Hip Apartments in London You’ll Want to Call Home

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13 November 2020

Rooftop pools, swing-dance lessons and cocktail masterclasses come as part and parcel of the posh pads in London

As the way we travel evolves, so too should the concept of a hotel. To meet the demands of digital nomads, roaming creatives and travellers who want to do more than skim the surface of a city, a new generation of ‘aparthotels’ has sprung up. These let you live like a local in the British capital’s coolest ‘hoods and cut loose in the privacy of your own pad. Read on for our pick of the best apartments in London.

Wilde Aparthotels

Named for London’s best-known bon vivant Oscar Wilde, these sleek studios in Covent Garden are a blissful blend of home and hotel. Nearby is the National Gallery, the West End’s theatres and the famous flower market – if Oscar were alive today, you can bet he’d root himself here. Wilde’s cocooning rooms come complete with Hypnos mattresses, Nespresso machines and rainfall showers. Step out to steakhouse Smith & Wollensky, where Wilde guests get a bountiful breakfast for a small sum.
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Free WiFi
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Smoke-free property

Leman Locke

Say sayonara to cramped city spaces – Leman Locke’s Aldgate-based studios are almost double the size of the average London hotel room. When you’re not hanging out on the blush pink sofa in your apartment, you’ll have the run of the communal areas. These include Shaman, an all-day coffee and juice bar with an outdoor terrace that’s perfect for catching up on emails, and a bijou fitness studio with machines, weights and weekly yoga classes (all levels of bendy, welcome).
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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Express check-out
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Stay Camden

It’s hard to imagine a cooler spot that Camden’s canals for your London home from home – music, markets and vintage stores are synonymous with this counterculture enclave, where punk edge still underpins the area’s ethos. At Stay’s serviced apartments, you can survey the skyline from your own private balcony, cook meals in your state-of-the art kitchen and store your flea-market finds in the very roomy wardrobe.
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Free WiFi
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Multilingual staff
Smoke-free property

The Collective Canary Wharf

Caution: once you get used to life in these cleverly designed studios, you won’t want to leave. By day, you can tick off your to-do list in the co-working lounges, swim laps in the rooftop pool or practise your swing in the golf simulator. At night, networking opportunities abound in the city-surveying restaurant and wine bar. Peruse the packed cultural programme to join coding bootcamps, swing-dance lessons, cocktail masterclasses and more.
Everything you need to know

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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Multilingual staff
Smoke-free property

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  • The Rosebery by Supercity Aparthotels

    Exmouth Market, St Paul’s Cathedral and Sir John Soane’s Museum are all in walking distance from the stately Victorian red-brick building that houses the Rosebery’s smart studios. Each one has Sky TV, a king-size bed with luxurious linens and a fully-fitted kitchenette. Though, when you rub shoulders with some of the city’s best restaurants, (The Quality Chop House, The Modern Pantry, St John…), no one will blame you for eating out.
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    Free WiFi
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Smoke-free property

    Native Bankside

    On a cobbled street barely a bargepole from the Thames, this former Victorian tea warehouse is all exposed brick, polished concrete and enormous arched windows. Grab provisions such as pasta, porridge and cereal from the 24/7 pantry and cook your own meals – even the smallest apartment (the ‘Crash Pad’) has a cute kitchenette. When you’re ready to venture out, the thriving hub of the South Bank hums just outside.
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    Free WiFi
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Smoke-free property

    196 Bishopsgate

    These apartments have plenty of style (a curated photography collection, leather armchairs and modish lighting), but sustainability is ever higher on their list of priorities – there’s a top-notch programme in place to conserve energy and reduce waste. Plus, you couldn’t be better placed to zip around the city. Liverpool Street’s transport links take you to the West End, the South Bank and Shoreditch in minutes.
    Everything you need to know

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    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Smoke-free property

    Cuckooz Hoxton

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    Cuckooz Hoxton
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    Set up house at Cuckooz in the hip Hoxton neighbourhood to have all of East London at your feet: Liverpool Street’s lively bars, Redchurch Street’s restaurants, Shoreditch’s late-night scene. Even if the skies remain stubbornly grey, these design-led apartments bring the sunshine in with bright colour-blocking, indoor plants and pop art-inspired textiles. Each is equipped with a kitchenette, a balcony and a deep-soaking tub.
    These recommendations were updated on November 13, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.