11 Boutique Hotels in London: The best choices for your stay

You’re looking for a special place to stay in London? Then we have just the thing for you! London’s hotels are as exclusive as the city itself. To help you choose the most beautiful hotel, we've hand-picked 11 beautiful boutique hotels for you in London in this post.

The British capital of London is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. There are countless sights and attractions to visit in London and there are at least as many beautiful hotels.

London itself is as vast as its selection of hotels, and it makes a lot of sense to choose a central location to avoid long walks and transit times.

Finding a centrally located hotel with a modern design flair can be a bit like searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack. So we thought we’d save you the hassle by selecting 11 of the best boutique hotels in London for you.

If you want to know which neighborhoods in London are the best places to stay for your trip, be sure to check out our hotel tips in this post:

Where to stay in London: Our hotel tips for each neighborhood

#1 Hotel 41 London

The boutique Hotel 41 is located right behind Buckingham Palace in the City of Westminster. It doesn’t get any more central than that!

The rooms have a classy black and white design with heavy mahogany furniture in the style of traditional London gentlemen’s clubs. What could be more British than that?

Hotel 41 in London doesn’t leave any culinary wishes unfulfilled either. Snacks and British delicacies are served throughout the day, ensuring that guests are well provided for.

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Photo of Buckingham Palace with a bed of bright red tulips in the foreground and the Queen Victoria Memorial off to the right.
Buckingham Palace in London (© richie0703)

#2 The Resident Victoria

The Resident Victoria is an affordable luxury hotel located in the heart of London in the City of Westminster just a few steps from Buckingham Palace.

Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square are also within walking distance. That makes the hotel the perfect starting point for your sightseeing tour through the British capital.

The 4-star hotel features modern rooms with minimalist décor. If you’d like a bit more space, we recommend booking a Deluxe room. All of the rooms come with an extremely practical feature: a mini-kitchen built inside one of the closets.

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#3 The Montague On The Gardens

This 4-star luxury hotel is opulently furnished in typical Victorian style. Each of the rooms has its own extremely unique décor and offers a view of the gardens – hence the name – where you can spend a nice time relaxing in the summer.

The boutique hotel is just opposite the British Museum, and Covent Garden, Soho, Oxford Street, and the West End are also conveniently close by.

The Montague On The Gardens serves classic British and international fare in one of two idyllic conservatories.

And if you can’t go without exercise even while on vacation, you can get your daily work-out at the hotel’s gym.

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#4 The Hari Hotel

The Hari is a high-end design hotel that truly leaves nothing to be desired. The 5-star hotel is modern and stylish in a clean British design. The marble bathrooms with large rain showers are especially fancy.

The hotel restaurant, decorated with famous artworks by modern artists, and serves a mix of classic and re-imagined Italian dishes.

A special feature of The Hari Hotel is the cigar bar on the garden terrace with a retractable roof where you can puff on a fat cigar while sipping a cocktail.

The location is also ideal for exploring London. The famous Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, and the museum district Kensington are all just a few minutes away.

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#5 San Domenico House

San Domenico House is a small and charming boutique hotel in Kensington. It only has 17 rooms, so personal service is a top priority here.

The Italian hosts have designed the hotel with a mix of Italian flair and British charm.

The roof terrace of the 5-star luxury hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind. You can enjoy a delicious breakfast there or simply enjoy the view.

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#6 The Rookery London

The Rookery, an extravagant hotel in London’s trendy Clerkenwell neighborhood, is as magnificent as it is artfully decorated.

The historic ambiance makes staying here feel almost like stepping into another century. This sets the hotel apart from the sleek, modern hotels in London. The furniture may be antique, but of course the rooms have all the amenities of a modern luxury hotel. The opulent décor blends in perfectly, leaving nothing to be desired.

The hotel is located in a quiet area, but it’s still within walking distance of the city center, and the train and Tube stations are conveniently close by. St. Paul’s Cathedral is just a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

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Photo of a hotel room at The Rookery in London featuring a luxurious four-poster bed, antique hardwood furniture, and dark green walls.
© The Rookery Hotel

#7 Rubens at the Palace

Rubens at the Palace is located in the heart of London overlooking Buckingham Palace. If you want to stay right in the city center, then this 5-star hotel is the perfect choice.

The rooms are impressively furnished and provide a cozy and comfortable environment. Live like a king or queen for a few nights – right next to the actual Queen’s residence no less. How’s that for an unforgettable experience?

The boutique hotel has two restaurants and three bars. You can enjoy tea in the Palace Lounge followed by dinner at the English Grill for an especially British experience.

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#8 ME London by Melia

Located just 2 minutes from the Thames is the incomparable design hotel ME London by Melia.

The ME London features modern architecture both inside and out, combining design with comfort. From small double rooms to a huge suite with its own roof terrace, this hotel has it all.

Speaking of rooftops, you can enjoy your breakfast or evening cocktail in the Radio Rooftop restaurant and bar with a beautiful view of London.

And of course the 5-star hotel also has its own gym, which is open 24/7, and the option to book spa treatments.

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#9 Sea Containers London

Sea Containers London is a remarkable hotel located right on the south banks of the River Thames in the famous Sea Containers House in the Waterloo district. What could possibly be better than waking up by the water in the middle of London?

The rooms are luxurious and tastefully furnished in a modern style. The marble bathrooms even have a rain shower and bathtub for maximum comfort.

In the evening, you can cap off the day at the hotel’s restaurant or its rooftop bar with panoramic views of the London skyline. That sounds awesome, doesn’t it?

Our tip: If you book early, you can get a room with a view of the Thames or even with your own balcony overlooking the water.

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Photo of the Sea Containers Hotel in London
© Sea Containers Hotel

#10 Charlotte Street Hotel

Very charming! There’s no other way to describe Charlotte Street Hotel. This cute boutique hotel is super-centrally located, just a stone’s throw from London’s Soho Square.

It’s designed in the style of the early 20th century and is really exceptional with its mix of contemporary and vintage elements. The rooms are furnished in elegant and luxurious style.

You can work out to your heart’s desire at the hotel’s 24/7 gym, which really comes in handy after you’ve indulged in an extra scone or two in the lounge by the fireplace.

The absolute highlight, however, is the hotel’s private cinema. Designed in the style of the 70s, it screens a wide variety of films, often in combination with a 3-course meal.

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Photo of a hotel room at Charlotte Street Hotel featuring a comfortable double and early 20th century décor in a blue and green color scheme.
@ Firmdalehotels, Photo: Simon Brown Photography

#11 Andaz Liverpool Street London

Last but not least, we recommend Andaz Liverpool Street London. The 5-star hotel is located in an impressive Victorian building with a red brick facade next to Liverpool Street station, in London’s creative Shoreditch neighborhood.

The hotel’s culinary portfolio is more than extensive: from casual meals at the Eastway Brasserie to traditional English pub fare at Lady Abercorn’s Pub & Kitchen to authentic Japanese cuisine at Miyako. And the list goes on. You’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice!

The hotel is ideal for the whole family with its spacious rooms and suites. There’s a babysitting service available and pets are welcome too.

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Bonus 22places tip: citizenM hotels in London

Whenever we visit city that has a citizenM hotel, we love to stay there. As total fans of these boutique hotels, we’ve have already stayed at citizenM hotels in New York, Rotterdam, and Copenhagen and always felt very much at home there.

There are no less than three citizenM hotels in London, so give one of them a go!

To citizenM Tower of London
To citizenM London Shoreditch
To citizenM London Bankside

Those were our recommendations for special boutique hotels in London. Have you been to any of these hotels or do you have another boutique hotel that you can recommend? Then be sure to let us know in the comments!