The 7 Best Hotels in The City of London

Andaz Liverpool Street

Historically The City of London refers to a very particular area, one which was surrounded by the city’s ancient Roman wall - you can’t see much of the Roman walls today but they do have a surviving slice outside the Museum of London, and one close to the Tower of London. But these days, and for the purpose of our Guru’s recommendations for 7 the best hotels in the City of London, we’ve pushed the boundaries out a bit to include the best hotels by Liverpool Street, the best hotels in Barbican and the very bottom edge of Clerkenwell.

The City isn’t as popular with visitors as some of the other areas of London, it's still a centre of finance and a lot busier during the week. But it does house St. Paul’s Cathedral within its boundaries, and The Barbican Centre, Smithfield Market and the Bank of England and the Stock Exchange. There’s shopping, and plenty of places to eat and drink, and you’re just across the river from the cultural gems on offer on the South Bank. So opting for one of our 7 best hotels in The City of London puts you right in the thick of things, and some of our recommendations for the best hotels in The City of London offer really great value.

The 7 Best Hotels in The City of London

The Best City of London Bolthole Hotels

The Rookery is an intimate bolthole with 33 rooms spread across three 18th century houses. The rooms are full of character, expect fireplaces, roll top baths and quality antiques, plus they offer breakfast in bed or in the garden.

The Rookery

The Montcalm at the Brewery is a 235 room, five star hotel close to the Barbican Centre. The decor is chic, but traditional, with simple colour schemes and great details. There’s a fine dining restaurant, and, as you may have guessed from the name, there’s also a pub.

The Montcalm at the Brewery

An offshoot of The Zetter Hotel - see below - The Zetter Townhouse is an intimate boutique hotel with just 13 rooms and some fairly special vintage decor. Eclectic and colourful, this is a romantic option with great facilities. Clerkenwell is quiet at weekends.

The Zetter Townhouse

The Best Hotels in Spitalfields

Opulently converted from an 18th century townhouse, Batty Langley’s fits in perfectly with the Spitalfields vibe. Some of it is gloriously over the top, but some of the rooms and suites are just stunningly traditional - with bathrooms you might want to just live in. Romantic and fun.

Batty Langley's

The Andaz Liverpool Street is an old railway hotel serving Liverpool Street Station, but in its current guise it’s stylish and comfortable, with a good bar and restaurant. And a location which is hard to top for accessing all London has to offer.

Andaz Liverpool Street

The Best Hotels in The City of London For Great Value

The Zetter Hotel is a super-stylish hotel in trendy Clerkenwell with rooms and coffees that hipsters can’t fault. It’s quiet at the weekend. The 59 rooms and suites start from around £135 per night.

The Zetter Hotel

The South Place Hotel is a super trendy, cutting edge design hotel with 80 rooms and a Michelin starred, rooftop restaurant - who says business travellers should have all the fun and facilities! Rooms and suites are chic and start from under £150 per night.

South Place Hotel

If you haven’t found your idea of the best hotel in the City of London on our Guru’s list you could:

The 7 Best Hotels in The City of London

  • The Rookery London (The City) 33 rooms from £282

    Fashionable Clerkenwell is home to this intimate, period charm City bolthole which prides itself on homely atmosphere across three 18th Century houses. Rooms are full of character, classic antiques, open fires and roll top baths. Breakfast in bed or in the garden is the perfect way to start the day.

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    Sights nearby  -  Barbican is a cultural hub worth checking out for performances, screenings and more.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet
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  • The Montcalm at the Brewery London (The City) 235 rooms from £133

    An excellent five-star hotel in the heart of London City district. The rooms are modern and chic with stylish furnishings and simple colour schemes. Culinary options are covered by a fine dining restaurant and a more relaxed gastropub. The perfect location for people in the City on business.

    Foodies  -  Foodies will love the range here, from local seasonal produce, to gastro pub with cask ales and afternoon tea in the lounge!
    Romantic Break  -  An ideal bolthole for a romantic weekend in London, luxorious rooms offering marble bathrooms and chic dining.
    Local markets  -  Anyone with an interest in food must check out the nearby Borough food market- a bustling spot brimming with choice.
    Sights nearby  -  Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament all within two miles.
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  • The Zetter Townhouse London 13 rooms from £246

    Intimate boutique townhouse offshoot of the modernist Zetter, with quirky and eclectic vintage decor and just 13 rooms.

    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Quirky  -  An experience!
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection
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  • Batty Langley's London (The City) 29 rooms from £170

    Opulent, sumptuous and quirky converted 18th century townhouse in the trendy Spitalfields district. Gorgeous over-the-top rooms and suites offer stunning traditional interiors and equally impressive bathrooms. A romantic bolthole in the city of London perfect for a cosy getaway!

    Sights nearby  -  The property is minutes from Liverpool St so there's easy access to all of London's highlights.
    Local markets  -  Old Spitalfields market is just round the corner
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • Andaz Liverpool Street London (The City) 267 rooms from £279

    Well designed and up to the minute business hotel in the heart of the City, a railway hotel conversion oozing style.

    Business Hotel  -  A hotel to conduct business in real style
    Local markets  -  Columbia Road Flower Market, Old Spitalfields Market and Leadenhall Markets are all on the doorstep
    Sights nearby  -  Within easy walking distance of St Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.
    Spa  -  There is no spa as such, but you can book treatments which will be given in-room
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Michelin Travel
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  • The Zetter Hotel London 59 rooms from £135

    In the heart of trendy Clerkenwell, this ultra-stylish hotel appeals to wannabe hipsters looking for a design-conscious cocoon in the heart of London's coolest quarter.

    Local markets  -  Borough Market is a great place to go in the weekend to browse the food stalls.
    Sights nearby  -  Tower of London next to the famous Tower Bridge is a memorable day trip.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide
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  • South Place Hotel London (The City) 80 rooms from £136

    A super trendy hotel with cutting edge design in East London. Michelin star restaurant on the roof top, lively bar, gym and spa, and uber chic rooms and suites with all the mod cons. A great choice for a taste of London's more quirky side.

    Foodies  -  Roof top Michelin star restaurant.
    Roof terrace  -  Trendy roof top bar with views.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    City Style
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Wednesday, 16th January 2019