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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.

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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.

The Top 10 Chic London Hotels

For the Museums

The Arch

  • The Rockwell Hotel is a beautifully designed townhouse in a busy, Kensington location.
  • Or there’s The Arch, above Oxford Street in Bayswater, perfectly positioned for the Wallace Collection and the British Museum - and the shops of course.

In the West End

Soho Hotel

  • The Covent Garden Hotel is a Firmdale Hotel in designer clothes with a good mix of elegance and metro chic.
  • Or there’s the Soho Hotel, another Firmdale classic, but this time with a more fashionable edge, close to the buzz of Soho.

The Top 10 Chic London Hotels for Privacy

The Halkin

  • The Capital Hotel is private, discreet but lavish, with a Michelin starred restaurant and the perfect Knightsbridge address for shoppers.
  • Or there’s the Halkin Hotel, an early design hotel on the edge of Belgravia and also with a Michelin starred restaurant.

In The City

The Zetter

  • The Zetter Hotel is a 59 room hotel in hip and happening Clerkenwell, close to The City, with fun, contemporary styling.

For Great Value

London Bridge Hotel

  • The London Bridge Hotel is a stylish business hotel with great rates at the weekend and a great position by the river.
  • Or there’s the similarly priced Baby Abode Sydney House Hotel, which starts from around £125 per night, and is a popular South Kensington bolthole.

The Top 10 Chic London Hotels for Hipster Cool

The Boundary Rooms

  • Boundary Rooms in Shoreditch is by style guru and restauranteur, Terrance Conran, and is design chic with a pleasing touch of retro.

If you haven’t found your perfect London hotel on our Guru’s list of the Top 10 Chic London Hotels you could:

  • check out our Guru’s list of London Cheap and Chic Hotels,
  • or our Best boutique Hotels in London list,
  • expand your search to include our list of all the best places to stay in London,
  • or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
    • The Rockwell Hotel 40 rooms from £145

      London (South West)

      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.

      Exclusive offer  -  Save 30%
      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 58 rooms from £360

      London (West End)

      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, Michelin Travel
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    • The Soho Hotel 96 rooms from £390

      London (West End)

      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, Michelin Travel
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    • The Capital Hotel, London 49 rooms from £240

      London (South West)

      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, Michelin Travel
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    • The Zetter Hotel 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 41 rooms from £295

      London (South West)

      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, Michelin Travel
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    • London Bridge Hotel 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.

      Exclusive offer  -  Great Weekend Deals
      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.
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
      Romantic  -  Good for couples.
      Recommended by  -  Frommers
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    • Sydney House Hotel 21 rooms from £179

      London (South West)

      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 17 rooms from £196

      London (Shoreditch)

      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 82 rooms from £289

      London (Bayswater)

      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, Johansens, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels
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Written by Fiona Duncan

posted Friday, 12th February 2010
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