20 Cool London Hotels on a Budget

Cool and affordable design hotels with vibrant colour, clever use of space and all the tech. trimmings are becoming more and more popular, but they’ve been slower to come to London than to other European capitals. But they are coming! joining the ranks of modern boutique style hotels and some funky business hotels in our Guru’s list of 20 cool London hotels on a budget.

Hoxton Hotel

Our Gurus have a few recommendations for cool London hotels on a budget close to the centre of town, but a good way to tick the budget box is to head away from the parts of town most tourists are familiar with. London’s hip hotels are popping up in areas where the cool kinds hang out, like Hoxton, Shoreditch, Bethnal Green and tech-central: Clerkenwell. And London’s public transport system is pretty quick and reliable.

Zetter Hotel

There are even some great offerings further out. Soho House’s sister, High Road House in Chiswick for example - and it’s still less than half an hour from the centre of town by tube. We’ve grouped our Guru’s recommendations for 20 cool London hotels on a budget by theme rather than by location, so there’s cool for couples, cool design and even cool for under £100 per night.

Qbic London

Cool London Hotels on a Budget

Cool London City Break Hotels on a Budget

Trendy, arty, fun luxury brand citizenM's London branches, citizenM Bankside, citizenM Shoreditch and citizenM Tower of London, easily make the list of the cool London hotels on a budget, with their prices starting at around £99 per night. Here living spaces are large and beautifully designed, and sleeping spaces are small but with every comfort. As well as the in-room-tablets which you can use to control everything - from the lighting to the temperature, citizenM has powerful rain showers, large beds with luxury linens, free wifi and free movies on demand and lots of modern art on display.

citizenM Bankside
The South Place Hotel is a cutting edge City hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant on the roof, a lively bar, a gym, spa and 80 super chic rooms and suites.

South Place Hotel

Clerkenwell’s Zetter Hotel has been wonderfully converted from a Victorian warehouse into a 59 room hotel with fun design details and heaps of character.

Zetter Hotel

The London Bridge Hotel is basically a stylish business hotel, which also offers great rates for leisure tourists. The decor is coolly monochrome and there are excellent facilities for business travellers - like three restaurants and a gym, but the location is also great for exploring London.

London Bridge Hotel

Cool London Design Hotels on a Budget

Town Hall is Bethnal Green's stark, Edwardian municipal Town Hall, turned cool design hotel with a heart. There are 98 rooms, some of which have their own kitchens. Though there's also an acclaimed modern restaurant. They've added a pool and spa in a glass top floor. But they've kept the tea lady, who now delivers cocktails to the rooms between six and eight.

Town Hall
K West is a great glass concoction right by Olympia and Shepherds Bush. This is a big hotel, with more than 200 rooms, so it’s also got good facilities, like a subterranean spa and an indoor hydrotherapy pool.

K West

Cool London Hotels Outside Zone 1

The Hoxton Hotel uses the same pricing model as Easyjet - the earlier you book the less you pay - and prices start from just £119 per night. The similarity to the airline stops there, The Hoxton Hotel definitely has designer frills. This is a purpose built, modern building with all the stylish comforts you can imagine. The huge ground floor has a shop, sitting room, bar, restaurant, internet cafe, two blazing fires, and of course, the reception. So it gets used by locals as well as visitors, creating a buzzy atmosphere.

Hoxton Hotel

Qbic London is the newest addition to the cool budget hotel gang. Here you'll find super comfy beds and minimalist furnishings all within spitting distance of Brick Lane. And the best bit? Rooms start from just £69 per night.

Qbic Hotel

High Road House is Soho House's 'out-of-town' cousin, which is hardly out-of-town at all, on bustling boutique-y Chiswick High Road. The brasserie is big with the locals so it's a buzzy place to hang out. The 14 all white wood rooms are definitely chic and boutique, and guests are able to use the member's facilities as well. Chiswick is green as well as smart, and only about 30mins from the centre of town by tube.

High Road House

Hotel 55 in Ealing Common is a hip boutique style hotel with contemporary Japanese design and 29 good sized rooms. There’s a Japanese restaurant, plus a terrace and garden.

Hotel 55

Cool London for Couples

The Artist Residence London in Pimlico is a ten room Regency property packed with beautiful details and antiques. Each room has been individually styled and filled with interest and there’s a popular restaurant.

Artist Residence London
The Sydney House Hotel has recently had a chic makeover, upgrading the comfort of the beds, the quality of the linen, the smartness of the decor and the technology. Their excellent location in Sydney Street, between the Kings Road and Fulham Road, the gorgeous views from the roof terrace and the prices - which start from £125 per night, haven't changed.

Sydney House Hotel
The Rockwell Hotel doesn’t compromise on location. Close to all the museums of South Kensington, it has an elegant restaurant and bar, and a gym too. The Rockwell is a perfect example of a 'no frills' hotel where they in fact do have the frills that really matter to most people.

