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The 15 Best Hotels in London

London, a city of contrasts and diversity, has something for everyone—but a city with so much to offer can be overwhelming when it comes time to select accommodations. Perhaps you most want to cross Portobello Road Market off your bucket list, or you’re a Swiftie who wants to take yourself on a “London Boy” tour. Maybe you’re a history buff, a Sherlock Holmes enthusiast, or you want to take in some West End shows? 

No matter your London goals, you’ll be spoiled for choice in the accommodations arena. We’ve narrowed down the numerous options to find the 15 best hotels in London for every type of traveler.

The Best Hotels in Shoreditch

Shoreditch, one of London’s hippest neighborhoods, earns top marks for street art, great restaurants, and cutting-edge accommodations. 

One Hundred Shoreditch

Left: One Hundred Shoreditch exterior; Right: One Hundred Shoreditch interior
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Situated right on Shoreditch’s High Street, One Hundred Shoreditch is a stylish and modern hotel with a chill vibe and a zen touch. Rooms are all up-to-date with plenty of amenities and comforts like D.S. & Durga toiletries, wireless internet, and plush bedding. The hotel has a café, room service, and three bars for refreshment needs, and as a bonus for travelers with furry friends—the hotel is dog-friendly as well.

Mama Shelter London

Left: Mama Shelter London - Shoreditch exterior; Right: Mama Shelter London - Shoreditch Bedroom
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For a funkier, more casual hotel experience, Mama Shelter London – Shoreditch has you covered. Charming rooms decked out in vibrant colors and whimsical decorative touches lend an adventurous mood to your stay, while the hotel’s location on the eclectic Hackney Road provides endless access to food, fun, and merriment.

YOTEL London Shoreditch

Left: YOTEL London Shoreditch Exterior; Right: YOTEL London Shoreditch Bedroom
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For travelers who want to keep a few more pennies in their pocket for their diversions of choice, the YOTEL London Shoreditch provides a simple, comfortable lodging option.

With a clean, modern aesthetic and the most essential amenities, you can enjoy a pleasant stay and not break the bank. YOTEL is situated at the juncture of Shoreditch and Bethnal Green, giving you easy access to London at large via the Central Line.

The Best West End Hotels

For a world-class theater experience, look no further than London’s West End. Located where Soho meets Mayfair, this is an epicenter for London arts and culture. The neighborhood’s proximity to multiple royal palaces, museums, and legendary landmarks makes it the perfect place to have a complete British experience in a nutshell.

Dukes London

Left: Dukes London Exterior; Right: Dukes London Bedroom
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When you want your theater weekend to be a top-of-the-line, luxurious experience, you won’t need to look further than Dukes London. This elegant Mayfair hotel is a quintessentially British experience from the moment you arrive, with its nineteenth-century red-brick façade, white stone embellishments, and Union Jack flags. 

All rooms, from the most basic to the most plush, are beautifully appointed and furnished for ultimate comfort. The hotel’s restaurants are legendary even among locals, and you can order a lovely picnic lunch to take to a nearby royal park.

Mowbray Court Hotel

Left: Mowbray Court Hotel Exterior; Right: Mowbray Court Hotel Bedroom
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Located slightly outside of the West End in Earl’s Court, the Mowbray Court Hotel is nonetheless an excellent choice for the theater-goer looking for a bit more of a bargain.

The hotel occupies an elegant Victorian building practically on top of the Earl’s Court Tube station, making access to any point in London a snap. Modern, air-conditioned rooms are a real treat in the summertime, and the usual amenities are there as well: free wireless internet, private baths with toiletries, and even a buffet breakfast can be yours for a fee.

The Fielding Hotel

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The classic charms of The Fielding Hotel, situated just off the legendary Drury Lane, cannot be overstated. Named for famed novelist Henry Fielding, this boutique hotel may be the most ideally located stay for the arts and culture lover, being mere steps from the Royal Opera House and a number of West End theaters. 

All rooms are neatly appointed and provide excellent comfort after long days of exploring, and while there is no on-site dining available, the hotel is surrounded by so many excellent restaurants that travelers won’t miss it.

The Best Hotels in Portobello Road

Portobello Road Market is London’s colorful, legendary street fair, offering opportunities to buy anything from fresh produce to antiques. Romantic film buffs will also remember that it’s near Notting Hill—and while you won’t run into Hugh Grant canoodling with Julia Roberts, you can visit a number of movie location sites and create your own romantic moments for posterity. 

Royal Lancaster, London

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The Royal Lancaster may be the ultimate in coolly luxurious hotel stays. Many of the sleek, mid-century modern rooms offer breathtaking views of the lush, green expanse of Hyde Park, while others overlook London’s iconic skyline.

