the artistic streets and buzz of neighbouring Shoreditch. Bringing a true sense of place for guests, the hotels brims with one-off art pieces by London-based Street artists, local photography, and statement lighting. And thirteen of the bedrooms across the top two floors come with their own private outdoor terraces or balconies, delivering picture-postcard views of the world-famous London skyline.

Fine more details here.

Hyatt Place London City East opened at the end of June 2021
Hyatt Place London City East opened at the end of June 2021. Picture: Hyatt Place

Point A Hotel, Paddington

What? A “budget boutique” chain that prides itself on being able to offer super comfortable rooms at incredibly competitive prices.

The vibe? Modern, welcoming and budget-friendly.

What you need to know: With various locations across the city, we took a closer look at their offering in Paddington. Conveniently close to Edgware Road underground station, it's the ideal location to rest your head if you're taking time to explore the city. The rooms start at £49 per night, and they can accommodate couples and families. The staff are incredibly welcoming and take safety and security incredibly seriously - with the main doors locked 24/7 and the hotel rooms left with a sanitary seal so you know you're entering a clean space.

Fine more details here.

Hotel room stay at Point A Hotel Paddington
Hotel room stay at Point A Hotel Paddington. Picture: Point A Hotels

The Resident, Soho

What? A boutique hotel described as an 'oasis of calm in the centre of London's most vibrant neighbourhood'.

The vibe? Stylish, chic with a relaxed feel.

What you need to know: The Resident may be hidden in the hustle and bustle of Soho, but once you're in your room you'll find the peace and quiet you need after a long day. All rooms come with luxurious beds, spotless en-suites and mini-kitchens. The option to pre-order essential groceries with the reception for your room is a great touch. The Resident's Soho location is one of four in central London, with the others found in Covent Garden, Kensington and Victoria.

Find more details here.

The Resident, Soho
The Resident, Soho. Picture: PH

Flemings Hotel, Mayfair

What? A high end boutique, perfect for relaxing after a day of shopping, eating and exploring the capital.

The vibe? Warm, welcoming and luxurious.

What you need to know: Opened in 1851, Flemings expanded to include 13 townhouses and has been run by the Gulhati family for the past 40 years. Centrally located right near the Green Park Station, it boasts stunning room decor and a delicious breakfast complete with home-made pastries, a selection of freshly baked breads and a variety of cured meats and fruits.

Find more details here.

Flemings Hotel, Mayfair
Flemings Hotel, Mayfair. Picture: Buy a gift

Victory House, Leicester Square

What? A cosy boutique hotel sat on the famous Leicester Square.

The vibe? Simple, chic and fitting with the West End surroundings.

What you need to know: Victory House is perfect if you want to relax whilst being at the centre of London action. The rooms offer comfort and luxury when you need a break from the busy streets of the city. Victory House is the perfect place to stay overnight if you’re heading to the theatre or on a night out in busy Soho. Victory House is also partners with Crisis which means, through the Bed For A Bed initiative, when you stay, a donation will be made to help a homeless person into a home of their own.

Find more details here.

Cheval Three Quays, Tower Bridge

What? Luxury apartments with incredible views of Tower Bridge.

The vibe? This place is all about the view.

What you need to know: Cheval Three Quays are a collection of stunning apartments available to stay in for as long as you like – from one night to a year or longer. The residence has been designed to mimic the theme of water from the River Thames, adding to the luxurious surroundings.

Find more details here.

Boundary London, Shoreditch

What? Modern and quirky hotel in the heart of Shoreditch.

The vibe? You’ll know you’re in Shoreditch!

What you need to know: At The Boundary Project, the 17 rooms have all been decorated to represent an “iconic designer or movement”. The hotel also has three restaurants, two bars and a bakery and deli – not to mention the must-visit rooftop bar.

Find more details here.

The Boundary Project, Shoreditch
Boundary London, Shoreditch. Picture: SG

Hotel Indigo – 1 Leicester Square, Leicester Square

What? The perfect place to stay if you live and breathe cinema.

The vibe? 1920s decor heaven.

What you need to know: Take a break from the streets of London for a little Hollywood glamour at Hotel Indigo. Each room is bespoke, with touches to make you feel like a real movie star. Complete with a rooftop bar with killer views and based in the heart of the West End, you won’t want to miss this gem.

Find more details here.

Hotel Indigo, Leicester Square
Hotel Indigo – 1 Leicester Square. Picture: PH

Covent Garden Hotel, Covent Garden

What? A homely hotel with plenty of floral prints.

The vibe? Granny-chic meets Covent Garden luxury.

What you need to know: The Covent Garden Hotel has the feel of a country farm house in the middle of hussle and bustle of Covent Garden. All rooms have been designed by Kit Kemp with a “fresh modern style.”

Find more details here.

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Andaz London, Liverpool Street

What? Modern, bright and exciting rooms at the centre of the city.

The vibe? Modern chic meets classic luxury.

What you need to know: Liverpool Street is a great central spot for a visit to London, whether you’re hitting the clubs, site seeing or heading to a show. Andaz London’s rooms are bright and bold, their bars perfect for getting THE best Instagram shots, and their reviews are out of this world.

Find more details here.

Andaz Hotel,
Andaz London, Liverpool Street . Picture: PH

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