North London is home to some of London’s most historic and vibrant neighbourhoods – between Camden’s gritty musical verve, Islington’s boho comfort and Hampstead’s natural beauty, there’s enough entertainment to keep you busy. Whether you’re into boutique quirkiness, suave luxury or budget-friendly function, there are plenty of places to stay, too. Here’s Culture Trip’s guide to the best hotels in North London.
The Megaro provides four-star luxury at a reasonable price | Courtesy of The Megaro / Hotels.com
The Megaro in King’s Cross is perfect if you’re itching to throw yourself into London’s underground arts scene. The cool decor pays homage to Britpop, while its underground piano bar and locally sourced menu are truly patriotic. The hotel has partnered with Diesel and Doc Martens to create unique fashion-forward rooms which range from modern minimalism to mod rock. Make sure you check out the self-serve ‘minibar’ in the lobby, where you can mix a potent cocktail before immersing yourself in live music.
Inexpensive yet utterly stylish, The Pilgrm’s founders have done away with the extraneous extras that push prices up (such as a reception desk) in favour of things guests will actually appreciate – lovingly renovated high-ceilinged bedrooms filled with reclaimed furniture, carefully curated magazines and plump, inviting beds. The decor can best be described as industrial chic, with odes to the Victorian building’s rich history, such as upcycled school desks and military lamps. In the morning, hunker down in the community café where pastries and KRU coffee is served, then head to the lounge in the evening for one of chef Sara Lewis’s Middle Eastern-inspired dishes.
There’s something rather wistful about the decor at this luxury hotel opposite King’s Cross St Pancras station – fashioned after traditional railway sleeper carriages, it’s a vision of crisp white sheets, wood panelling and shuttered table lamps. An ideal stopover on your way to Europe, you can fill your boots in the elegant brasserie, Plum + Spilt Milk, before bedding down in the cosy plushness of the luxury bedrooms. Just be careful not to get so comfortable that you miss your train – although, with the station less than 25 metres away, that’s highly unlikely.
This Gordon Ramsay-owned inn offers regency-style luxury near leafy Regent’s Park. The restaurant features sophisticated comfort food, an eclectic wine menu and local ales made even more enjoyable by the squashy chairs and cosy corners. The bedrooms boast four-poster beds piled high with cushions, open fires and showers big enough for two. Offering romance and relaxation, it’s a great option for weekend getaways.
A school, a hospital and now a hotel – The Colonnade has seen many incarnations. Two minutes down the road from Paddington station, it’s ideally placed for exploring Camden and Islington. Antique furniture and brocade fabrics offer a sense of grandeur to the rooms, although conveniences such as morning papers, Egyptian cotton sheets and in-room coffee machines keep them feeling fresh and modern. Little Venice sits just on its doorstep, offering passers-by some of the best coffee, pasta and pizza in all of London.