If you’re staying in London’s Islington
neighbourhood and want somewhere a little more unique and quirky to stay, this list of the best boutique hotels in the area should give you some inspiration for some beautiful and unforgettable accommodation.
The Rookery Hotel
The Rookery Hotel
Guests are always wowed by the Rookery’s stylish and characterful bathrooms. But if you can bring yourself to step out of the tub, dry off and head outside, you’ll find an array of fantastic restaurants in this stylish area of London. Rooms are all unique and have their own individual character, such as the Mary Lane, with its low beamed ceiling and ruby red theme, and the Rook’s nest with its intricately carved bed and Edwardian bathing machine. New delights to be found with each stay and having stayed once, you will be back.
The Rookery Hotel 12 Peter’s Ln, Clerkenwell, London +44 20 7336 0931
Malmaison London | Courtesy of Malmaison
The hotel has recently undergone a full refurbishment. The rooms and hallways are now flooded with natural light and vibrant flashes of colour, giving a lively and contemporary feel. It is located in West Smithfield, on the north-western edge of the City of London. In this area you will find a plethora of traditional pubs, bars, the world famous Grade II-listed Smithfield meat market and one of the oldest and most stunning churches in the city, the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great. Farringdon and Barbican tube stations are nearby, so it’s easy to get around.
Malmaison London, 18-21 Charterhouse Square, Clerkenwell, London +44 20 3750 9402
The Bryson is an ideal launch pad for exploring the city. Set in a prime location for getting about London, just 300 metres from Farringdon and Chancery Lane stations and with the City of London within a stone’s throw, you can get from A to B in no time. If you’re looking to pick up that special piece of jewellery, you couldn’t ask for a better spot, as it is directly opposite the world famous Hatton Garden shopping street, which is home to the city’s finest jewellers. Covent Garden, The British Museum and St Paul’s are all within a short walk.
The Bryson Hotel, 124 -132 Clerkenwell Rd, London +44 20 7833 8343
If you’re looking for character, you couldn’t do much better than the Zetter. Situated in a converted Victorian Warehouse in Clerkenwell, the hotel is ideally located near Farringdon station so is a great jumping off point for exploring both East London and the West End. It’s won an armful of awards, is full of personality and there’s no eco-guilt, as it is renowned for its environmentally friendly credentials.
The Zetter Hotel, St John’s Square, 86-88 Clerkenwell Rd, Clerkenwell, London +44 20 7324 4444
The Rosebery is not technically a boutique, but is so special that it had to be included. This aparthotel style accommodation offers a contemporary twist on a traditional Victorian red brick building that houses 58 comfortable and beautifully renovated suites with free WiFi and gym on site. The perfect marriage between comfort and style, there are full kitchens and hi-spec bathrooms, air conditioning and iPod docks. The location is very handy, with Farringdon and Chancery Lane stations within walking distance, the whole of London is easily accessible from your doorstep.
The Rosebery, 20 Rosebery Ave, London +44 20 7837 4400