The Best Hotels to Book Near Westminster, London

An evening view across the River Thames towards South Bank
An evening view across the River Thames towards South Bank | Courtesy of Sea Containers London / Expedia
Hamish Roy

Branch out beyond Whitehall and the Houses of Parliament in central London, and stay in the best hotels near Westminster.

The City of Westminster is the heart of London – but it’s perfectly possible to experience all it has to offer without confining yourself to Whitehall. Take the townhouse hotels of neighbouring Belgravia, which has a thoroughfare running straight to fashionable Knightsbridge. Modernists should consider hopping over the Thames to the South Bank, home to several masterpieces of 1960s architecture. Then there’s Soho, London’s entertainer, where salon-esque cafés, seminal French restaurants and louche bars stand shoulder to shoulder.

1. Bankside Hotel

Luxury

Bankside Hotel, London
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Bankside Hotel looks like a tribute to the creativity that swept London’s South Bank in the 1960s. Mid-century design is the lifeblood of this hotel; every room is dressed with shapely furniture and modern art. On the ground floor, there’s a studio space where various makers-in-residence lead workshops in painting, printmaking and sculpture. Once you’ve coaxed yourself away from the inch-perfect interiors, you’ll discover that Shakespeare’s Globe, the National Theatre and Tate Modern are on the doorstep.

2. The Halkin

Spa Hotel, Luxury

A double bed and seating area in a spacious, modern hotel room at COMO the Halkin, London
Courtesy of COMO the Halkin, London / Expedia

The Halkin rests its well-groomed head in Belgravia, an affluent pocket of central London known for its cream townhouses and upper-class residents. Pont Street, which runs towards Knightsbridge, gets a nod in Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited. The Georgian exterior is unmistakably British, but the interiors are intercontinental, leaning towards zen-inspired minimalism.

3. The Hari

Hotel, Luxury

The Hari
Courtesy of the Hari / Hotels.com

Another resident of Belgravia, the Hari could be mistaken for one of the more modern townhouses in the surrounding streets. Every room features bespoke wooden furniture, bathrooms of Arabescato marble and finishing touches in leather and velvet. Chelsea, Kensington and Knightsbridge are all close by, placing you at the heart of London’s most fashionable enclaves. Oh, and if you find you were a little liberal with last night’s gin cocktails, Hyde Park is hard to beat for a head-clearing stroll.

4. The Soho Hotel

Boutique Hotel

The lounge area at the Soho Hotel is filled with eccentric decor and details
Courtesy of the Soho Hotel / Expedia

Sandwiched between Dean and Wardour Streets, the Soho Hotel is in the heart of London’s entertainment district, surrounded by iconic theatres, clubs and cafés. Part of the perennially popular Firmdale group, it sports striking interiors by award-winning designer Kit Kemp, who takes British tastes and gives them a spin through the colour wheel. Every room has floor-to-ceiling warehouse windows, too – a far cry from Soho’s dingy haunts of yesteryear.

5. Sea Containers

Independent Hotel, Luxury

A stylish rooftop seating area at Sea Containers London, with arty lights, colourful arm chairs, modern tables and city views
Courtesy of Sea Containers / Expedia

Sea Containers occupies a prime spot on the South Bank, ensuring front-row views of the River Thames. The entire project was designed by Tom Dixon, who has spliced his sleek aesthetic with the look of 1920s ocean liners. The result is an ode to the golden age of transatlantic travel, retold in Art Deco curves and maritime details. Some of Dixon’s most famous work is on show at the Victoria & Albert Museum; alternatively, seek out the 20th-century stunners at Tate Britain.

6. Artist Residence

Boutique Hotel

Bedroom at Artist Residence London with a four-poster bed and exposed brick chimney
Courtesy of Artist Residence London / Expedia

The Artist Residence London is in pretty Pimlico, home to hundreds of Grade-II listed buildings. The hotel’s owners took an avant-garde approach to interior design, letting local artists treat its rooms as a blank canvas. The result is a mish-mash of styles that give the interiors an upbeat yet down-to-earth character. When Pimlico was first built as an extension of Westminster, space-seeking aristocrats were quick to snap up its Regency townhouses, the best of which overlook leafy garden squares.

7. The Resident Soho

Boutique Hotel

The Resident Soho
Courtesy of the Resident Soho / Expedia

Fans of clean-lined contemporaneity will feel right at home at the Resident Soho, which makes an excellent base for exploring the area’s many diversions. Some of the world’s longest running shows can be seen at its many theatres, and the streets around the hotel are thick with Francophile restaurants, Fifties cafés and New York-esque jazz bars.

8. Hotel Café Royal

Spa Hotel

Hotel Cafe Royal 2
Courtesy of Hotel Cafe Royal / Expedia

In 1863, a debt-laden wine merchant and his wife arrived in London after fleeing creditors in Paris. So begins the story of the Hotel Café Royal, a tale of meteoric rise if ever there was one. By the time the 20th century arrived, this Piccadilly icon had become one of London’s premier salons. It isn’t much of an exaggeration to say that everyone who’s anyone has been a patron at some point, from Virginia Woolf to Muhammad Ali. There’s enough gold leaf, marble and leather to furnish a small palace – the perfect accompaniment to the theatricality of Soho.

For more options, discover our guide to the best hotels in Westminster and book now on Culture Trip.

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