Straddling the River Thames from Westminster to Wandsworth, you’ll find these hotels near leafy Battersea Park.
Home to a menagerie of exotic animals and sculptures, Battersea Park has to be one of London’s most fascinating green spaces. Enjoy brunch on Pear Tree Café’s lakeside terrace, before exploring the Power Station development and walking across Albert Bridge into the storied streets of Chelsea. Whether you’re after a bouji boutique or base for business, Battersea’s hotel scene will not disappoint.
This comfortable, convenient spot belongs in every sightseers’ little black book. Not only is it a five-minute stroll from Buckingham Palace and St James’s Park, it’s also 15-minutes from well-heeled Belgravia and next door to St James Theatre. Rooms are decorated in smart tan and monochrome hues and have a well-equipped kitchenette concealed behind a black door that looks like a wardrobe. Thoughtful details include taps dispensing Brita-filtered water.
A 19th century Grade II-listed building on one of Westminster’s leafiest squares (once home to Winston Churchill) is an atmospheric setting for this family-run, boutique hideaway. Rooms boast custom-made Hästens beds, complete with adjustable massage settings, as well as individual features such as covered patios and balconies. Guests have access to the square’s residential garden, perfect for relaxing with a coffee on a Sunday morning. Victoria Station is just five minutes away by foot.
Located a paint flick from Chelsea, the Tate Britain and the buildings of Westminster, this boutique bolthole oozes eccentric British charm. Each of the 10 bedrooms is individually decorated with a mix of treasures – milking stools, a field gate as a headboard, scarlet-velvet sofas – but all boast reclaimed wooden floorboards and a colour scheme as bright as an artist’s paint box. As you head to the Clubhouse bar for cocktails, look out for works from the owner’s art collection, including Pure Evil’s Warhol pastiches.
If you’re looking to combine excellent value with a Chelsea location, this upscale, contemporary hotel is a reliable choice. Start your day with a stroll in Battersea Park, located just over the road. Look out for the endangered peregrine falcons that nest in the Power Station towers before mooching along Chelsea’s King’s Road. The hotel’s 216 bedrooms are generously proportioned, and some have exercise bikes, so you can get your heart pounding while drinking in views from floor-to-ceiling windows.
This cool, clean aparthotel is perfect for anyone looking for the convenience of home combined with hotel luxury. Airy apartments painted in a soothing sorbet palette allow statement beds with statuesque headboards to take centre stage. Each has a well-equipped kitchen, desk and bath to relax in after a long day’s work – or sightseeing. Children under four stay free, too.
When it launched in 2009, this futuristic spot was the last word in sustainable luxury. Its spread over several floors of a curvaceous building, designed by architect James Burland, and aims to reduce guests’ carbon footprint by 20 percent compared to staying at a standard London hotel. There’s a riverfront grill restaurant, sweet-smelling spa and gleaming gym. Guests who are bigger on glamour than being green will appreciate the location beside London’s heliport.
Enjoy the sound of seagulls and spotting the houseboats at this all-suite hotel, before strolling through the residential backstreets to the Saatchi Gallery. In a city of cramped rooms and eye-watering price tags, these spacious suites – complete with living room, bath and private balcony – come as a breath of fresh air. Opt for a few laps of the 17m (55.7ft) indoor pool before having your hair fixed at the on-site Figaro Hair Salon. This is Chelsea, darling, after all.
Window desks and an enormous communal table in the lobby make this clever chain hotel a great choice for digital nomads or business travellers. Rooms are on the snug size but there are plenty of freebies to sweeten the deal: unlimited soft drinks, an on-demand movie package, and evening cheese and wine buffet are all included in the price.