The Rockwell Hotel

Cool London Hotels for Under £100 per Night

The Church Street Hotel in Camberwell has a colourful Mexican theme, with 31 light, cheerful rooms and a great bar and tapas restaurant. Rooms start from around £90 per night.

church street hotel
The The Tommyfield in Kennington is a great pub which has just opened up six bedrooms. The decor is simple, the pub is great, the location is good and there’s entertainment downstairs in the pub as well as food and drink. Rooms start from just under £100 per night.

The Tommyfield

Cool London Pub Hotels

The Victoria Inn's cache of cool comes primarily from its location in Peckham. It's basically a really popular local gastropub, which is much appreciated by the locals, and offers 18 simple guestrooms. The location is great for cool cafes and bars, only about 5mins from the centre of town and close to the Horniman Museum and Dulwich Park.

The Victoria Inn

Wimbledon’s Dog and Fox is a stylish pub now offering accommodation in 17 newly-and-quirkily renovated rooms. Let the photos do the talking for this one.

Dog and Fox

The Alma in Wandsworth is a Victorian pub turned boutique-y pub hotel with all the mod. cons.. The location is south west, close to the Battersea Arts Centre, and an easy journey into the centre of town. It's comfortable, as well as cool.

The Alma

If you haven’t found your perfect cool London hotel on a budget on our Guru’s list, you could:

Cool London Hotels on a Budget

  • CitizenM Shoreditch London (Hackney) 216 rooms from £125

    CitizenM's East London outpost in trendy Shoreditch. You'll find the usual "luxe for less": large comfy beds, stylish designer furniture, contemporary artworks and generally trendy vibe in the friendly and lively lounge/bar/restaurant area. Excellent value in a truly hipster part of town.

    Local exploring  -  Ideally located for exploring London's trendy East End and great transport links to the rest of the city.
    Sights nearby  -  Walking distance from Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane.
    Full of character
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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  • CitizenM Tower of London London (The City) 370 rooms from £125

    A budget stay just a stone's throw from the Tower of London. CitizenM's trademark offering includes rooms with stunning city views, 24 hour food, and funky interiors that are just perfect for hanging out! A good choice for both business and leisure travellers.

    Value chic  -  With CitizenM's trademark chic interiors at great prices, it's a brilliant London stay for those on a budget.
    Local exploring  -  Fantastic location for exploring not just the Tower of London, but the rest of the city too
    Sights nearby  -  You're right next to the tube, so the whole of London is easilly accessible ontop of the sights on your doorstep
    Views  -  There are great views over the Thames, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London from the balcony
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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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  • 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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  • citizenM Bankside London 192 rooms from £91

    Trendy, contemporary "luxury for less" hotel on London's Southbank. Ideal for arty types, with iconic Vitra furniture throughout, modern art on display and a stone's throw from the Tate. Tablets in every room for mood control and a host of other goodies thrown in with the price.

    Sights nearby  -  Very close to Tate Modern and the Millenium Bridge
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Town Hall London (Bethnal Green) 98 rooms from £148

    Clever redesign of a stark Edwardian municipal building into a cool design hotel with a heart. Viajante restaurant is a foodie favourite.

    Designer  -  Designed by top architects Rare
    Swimming Pool  -  15m heated indoor pool
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Michelin Travel
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  • K West London (Shepherds Bush) 219 rooms from £119

    Cool modern hotel just a credit card’s throw from Westfield shopping centre. Spacious rooms in classy muted tones, a compact subterranean spa, and recently refurbished public rooms, including a buzzing bar and lounge, make it perfect for out-of-town shoppers and those craving an urban spa break.

    Spa  -  Subterranean spa with wide range of therapies and pampering on offer. The hotel also has its own Nail Bar.
    Sights nearby  -  Hop on the tube at Shepherds Bush for easy access to all major attractions
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor hydrotherapy pool
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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  • Qbic Hotel London 185 rooms from £69

    Distinctive but simple, clean and modern hotel with quirky minimalist furnishings and good amenities. Appropriately arty spot from which to explore one of London's most cultured, multi-ethnic and inexpensively fashionable new areas.

    City  -  Well located in London
    Sights nearby  -  All of London's highlights are easily accessible. Close to the trendy Brick Lane
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Quirky  -  An experience!
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  • The Hoxton Hotel London 210 rooms from £119

    This stylish City hotel fits right in to the vibrant East London scene, with the perfect mix of style and attitude. Modern minimalist rooms with garden views and unique touches. The Hoxton Grill, a local favourite is well worth checking out. Unbeatable location.

