Despite running a travel website where we usually cover ways to get away from the UK, we do occasionally get around to reviewing hotels on our doorstep. And let’s face it: in London, we are spoiled for choice ….
A couple of months ago we reminded readers of all of the great hotels that were reader-reviewed during the pandemic as part of our ‘My Favourite Hotel’ series. The article was very popular and helped a lot of readers to discover content that they never knew we had.
We’ve decided to run more of these articles occasionally. Today, I want to look back at the 26 London hotel reviews we have done since 2019.
We have not included airport hotels which will be covered in a later article.
West London: Battersea, Mayfair and Westminster
The West End has long been a popular location for hotels; none moreso than Mayfair and Park Lane, where virtually every building is a grand (and often historic) hotel.
- JW Marriott Grosvenor House: one of London’s largest five-star hotels, this is one of the many luxury hotels to grace Park Lane – the historic centre of luxury in London (and now with The Peninsula just across Hyde Park Corner)
- citizenM Victoria: the newest of citizenM’s capsule-style hotels in London, close to Buckingham Palace and Westminster, with high-tech rooms
- The Westminster London, part of Hilton’s Curio Collection: a full refurbishment of a former DoubleTree, The Westminster features cleverly designed rooms and an STK steakhouse restaurant
And, south of the river:
- art’otel Battersea Power Station: directly opposite the restored Battersea Power Station, this hotel looks like it could have been styled by Mondrian, with boldly-coloured rooms and a rooftop pool
The Square Mile
The ancient Roman centre of London now forms a major business district, with steel and glass skyscrapers contrasting mediaeval churches and imposing neoclassical buildings.
Whilst few people live here – although it is becoming more popular, with many bars and restaurants now open at weekends – the area has seen a number of new hotels open as developers realise how well connected the area is.
- Lost Property St Pauls, part of Hilton’s Curio Collection: the latest in a series of new hotels in the City, Lost Property sports an unusual name and stylish rooms
- Andaz London Liverpool Street: this was Hyatt’s first Andaz hotel when it opened in the original railway hotel building at Liverpool Street Station. Historic features and an exceptional breakfast set it apart.
- Westin London City: Marriott’s wellness brand comes to London with a riverside hotel featuring an extensive spa and pool in the heart of the City
- citizenM Tower of London: citizenM’s flagship hotel in London, this capsule-style property offers small, high-tech rooms and a rooftop bar with views of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge
- DoubleTree Tower of London: this is a discreet property tucked in between Fenchurch Street Station and the Tower of London. The SkyLounge rooftop bar has views across the city.
Central London: Soho, Trafalgar Square and the South Bank
In Bloomsbury, the fashionable residential area around the British Museum:
- Kimpton Fitzroy: this stunning Victorian hotel is a landmark in itself. It’s as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside, with grand marble entrances and a stunning palm court – although beware the small standard rooms
Just north of Oxford Street at the Soho end, one of London’s busiest neighbourhoods for restaurants, bars and shops:
- The London EDITION: hotelier Ian Shrager’s outpost in London, the brand’s luxurious minimalist rooms with wood panelling contrast the magnificent 19th century features in the lobby and restaurant
- Hotel Cafe Royal: this luxury hotel is right on Regents Street and Piccadilly Circus, with a storied history and underground spa
On the South Bank and Bankside you have:
- Marriott County Hall: you can see many of London’s top attractions from its prime location on the South Bank of the Thames opposite the London Eye.
- Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo: Hilton’s no-frills brand, this hotel is good value and well located, just south of Waterloo Station and the Old Vic Theatre, with independent restaurants and bars a two minute walk away on The Cut
- Sea Containers: this luxury nautical themed hotel takes is inspired by the building’s previous incarnation as the offices for the container transport company. The hotel features Tom Dixon-designed rooms and excellent views across the Thames to St Pauls.
- Hilton Bankside: the faux-industrial style of this hotel is a far cry from your average Hilton; the location, just round the corner from the Tate Modern, is discreet yet central.
- Bankside Hotel, Autograph Collection: a new-build Marriott hotel at the base of the One Blackfriars skyscraper near Tate Modern
In Whitehall, between Trafalgar Square and the Thames:
- Great Scotland Yard, part of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection: this hotel leans into its history as the Victorian headquarters for the Metropolitan Police, with Sherlock-Holmes themed decor
East London: Canary Wharf, Shoreditch, Whitechapel, Stratford
East London contains a growing number of hotels and is becoming a popular spot thanks to its easy connections to the West End via the Elizabeth Line and trendy bars, restaurants and markets.
We have seen a number of new hotel openings over the past few years with no end in sight.
Closest to Bank and the City of London you have:
- Canopy London City: this is Hilton’s first Canopy hotel in the UK and offers a trendy, boutique-style four-star hotel
- Hampton by Hilton London City East: located on the southern stretch of Brick Lane, this is a brand-new Hampton
- Hyatt Place London City East: Hyatt’s answer to a Hampton Hotel, this Hyatt Place is close to Whitechapel and Brick Lane and offers budget accommodation that isn’t boring
In Shoreditch, we’ve reviewed:
- Hart Shoreditch, part of Hilton’s Curio Collection: with industrial decor inspired by the building’s history
- citizenM Shoreditch: one of four citizenM hotels in the city with high-tech capsule-style hotel rooms
- One Hundred Shoreditch: the new occupant of the old Ace Hotels site
And slightly further we’ve visited:
- Marriott Canary Wharf: refurbished just before the pandemic and handy both for amenties of the Wharf and Central London via the Jubilee Line
- Hyatt Regency Stratford: this conversion of an IHG hotel is right in the middle of Stratford’s Westfield shopping centre and within walking distance of the London Stadium
- The Gantry, part of Hilton’s Curio Collection: just opposite Stratford International Station, this property sports an industrial aesthetic and large rooms
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