Top 12 cool and unusual hotels in London

A grand metropolis and one of the world’s greatest cities, London is an eclectic mix of many different cultures and powerful music, art and design scenes. Sometimes gritty, but with many pockets of true originality, quirkiness and English eccentricity – the city doesn’t tend to disappoint its many visitors. As well as being huge London fans we’re also very proud to call the city home, so after many hours exploring the UK capital we have selected our collective favourite unique and trendy London hotels – in no particular order – that reflect the city’s taste for the original, the extraordinary and the impeccably designed…

Qbic Hotel London City – cool cuboids rule

Hot on the heels of the popular Amsterdam original is Qbic London – a unique hotel concept which turns a budget stay into a fun and funky London hotel experience. Here you get to sleep in a ‘Cubi’ – a cool cuboid with comes with a comfortable bed and a 32-inch flat screen TV. Rooms also feature a modern shower room, black-out curtains and handy sound-proofing to ensure an undisturbed night’s sleep. Located in the trendy Shoreditch area of London you’ll also be only a stone’s throw from a limitless supply of hip bars, interesting art galleries and chic vintage boutiques.

CitizenM Hotel – fun, funky and full of colour

This hugely popular Dutch hotel group brings its own brand of affordable luxury to London. Funky, edgy with a liberal use of colour in the decor – CitizenM is about as far from a boring chain hotel as you can get. Located in Southwark, all of the slightly futuristic rooms in this trendy London hotel feature free movies, Wi-Fi, a rain shower, huge windows, a comfy king-sized bed and a fun MoodPad gadget – a touch-screen device which allows guests to control the room’s impressive array of electronics. You honestly won’t want to leave, trust us!

  • Prices from £99 a night
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The Hoxton Hotel – urban country lodge

Hoxton Hotel - cool and unusual hotels in London

The Hoxton Hotel epitomises the trendy urban cool of Hoxton itself but with surprisingly competitive prices. Innovatively designed featuring open fireplaces, classic leather furniture, exposed brickwork and the occasional faux moose head, the style at this quirky London hotel is often likened to a modern urban country lodge, we seriously loved this place. The guest rooms – although compact – are equally as stylish and come complete with Frette linen, flatscreen TVs, rain power showers and some cool artistic details. Other extras include a free Pret a Manger Breakfast (delivered to your door), fresh milk and water in the fridge and complimentary Wi-fi. Also watch out for their extremely popular £1 a room sale.

  • Prices from £59 a night – to get the best prices book at least 8 weeks in advance.
  • To book, check prices or availability for The Hoxton Hotel

Church Street Hotel – a slice of Havana heaven

Unusual hotels London

The Church Street Hotel, located in a Zone 2 South London neighbourhood, prides itself on its welcoming atmosphere, colourful Cuban/Mexican inspired room designs, attention to detail and great value room rates. The new owners transformed a run down bed and breakfast into unique London boutique hotel adorned with striking Mexican tiles, painted furniture and Spanish-American religious art and the result is something really quite special. Cute personal touches include a cigar box containing Green and Black’s chocolate chocolate, a complimentary jar of hot sauce and lovingly made organic breakfasts. A slice of Havana heaven in Camberwell!

The Andaz – sleek modern meets ornate historical

Housed in a beautiful historical red brick Victorian building in Liverpool Street (which shared the same architect as the Houses of Parliament), the Andaz is a sleek, modern and fashionable hotel in London where impeccable modern design and personal customer service is at the forefront of their ethos. As you enter, staff welcome you at the door and check you in with an iPad while they offer you everything your travelled stomach desires – no wonder it’s so popular with celebrity guests (apparently Beyonce and Lil Kim are huge fans)! All the rooms at this hip London hotel are spacious and stylishly decked out with minimalist bold colours, flat screen TVs, iPod docks and a deep eco-friendly bath. Wi-fi, local phone calls, a healthy organic mini bar and 24 hour access to the Andaz Health Club are all complimentary, giving it genuine celebrity haunt feel!

  • Prices from £101 a night
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The Pavilion Rock & Roll Hotel – flamboyant kitsch

Quirky hotel in London

The Pavilion Fashion Rock’n’Roll Hotel is a small, fun and quirky London hotel with a delightfully bold design. The brother and sister owners are extremely well connected with the fashion community and their offbeat, photogenic hotel is in huge demand as a set for fashion, media and musical shoots. Each room in the centrally located hotel is individually themed and bursting with flamboyant kitsch and retro antiques. Choose from the seventies style “Honky Tonk Afro Room” to the Hollywood star inspired “Monochrome Marilyn.” Other rooms include “Metallica” “Enter the Dragon” and “Better Red Than Dead” – a place that has to be seen to be believed!

