The Best Hotels to Book in East London

Settle in for a stylish stay at one of these properties in eclectic East London
Settle in for a stylish stay at one of these properties in eclectic East London | Courtesy of The Curtain, Shoreditch /
Chloe Byrne

A clash of artistic minds and tech money has carved out East London‘s reputation as one of the city’s most diverse and eclectic areas. Discover some of the best hotels that reflect the East’s bold character.

Historic, edgy and more than a little bit hip, East London has claimed its spot as the coolest area of the city. Home to Shoreditch, Hackney, Dalston and Whitechapel, it’s a hub of multiculturalism, great food and boundary-pushing creatives. But despite what you think you know about London’s edgy East, its boroughs are bound to surprise you. Here’s Culture Trip’s pick of the best hotels to book for your visit.

South Place Hotel

Located between Moorgate and Liverpool Street, the lively, fresh-faced hotel brings together art, music, events and business, ideally positioned to explore everything popular East London has to offer including Box Park, Spitalfields and Brick Lane to name just a few. There are plenty of highlights at the hotel itself, from spacious rooms which are not a given in this part of town, and great dining options. The Secret Garden hidden outdoor terrace is a popular hangout for those in the know and if you’re dropping by in early 2024 you can also get a taste of some artwork by Real Hackney Dave. His Love Bomb series fits in perfectly in East London and is cleverly incorporated in on the ground floor.

Canopy by Hilton London City

Modern interiors and classy rooms

Located close to Aldgate Station, this pet-friendly 340 room recent addition to East London is an excellent option if you want to set up for a few days to explore the city. Canopy by Hilton London City has a great all-day cafe serving great food and a superb rooftop bar. Florattica has views stretching across London landmarks from St Pauls, to Canary Wharf and the Thames. On the edge of The City, Florattica boasts seating that flows from the inside to an expansive heated and covered outdoor terrace, providing a wonderful spot for cocktails and small plates throughout the winter, high above the fast-paced city workers below. The ambience in all parts of the hotel are relaxing and surprisingly quiet meaning you get a great nights sleep within easy reach of some of the best nightspots in Shoreditch.

1. Town Hall Hotel, Bethnal Green

Boutique Hotel

Sitting area interior at the Town Hall Hotel, Bethnal Green, with large windows, sofas and a glass divider
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In the heart of Bethnal Green, Town Hall Hotel is a beautiful Edwardian building that has featured in such films as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Rooms range from simple double rooms with casual retro furnishings to the cavernous De Montfort Suite – perfect for private parties – where barrel-vaulted ceilings and arched windows let in floods of natural light onto the glass-partitioned space, complete with a vintage piano and earth-toned ’70s-style furniture. Head down to the Gatsby-esque indoor pool for a refreshing morning swim in its aquamarine-tiled depths, or try the Atlantic cod at the Michelin-star, in-house restaurant Da Terra.

2. The Hoxton, Shoreditch

Boutique Hotel, Business Hotel, Chain Hotel

Modern exterior of The Hoxton, London, viewed from the street
Courtesy of The Hoxton / Expedia

The Hoxton leads the way for boutique hotels and collaborative working spaces in East London, and remains a favourite among professionals, who love to descend on the open-plan lobby and dining area for dynamic meetings or multiple negronis. Up in the rooms, you’ll appreciate the crisp, white sheets, leather chesterfield sofas and signature backlit mirrors that throw out some of the most flattering selfie lighting in the whole of London. Art lovers should opt for one of the nine concept rooms, each of which has been designed by a local artist.

3. Batty Langley’s, Shoreditch

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel, Bed and Breakfast

Traditional room at Batty Langley’s, London, with a four-poster bed, portraits on the wall, and dark wood furnishings
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This eccentric addition to Shoreditch – which takes its name from an 18th-century interiors writer – is perfect for those seeking to experience the quirkier side of London. Guests can live out their own Sherlock Holmes fantasy by roaming the wood-panelled halls, reclining on the antique sofas with a stiff drink and rifling through the rich collection of first editions that line the bookshelves. It’s worth a stay for the bathrooms alone, which feature restored period fittings such as vintage copper showers and cast-iron roll-top baths. Whether you’re taking afternoon tea in the drawing room or breakfast in the walled garden, the hospitality shown by the staff is certain to make you feel like an aristocrat.

