The Resident, Covent Garden
The Resident Hotel (Photo: Neil Hewison)
Located just off the Strand, The Resident is a contemporary bolthole with a low-key neighbourhood feel.
Voted the the capital’s number one hotel on TripAdvisor this year, The Resident is keen to provide guests with local knowledge, its savvy staff sharing their expertise on where to eat, shop and sightsee. Guests are also encouraged to mingle during the daily happy hour in the reception area, where they’ll find complimentary fizz and nibbles to fuel the conversation.
Rooms feature muted tones, bespoke furnishing, and luxurious fabrics, alongside a spacious ensuite bathroom and mini kitchen. If you’re planning a lazy night in, staff can also assist with a pre-ordered selection of groceries that can be placed in the larder fridge prior to arrival. Doubles from £200 per night
New Road Hotel, Whitechapel
One of New Road hotel’s industrial-style bedrooms
Housed inside a former textile factory, the New Road hotel is an affordable and cheerful place to stay in trendy Whitechapel. Many industrial features have been retained, including exposed brickwork, steel beams and an original clocking-in machine.
Floor-to-ceiling windows provide plenty of light in the laid-back, open-plan lobby, where you can sip cocktails, host meetings, or grab dinner at Mr White’s Chophouse by Marco Pierre White.
Outside the smartly styled rooms, there are plenty of facilities to keep youthful guests entertained, including a mini gym, games room, cereal bar and yoga sessions on the roof. Doubles from £86 per night
The Z Hotel, Strand
Originally an office block, this repurposed hotel has practicality at the core with sleek, compact rooms, stripped-back service and functional décor. Windowless rooms can feel a little cramped, but the smart tech, decent power shower and huge HD TV go some way to mitigate this.
Crispy pizza and hot toasties are available in the smartly tiled café bar along with complimentary cheese and wine between 5-8pm.
Location wise, it’s ideally positioned on the Stand, on the fringes of Covent Garden and Theatreland and within walking distance of many major attractions such as the National Gallery, as well as Soho and Chinatown.
The breakfast is also a big draw for budget-conscious travellers. Continental items are available, or a bacon roll and a coffee for just a few pounds – miraculous in central London. Doubles from £80 per night
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Lime Tree Hotel, Belgravia
An independent boutique guesthouse in stylish Belgravia – a short walk from Victoria station and the King’s Road – the Lime Tree holds 26 rooms of varying sizes and styles inside a carefully refurbished townhouse, with an exuberantly decorated floral façade. The Buttery all-day cafe serves a popular Sunday brunch that includes runny eggs benedict and Nutella French toast alongside freshly brewed coffee.
The Lime Tree Hotel is a stylish inexpensive central London base
Rooms are elegant, with a rustic aesthetic that also speaks to the building’s Georgian heritage, with patterned wallpaper, pastel hues and an abundance of fabrics. The main sell is the “secret” walled garden where you can enjoy a tranquil afternoon tea or alfresco cocktails in the hazy London sunshine. Doubles from £150 per night
Ibis Styles, Southwark
Located next door to the capital’s ever-popular Borough market, the Ibis Styles is a well-situated budget stay with easy access to Westminster, London Bridge and the Shard. Inside, the décor could reasonably be described as a hipster’s fever dream crossed with a yard sale. A mini grand piano occupies the same space as a post-box and multiple film props adorn the bar and lobby area.
There are 154 spacious and creatively decorated bedrooms that feature cinematic design touches, squishy beds and en-suite walk-in power showers. The unlimited breakfast is a big hit and has an impressive selection of continental items from cereal and fruits to meats, cheeses and eggs. Doubles from £138 per night
Georgian House Hotel, Pimlico
This is a Grade II-listed townhouse in Pimlico that’s been in the owner’s family for generations. Victorian heritage meets wizardry wonder in its latest incarnation, with Harry Potter-inspired chambers, immersive potion classes and enchanted afternoon teas for the whole family. Alongside whimsical sorcery tributes, original features can be found in this historic property including ornate fireplaces and tiled floors.
Breakfast dishes are packed with local produce and are served in the uniquely styled Pimlico Pantry, which features a large vintage map of London, and retro furnishings. Doubles from £185 per night
Striving to set the benchmark for environmental responsibility in hospitality, room2 is an affordable bolthole in leafy west London. Combining technical innovation, solar power and zero-waste policies, it has positioned itself as the world’s first net-zero “hometel” – it says it is 89 per cent more efficient than an average hotel.
Room2 has a sustainably-focused restaurant
Besides its green credentials, the hotel is a hub of design and creativity with bespoke furnishings and handcrafted pieces from emerging artists. Swish amenities include a gym packed with Peloton bikes, a co-working space and a sustainable restaurant.
Rooms come in four sizes – Snug, Studio, Lounge and Suite and come with kitchenettes and furnishings crafted by local artisans. Doubles from £129 per night