Stay near London Victoria Station and you’ll be in the heart of the action. Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament are an easy stroll away, while the Tube and trains mean you can whizz around the capital or beyond with ease. Here are the best hotels nearby, all bookable on Culture Trip.
Just two minutes from Victoria Station and a 13-minute stroll to Buckingham Palace, the Z Hotel is the ideal base from which to explore the heart of London. The hotel itself offers affordable luxury and, after a busy day of sightseeing, you can enjoy a well-earned drink in the reception bar. Best of all, the free wine and cheese each evening means you can save your pennies to spend in the capital.
Step off the Victoria Station concourse and head straight into the opulent setting of the Clermont. Within a Grade II-listed railway building, the hotel has a variety of rooms, all with complimentary snacks and drinks, salon-quality hair dryers and Nespresso coffee machines. The restaurant offers a range of classic British dishes, from light bites to hearty dinners, and it’s definitely worth trying one of their delicious cocktails.
Set in a Victorian townhouse in Pimlico, the Georgian House has everything from tiny single rooms to stylish family suites. Many rooms have original features, such as stained glass windows and Victorian fireplaces, and are all decorated in a contemporary English style. The hotel also has a quirky side – try out the Enchanted afternoon tea or stay in the Wizard Chambers, which have cauldrons in the fireplaces, candlelit passages and four-poster beds with velvet curtains.
The Warwick is just a hop, skip and jump from Westminster Abbey, and close to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Each room has a unique colour scheme and hand-picked art, plus air conditioning if you’re lucky enough to catch a rare sunny spell. Checkins are flexible – great news for travellers – and the rooms are protected by smart locks.
Wake up to views of Big Ben and the London Eye at the Belgrave before tucking into a huge full English breakfast. It has the friendly vibe you’d expect from a family-run hotel, and offers single and double rooms – plus signature rooms with super king-size beds, rainfall showers and huge desks for those who want to catch up on work during their travels.
As the name suggests, the Artist Residence in leafy Pimlico places a huge emphasis on art and has an ever-changing collection. The rooms, which are set across three floors, are peppered with limited edition prints and vintage and reclaimed furniture, while its Clubhouse is a cool, chilled hangout offering lazy brunches, tasty dinners and quality coffee. You can sit out on the terrace or enjoy a drink or two in the cocktail cellar.
If you want to leave the city behind, the Orange Public House has four boutique bedrooms oozing countryside chic. The pub itself, in the well-heeled area of Belgravia, is a buzzing venue serving wood-fired pizzas, delicious Sunday roasts and a legendary skillet-baked Bramley apple pie. And if you can tear yourself from your king-size bed in the morning, you can be shopping on King’s Road in seven minutes.
Winston Churchill once lived two doors down from this 19th-century, Grade II-listed building in Westminster, which is now a boutique hotel in an idyllic garden square. If you’re imagining something old-fashioned and stuffy, think again. This stylish hotel is cutting edge when it comes to tech, with electronically adjustable beds, smart glass bathroom walls which turn opaque at the touch of a button, and the latest TVs, Chromecast and sound systems.
Just off Sloane Square, the Sloane Place Hotel reflects the relaxed elegance of Chelsea. The rooms are classically luxurious, and the restaurant promises eclectic modern British dishes made from the highest quality ingredients. Book a spot on the roof terrace for al fresco dining. The lobster burger is a must, washed down with a Fizz Britannia cocktail made from gin, St Germain liquor, fresh strawberries, lime and English rosé.
For a stylish retreat in the heart of Belgravia, the Lime Tree Hotel is surprisingly affordable. But that doesn’t mean it holds back on luxuries. Set across two Georgian houses, the rooms may not be huge – but they have a whimsical country-chic vibe with high-quality linens, natural British toiletries and bespoke beds. The Buttery cafe offers delicious seasonal dishes, while the pretty walled garden is the perfect place to escape the city bustle.