10 of the most stylish boutique hotels in London

11 May 2016

With a seemingly infinite number of options, choosing a place to stay in London can be tricky. If you're looking for something with wow factor, something unique, sumptuous and special, we recommend one of the following outstanding boutique hotels. (Bonus: many of these offer exclusive extras for Travelzoo members.)

The Colonnade Hotel

Location: Little Venice, near to Regent’s Park and ZSL London Zoo
Why we love it: This cosy hotel started life as two grand Victorian houses, and is where renowned mathematician and WWII code-breaker Alan Turing was born. Sigmund Freud also stayed at the property with his family for a period, and one of the suites is named after him. Along with an intriguing past, the property is also a few minutes’ walk from pretty canals and the iconic architecture of Little Venice and Warwick Avenue. Notting Hill and Portobello Road Market are half an hour away on foot. Standout features: The idea is comfort and familiarity, with the added bonus of premium hotel service. The classic Wedgwood fireplace and the gilded architraves, as well as the original lift - said to be one of the oldest operating lifts in London - are a reminder that you're somewhere a bit special.
Price: from £97 per room, per night (Travelzoo members get exclusive extras)
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Hotel 41

Location: Overlooking the Royal Mews on Buckingham Palace Road
Why we love it: According to Frommer’s, this discreet haunt is “the very antidote to chain hotels” and is “packed with romantic touches” and thoughtful furnishings. Views towards Buckingham Palace are described as "heaven" for tourists eager to be in the thick of it all (The Daily Telegraph), and Big Ben and the West End theatres are a 30-minute stroll away. Standout features: The hotel is set in a Georgian townhouse (see main image at the top of the page), and has a lounge boasting book-lined walls and leather wingback chairs. You’ll feel like part of an exclusive club, rather than a hotel guest. Each bedroom is unique and equipped with the latest technology, and the décor is striking and monochrome-themed throughout. Marble bathrooms add to the overall opulence.
Price: from £371 per room, per night (Travelzoo members get exclusive extras)
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Egerton House Hotel

Location: Housed in a red brick townhouse in Knightsbridge, just three minutes’ walk from the V&A
Why we love it: Small details aren’t missed at this 5-AA-red-star property - think hot water bottles in the rooms, iPads to borrow and candles at evening turndown. Guests may choose to dine in-room or in the bar and lounge area. For small parties looking to dine in privacy, why not request exclusive use of the dining room? Red magazine calls this quintessentially English property "charmingly low key", and with 28 bedrooms in total, you’ll feel valued and well looked after. Standout features: The luxurious V&A Suite is the showstopper, and it’s ideal for special occasions. It features a regal red design, a private lounge and a garden terrace cocktail bar. Having said that, all rooms at Egerton House come with a sense of grandeur and individuality, with high-quality furnishings and fresh fruit and flowers.
Price: from £315 per room, per night (Travelzoo members get exclusive extras)
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The Royal Park Hotel

Location: Located on leafy Westbourne Terrace, not far from Hyde Park
Why we love it: If you're looking for an antidote to modern minimalist hotels, look no further than the elegant Royal Park Hotel, which is comprised of three restored Victorian Grade II-listed townhouses. Rooms have handmade canopied wooden beds and guests receive cookies and bottled water with the turndown service. You can look forward to a welcome drink on arrival. Standout features: A classically furnished dining room, original oil paintings, period antiques and a grand Victorian exterior will make you feel like you’ve hopped back in time to 19th-century London. Guests receive real keys rather than swipe cards, so opt for this boutique bolthole if you like a taste of the traditional.
Price: from £142 per room, per night (Travelzoo members get exclusive extras)
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The Cranley Hotel

