An insider’s guide to the Top Design Hotels in London, featuring the best for eclectic interiors, striking artwork, luxurious rooms, and spectacular lobbies, in locations including Soho, Kensington, and Shoreditch perfect to stay and visit London Design Festival.
HAM YARD HOTEL, Soho
Ham Yard is a light-filled, spacious new build in an ‘urban village’ setting at the bottom of Regent Street, perfectly placed for Mayfair and Soho with cosy-cool interiors.
ROSEWOOD LONDON, Holborn
This design hotel is famous for the popular Scarfes Bar and the magnificent restaurant Holborn Dining Room. The main building has a courtyard but just for hotel guests, the heaven of calm and relaxation.
COMO The Halkin, Belgravia
The Halkin in the synonym of discreet, yes, is possible find a discreet design hotel in central London.
BLAKES HOTEL, Kensington
A rococo townhouse in the middle of Kensington that has held the title of London’s first boutique hotel since it opened in 1978. Anouska Hempel’s vibey décor still sets the standard for boutique hotelier today, with glamorous and romantic bedrooms that realize dreams of far-off places.
TOWN HALL HOTEL & APARTMENTS, Bethnal Green
A stylish, modern revamp of a historic building, offering vintage furnishings, an excellent concierge, a trendy restaurant, buzzing bar and complimentary morning shuttle service to the City.
THE LONDON EDITION, Soho
The London EDITION is a great spot for after-work drinks, parties and celeb spottings in Fitzrovia. Here are available: the Jason Atherton restaurant, ‘punch room’ bar, Studio 54-style club, and a bustling lobby.
BOUNDARY RESTAURANT, ROOMS & ROOFTOP, Hackney
The designers Terence and Vicki Conran have turned a former Victorian printing warehouse into a mainstay of Shoreditch’s scene, offering a popular restaurant, café and a rooftop bar that commands queues around the block.
SOUTH PLACE HOTEL, The City
Sip a gin cocktail among the palm fronds in the Secret Garden bar; dine on turbot in dashi broth at the Michelin-starred restaurant; and bed down in a room with rain showers bigger than the average kitchen.
THE EXHIBITIONIST HOTEL, Kensington
The small rooms boast oversized, brightly colored velour headboards as their main decorative element and the hotel is full of unusual exhibits. A good, if expensive, choice for people looking for something funky opposite the Natural History Museum.
SHERATON GRAND LONDON PARK LANE, Picadilly
A freshly exfoliated five-star celebration of art deco, shining with mirror-plated pillars and papered with gold and silver leaf. Sleep in a bed chamber prickling with Twenties pizzazz, drink cocktails in the Outré bar, and feast on Amalfi sharing plates in the self-consciously “current” restaurant.