Walk through the entrance to the world’s oldest zoological research centre and you’ll be greeted by the wondrous sounds of lemurs, okapis, squirrel monkeys, meerkats, Javan rhinos and gorillas. London Zoo is a menagerie of the world’s most unique creatures, not to mention one of the best days out in London for families and the zoologically curious. To help you plan your stay in London, here are the best hotels near London Zoo – bookable with Culture Trip.
The Camden Enterprise Hotel is better known to gig-goers as the Enterprise Pub, where up-and-coming artists would play soon-to-be hits in front of cool Camden crowds. Amy Winehouse, Editors and so many more acts started their careers at the Enterprise Pub, where the upper floors have recently been transformed into a boutique hotel. The 21 rooms here have spacious skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows, while the ground floor pub continues to serve cold pints and host live music.
The Danubius Hotel Regents Park isn’t just a hit with the zoo-goers, but it’s a big favourite amongst the cricket fans heading for test matches at Lord’s. That’s because the best rooms in the house have views over London’s famed cricket ground and you can sink a few cold pints and wolf down a hearty steak at the hotel’s Pavilion Terrace Restaurant, before watching England play their next test match. Hotel rooms are modern and you can keep up with the sports scores on the LCD TV while you lounge back in the king-sized bed.
Bright orange cushions contrast with the mellow white shades and wood furnishings of the stylishly understated rooms at the four-star Meliá White House, where the bathrooms are tiled with marble and the sinks are crafted from granite. Sit back and relax in the spacious, freestanding bathtubs after a day out in nearby Regent’s Park, before ordering pre-dinner cocktails and tapas nibbles at the Nineteenthirtyfive bar. Dinner is served at the Arado, where Spanish paella and Iberico ham are top of the all-day dining menu.
The Blandford Hotel is the perfect option for travellers who plan to be on the go. Located next to Baker Street and just a short stroll from Regent’s Park and the London Zoo, the Blandford Hotel offers excellent value for a four-star central London hotel, as well as a complimentary breakfast-to-go every morning. The Blandford Hotel’s 34 rooms are laid-back and minimalist yet supremely comfortable, with options to upgrade to Family rooms and Quad rooms for larger groups.
Inspired by the gripping tales of Baker Street’s most famous fictional resident Sherlock Holmes, the Holmes Hotel is designed for the curious yet comfort-seeking traveller. Its 118 luxury rooms offer tranquility and modern decor that’s been transplanted into the history-laden surrounds of an 18th-century Georgian townhouse. Pick up a book in the guest library, before dining on cuttlefish croquettes, octopus rolls, wild boar salami and many more unique specialities in the Kitchen at Holmes.
The Landmark London has been dazzling guests with its unashamed luxury since it was first opened in 1899. Enjoy the fruits (and scones) of a century-old afternoon tea tradition at the Winter Garden Restaurant before ordering the Landmark London’s signature cocktail, The Marylebone Mist, at The Mirror Bar. In the evening, dinner awaits at the railway-themed Great Central Bar & Restaurant, where you can choose from artisan steaks, homemade burgers and fresh seafood. Rooms at the Landmark London are classically styled and undeniably luxurious, while the indoor swimming pool and spa facilities are wonderfully elegant.
Montagu Place Hotel has just 16 boutique rooms to choose from, so you can rest assured that you’ll have the full attention of the attentive staff throughout your stay in central London. The Comfy Rooms at the Montagu Place Hotel are solo traveller cosy, the Fancy Rooms are designed with a little more space for couples while the Swanky Rooms feature super king-sized beds and roll-top bath tubs. Enjoy fresh porridge and cooked-to-order eggs for breakfast, then finish the day with a G&T at the Montagu Place Hotel’s bar.
With 44 characterfully designed boutique rooms spread over the elegant floors of an Edwardian townhouse in the centre of Marylebone, No. Ten Manchester Street is where British tradition meets European tastes. The rooms and suites at No. Ten Manchester Street draws upon classic British designs, with spacious bay windows and Edwardian-inspired furnishings. The restaurant, though, is decidedly Mediterranean, with the Dieci serving up a breakfast of eggs Florentine and a dinner of black ink squid tortellini and porcini mushroom risotto.
Looking for more inspiration? We’ve also narrowed down the best cheap hotels , the best family-friendly hotels in London and the best luxury hotels in London so you can confidently find and book the perfect stay on Culture Trip. There’s plenty to keep you busy, too – from these quirky and unusual things to do in London and this delicious food and drink tour to a relaxing, chilled-out tour of London.
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