The 7 Best Bed and Breakfasts in London

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In a city like London where there’s so much to see and do, a B&B is often a sensible option, coming with the added convenience of breakfast before you head out for the day. Here’s Culture Trip’s guide to London’s best.

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.

40 Winks, Stepney Green

Boutique Hotel
40 Winks is a lesser-known location, 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 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 eccentric furnishings, a complimentary continental breakfast and an in-the-know host who’s as enjoyable to chat to as the rooms are to stay in.
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The Lilac Door, West Dulwich

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Named for its purple-hued front door, The Lilac Door will fulfil all your period-home-in-London fantasies. The Georgian townhouse sits in the picturesque suburb of Dulwich and offers guests a home away from home in the form of bright, airy bedrooms and exceptional hospitality. Family-owned and -run, the B&B welcomes its guests with open arms and thoughtful touches such as truffles on the pillows, thick towel dressing gowns and luxurious bath products. Breakfast is served each morning in the dining room and includes everything from home-made granola to organic scrambled eggs – just what you need to set you up for a day spent wandering round Dulwich Picture Gallery or Crystal Palace Park, both of which are just down the road.
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The Hill B and B, New Cross

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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.

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The Culpeper, Whitechapel

Boutique Hotel
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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.

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The Buxton, Shoreditch

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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.

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York and Albany, Camden

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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.

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The Sanctuary House Hotel, Westminster

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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.

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This article is an updated version of a story created by Bianca Barratt.

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These recommendations were updated on April 16, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.