You come for a weekend, go for shopping, a cultural break, sporting weekend with friends, or just to chill and let the city embrace you. You will need a hotel though. It might be a hip one in East London, a not too expensive one in Mayfair or an easy one to get to the airport. Pleas find below a few suggestions from me, and drop me a note with your favourite one to add to the list.
The Ace Hotel in Shoreditch $$ – The Ace Hotel in East London is definitely my favourite. If booked in advance you can get a room reasonably priced in the heart of vibrant Shoreditch. And this is a room which gives you some space, and of course the vinyl recorder in the room to test your DJ aspirations again.
The Hoxton in Holborn $$ – If you need an alternative for The Ace in East London the Hoxton is a good choice. It has a great program of activities on their dedicated website Hoxtown. They will keep you entertained with yoga, cocktail week, speakers, exhibitions, and many more. The chain recently opened a foreign branch in Amsterdam.
Russell’s of Clapton in Hackney $ – if you are looking for a more economic alternative and are ok to travel a bit further, try Russell’s of Clapton in Hackney. This boutique hotels has its personal charm in a engaging neighbourhood in Hackney.
Artist Residence Pimlico $$$ – when you have secured your cheap Easyjet flight and you are coming from Gatwick airport you might want to consider a hotel in South London. And maybe have a bit more to spend. The Artist Residence Pimlico is close to Victoria station with a direct link to Gatwick and easy to get into town.
Mondrian London Southbank $$$ – also in South London and part of the group of the St Martin’s Lane and Sanderson hotel, you will find this Mondrian London hotel. Find a good deal and you will be treated like a king.
The Zetter townhouse in Marylebone $$ – Marylebone is one of my favorite areas for boutique shopping while at the same time being close enough to Oxford street if you want to go for the department stores. The Zetter Townhouse is an affordable hotel in Marylebone in North London, if you are coming from Heathrow.
Number sixteen Hotel in Knightsbridge $$$$ – if you have a great budget and want to feel totally pampered in a British environment check Number sixteen Hotel from Firmdale hotels. I had the chance to stay here for a few times for work and the fact that they know your name and your breakfast’s specials after one stay is unique and gives you the warm feeling as if you are coming home.
The Rockwell hotel in Chelsea $$ – close to the Natural History museum and the V&A this hotel is perfect if you want to hang around Chelsea, visit the museums, walk through Hyde Park and if you’re coming from Heathrow airport. The Rockwell hotel has a Scandinavian feel to it and a lovely staff to look after you.
I hope this is helpful for your trip to London, and please do drop me a note with your hotel and experience enjoying it.