The best hotels in London

Get the Full StoryLondon is one of the most visited cities in the world, teeming with history, culture, iconic architecture, and excellent restaurants and bars.

Hotels sprawled across the city range from buzzy new micro-hotels to stately and iconic properties that feel quintessentially British.

We chose top hotels based on several factors including our own travel experiences, a range of price points from 95 to 470 per night, and research using reviews and rankings from past guests on sites such as Trip Advisor and Booking.com.

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One of the most visited cities in the world, there's something to suit everyone's tastes in London, from history and culture to good old lively pubs. And despite the grand and elegant air, the city still has an edge that feels fresh and exciting. The old standbys like Big Ben and the British Museum sit among trendy galleries, innovative cuisine, and multicultural offerings that increasingly pop up across the city.

That mix of old and new is also found within London's vibrant hotel scene. Storied, stately stays tap into history dating back centuries alongside contemporary darlings with manicured interiors that were seemingly designed just for the 'Gram.

I first fell in love with London when I studied abroad in college and was lucky enough to regularly return when I worked for a British-based company for several years. Over that time, I stayed in many of London's poshest and most interesting hotels and enjoyed dinner or a rousing nightcap in many more properties.

With many choices to consider, I carefully selected the best hotels in London based on my own experiences, along with past traveler reviews and rankings on sites like Trip Advisor and Booking.com

Additionally, I looked for standouts in terms of design and amenities, from curated vintage decor to infinity pools with sweeping city views. All have ratings of 8.5 and above on Booking.com, and 4 out of 5-stars on Trip Advisor. Properties range from buzzy new micro-hotels to elegant hotels with luxurious tea rooms for a quintessentially British feel. They range in starting price from the budget-friendly 95 per night, to more regal stays coming in under 500 in the low season. Starting prices are based on time of publishing, and subject to change.

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Read on for the best hotels in London, sorted by price from low to high.DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London Tower of London

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Book DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London Tower of London starting at 95 per night

Just a five-minute walk from its namesake Tower of London, this well-known chain hotel delivers a solid experience that is also well-positioned to easily explore the city.

Rooms are available for under 100 during slower months, but the cheap price doesn't sacrifice style or comfort. The hotel is modern and fresh with a glass-roof atrium lobby and a rooftop bar with excellent skyline views.

The standard rooms are clean, but in line with most traditional chains, lack any real character. They have a typical business hotel feel with crisp white linens, a work desk, a small sitting chair, a TV, and not much else. But for those who don't plan to spend much time in their rooms, and are driven by budget, the standard amenities are more than satisfactory, and floor-to-ceiling windows allow for good natural light.

There is no spa, but there is a small fitness and business center. In addition to the rooftop bar and small lobby bar, there is a cafe where guests can eat breakfast for an extra cost. Hilton members with access to the Executive Lounge, and those staying in Executive suites, can enjoy complimentary breakfast and evening drinks in the lounge.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 382 of 1,140 hotels in London

Booking.com Rating: 8.6 out of 10

Pros: Well-located standard rooms from a trusted chain at an excellent price for travelers on a budget. The rooftop bar with views of Tower Bridge is a great place to end the day.

Cons: Standard rooms lack character and bathrooms are very small with just standing showers and no tubs.

New Road Hotel

New Road Hotel

Book New Road Hotel starting at 96 per night

What was once an old textile factory in East London's Whitechapel area has been converted into a stylish 79-room boutique hotel. The design was inspired by the energy of New York City, which is evident in the hotel's hip spaces. A chic cocktail bar feels like it was lifted out of New York's Meatpacking District, and the trendy breakfast cafe features rich blue velvet and leather decor and serves cereal cocktails.

The rooms are tiny. Entry-level and well-named Pocket rooms are just 130 square feet and even upgraded Warehouse rooms are only 150 square feet. However, the rooms are cleverly designed to maximize the space by omitting a phone there's a WhatsApp number you can call for reception instead and desks utilize hanging space instead of closets. Exposed brick walls, original factory details, and bold orange and blue pillows and headboard padding add charm. For additional space, the larger top floor Loft rooms all have private terraces with views of the city, and some come with a spa bathroom or outdoor hot tub, though they cost roughly 130 more.

An on-site English Chophouse by celebrity chef Marco Pierre White will satiate carnivorous eaters. There's also an emphasis on engaging with other guests; the hotel features a game room, a rooftop fitness and yoga space, a library workspace, and a communal ironing station which is another smart way they save on space in rooms .

The eclectic neighborhood is a hot spot for Asian restaurants, discount fashion boutiques, galleries, and even guided tours of Jack the Ripper's infamous murders.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 158 of 1,140 hotels in London

Booking.com Rating: 8.6 out of 10

Pros: A trendy micro-hotel in an old converted textile factory with original warehouse details and an emphasis on community spaces.

Cons: While the neighborhood has plenty of bars and restaurants, it's about 35 minutes by tube to many of the top tourist attractions like the British Museum or Buckingham Palace.

The Hoxton Southwark

The Hoxton Southwark

Book Hoxton Southwark starting at 187 per night

Recently opened in 2019, this buzzy newcomer has many of the same elements as other hip Hoxton properties, such as an emphasis on open-plan communal spaces and an elevated but laid-back vibe. There are other Hoxton hotels in London, but this one is conveniently located right by the Thames and near some of South Bank's top galleries and markets.

The rooms come in five sizes: Shoebox, Snug, Cosy, Roomy, and Biggy. As you might guess from the names, they run small, but details like curated bookshelves, free breakfast bags, brick walls, and handmade glassware still make for a comfortable stay.

The lobby features a leather-clad bar and cozy armchairs surrounded by oversized plants. A casual dining spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner is found at Albie, the Italian-style restaurant. But the best dining option is the rooftop seafood restaurant, which serves London's longest oyster list alongside city views.

The hotel is ideally situated within walking distance to fan favorites like the Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe, and the London Eye.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 51 of 1,140 hotels in London

Booking.com Rating: 9.1 out of 10

Pros: A newly-opened hotel from a favorite British brand featuring laid-back but sophisticated vibes in an excellent area for tourists.

Cons: The rooms are very small and can feel cramped for two people, especially on a long trio.

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