Top 10 Cosy London Boltholes

So! You're coming to London for a day or two and you just want a roof over your head, somewhere that's sensible, cosy, welcoming and well located... a London home from home hotel perhaps? With a comfortable armchair, unfussy food, friendly service and well-equipped but undemanding bedrooms? You need one of our Guru’s Top 10 Cosy London Boltholes!

The Zetter Townhouse

Our list of top 10 cosy London boltholes includes comfortable London hotels which are bursting with character and atmosphere, and where you’ll find yourself returning to time and again.

Top 10 Cosy London Boltholes

Cosy London Boltholes for Location, Location, Location

The Hotei 41 is almost opposite Buckingham Palace, close to the Mall, and the rooms have quite special London views. These 30 opulent rooms are all decorated in monochrome, have up to the minute technology and should be able to meet any indulgence - their guest preference form allows you to select an exercise bike for your room, or a humidifier, or a romantic turn down anyone? The top floor, where the best views can be had, offers all day snacks, and there’s an honesty bar. Rooms start from around £395 per night.

Hotel 41

Cosy London Boltholes in the West End

Outside an elegant Georgian townhouse in vibrant Soho, inside the Dean Street Townhouse is a 39 room private members club. With a range of different sized and priced rooms, all of them decorated tastefully, and a buzzing, welcoming restaurant serving ‘new old fashioned’ food, this is a cool place to stay, aimed at young, fashionable travellers who appreciate style. Honeymooners would love the tiny Broom Cupboard.

Dean Street Townhouse

Or for something a little cosier try the The Fox Club, romantically tucked away in the heart of Mayfair. This private members club meets boutique hotel is comfortable and classic, and well located for almost everywhere. It’s also romantic, beautifully converted by Kit Kemp from the townhouse belonging to Charles James Fox and his courtesan lover Mrs Armistead.

The Fox Club

Cosy London Boltholes for Shoppers

The Levin Hotel is perfectly located between Hyde Park and Harrods, and has just 12 lovely bedrooms and an excellent basement bistro called Le Metro, which looks like a Viennese tearoom. There’s a homely feel to this place, and well equipped minibar.

The Levin Hotel

Or you could head slightly south to No 11 Cadogan Gardens, just behind Sloane Square and with its eclectic style and lavish decor. There’s a charming library, a drawing rooms and a terrace, and the house has access to a private square. Wooden paneling features throughout and framed portraits line the carpeted staircases, while bedrooms typically have large windows and lots of natural light.

No 11 Cadogan Gardens

Montagu Place in Bayswater is also worth considering if you want to be near Marylebone and Oxford Street, this is a 16 room gem of a converted Georgian townhouse, with friendly staff and rooms categories into ‘Comfy’, ‘Fancy’ and ‘Swanky’. They do a handy breakfast buffet downstairs.

Montagu Place

Cosy London Boltholes for London Escapes

The Gore is a quirky, quintessentially British and intimately decorated townhouse in Kensington, just steps from Hyde Park. The 50 rooms are classically decorated with period pictures, antiques and comfortable beds, and there’s an excellent restaurant and a great bar too. Walk in the front door of this redbrick mansion and you feel as if you’re visiting a friend’s house - albeit a friend who lives in a superb location and has impeccable taste in interiors

The Gore

Great Value Cosy London Boltholes

The Brook Green Hotel offers 17 elegant, boutique rooms upstairs, and a cool cocktail bar downstairs, in a handy West London location. It's a great base whether you're here for shopping, sights or just a night on the town. And the pub food is excellent. Doubles from around £140 B&B.

Brook Green Hotel

Modern London Boltholes

For modern cosy, myhotel Chelsea, a bright, Feng Shui friendly hotel between Fulham and Chelsea, is a great choice. There are 54 large, minimalist rooms with chic details in pastel colours and white tiled bathrooms. There’s a choice of two places to eat: The Living Room and Tanya’s.

myhotel Chelsea

Or try Clerkenwell’s The Zetter Townhouse, an intimate but modern boutique townhouse with quirky, eclectic vintage decor and just 13 rooms.

The Zetter Townhouse

If you haven’t found your idea of the best London hideaway on our Guru’s list of top 10 cosy London boltholes, you could:

Our Guru’s Top 10 Cosy London Boltholes:

  • myhotel Chelsea 54 rooms from $240

    London (South West)

    Feng Shui friendly concept adopted for this fresh, tranquil hotel located between the Boroughs of Chelsea and Fulham. Large, minimalist rooms are complete with chic detailing, pastel colours and white tiled bathrooms. The Living Room and Tanya's are both popular eateries before heading out into town

    Sights nearby  -  Saatchi Gallery just off Sloane Sqaure is a fantastic art gallery and worth a visit.
    Great walks  -  Enjoy the Royal parks such as Hyde Park and Battersea Park.
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
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  • The Levin Hotel 12 rooms from $400

    London (South West)

    Exclusive hotel in the heart of Knightsbridge, perfect for romantic breaks and shopping sprees. Large, comfortable rooms with stylish interiors and an inexplicably homely feel. The Knightsbridge Metro serves yummy British food and wines from Levin's own Vineyards.

