While not strictly a hotel, Generator London deserves a mention for its sleek design, exceptional location and buzzy vibe. This great budget option in Bloomsbury has the likes of the British Museum, Regent’s Park and Granary Square on its doorstep. Occupying a 1930s police station, the hostel has an industrial-design aesthetic with a hint of the futuristic. Hang out in the lively lounge/bar area, which hosts a happy hour and various gigs and DJ events, as well as offering pool tables, a piano and karaoke for the youthful clientele. Funky rooms range from doubles to triples, quads and dorms.