Dining options here range from elegant Thai offerings to a charming afternoon tea experience. For true romantics, the hotel can even help you put together an unforgettable date night or a once-in-a-lifetime proposal.

Garden Court Hotel

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A cozier experience is available at the Garden Court Hotel, nestled in a Victorian house in Kensington Gardens Square. The quiet rooms provide a restful escape from the city, and the friendly staff is available to point you toward any attraction you’re ready to visit.

Nearby pocket parks provide easy places to picnic or simply enjoy green space, or a quick walk will take you to Westbourne Grove’s staggering array of restaurants and cafés.

Pembridge Palace Hotel

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Less than a mile from the Portobello Road Market, the Pembridge Palace Hotel is an ideal destination for the shopping enthusiast. Not only is the famed market nearby, but the hotel is close to tube stations that can take you right to Regent’s Street and Oxford Street for the ultimate London shopping experience.

At the end of a long day, you can unwind in your comfortable room or with other guests in the hotel’s garden.

The Best Hotels in Camden

Long known as the home to many a legendary poet and playwright as well as a sea of street markets full of delights, Camden Town will appeal to lovers of alternative culture, canal boating, and classic London pubs.

Selina Camden

Left: Selina Camden Exterior; Right: Selina Camden Bedroom
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An ideal choice for the traveler with funkier leanings, the Selina Camden is so close to the famous Camden Market, you’ll practically trip over it. There’s a focus on sustainability here that will appeal to eco-conscious guests—the hotel offers a communal water dispenser, shuns single-use plastic, and provides educational information about local ecosystems. 

Rooms are comfortable yet colorful and eclectic, putting the “fun” in functional. Plant-based foodies will certainly love the vegan and vegetarian café, which often plays host to live music acts as well.

Holiday Inn Camden Lock

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For those who want proximity to Camden’s beating heart but a more conventional (and budget-friendly) hotel room to unwind in, the Holiday Inn Camden Lock is a perfect fit. Each bright and pleasant room is comfortably equipped with all the necessities. 

A breakfast bar downstairs provides a morning repast for a reasonable fee, offering delicious pastries and a full array of Tazo tea options. The Holiday Inn is close to everything you want to see in Camden Town as well as being a retreat when you need a moment of rest.

London Marriott Hotel Regents Park

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Somewhat distanced from central Camden, the London Marriott Hotel Regents Park is nonetheless a superb option for Camden explorers, especially families. After spending a day shopping at Camden Market or doing a walking photography tour of street art, you can retreat back to the Marriott for a soothing massage in the on-site spa, or have a dip in the beautiful swimming pool.

Fine dining is available at Carluccio’s, the hotel’s Italian restaurant, and aperitifs can be had on the hotel’s new alfresco terrace. The rooms themselves are furnished with luxurious bedding, and large televisions, and some even offer balconies with stunning views of the neighborhood.

The Best Hotels in Westminster

The borough of Westminster is famously known for being the home of Sherlock Holmes, and fans of the classic detective stories will love the tours and museums dedicated to Doyle’s fictional character. Proximity to London’s West End, plenty of hidden foodie gems, and a number of churches and museums all mean that Westminster has something to offer everyone (even non-Sherlock fans).

Holmes Hotel London

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The Holmes Hotel London is a real treat for Sherlock Holmes fans. Housed in four Georgian buildings in Marylebone Village, the hotel is designed to evoke the spirit of Holmes while still remaining a classic, luxurious place to stay. 

High-end toiletries, plush bedding, and Nespresso machines are the norm in even the smallest rooms. While the hotel itself boasts a well-regarded all-day restaurant on site, it’s surrounded by everything from vegan bistros to quintessentially British pubs, so there’s a bite for every taste.

Dorset Square Hotel

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Pivoting towards a very different pop culture experience, Bridgerton fans will find their hearts racing at the Dorset Square Hotel. Occupying a Regency-era townhouse, the hotel is a whimsical, romantic feast for the eyes from the moment you step foot inside.

Each of their 38 rooms is individually designed in a modern fashion that nonetheless evokes a Regency feel, and they’re all fully equipped with the amenities one expects from a deluxe hotel. The hotel’s Potting Shed Restaurant offers a taste of local cuisine as well as a charming afternoon teatime and live music experiences.

Americana Hotel

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Looking for a good cheap hotel in London? A neat, simple stay awaits you at the Americana Hotel. Close to the Baker Street Tube station and Madame Tussaud’s, the Americana offers comfortable rooms, friendly staff, and even the unusual perk of a free continental breakfast. An ideal choice for the discerning traveler who values convenience, economy, and comfort. 

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