Where to stay? That’s always the burning question when it comes to London hotels. Take it from us, you can’t get much more central than creative Clerkenwell or hipster Holborn. Here’s a list of our favourite boutique hotels in those areas.
The Zetter Hotel
If you’re looking for character, you couldn’t do much better than the Zetter Townhouse. Situated in a converted Victorian Warehouse in Clerkenwell, the hotel is ideally located near Farringdon station so is a great jumping off point for exploring both East London and the West End. It’s won an armful of awards, is full of personality and there’s no eco-guilt, as it is renowned for its environmentally friendly credentials.
The Hoxton, Holborn
Walk into the downstairs cafe lobby and you’ll trip over endless freelancers using the hotel as a meeting/working space thanks to its wholesome coffee, free Wi-fi and easy-going approach. Once upstairs rooms are industrial meets minimalist and they do what they say on the tin – from shoebox to roomy. Some have been designed by Henry Holland and you get what you pay for.
While Rosewood is an international luxury brand, this Central London hotel definitely feels boutique. Walk in through the grand courtyard and find yourself in a calm oasis in zone 1. There are just 44 suites here but the Edwardian hotel feels much larger, with grand drawing rooms for coffee, afternoon tea and meetings.
The hotel has recently undergone a full refurbishment. The rooms and hallways are now flooded with natural light and vibrant flashes of colour, giving a lively and contemporary feel. It is located in West Smithfield, on the north-western edge of the City of London. In this area you will find a plethora of traditional pubs, bars, the world famous Grade II-listed Smithfield meat market and one of the oldest and most stunning churches in the city, the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great. Farringdon and Barbican tube stations are nearby, so it’s easy to get around.
The Bryson Hotel
The Bryson is an ideal launch pad for exploring the city. Set in a prime location for getting about London, just 300 metres from Farringdon and Chancery Lane stations and with the City of London within a stone’s throw, you can get from A to B in no time. If you’re looking to pick up that special piece of jewellery, you couldn’t ask for a better spot, as it is directly opposite the world famous Hatton Garden shopping street, which is home to the city’s finest jewellers. Covent Garden, The British Museum and St Paul’s are all within a short walk.
The Rookery Hotel
Guests are always wowed by the Rookery’s stylish and characterful bathrooms. But if you can bring yourself to step out of the tub, dry off and head outside, you’ll find an array of fantastic restaurants
in this stylish area of London. Rooms are all unique and have their own individual character, such as the Mary Lane, with its low beamed ceiling and ruby red theme, and the Rook’s nest with its intricately carved bed and Edwardian bathing machine. New delights to be found with each stay and having stayed once, you will be back.