Top 10 London Chic hotels

Readers of this website may have divined that while we love hip, stylish hotels, we have an aversion to posey ones, where the main point for guests is to try to be as ice cool as the hotel's artfully arranged interior. Hence, there are some high-profile hotels you may be surprised not to find on our list of the top 10 Chic London Hotels.

Bond Street

On the other hand, our hand selected recommendations of our top 10 Chic London Hotels are all hotels that’ll impress you and your guests with their style, but will welcome you and make you comfortable too. In short, they’re well-run hotels, where guests are valued and all are welcome, and that have that extra beautiful buzz that’ll please our picky Gurus.

Top 10 Chic London Hotels

Chic Hotels in London’s West End

The Covent Garden Hotel is a Firmdale Hotel in designer clothes with a good mix of elegance and metro chic. The Covent Garden location is difficult to beat, the decor is exquisite and breakfasts are a lavish affair. They even cater for the kids - beautifully.

Covent Garden Hotel

Or there’s the Soho Hotel, another Firmdale classic, but this time with a more fashionable edge, close to the buzz of Soho. And complete with a gym and cinema, and a cerise pink drawing room and dashing motoring mural in Refuel, the hotel’s excellent restaurant.

Soho Hotel

Chic and Intimate London Hotels

The Capital Hotel is private, discreet but lavish, with a Michelin starred restaurant and the perfect Knightsbridge address for shoppers. There are 49 elegant rooms with antique furniture and king size beds. Plus chef Nathan Outlaw runs the seafood award-winning restaurant, popular across town.

The Capital Hotel

Or there’s the Halkin Hotel, an early design hotel on the edge of Belgravia and also with a Michelin starred restaurant. The decor is Asian inspired and plenty chic and contemporary, and the service is top notch. Expect statement pieces of furniture and sculpture in the common areas.

Halkin Hotel

Chic London Hotels close to the Museums

The Rockwell Hotel is a beautifully designed townhouse in a busy, Kensington location. It has a beautifully landscaped garden - which is surprising for this location, and a fine wine list in its elegant bar and restaurant, and it’s independent.

The Rockwell Hotel

Or there’s The Arch, above Oxford Street in Bayswater, a townhouse conversion perfectly positioned for the Wallace Collection and the British Museum - and the shops of course. The decor and design are bold, contemporary and effortlessly cool.

The Arch

Chic London City Hotels

The Zetter Hotel is a 59 room hotel in hip and happening Clerkenwell, close to The City, with fun, contemporary styling. A conversion of a 19th century commercial building, the hotel is built around a six-storey, glass-roofed atrium lit in red and green.

The Zetter Hotel

Best Value Chic London Hotels

The London Bridge Hotel is a stylish business hotel with great rates at the weekend and a great position by the river.

London Bridge Hotel

Or there’s the similarly priced Sydney House Hotel, which starts from around £125 per night, and is a popular South Kensington bolthole, converted from a pretty, chic little Grade II listed townhouse. The rooms are compact and modern and it’s in a great spot for cafes, bars and restaurants.

Sydney House Hotel

Chic and Cool London Hotels

The Boundary Project in Shoreditch is by style guru and restauranteur, Terrance Conran, and is design chic with a pleasing touch of retro. Known for its rooftop garden, local bakery and individually designed rooms this is a perfect London base.

The Boundary Project

Still not found the perfect London hotel?

Top 10 London Chic Hotels

  • The Rockwell Hotel London (South West) 40 rooms from £145

    Townhouse turned contemporary independent hotel in West London is great value for its central location, landscape garden and facilities. Modern, light rooms make the perfect base for exploring the city or visiting on business. Modern British dishes at the airy restaurant matched by a fine wine list.

    Value chic  -  With double rooms starting from just £145 per night, it's great value for money
    Local exploring  -  Location Location Location!
    Local markets  -  Earls Court is home to a local market as well as boutique shops and independent cafe.
    Sights nearby  -  Natural History Museum welcomes visitors with the skeleton of a dinosaur.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, Good Hotel Guide
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  • Covent Garden Hotel London (West End) 58 rooms from £360

    Traditional elegance meets sexy chic, making a sexy and buzzy, designer hotel in prime Covent Garden location. Classic rooms are exquisitely decorated, with all luxuries considered and children more than catered for. Breakfast is a lavish affair, as is an evening cocktail in the drawing room.