    City Style  -  Magnificant interiors, bold fabrics, sharp lines and colourful installations, just around the corner from London's top shopping.
    Romantic Break  -  Champagne and flowers are only the start of a truly romantic occassion with the Levin Hotel.
    Views  -  Street views.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels, Sawdays, Tablet
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  • The Gore Hotel, Starhotels Collezione 50 rooms from $247

    West London

    A quintessentially British townhouse that prides itself on spectacular service with laid back vibes. Classic-styled rooms house period pictures, antiques & comfortable beds. Restaurant 190 Queen's Gate offers contemporary classic dishes and Bar 190 superb G&Ts! Spot on location for city exploring

    Sights nearby  -  Great location for the Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park.
    Full of character
    Quirky  -  An experience!
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • The Colonnade, London 43 rooms from $267

    London, NOT TO SHOW

    A smart Little Venice residence turned 4* boutique. Classic rooms exude comfort and warmth with elegant fabrics and thoughtful touches. The breakfast spread is worth getting out of bed for! Perfect for a pampering weekend away.

    Romantic Break  -  With palatial fourposters and sumptuous velvet drapes, plus champagne and tandem massages- true romance!
    Sights nearby  -  Madame Tussauds is where the famous are made into wax works and kept forever by the nation. A great exhibit and worth a visit.
    Great walks  -  Regent's Park is a fantastic green urban space to have an afternoon stroll.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
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  • B+B Belgravia and Studios@82 9 rooms from $181

    London (South West)

    An understated and elegant B&B, in central Belgravia. The contemporary design, self service facilities and unbeatable location combine to make this an ideal spot in the heart of the city. Numerous restaurants and bars on your doorstep, complete the picture.

    Families  -  These contemporary, well located studios are ideal for families with self catering facilities and plenty of space.
    Local exploring  -  Grab one of the B&B's free bikes and head out to explore Westminster the heart of historical and vibrant London.
    Sights nearby  -  Use the River Thames as your guide and head east to catch a glimpse of Big Ben, London Eye and other sights.
    Great walks  -  Whether Hyde or Battersea, be sure to take a stroll around the royal parks of London.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Fodors
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  • Dean Street Townhouse 39 rooms from $261

    London (West End)

    Elegant Georgian townhouse in London's vibrant Soho district. Stylish rooms are designed with panache, and focus on the young and fashionable business and leisure traveler. All British food all day at the snazzy restaurant. A true gem in the heart of the UK's capital city.

    City Style  -  Grown up and sophisticated style, in a hip part of town- think mahogany fourposters, clawfooted tubs and Farrow & Ball Duck Egg.
    Foodies  -  Mouthwatering modern British cuisine, always interesting, varied and au point. Afternoon tea is a London favourite.
    Great walks  -  Head south towards Trafalgar Square and to Enbankment where you will find the Thames - the perfect guide to mapping out London.
    Sights nearby  -  Picadilly Circus is closeby and a great place to check out what is on at the theatres in the West End.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
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  • The Fox Club 8 rooms from $221

    London (Mayfair)

    Private club meets charming boutique in the heart of Mayfair. A stones throw from the Westend and the designer shops of Knighsbridge. Comfortable and classic rooms are perfect for lone rangers, business trips or couples wanting a romantic getaway. Cosy and laid back vibes.

    Hideaway  -  This members club hotel has distinctly bolthole feel, perfect for those who like to keep to themselves.
    Value chic  -  If you love it, join the club- with fantastic rates offered for members.
    Great walks  -  Head to Green Park, St James' Park and then you shall find Buckingham Palace on The Mall.
    Local markets  -  Head to Berwick Street for a quick bite, home to food stalls throughout the week.
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  • Montagu Place 16 rooms from $233

    London (Bayswater)

    A little gem of a Georgian townhouse with just the right mix of comfort, style, relaxation and price. Spacious rooms with Hypnos beds and Molton Brown toiletries. Walking distance to Madame Tussauds, Regents Park & Oxford Street. Ideal for a stylish city break.

    Sights nearby  -  Easy access to all of London's major attractions. Walking distance from Madame Tussauds, Regents Park & Oxford St.
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  • Hotel 41 30 rooms from $515


    There's a clubby feel to this top floor 'eyrie' with views over Buckingham Palace. Opulent rooms in monochrome tones are laced with all the most up to date high tech mod cons and every indulgence you can think of. Eat around the clock and make the most of the honesty bar. A real treat of a hotel.

    City Style  -  An exclusive hotel mixing tradition with high tech mod cons and unbeatable service, right in heart of London.
    Sights nearby  -  This hotel boasts a wonderful location opposite Buckingham Palace and close to The Mall.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers, Michelin Travel
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  • 11 Cadogan Gardens 56 rooms from $404

    London (South West)

    Located just behind Sloane Square, 11 Cadogan Gardens is a hidden gem. Eclectic style with lavish decor and comfortable rooms including a charming library, drawing room and terrace. Peaceful and calm, yet incredibly well placed for exploring London.

    Romantic Break
    Local exploring
    Sights nearby  -  Within walking distance of Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels
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  • The Zetter Townhouse 13 rooms from $320


    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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Written by Fiona Duncan

posted Saturday, 12th January 2019