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Taking a trip to London this festive season? Here's where you should be staying.
With travel restrictions due to Covid-19 still making abroad holidays far from simple, 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What? Luxury hotel nestled beside St Paul's Cathedral in the capital’s business district, perfect for business travellers or leisure explorers in London City.
The vibe? Great for couples looking for an adventure in the city but moments to wind down in the heart of the capital.
What you need to know: The spa is also home to a luxury pool and thermal experiences such as steam rooms, allowing guests to escape their busy everyday lives. Whether visitors are looking to take time out, wind down after a long day or simply want to get their day off to a good start, Rena Spa offers a range of luxurious treatments for guests to indulge in the ultimate ‘me time’.
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.
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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.
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.
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.”
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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.