    Sights nearby  -  You're bang in the centre of London, so everything is within easy reach!
    Local markets  -  Covent Garden is known for its famous early-morning flower market
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection
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  • The Soho Hotel London (West End) 96 rooms from £390

    Fashionable, designer interiors make this chic Soho hotel, complete with a cinema and gym, a hot spot. Large stylish rooms exude comfort and class. And the popular buzzy bar and restaurant are not to be missed. Fantastic location makes this ideal for theatre goers, live music lovers and exploring.

    Sights nearby  -  Soho is as much about its live music and gigs, as well as the theatres.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
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  • The Capital Hotel, London London (South West) 49 rooms from £240

    Intimate luxury hotel boasts Michelin star dining, an unrivaled location for shopping and fantastic hospitality for a memorable stay. Elegant rooms house antique furnishings, king sized beds and Egyptian cotten linen. Chef Nathan Outlaw runs the seafood award-winning restaurant, popular across town.

    Sights nearby  -  The Brompton Oratory, V&A, Albert Hall and Natural History Museum are all closeby.
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Small Luxury Hotels
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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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  • COMO The Halkin London (South West) 41 rooms from £295

    In the heart of Belgravia, this 21st Century luxury hotel, is home to a Michelin starred Basque restaurant and Asian-styled rooms. The contemporary, chic rooms exude understated luxury, and service is top notch. A fantastic relaxing stay for all whether you're here for business or leisure.

    Sights nearby  -  The Halkin enjoys an excellent central location close to Hyde Park Corner Tube station, so easy access to London's highlights.
    Spa  -  In-room spa treatments available
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection
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  • London Bridge Hotel London 138 rooms from £99

    Stylish business hotel, popular with tourists, in prime Southwark river location offers gym facilities and modern features. Chic rooms are luxurious with all the needed mod-cons. Londinium restaurant offers British cuisine, or head to the Quarter Bar and Lounge for drinks and casual small plates.

    Local exploring  -  Local exploring is made easy from this fantastically located hotel.
    Sights nearby  -  The view from the Shard, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London for medieval history.
    Local markets  -  Borough Market is a popular food market with Londoners and tourists alike.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
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  • Sydney House Hotel London (South West) 21 rooms from £179

    A pretty and chic little grade II listed townhouse in the popular residential borough of South Kensington. Compact, modern rooms at attractively affordable prices and prime positioning for Chelsea shopping. Breakfast only restaurant, however there are plenty to try nearby.

    Local exploring  -  Outstanding location, within walking distance of several tube stops, plus a multitiude of major sights and museums.
    Romantic Break  -  Choose the romantic 'Top Room' with private rooftop garden, chic interiors and sweeping views of the city.
    Great walks  -  Spend a lazy afternoon in nearby Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens, ideal locations for walking and picnics.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children cannot be accomadated at this hotel.
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  • The Boundary Project London (Shoreditch) 17 rooms from £196

    Late Victorian warehouse meets a style guru and restaurateur and becomes a hotspot in Shoreditch. Known for its rooftop garden, local bakery and individually designed rooms this is a perfect London base. Refined and modern A la carte menu with fantastic wine menu to match.

    Foodies  -  From mouthwatering bakery, to plush Franco-British fare and finally the uber cool rooftop with bites and cocktails.
    City Style  -  Achingly cool, each room is individually designed to pay homage a particular designer.
    Local markets  -  Spitalfields Market is an indoor market by Liverpool Station offering food stalls, arts and crafts.
    Sights nearby  -  Head to the Heron Tower to the top floor to the well known, and locally popular, Duck and Waffle.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Kiwi Collection
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  • The Arch London, NOT TO SHOW 82 rooms from £289

    A chic townhouse conversion just off Oxford Street. Original features meet bold contemporary design and effortlessly cool interiors. Every effort has been made for comfort and style, from the private terraced bedrooms to the lively glass chandeliered bar. Knockout British cuisine to boot.

    City Style  -  Bespoke hand-painted wallpaper, orginal staircases and floor to ceiling windows, just up from Marble Arch and Hyde Park.
    Foodies  -  The sophisticated open-plan kitchen, Hunter 486 serves up mouthwatering organic, sustainable, and local cuisine.
    Great walks  -  Next door you'll find Hyde Park, a perfect spot for a post breakfast stroll.
    Sights nearby  -  Check out Marble Arch, a 19th century white marble faced triumphal arch.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels
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Written by Fiona Duncan

posted Tuesday, 1st January 2019