BOUTIQUE HOTELS IN LONDON

With its landmark world-famous attractions, green spaces and excellent shops and restaurants, London is a unique capital city with a lot to offer every age group and many luxury boutique hotels to choose from. Each area is distinct and has a very different vibe so it can be tricky working out where to stay in London – which is where Lulu’s fabulous personal selection of small boutique hotels, in the locations you really want to be, comes in. Whichever of the Chic Retreats in London you choose, you’ll be in for a brilliantly memorable stay. For a conveniently located little gem in the heart of Fulham, south west London, there is no better boutique bolthole than the new Barclay House, your home from home during your stay and one of the best value designer boutique hotels in the capital.  The only place to stay in Notting Hill is the iconic boutique hotel The Portobello Hotel a firm favourite amongst the art crowd and walking distance from the wonderful shops on Westbourne Grove and the famous Portobello Market which takes place at the weekend.

Soho

If you want to be central, our boutique hotels in Soho are best: try Dean Street Townhouse, a four-storey historic Georgian townhouse with a cool bar and all-day dining room and a few minutes’ walk from Hamleys, the wonderful shops on Regent street, London’s theatre land, Covent Garden and China Town. Soho is packed with bars and restaurants all within walking distance, including the fabulous The Wolseley, just past Fortnum and Mason, and Indian restaurant the Red Fort which is virtually next door to Dean Street Townhouse.

West London

In the west, our selection of boutique hotels in Kensington includes The Gore, a quintessentially British hotel with restaurant and one of the most romantic luxury hotels in London, located in south Kensington and a stone’s throw from Hyde Park, home to both the Serpentine boating lake and Serpentine Gallery, and the Royal Albert Hall. Children will love the Natural History Museumand Science Museum, just a short walk away. Meanwhile, if you’d prefer to stay in a boutique hotel in the North of the London, our recommendations range from Europa House Apartments (perfect for families with children) in Little Venice to Gordon Ramsay’s York and Albany, a fabulous bar and restaurant with boutique hotel rooms in Camden, just a few minutes’ walk fromRegents Park and London Zoo.

East London

If staying east at the sassy and newly renovated boutique hotel Shoreditch Rooms, why not stop for a bite at the Albion cafe, an all-day eatery which serves up anything from a full English breakfast to fish pie (they have a bakery and food store on site too) or fashion crowd favourite Bistrotheque. Or, if you want killer views of the skyline, you can’t beat Duck & Waffle or Sushi Samba, both restaurants at the top of the Heron Tower. Next, take the tube a couple of stops from Liverpool Street Station to the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford (there is another in Shepherd’s Bush too). As well as all the high street shops, you’ll find an impressive contingent of designer labels.

What to do in London

Whichever Chic Retreat you choose to stay in, you can’t go wrong with taking a river boat down the Thames and ticking some of the major sights off your list in one go: Big Ben and Westminster, the London Eye, the Shard and the Tower of London. The changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral are also must-see landmarks. Stretch your legs with a stroll around Regents Park and have a browse in the boutiques on Primrose Hill (from here, you can grab a coffee or a bite to eat at one of the restaurants on Regents Park Road; family-run Lemonia, a Greek restaurant is particularly good). Slightly further out of town, Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common are also green spaces worth exploring.
No trip to London is complete without experiencing at least one of its weekly markets. Foodies will love Borough Market, near London Bridge which is held every Saturday. It gets busiest at lunchtime when there are snaking queues for stalls selling delicious freshly cooked dishes such as venison burgers, paella and chorizo rolls. It’s a great place to pick up everything from cheese to brownies and vegetables. In the East, there’s Columbia Road’s bustling Sunday morning flower market (bunches of blooms start being discounted at around 1pm) where stalls line the street and there are quirky independent boutiques, from paper-cut artist Rob Ryan’s Ryantown to the Nelly Duff art gallery specialising in graphic and street art, to look in. If you want antiques, you should head to Portobello Road on Saturdays; for cutting edge cool fashion designers Spitalfields Market, just round the corner from Brick Lane is best.

London is packed with cultural offerings and there are always new exhibitions to see. Somerset House, the National Portrait Gallery and the V&A Museum all have an eclectic, changing programme and the annual Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy is usually excellent. The big date on the art calendar though is the Frieze art fair in October when artists, galleries and dealers het in from around the world. Music venues range from small, intimate jazz clubs (the most famous of which is Ronnie Scott’s) to superstar gigs at the O2 arena in Greenwich and festivals such as the popular Proms in the Park, held every summer in Hyde Park.