    Local exploring  -  Check out the buzzy restaurants and bars, vintage shops and yummy food markets of East London.
    City Style  -  A understated yet chic hotel in hip Hoxton- home to artists, city slickers and students.
    Sights nearby  -  Nearby Liverpool Street is where you will find the Gherkin, the Shard and other skyscrapers that make up The City's skyline.
    Local markets  -  Spitalfields Market is a great place for food stalls, boutique shops and the early risers might catch the flower market.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers
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  • Hotel 55 London 29 rooms from £79

    One of a new breed of hip 'off centre' boutique-style hotels. With Japanese contemporary design, decent size rooms, private balconies, terrace garden and great prices. Momo Japanese Restaurant is well worth checking out for its authentic cuisine and warm atmosphere.

    Value chic  -  Stylish interiors, secluded balconies, personal service, trendy bar and delicious food- all for a totally reasonable price!
    Great walks  -  Ealing Common is a hub of activity in the summer, and all year round is home to walkers, joggers and roller bladers.
    Local markets  -  Ealing Broadway has a wonderful weekly market that's well worth checking out.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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  • The Dog and Fox London (Wimbledon) 14 rooms from £154

    Located in the heart of Wimbledon Village, this stylish pub offers 17 newly renovated rooms. Friendly staff and luxurious beds promote a relaxed atmosphere, emphasising the peaceful area of London in which it is located. All rooms are en suite. The restaurant offers a delicious food range.

    Sights nearby  -  Inc. Wimbledon Tennis Club
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  • Artist Residence London London 10 rooms from £255

    Regency property from the outside; full of fun, character and modern art inside. Individually decorated rooms and bathrooms are of a good size. Popular restaurant ‘Cambridge Street Kitchen’ and just a short walk from Victoria. A design lover’s dream!

    Great walks  -  Through nearby Hyde Park, London's largest park, where one can go horse riding, boating, cycling and picnicing.
    Sights nearby  -  The London Eye, The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and St Paul's Cathedral are all within easy reach.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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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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  • High Road House London 14 rooms from £140

    Soho House's Chiswick outpost brings the contemporary-chic of their other properties to this leafy residential area in West London. Crisp white and wood make up the guest rooms, add a splash of vibrant colour, a buzzy bar and restaurant and you have the perfect stay.

    City Style  -  Oozing city style with a private members club, effortlessly chic interiors, lively bar and a wonderful location.
    Local markets  -  Chiswick is its own town within the city of London and there is a market on the common every weekend.
    Great walks  -  Enjoy a stroll along south-side of the Thames Embankment for some of London's most notable views.
    Designer  -  Ilse Crawford was the original designer.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Kiwi Collection
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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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  • The Tommyfield London (Kennington Cross) 6 rooms from £99

    Brand-new bedrooms set in a fashionable pub just 10 minutes from central London via tube. Excellent pub menu, recently opened accommodation and evening entertainment including stand-up comedy make this an enticing property for those seeking London chic without a huge price tag.

    Quirky  -  Live comedy on Thursdays.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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  • Church Street Hotel London 31 rooms from £90

    This wonderfully vibrant Mexican themed hotel is a shining light in Camberwell. Bright, cheerful rooms are full of character and thoughtful touches. Make sure you sample the to die for tapas, as well as the knockout cocktails in the Havana Lounge. A new wave of affordable and stylish hotels.

    Exclusive offer  -  London bargain
    City Style  -  A totally unqiue experience with quirky and meticulously thoughtout design, bold colours and unique charm.
    Value chic  -  Excellent value for money- top quality service, decor, cuisine and vibes for a reasonable price tag.
    Local markets  -  Borough Market on the weekend is a fantastic food heaven with stalls from all over Europe and places to catch a quick bite.
    Great walks  -  South London is full of parks, walk ways and beautiful buildings full of history.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors, Good Hotel Guide
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  • The Alma London (Wandsworth) 23 rooms from £129

    A Victorian pub/hotel set within a quiet London district in striking distance of south, west and central London. Clean and well appointed rooms lend themselves to a comfortable stay. The bar and restaurant serve up traditional and hearty food and drinks, all for a reasonable price.

    Sights nearby  -  Close to Battersea Arts Centre, and good transport links to all of London's main atractions
    Great walks  -  Explore the iconic Kew Gardens
    Full of character
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • 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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  • The Victoria Inn London 15 rooms from £93

    Set above a traditional Victorian Inn - a gastro pub located in Peckham, for a different kind of stay. Great pub food, a lively and popular bar and simple, stylish bedrooms. Located in this vibrant borough, there are many trendy bars, restaurants and clubs nearby.

    Foodies  -  For those after a modern British East End experience the gastropub downstairs offers just that
    Local exploring  -  Affordable accomodation just 5 miles from Central London
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Dulwich Park or the free Horniman Museum and Gardens
    Great walks  -  Peckham Rye Park
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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Monday, 21st January 2019