London might not be short of hotels or beds, but sometimes you need more of a homely stay and crave company not room service. If you’re not in love with Airbnb, there are still a number of great Bed & Breakfasts in London, if you know where to look. Bring on the breakfasts…
40 Winks is a hidden gem, even for those who think they’re in the know. A cross between a B&B and a boutique hotel, this is an East London treasure: there are only two rooms and only one bathroom. If you don’t want to share, it is suggested you book out the place and turn it into a suite. However, this is no ordinary B&B – think Georgian-style rooms in 21st-century tones that make it feel like a secret hideaway, with charmingly eccentric furnishings and a complimentary continental breakfast.
40 Winks, 109 Mile End Rd, London, UK, +44 20 7790 0259
Telegraph Hill B&B
Set in a southeast conservation area, Telegraph Hill gives you the feel of living the London lifestyle without having to check into a hotel. The B&B showcases local artists’ work you can buy, there’s a self-catered suite, or a double room to rent, and the decor is a cool, white floorboard kind of chic.
Telegraph Hill, Jerningham Road, London, UK, +44 207 652 1890
B&B London Organic
Out in leafy Ealing, B&B London Organic has transformed a spacious Victorian home into a cosy bed and breakfast that feels like a home away from home. There are a number of double rooms that have high ceilings and plenty of light. Everything is organically produced or ethically sourced and there will be a healthy, locally sourced breakfast waiting for you in the morning.
B&B London Organic, Ealing Broadway, London, UK, +44 208 998 2590
Green-fingered guests will love The Garden B&B, which has (as you’d expect) a pretty wonderful private garden where you can enjoy coffee in the morning. There’s a mix of country house elegance and well-travelled exoticism at its southwest location, and the hosts love meeting new people. If you’re fed up with cookie-cutter hotels and customer service, The Garden is a welcome respite.
The Garden Bed & Breakfast, Killieser Ave, London, UK, +44 20 8671 4196
Billed as a bit of the country in the city, Althorp Lodge near Wandsworth is a sweet, self-catering cottage that is rented out to one guest or group at a time, while you also get the use of a pretty, shared garden. There’s a country kitchen vibe and it’s an oasis of calm when coming back from a busy day in Zone 1.
Althorp Lodge B&B, 7 Althorp Rd, London, UK, +44 20 8672 0147
Check into Georgian Islington in north London at Arlington Avenue for an upmarket stay. There are two rooms – one double, one single – and everything here is the best available – from linen to the coffee and the marble bathrooms. Tastefully decorated, this family home also comes with friendly hosts who can help you navigate London.
Arlington Avenue, 26 Arlington Ave, London, UK, +44 7711 265183
The Lilac Door
The Lilac Door in West Dulwich is a beautiful Georgian home. The double rooms come with thick dressing gowns, truffles, luxurious toiletries and there’s a real sense that the family behind it love what they do. There’s also a huge organic breakfast in the morning, with fresh fruits to scrambled eggs to start your day right.
The Lilac Door, 140 Rosendale Rd, London, UK, +44 20 8761 8218