4. Leman Locke, Aldgate East

Boutique Hotel

Brightly lit bar at Leman Locke, London, with light-wood stools and plants
Courtesy of Leman Locke / Expedia

If you’re a regular traveller in search of something a little more homely than a simple bed-and-bath situation, look no further than Leman Locke, a luxury aparthotel in the heart of Aldgate. There’s a whole programme that’s designed to make you feel like part of the family, including a running club, artist-in-residence, and yoga and meditation classes. This sense of serenity and community continues up in the mini-apartments, where simple Scandi design makes for a calming atmosphere. Fully equipped kitchens, smart TVs and washer/dryers add a sense of convenience, while the calm palette of pinks and greys turns the rooms into little peaceful havens – a rarity in such a busy area of London.

5. Mama Shelter

Budget Hotel

Dining area at Mama Shelter London with a wooden bench, small round tables and lots of plants
Courtesy of Mama Shelter London / Expedia

Bright, playful and a little bit cheeky, Mama Shelter is a boutique hotel with bags of personality. Tongue-in-cheek bedroom features like Looney Tunes masks and curious quotes on bathroom items hint at what Mama Shelter is all about – not taking yourself, or life, too seriously. In this spirit, leave your inhibitions at the door and belt out your favourite songs in the karaoke rooms – the vintage microphones (and one or two cocktails) will have you unleashing your inner pop star in no time.

6. The Culpeper, Whitechapel

Boutique Hotel

Vintage room interior at The Culpeper, Whitechapel, with a small fireplace and wall-mounted TV
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Painted with a dappled terracotta finish and adorned in luxurious woollen throws, shearling rugs and roughly hewn carpentry, there’s a rustic feel to the Culpeper that you wouldn’t expect to find in this salt-of-the-earth East End neighbourhood. Rather more like a farmhouse than a townhouse, the rooms here are just as cosy and welcoming as the ground floor pub, where a central bar, exposed brickwork and an abundance of comfortable seating and greenery make it a huge hit with the after-work crowd.

7. 40 Winks, Stepney Green

Boutique Hotel

40 Winks manages to be both elegant and opulent without ever being over the top. Treasures and trinkets litter the surfaces – a pile of carefully chosen books here, an antique lamp there – and each of the two bedrooms is filled with light. Yes, you read correctly, there are only two bedrooms at this boutique hotel/B&B and they share a bathroom – so you can either book out the entire space for a party of three or get to know your neighbours while waiting to use the facilities. This is a truly hidden gem – it’s even gone under the radar of some of London’s most knowledgeable inhabitants – so book well ahead of your visit to avoid disappointment.

8. Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

Suite Hotel, Spa Hotel

The modern exterior of Nobu Hotel Shoreditch with balconies
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A strikingly futuristic-industrial structure, Nobu Hotel Shoreditch combines an exposed concrete and glass exterior with a bamboo lined courtyard that pays homage to the brand’s Japanese roots. Overseen by Nobu Matsuhisa, the in-house restaurant needs little introduction, and you’d be remiss to check out without trying a few of his celebrated delicacies such as miso black cod and toro sashimi. Japanese-inspired rooms stick to neutral tones and midnight blues with gold accents, complemented by orb lights, floral flourishes and a traditional tea set – perfect for a morning beverage in bed. Spend the day exploring neighbouring Brick Lane and the Barbican before heading back to the spa for one of Nobu’s signature massages.

9. New Road Hotel, Whitechapel

Boutique Hotel

A simple, modern hotel room in minimalist style with industrial design accents at New Road London.
Courtesy of New Road London / Expedia

In an unlikely East London neighbourhood, New Road Hotel is a garment factory-turned-boutique hotel. Its exposed brick walls and vintage Hollywood-style lighting may not be novel, but the hotel puts its own spin on industrial decor – with booth-like beds upholstered in brightly coloured leather sitting cinematically opposite 49in flat-screen TVs. On the top floor, the lofts offer up luxury extras: you can relax in the hot tub with views of the jagged city skyline, have a tipple on the terrace or sprawl out on the king-size beds. Head downstairs for top-tier steak at Marco Pierre White’s restaurant and daiquiris at the neon-lit bar, which updates the warehouse aesthetic with raw metal surfaces and glossy teal tiles.

