The Beatles’ album cover catapulted Abbey Road into global consciousness, but the area has tons to offer besides Beatles fandom, from Regent’s Park to the canals of Little Venice. These hotels around Abbey Road – bookable with Culture Trip – range from lavish to budget-friendly, and are perfectly positioned for exploring the best of London.
This peaceful and pretty neighbourhood in St John’s Wood framed one of the most famous – and most imitated – album covers of all time. It was here that the Beatles strode over a zebra crossing to create the cover of their celebrated Abbey Road album, recorded a few minutes away in Abbey Road Studios. Once you’ve strolled over the crossing yourself, there’s much more to be enjoyed around the area, which also provides good access to the rest of London. Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace are easily reachable, and culture-seekers can hop between the V&A, Science Museum, Natural History Museum and Design Museum. Bed down nearby with a stay at one of these hotels.
The bedrooms at this cosy Regency townhouse feel colourful and individual, and many have views overlooking the hotel’s private garden – formerly the site of the first Lord’s Cricket Ground, before it moved down the road and became the most famous cricket ground on the planet. If that whets your appetite for quintessential English experiences, take afternoon tea at the hotel, splashing out on a glass of Pierre Mignon champagne to fizz things up. Dorset Square is also a great pick for families, as it offers a children’s menu, DVDs and popcorn, children’s books, a Nintendo Wii and even a babysitting service.
This stylish venue is in the heart of Marylebone, an upmarket area of upscale restaurants, shops and cocktail bars. Matching the showy surroundings, the hotel aesthetic is suitably refined and classy. Alongside its smart bedrooms, it also offers seriously desirable suites, crowned by Scandinavian-style outdoor terraces with retractable roofs. A cocktail bar, themed around the four seasons and modelled on classic New York bar aesthetics, adds further glamour – try a Sazerac with rye whisky, cognac and bitters. And the on-site fitness centre with free classes and a swimming pool – a rarity in central London hotels – is another welcome addition.
Keep your holiday healthy and mindful by staying at this urban wellness hotel in Paddington, which aims to help guests feel restored and rejuvenated. The Scandi-style decor gives everything an appealingly clean and calm feel – this continues in the rooms, which feature local artwork, books and magazines. Central to Inhabit is its programme of daily activities, such as morning meditation, guided local nature walks, Pilates and yoga. These run alongside a calendar of events, which might include cooking classes, talks or sustainable design workshops. Boost your connection to nature by strolling through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens – two of central London’s premier green spaces, which are both a short walk away.
Although it’s set in an attractive Georgian townhouse, this boutique’s interior feels modern. The 16 rooms cover all bases by being labelled either “comfy”, “fancy” or “swanky”, and guests are given access to a comprehensive members-only gym nearby. But the biggest plus of the hotel is its location, set on a quiet street that’s minutes away from the friendly buzz of Marylebone. You’re on the doorstep of central London, so take your pick from all-day shopping on Regent Street, soaking up cutting-edge art at the Photographers’ Gallery or bar-hopping in trendy Soho – or perhaps all three.
Stay at this hotel inspired by famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, whose home was on nearby Baker Street. Throughout the hotel’s four Georgian buildings there are subtle nods to Holmes – like a bedroom lamp shaped like the bowler hat of his faithful assistant, Watson. But it’s also ultimately stylish inside – opt for the loft suite, spread over two floors and featuring a record player and curated vinyl LP selection for the full works. Further bonuses include a gym, a cute roof terrace, in-house cocktail masterclasses and space for working in the cosy lounge. Holmes aficionados can continue their quest at the Sherlock Holmes Museum – five minutes away on foot.
The small Point A chain aims to offer fantastically located hotels at affordable prices, by keeping things simple. This is certainly true of the Paddington outpost, where the hotel is in the middle of the action. Rooms are functional and compact, but still inviting, and all come with extras you might not expect for the cheaper rate: free wifi, a power shower, safe, TV, hairdryer and air conditioning. The bars and restaurants of Paddington Basin are steps away, and Portobello Road Market is easily reachable. Then there’s Notting Hill to your west, Hyde Park to the south, central London’s shops and sights to the east, and restaurants and pubs everywhere you look.
Minutes from Swiss Cottage Tube station, this huge hotel provides everything you could need for a London trip, thanks to lots of practical amenities. Working travellers will appreciate the meeting spaces, event rooms and the comprehensive business centre – but all guests will love the fitness centre, sauna and pool, which even offers children’s swimming lessons. Whatever the purpose of your stay, make time to wander up pretty Primrose Hill, while Hampstead Heath is a short bus journey away. Nearby Camden is well-stocked with pubs, restaurants and live music venues, plus you’re also less than a mile from the Abbey Road crossing – for whenever you want to live out your Beatles dream.
Regent’s Park is one of London’s essential sights – and you couldn’t be any closer to it than in Danubius Hotel, which skirts its western tip. This means you’ve got the park’s gorgeous boating lake and open-air theatre close by, plus playgrounds for the kids. Rooms at the hotel offer plenty of space and there’s also a 24-hour gym, restaurant and great access to nearby Tube stations. The hotel also overlooks Lord’s Cricket Ground – a must for sports fans, who might also want to visit Wembley Stadium, 40 minutes northwest of the hotel by public transport.
For more perfectly located hotels in London, see the best ones near Trafalgar Square and the best near Tower Bridge. They’re bookable now through Culture Trip. Fill up any spare time in the city with the best outdoor cinemas in London and the oldest churches in London, then grab a bite using this foodie guide through the British capital.
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