Ace Hotel – cool basement style

Perfectly positioned in the capital’s most creative area is London’s hippest new hotel, the Ace. The ultra trendy chain originated in New York but it’s also an excellent match for the Shoreditch hipsters. The design at this trendy London hotel is minimalist but playful with an obvious variety of influences ranging from the British punk to the clean Modernism of the Bauhaus. Rooms feature vintage furniture, original artwork, a flat screen TV (with Ace video on demand) and Revo radios complete with Ace curated radio stations – now that’s attention to detail! As well as a well stocked mini bar and complimentary Wi-Fi, some rooms even have turntables and a selection of vinyl and acoustic guitars, perfect for all you budding musicians out there…

Rough Luxe – designer shabby chic

Rough Luxe is definitely not your average London boutique hotel. The design of this unique London hotel is the brainchild of architect and interior designer Rabih Hage and the result is an eclectic combination of urban shabby chic and classic English luxury. Peeling walls, bare floorboards and unfinished surfaces are contrasted with top quality furniture and an impressive collection of modern art. There’s only nine rooms at Rough Luxe but each come with their own expensive bed linen, designer comforts and an unconventional design. Staying here is an experience in itself!

  • Double Rooms are prices from £120 per night
  • To book, check prices or availability for Rough Luxe

Ampersand Hotel – playful and chic

This new modern boutique London hotel housed in a historic building enjoys a prestigious location in South Kensington. It’s fabulously quirky chic decor and uniquely themed rooms have all been charmingly inspired by local landmarks (birds for the Natural History Museum; planets for the Science Museum, for example). The Ampersand is a luxurious independent hotel with a difference and its colourfully eclectic, French-style drawing room is truly stunning. Also expect to see a vintage-inspired Mediterranean restaurant/cocktail bar, a wine room, a 24-hour gym, and a meeting room equipped with a handy table-tennis table. A truly delightful place all round!

Megaro Hotel – family friendly boutique

Megaro Hotel London

This centrally located, reasonably priced London boutique hotel enjoys a handy base opposite the transport hub, King’s Cross St. Pancras train. On the outside of the Megaro Hotel you’ll be greeted with a colourful mural emblazoned across its Victorian exterior and on the inside expect a visual feast of contemporary boutique interiors such as spacious family-friendly rooms and apartments decked out in a funky, modern style. Rooms also feature rainforest showers, free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, and the apartments have additional kitchens. The onsite chic restaurant and cool vintage-style bar (which specialises in fabulous cocktails) is another great reason to stay. 

  • Prices from £90 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for The Megaro Hotel

Twenty Nevern Square Hotel – exotic boutique

This immaculate boutique hotel flanks the tranquil gardens of Nevern Square in the fashionable Kensington/Earls Court area. With hints of Far Eastern exoticism and a modern-colonial style, the well-travelled owner of Twenty Nevern Square Hotel has ensured the design and furnishings of this beautifully restored Victorian town house are about as far away as you can get from a sterile chain hotel. Expect sleek marble bathrooms, elaborately carved four-posters, rich red drapes and dark wicker furniture (as well as all the usual mod cons). Patios and a bright airy conservatory also make the most of the peaceful, green surroundings.

The Bailey’s Hotel – English elegance

Housed in a beautifully ornate 1876 Victorian townhouse, this immaculately presented hotel successfully conjures up an atmosphere of a quintessentially English, old-world charm. With a sweeping staircase, intricate stonework and stained glass windows, The Bailey’s Hotel prides itself on its chic but characterful design. Its location is suitably plush too and boasts a fashionable South Kensington address as well as easy access to Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall, and Kensington Palace. The onsite restaurant serves up fine Italian cuisine and the trendy bar offers both cocktails and afternoon teas. Think a place like this won’t be family friendly? Think again! Kids receive free teddy bears and ice cream on arrival – a very cute touch.

The Hoxton Holborn Hotel – cool urban oasis

Hot on the heels of the popular Shoreditch original is the Hoxton Holborn – a hotel which still offers the signature trendy industrial chic design but with a more central location. Space is always limited in the city centre, but the hotel makes very clever use of it and the rooms offer an ingenious design and thoughtful touches. Think flip-lid desks, mini-fridges, 42” Samsung TVs, free international calls and their much loved ‘Breakfast Bag’ (consisting of fruit, yoghurt and juice) delivered to your door every morning. Also on site is a restaurant serving up Brooklyn-style food in an industrial-style conservatory, a bar serving all day espressos (and cocktails by night) and even a cheeky nail salon offering manicures and pedicures – all very London cool.

  • Prices from £100 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for the Hoxton Holborn

Stylotel – funky, futuristic budget

A zillion light years away from a traditional London budget hotel, the Stylotel offers lower priced accommodation but with a modern, futuristic design. Occupying a classic Victorian townhouse in leafy Paddington, all the rooms and suites feature wow-inducing aluminium wall coverings, ceiling to floor mirrors and illuminated glass furniture. All have en suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and suites include kitchenettes which make them perfect for a longer stay. There’s even a quirky mood-lit communal area which resembles an airport lounge which makes a great place to while a way an hour or two.

  • Prices from £80 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Stylotel

Myhotel Bloomsbury – all very zen

This hip boutique hotel also enjoys a very desirable central location only a stone’s throw from Tottenham Court Road tube station. Inside the decor is very zen, with eclectic, feng shui-designed rooms which feature a mix of vintage and contemporary furnishings (as well as all the usual mod cons, including free WiFi). Apartment style accommodation is also available at the Myhotel Bloombury and other stand out amenities include a contemporary restaurant/bar, a spa treatment room and even its very own bakery – cute!