10. The Stratford Hotel and Lofts

Serviced Apartment, Hotel

A chic, contemporary hotel room decorated in neutral tones with two pink cocktail chairs.
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This towering high-rise hotel has put a bold stamp on the skyline of Stratford. Overlooking Olympic Park, rooms embody city slicker sophistication with muted grey tones punctuated by rust-orange blankets and coral armchairs. Bathrooms have rainforest showers and are stocked with eco-conscious organic toiletries by Ren, while the Dualit coffee machine means you can whip up your own espresso. Splash out for a night in the 65sqm (700sqft) Manhattan Studio to view impressive city vistas through floor-to-ceiling windows from the comfort of the super king-size bed.

11. 196 Bishopsgate, Spitalfields


Suite interior at 196 Bishopsgate, with a full kitchen, dining table and double bed
Courtesy of 196 Bishopsgate /

Moments from Liverpool Street station and the suit-and-ties of the financial district, 196 Bishopsgate boasts a comparatively homely interior. Exposed wooden beams, chocolate chesterfield sofas and blood-red velvet accents add a cosy farmhouse feel to rooms and stand out against the immaculate white walls. Well suited to longer stays, the expansive spaces are fitted with fully equipped kitchens, made all the more convenient by a grocery delivery service and 24-hour reception that you can call for the inside track on the surrounding area. Across the road, Spitalfields Market promises a plethora of curious treasures, while a craft ale at 19th-century staple Dirty Dicks is practically a requirement.

12. Andaz London Liverpool Street

Chain Hotel, Hotel

Bright room interior at Andaz London Liverpool Street, with a leather headboard and desk by the window
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The sprawling lobby of this eclectic hotel is a Dalí-esque kaleidoscope of colours, full of expressive wall art and retro furniture. Deeper in you’ll find a tropicana-meets-Banksy style breakfast bar, Grecian-style meeting rooms with grand coved ceilings and the mahogany-panelled Victorian gastropub. Rooms are more restrained, with subdued tones and pops of pink providing the perfect setting for in-room spa treatments like manicures and facials. Fans of brunch should indulge in bottomless spritzers in the plant-filled setting of Rake’s Café Bar, while sushi-lovers cannot miss the fresh fish at minimalist restaurant Miyako.

13. Good Hotel London, Docklands

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

A rooftop dining terrace overlooking the O2 arena and Emirates airline at the Good Hotel London
Courtesy of Good Hotel London / Expedia

The Good Hotel is a floating marvel that has travelled from its previous spot in Amsterdam to the Royal Victorian Docks. Living up to its name, the establishment promotes goodness in every form, with charitable donations going towards educating Guatemalan children from low-income families and training for the unemployed. Sanctuary is found in the minimalist interior of the rooms, using natural light, greenery and wooden furniture for a clean, natural aesthetic. Check out the roof for an aptly nautical setting where you can sit on beachy white furniture – bubbles in hand – and check out sweeping views of the Thames and the O2 arena.

14. Kingsland Locke, Dalston


Trendy room at Kingsland Locke, Dalston, London
Courtesy of Ed Dabney for Kingsland Locke

The newest addition to the Locke aparthotel family, Kingsland Locke strikes an industrial tone with moody hues, exposed concrete and geometric tiles, the better to match its Dalston location. Thoughtful details include bedside charging stations and whisper-quiet soundproofing; there’s a full suite of kitchenware for longer stays, and Kinsey Apothecary toiletries in the rainfall shower. Downstairs, you’ll find a foliage-filled co-working space with a vegan-friendly cafe – come nightfall, this transforms into the imaginative Le Bab kebab restaurant and a bar serving German-style beers. In-house brewery tours with Bavarian beer sommelier Helen come highly recommended.

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This article is an updated version of a story created by Bianca Barratt. Sarah Gillespie contributed additional reporting.

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