The best luxury boutique hotels in London for an unforgettable stay

Inside The Rook's Nest, the penthouse suite at The Rookery hotel, London.

When it comes to luxurious London getaways, there’s no better way to do it than by staying in one of the city’s many beautiful boutique hotels. Boasting personalised service, unique designs and extra-special experiences simply not possible in large resort hotels, they’re arguably the most exclusive way to spend your time in the city. 

Whether you’re looking for relaxed charm, a five-star suite, or a sprawling penthouse, there’s a luxury boutique property to suit all tastes. So, to make your decision easier, here’s your guide to the best boutique hotels in London. From grand and opulent to intimate and luxurious, here’s our pick of the very best boutique hotels that will make your stay unforgettable.

The Lost Poet, Notting Hill

Bedroom at The Lost Poet hotel, Notting Hill
Each of The Lost Poet’s rooms features its own colour palette and design.

Found right on bustling and colourful Portobello Road, in the heart of Notting Hill, this independent and unique Victorian townhouse houses four beautifully curated rooms, each designed with its own distinctive character. Think modern art, bold wallpapers, bespoke furniture, antique trinkets, and reclaimed wood panelling, while mixing all its heritage with modern convenience. Nifty online self check-in and keyless entry means you can enjoy your stay here independently, too. Stay on a Saturday for the full Portobello market experience.

Rooms from around £200, book here.

The Adria, South Kensington

The Adria Hotel
A suite at the five-star The Adria hotel in South Kensington

Looking for chic modern design and impeccable service? Then look no further than The Adria, arguably the most stylish boutique hotel in West London. This beautiful townhouse-turned-boutique hotel in the heart of South Kensington, and in walking distance of The National History Museum, the Royal Albert Hall and Harrods. English heritage meets clean, modern design at this artfully-designed property, with sophisticated suites boasting luxurious velvet furniture, sumptuous four poster beds and the perfect way to unwind after a day in London. We love it so much, in fact, that we rate it five out of five stars – you can read our full review, right here.

Rooms from around £374, book here.

Shoreditch House

Shoreditch House rooftop pool
The rooftop pool at Shoreditch House is open and heated year-round – making it the place to be in East London, anytime of year.

Even if you’re not a Soho House member, anyone can book a stay at the renowned Shoreditch house. Not only do its 26 bedrooms come with king-size beds, bespoke furniture and an en suite complete with divine rainfall shower and full-size Cowshed amenities, but guests also enjoy access to the exclusive members club during their stay, including its year-round heated rooftop pool, two restaurants, bar and gym. 
Rooms from £255 a night, book here.

The Rookery , Clerkenwell

The penthouse suite The Rookery hotel, London
Inside The Rook’s Nest, the penthouse suite at The Rookery hotel, London.

There’s a good reason the Evening Standard called The Rookery “London’s best kept secret.” You’ll find this hidden gem in Clerkenwell, just a short distance from St Paul’s Cathedral, the Bank of England, and the Old Bailey. Step inside and you’ll discover a treasure trove of period charm, with polished wood panelling, stone flagged floors, open fires, and genuine antique furniture. 

Rooms from around £179 a night, book here

The Zetter Townhouse, Marylebone

Zetter Townhouse Marylebone restaurant
There’s eclectic, curious Victoriana to be discovered around every corner at the Zetter Townhouse Marylebone.

Eccentric, eclectic and unforgettable, The Marylebone Zetter Townhouse is the quintessential London boutique hotel. The second to be opened by the independent townhouse group after its sister hotel in Clerkenwell, it may just be our favourite. The Georgian townhouse’s unique design is inspired by the John Soane’s Museum, so expect quirky rooms, lavish Victoriana and curiosities around every corner. No stay is complete without a bespoke cocktail at the boutique hotel’s bar, Seymour’s Parlour: a dark and sumptuous lounge designed as the private residence of a notorious ancestor known  as ‘Wicked Uncle Seymour’. 

Rooms from around £258, book here.

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