The Zetter – romantic retro-modern

Located in the heart of London’s trendy creative neighbourhood Clerkenwell, this contemporary boutique hotel caters to a design-loving crowd. Once a Victorian warehouse, now The Zetter houses 59 guest rooms individually designed in a romantic but bold retro-modern style. Other unique details include a vending machine on every floor (which ejects everything from champagne to disposable cameras) and complimentary spring water taken from the hotel’s very own 1,500ft bore hole – yes really! The Zetter has also been commended on its eco-friendly ethos and dedication to providing state of the art technology in every room.

  • Prices from £108 per night
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K West Hotel and Spa – fashionable urban retreat

This cool celebrity haunt of a hotel is located in up and coming Shepherd’s Bush, not too far from the popular Westfield London shopping centre. The former BBC office turned luxurious 4-star hotel has a huge striking glass fronted exterior which you won’t be able to miss. Thanks to its close proximity to nearby music, film and TV studios, many an A-list celebrity has also passed through its doors and partied in the K West Hotel lounge bar (which has quickly become famous for crowd-drawing DJ nights). Inside expect chic contemporary interiors, spacious rooms with lots of mod cons, an onsite gym and a highly regarded restaurant. Although it’s arguably the spa which makes this hotel really stand out – as well as all the usual facilities, it features a hydrotherapy pool and London’s first ‘Snow Paradise‘ (a cabin reminiscent of a snow drift which is chilled to an immune boosting -15*C which was freezing trust us)! 

The Hide Hotel – budget chic

This budget London hotel has set itself apart from other lower priced hotels in London as it actually makes an effort with the decor! Located in leafy Hendon (a North London suburb seven miles from Charing Cross), The Hide Hotel is a new and already very popular boutique hotel but without the high price tag. The modern, good sized rooms offer free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, mini fridges (with free soft drinks) and upgraded rooms also feature iPod docks. Also unusually for London, the continental breakfast is included in the room rate and there’s even free parking where available, wow! 

  • Prices from £70 a night
  • To book, check prices or availability for The Hide Hotel.

The Generator – trendy hostel

Aimed at the young and young at heart, this trendy, modern hostel style accommodation is probably one of the best bargains in town. With a central location just 10-minute walk from London King’s Cross train station, The Generator offers stylishly colourful rooms and hip decor like reclaimed furniture and exposed brick and pipework. Shared dorm-style rooms with shared bathrooms are available for those on the tightest budgets and en suite private rooms are perfect for travellers itching for a little more privacy. Also expect free WiFi throughout and an onsite hip bar/restaurant, a cool cafe and even its very own cinema.

  • Prices from £30 a night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for The Generator

The Chase Lodge Hotel – quirky historical themed

Chase Lodge Hotel London

Priding itself on being a small interesting independent hotel, The Chase Lodge has made its home in a 200 year old former magistrate’s house in leafy South West London, not too far from Hampton Court and Richmond Park. Its nine characterful, intimate rooms take inspiration from its historically rich surroundings and some have even more than a whiff of the medieval. All the rooms come complete with flat screen TVs and free WiFi and upgraded rooms feature very romantic whirlpool tubs. Pets and children are also welcome.

More cool, unique and quirky hotels in London

London on the cheap

  • Hotel 41 – One of the most extraordinary and beautifully designed hotels in London from £150pn
  • Number Sixteen Hotel – Gorgeous eclectic boutique hotel in a South Kensington from £110pn
  • The Adria Boutique Hotel – Superb modern boutique hotel located in lovely South Kensington from £170pn
  • Rookery Hotel – Reasonably priced romantic period charm in trendy Clerkenwell from £105pn
  • Fox Club – Trendy boutique hotel in prestigious Mayfair location from £130pn
  • Regents Park Residence – Stylish family friendly apartments in central location from £87pn
  • Hazlitt’s – Beautiful boutique hotel in Soho with a plethora of romantic period features from £130pn
  • The Langham Hotel – One of the oldest grandest hotels in London, has the wow factor from £150pn
  • The Sumner Hotel – This immaculate central boutique hotel was voted the best small hotel in London from £120pn
  • High Road House Scandinavian inspired modern boutique hotel from £110pn
  • The Drayton Court Hotel – Trendy boutique hotel housed in a dramatic gothic building from £79pn
  • Hotel Xanadu – Contemporary boutique hotel in leafy Ealing from £89pn
  • Rest Up London – A funky hostel in central London from £16pn
  • Safestay – Funky, stylish new hostel housed in an 18th century building from £18pn

If you liked our Cool and Unusual Hotels in London we also have the Best Budget Hotels in London, Cool Hotels in Amsterdam and Unusual Hotels in Paris

With roots in Bavaria, a home in England and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 35 countries on trips and living in both Dublin and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations away from the crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not travelling, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, wandering the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting around for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world - Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.


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