There’s a time in every young man’s life when backpacking around the world and staying in hostels with other young travellers is the ultimate adventure. There also comes a time in every slightly-older man’s life when he thinks “Hell no! I’m too old for that. Give me 5 stars or give me death.” For that second stage, there are these coolest London Hotels.
The Coolest London Hotels
The Sanderson is a 5-star luxury boutique experience located in the heart of London’s trendy Soho district. The landmarked 50s building has been transformed by Philippe Starck into a surreal mix of baroque and modern design that is absolutely unlike anything you’ve seen before. Every space blends extravagance and simplicity, taking inspiration from everywhere and everyone, and making it feel like you’ve followed Alice into Wonderland.
#2 ME London
ME London is perched on the southern tip of Covent Garden. The 57 guest rooms – including 16 suites – offer views of many major local landmarks, like the cityskyline, London Eye, Trafalgar Square, London Bridge, and the River Thames, through floor-to-ceiling windows. This year, ME London was honored on the famous Conde Nast Traveller Hotlist 2013.
Blending traditional British hospitality with an American bohemian attitude, Belgraves is the first European installment of the Thompson Hotels luxury experience. Located in one of the London’s most affluent neighborhoods, near internationally renowned shops, sites, and the bustling Sloane Square, the hotel’s offerings include an 80-seat restaurant, an intimate library bar, and a fitness center.
#4 Town Hall Hotel & Apartments
Set in London’s vibrant East End, the award-winning Town Hall Hotel & Apartments combines Edwardian architectural splendor with 30s Art Deco and cutting edge contemporary design. The one-of-a-kind suites contain designer kitchens and bathrooms, and original vintage furnishings. Oh, and did we mention the bar menu has over 200 spirits, beers, and cocktails?
#5 Brown’s Hotel
Brown’s has the great distinction of being London’s first ever hotel in 1837, and the home to many illustrious guests since. Each room and suite is individually decorated and many feature antiques and contemporary artworks. Brown’s aims to celebrate Britain in every way, from art and cuisine at The Donovan Bar and HIX Mayfair to an award-winning afternoon tea.
#6 Shoreditch House
Guests of the Shoreditch House, a private members’ club tucked away in East London, are treated to 26 bedrooms stocked with vintage AM/FM alarms, hot water bottles, fresh Cowshed products from the adjacent spa, powerful rainforest showers, and a collection of classic books, toys, and games that they are encouraged to borrow. Rooms are open to both members and non-members.
The obvious word to describe the Boundary hotel in East London is “eclectic.” Where else will you find 12 individually designed bedrooms, five suites, three restaurants and bars, a small British food store, and a bakery? Rooms include the Charles & Ray Eames Room, the Bauhaus Room, the Scandinavian Room, and the Young British Designers Room
#8 Bulgari Hotel & Residences
The name Bulgari is already synonymous with luxury, and the Bulgari Hotel & Residences lives up to the reputation. The 85 rooms and suites, many of which overlook Hyde Park and Knightsbridge, are the largest in London. The Bulgari Spa is also one of the largest in central London and, in keeping with the ‘big’ theme, the hotel’s stunning ballroom occupies an entire floor.
Enjoy award winning cocktails in the designer surroundings of the Blue Bar, or celebrate the latest fashion trends at Prêt-à-Portea, the Berkeley’s designer afternoon tea. The Berkeley’s Knightsbridge location also offers easy access to Harvey Nichols, Harrods, Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall, and the Natural History Museum.
#10 The Arch London
Anywhere with a Martini Library earns an A in our book. There’s also something called “Le Salon de Champagne” (with a graffiti ceiling of famous quotes and tasting notes created by award-winning illustrator Sara Fanelli), so pick your poison. We’re pretty sure you can’t go wrong. Oh, and in case you were worried that it’s only about the booze, the 82 individually designed rooms at The Arch London are spectacular, too.
We recommend booking a night at any of the above hotels at Kiwi Collection.