Location: In the heart of high-end South Kensington
Why we love it: This upmarket hotel with 39 bedrooms is spread across three Regency townhouses. As well as a home-from-home feel, the bedrooms are a fair size with characteristic high ceilings and large sash windows. Guests are guaranteed to feel special, particularly after the welcome drink and the complimentary canapés and champagne served every evening from 7-8pm. The baked treats at turndown are a nice touch too.Standout features: There’s an honesty bar in the lounge and Regency-themed décor throughout. The Science Museum, the Royal Albert Hall and the Natural History Museum are all nearby, and Old Brompton Road is great for dining out, so you won’t mind the absence of an on-site restaurant.
Price: from £151 per room, per night (Travelzoo members get exclusive extras)
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Dukes Hotel

Location: Tucked away on a private courtyard in the exclusive quarter of St James’s
Why we love it: This elegant hideaway was"a favourite of both the Queen Mother and Diana", according to The Daily Telegraph, and is said to be where the “shaken, not stirred” James Bond catchphrase originated. Dukes was named Europe's Leading Boutique Hotel at the European Travel Awards in 2012, and it has won more recent awards such as AA London Hotel of the Year and England’s Leading Classic Hotel at the World Travel Awards in 2015. Standout features: According to The AA, “fittings and furnishings are of the highest order”. The stylish champagne lounge, along with the secluded cognac and cigar garden, are major attractions, but Thirty-Six by Nigel Mendham (the hotel’s 3-AA-Rosette restaurant) is the real pièce de résistance, and serves time-honoured classics.
Price: from £294 per room, per night (Travelzoo members get exclusive extras)
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The Mad Hatter Hotel

Location: Just off Blackfriars Bridge, on London’s South Bank
Why we love it: Once a gentleman’s hat factory, The Mad Hatter is a reminder of London’s industrial and sartorial past. There are 30 bedrooms in total, and you’ll find a traditional bar with lunch options such as pies and ploughman’s, as well as a drinks selection including Fuller's ales and 19 types of malt whiskey. It’s a taste of real London without the hefty price tag and fancy frills. The South Bank is 10 minutes’ walk away, and The City of London and St Paul's Cathedral are just across the Millennium Bridge. Standout features: As well as keeping the hotel’s hat-making heritage at the forefront of the branding, there’s also a restrained "Alice in Wonderland" theme inside, with subtle quirks such as framed prints and pictures of playing cards.
Price: from £98 per room, per night
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Threadneedles, Autograph Collection

Location: Housed in a converted Victorian bank building in the heart of The City
Why we love it: This quirky hotel puts you in the centre of the action, with St Paul's Cathedral, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Tate Modern and the Tower of London all within a 15-minute walk. The on-site restaurant has an extensive drinks menu, including mouth-watering speciality cocktails and premium champagne.Standout features: The lounge has an impressive stained-glass domed ceiling, and the Marco Pierre White’s Wheeler’s Oyster Bar & Grill has chandeliers, and a long wooden bar that once served as the bank’s counter. This 5-star boutique bolthole offers sophisticated and "soothing examples of City-boy chic", according to Time Out.
Price: from £161 per room, per night
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Ten Manchester Street

Where: In affluent Marylebone, Westminster
Why we love it: It’s set in a row of Edwardian houses, tucked away in an upmarket, largely residential corner of the capital. Ten Manchester Street is close to Marylebone High Street and it’s also 10 minutes’ walk from Bond Street and Oxford Circus. Baker Street - where you’ll find Madame Tussauds and The Sherlock Holmes Museum - is five minutes’ stroll away.Standout features: The cigar shop and tasting room, as well as the chic all-weather terrace, are a luxury that most boutique hotels simply don’t have space for. Dieci Restaurant serves authentic Italian cuisine.
Price: From £149 per room, per night
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The Nadler Soho

Where: Carlisle St, in the heart of Soho.
Why we love it: You’ll find minimalist and contemporary décor within, and bedrooms that come with a handy kitchenette, so you can dine in-house and save the cash for souvenir shopping. There's no restaurant on site, but the location is hard to beat for dining-out options.Standout features: Location is everything. With Oxford Street, Tottenham Court Road, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Covent Garden all within 10 minutes' walk, The Nadler Soho is ideal if convenience is your priority.
Price: from £195 per room, per night
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