When it comes to watching films, avoid the big cinema chains and book tickets at the Electric in Notting Hill (the nearest of our boutique hotels is Montagu Place), the Olympic Studios in Barnes (a former recording studio turned cinema, cafe and dining room) which has reclining seats and an old-fashioned sweet shop, or the Aubin Cinema, in the basement of the Aubin & Wills clothes shop on fashionable Redchurch street in Shoreditch. It’s also worth noting that the BFI London Film festival takes place every October when you can buy tickets to talks and see special screenings of films months before they are officially released.

Sports fans won’t be disappointed either. Lord’s Cricket Ground in St John’s Wood hosts the international Ashes; rugby followers congregate at Twickenham Stadium; Wimbledon tennis ground sees tennis stars battle it out to win the annual championships and the capital is full of football clubs that inspire fierce loyalty in their fans, from Chelsea F.C in the West to Arsenal in the North. You can go bowling at All Star Lanes (there are outposts in Brick Lane, Holborn and Bayswater) and watch the skilful skateboarders jumping the ramps on the South Bank with the backdrop of the river Thames and the bridges of London behind them.

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San Domenico House

SAN DOMENICO HOUSE

united kingdom

San Domenico House is well-placed in the stylish borough of Chelsea. With just 15 individually-styled rooms & suites decorated in rich fabrics & antique furniture, this little gem is just perfect for a break in London.

The Gore Hotel

THE GORE HOTEL

south kensington, united kingdom

The Gore Hotel is one of the most romantic boutique hotels in London, just a hop and skip from the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, it also boasts one of the best locations, opposite the Queen's Gate of Hyde Park.

The Levin Hotel

THE LEVIN HOTEL

london, united kingdom

The discreet entrance of The Levin hides a grand scale luxury hotel within the size of a boutique hotel. Situated in the heart of Knightsbridge, a hop and a skip from Harrods, this 12 room luxury boutique hotel defines luxury on a smaller scale.

The Rockwell

THE ROCKWELL

london, united kingdom

The Rockwell Hotel in Kensington is a London boutique hotel set in 2 restored Victorian terraces, popular with those who want a luxury stay for a reasonable price. An added bonus to this stylish retreat is the location and gourmet menu.

York and Albany

YORK AND ALBANY

london, united kingdom

Gordon Ramsay's first venture into the boutique hotel arena has been a resounding success.  Situated near Regent's Park York & Albany has 10 enchanting rooms and dining room with bar serving a fragrant Mediterranean menu.

The Portobello Hotel

THE PORTOBELLO HOTEL

london, united kingdom

The Portobello Hotel, one of the most romantic boutique hotels in London, is a Notting Hill institution popular with the music, entertainment and fashion crowd. A real haven, this luxury hotel is right in the heart of West London, walking distance from some great shops, restaurants & bars.

Barclay House London

BARCLAY HOUSE LONDON

london, united kingdom

Barclay House London is one of London's best kept secrets. Hidden away on a tree-lined street in Fulham near the River Thames this super-chic designer B&B offers 5 star design and luxury just moments from Fulham Broadway with its fashionable cafes, shops and restaurants. Minimum stay of 4 nights preferred.

Brompton

BROMPTON

united kingdom

Brompton is a light and airy luxury apartment with 2 bedrooms, located close to Earls Court in Chelsea, London. The perfect alternative to a boutique hotel, this chic retreat enjoys its own garden and is just a few minutes walk from the tube.

Cranley Hotel

CRANLEY HOTEL

london, united kingdom

Cranley Hotel is a small luxury hotel in fashionable South Kensington, London. The stylish rooms have a chic English style befitting the renovated 19th-century townhouses - in a prime location for the city's best sights, museums & shopping.

Dean Street Townhouse

DEAN STREET TOWNHOUSE

london, united kingdom

Dean Street Townhouse is a stunning boutique hotel in the heart of Soho, London. Former home of the Gargoyle club, this 4-storey Georgian townhouse has been newly opened as a Chic Retreat with a great British restaurant.

Europa House Apartments

EUROPA HOUSE APARTMENTS

london, united kingdom

Europe House Apartments 'are the top serviced apartments in London for families' - Frommer's London with Kids. Situated in the heart of Little Venice and with no minimum stay attached these luxury apartments are the ideal alternative to a boutique hotel.

High Road House

HIGH ROAD HOUSE

london, united kingdom

High Road House is a small boutique hotel in Chiswick, West London and has recently undergone extensive refurbishment making it the boutique hotel to stay in in London. Relax in Ilse Crawford's fresh interiors with their mix of retro and hi-tech finishings and enjoy use of the members' bar, lounge, restaurant and terrace brasserie.

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