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The premise of a bed and breakfast is comfort and simplicity. But in the modern world of hospitality, they are often so much more than that. Some rival the sort of luxury hotel many of us would dream of staying in – especially in London. Here, you’ll find chic B&Bs sharing their roof with trendy gastropubs yet retaining all of that homely feel. Here’s Culture Trip’s round-up of the very best.
With one self-catered apartment and one B&B suite, the small, family-run The Hill offers a homely base for families or larger groups. Set inside a period home, the decor is minimalist, modern and rustic – scrubbed wooden floorboards perfectly complement the bright walls and vintage-style soft furnishings. Breakfast is served each day from 8am to 10am and will hold you in good stead for a stroll through the neighbouring conservation area of Telegraph Hill. Close to New Cross Gate, it has easy transport links to the city, but offers the peace and quiet of a rural town and the rustic, vintage style to match.
The Culpeper is the sort of hotel that’s very hard to leave. The ground floor has its very own (and very good) pub, on the first floor is an upscale dining room, while sitting atop it all is a rooftop garden with its own restaurant and bar. Then there are the rooms: perched between the restaurant and the rooftop, they complement the chic-industrial look of the main pub perfectly. Think brushed concrete walls, natural wood headboards and sheep-skin throws – all featuring mod cons such as a Nespresso machine and a Bluetooth radio.
The rooms at The Buxton are fresh out of a Pinterest board, bearing all the hallmarks of a very chic and homely hotel. White-washed walls give the cosy rooms a spacious feel, while Victorian windows fill every corner with daylight no matter the weather. You’ll also find decorative touches such as locally woven rugs, throws and funky artwork, creating a vibrant look and feel. Take your morning coffee (made using your personal Nespresso machine) up to the private roof garden for sweeping skyline views over London.
Owned and operated by the Gordon Ramsay Group, this hotel is as much about the food and drink as the comfort of the elegant 19th-century rooms. Once you’ve summoned the mental strength to leave your wooden four-poster bed in the morning, head downstairs to the gastropub for a reviving libation and a classic full English – approved (though not cooked) by Gordon himself. With breakfast in your belly you can start to think about the day ahead. Camden, with its many markets and music venues, is right on your doorstep – and London Zoo is a mere 10-minute walk away.
The cosy rooms at this Victorian-era hotel make for a welcome retreat in the heart of London’s crowded Westminster district. Monuments such as Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament are all in close quarters here – so you’ll spend a lot of your time on your feet when out sightseeing. Rest up in this homely base at the end of a long day, then wander downstairs for some classic gastropub grub. Breakfast is included with the room, ensuring you’re fuelled up and ready to begin another day of exploring this historic area.
This article is an updated version of a story created by Bianca Barratt.