Undeniably one of London’s best-kept secrets, Eltham Palace is a must for history lovers and architecture fans. Originally a medieval hall and then a Tudor royal palace, it was transformed by artistic, millionaire philanthropists Stephen and Virginia Courtauld who lived here in the 1930s. Ultra-modern in its day, the house’s Art Deco additions have been preserved by English Heritage as a meticulous ode to the couple’s extravagant lifestyle – look out for the upstairs room dedicated to their pet lemur, Mah-Jongg. The local hotels in this pocket of southeast London tend to be period properties, often above a good old-fashioned pub. As the childhood home of King Henry VIII, Eltham Palace in London was a royal residence for over 600 years and is an architectural marvel. Here’s our guide of where to stay nearby – bookable on Culture Trip.
Handily slotted between Blackheath and Eltham, this traditional Victorian public house has eight, individually styled boutique bedrooms. The rooms range in size and facilities, with one having its own small kitchen should you prefer to be self-catered. There’s also excellent food to be had in the pub downstairs, enjoyed in the garden or in the delightfully retro, wooden-clad pub.
Just a 15-minute drive from Eltham Palace, this property is ideal for families or groups of travellers, who can hole up in its small block of individual apartments. Each apartment room has a bedroom, bathroom, living space and its own fully stocked kitchen for those who prefer to do their own cooking. For those who don’t, the hotel is in up-and-coming Hither Green, where there are plenty of local eateries to choose from.
This charming Georgian period property may date back to the 18th century, but the renovated, elegant interiors belong wholly to the 21st century. With over 100 rooms of varying capacities, this hotel in central Blackheath can host large groups and solo travellers alike. All guests get gorgeous views overlooking the heath, and a large courtyard restaurant to dine in.
Another great British pub, the Pilot is a fantastic Georgian Inn downstairs, converted into a fabulous boutique hotel upstairs. Its 10 bedrooms come with all mod cons, including a fancy espresso machine and contemporary interior design. Guests can dine on one of the terraces or venture out to the neighbouring O2 stadium, where a whole host of restaurants and bars are based.
This boutique hotel near Eltham Palace is ideally placed for a trip to Eltham Palace, which is less than 15 minutes away. The huge period property contains 16 beautifully presented bedrooms, decorated in elegant, modern block colours with funky details. Guests eating here won’t be disappointed, thanks to the pub’s reputation for its delectable, seasonal menu and wide range of ales and beers.
For more conveniently located London stays, see the best hotels near Tower Bridge and the best near Trafalgar Square; they’re bookable now via Culture Trip. For more great days out, check out the best seaside towns near London, and the best food and drink experiences in town. In the evenings, catch a show at one of the best outdoor venues in the city.
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