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Top Ten London Boutique Hotels

I’ve always had a thing for boutique hotels, you know those special places, small but full of character. They’re often in secret corners hidden away, and not a lot of people know about them…but that just makes them even better. In this post I thought I’d tell you about my favourite of these London hidden gems.

1. 11  Cadogan Gardens

Maybe not so much a secret any more as I’ve mentioned this hotel several times on my blog before. Located behind Sloane Square in London’s higgledly piggledy maze of side streets is this charming bijoux boutique hotel, 11 Cadogan Gardens.

Every room at the beautiful townhouse is different and mine had a four-poster bed and an equestrian theme with a view out to the famous streets of Chelsea. 
With beautiful antiques throughout, the public areas are special and intimate but also the height of luxury and opulence. It’s the perfect place to take a break from shopping to enjoy afternoon tea on the terrace or dinner in the restaurant.

2. The Capital

What’s not to like about an intimate family-owned hotel that’s the just about as close to Harrods as you can get? No only is it a stone’s throw from London’s most famous department store but The Capital is also home to a Michelin-starred restaurant and a bar with a world class whiskey collection.
The super intimate hotel has only 49 rooms but each is decorated in a classic style with luxurious fabrics and antiques. A visit to the restaurant, Outlaw’s at The Capital, is an absolute must to try the Michelin-starred menu devised by world-renowned chef Nathan Outlaw and his Head Chef Tom Brown.

3. The Ampersand

From the classic to the more quirky, The Ampersand is such a fun hotel. Combining a Victorian Townhouse building with a modern interior, it’s a fantastic place to stay in London’s fashionable Kensington.

With the hotel’s proximity to London’s iconic museums, the room decor draws on music, botany, geometry, ornithology and astronomy referencing the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and the V & A.

I particularly loved this music themed room! Absolutely unmissable at The Ampersand is the Science-themed afternoon teas, one of the most unique of it’s kind in London.

4. The Ham Yard Hotel

I love the Ham Yard Hotel, in fact I love all the hotels that make up the Firmdale Group, a small collection of design hotels in London and New York, but I think that the Ham Yard has to be my favourite. It’s actually so much more than just a hotel as you enter through a beautiful courtyard or village with other restaurants and shops at the hotel’s Soho location. All rooms are designed with eclectic fabrics by the hotel owner Kit Kemp who has an incredible eye for putting together interiors and collecting unique pieces.
As well as being home to a fantastic restaurant and one of London’s most happening bars, The Ham Yard also boasts a 1950’s style bowling alley and a state-of-the-art theatre with its own bar.

5. The Kensington Hotel

For me the Kensington Hotel is the perfect combination of luxury and a home away from home! With cosy lounge areas, a glamorous bar and stylish restaurant, you could basically spend your whole weekend just enjoying this beautiful hotel.

I would also recommend that very reasonably priced weekend brunch which starts with a really delicious seafood buffet. 

6. Brown’s Hotel

The thing that I love most about Brown’s in Mayfair is the spectacular history behind it. It’s London’s first hotel, and where Alexander Graham Bell made the first ever phone call and Agatha Christie and Rudyard Kipling were regulars there! Despite the hotel’s age, the interiors are fresh with beautiful mosaic floors and perfectly maintained wood paneling. 
They also do an excellent afternoon tea in the stylish Donovan bar and the restaurant is by famous British chef, Mark Hix.

7. DUKES London
 
Nestled in a courtyard in historic St James is hidden gem, DUKES LONDON. I love the classic decor and the famous DUKES Bar which reputedly makes the world’s best martini!
But my favourite room is the Perrier-Jouët champagne lounge with it’s pink and green colour scheme. Have an aperitif here before dinner at THIRTY SIX restaurant. Oh and dogs are welcome at DUKES so you don’t need to leave your four-legged friend at home!

8. COMO Metropolitan London

Nestled among the grand dames of Park Lane is beautiful boutique hotel, COMO Metropolitan London. With a simple classic aesthetic, this is the hotel for fans of minimalist chic and elegant luxury.

In London luxurious Mayfair, with views over Hyde Park and around the corner from London’s most high end shopping streets, the location is perfect too. Spa and wellness is emphasised with treatments at COMO Shambhala Urban Escape and healthy spa food served at breakfast in the bar. The hotel is also home to the famous Met Bar and to Nobu Park Lane, one of my favourite restaurants in London.

9. The Beaumont

A hotel owned by restauranteurs Corbin and King of The Wolseley and The Delaunay is bound to be a hit and I was super impressed by the beautiful Beaumont Hotel when I went to visit. Inspired by the beautiful art deco hotels of the 1920’s this boutique hotel is a little jewel on a quiet garden square near Selfridge’s. 
The hotel’s American bar has that cosy feeling of a private members club and I love the Colony Grill, a restaurant serving food from both sides of the Atlantic.

10. Dean Street Town House

My final boutique hotel is also one of my favourite restaurants in London. Owned by Soho House, Dean Street Townhouse is a super cool and relaxed and the perfect place for all day drinking and dining.

Think super comfy sofas, fireplaces and comfort food in the restaurant. The bedrooms are classically designed and range from the excellent value for money ‘tiny’ sized room to the spacious ‘bigger’ rooms.

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Those are my top ten boutique hotels in London. What are your favourites? 


  • Couldn’t agree with these choices more – though I’ve not seen 11 Cadogan Gardens yet but it’s high on my list!! x

  • Mellissa Williams

    Some beautiful and unique hotels here. I love the look of the Ham Yard Hotel and Cadogan Gardens, both different to each other but both amazing

  • I love Ham Yard Hotel, it’s such a great space.

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  • What a great list! I had no idea that Brown’s is where Alexander Graham Bell made the first ever phone call – I remember reading about him during history lessons at school. I love the Perrier-Jouët champagne lounge at Dukes and I would love to visit The Beaumont at some point!

    • Yes! Isn’t that cool fact! That Perrier Jouet lounge is super pretty isn’t it.

  • Beautiful list, Angie! I think I’d choose to stay at The Kensigton Hotel, it looks so homey, yet comfortably luxurious.

  • These all look blissful! Loving that bowling alley!

  • Clare Thomson

    You’ve got some of my favourites here, Angie. I love Dukes and Brown’s and I’m off to Ham Yard tomorrow. I do like the sound of the Ampersand so that’s now firmly on my wishlist.

    • Enjoy the Ham Yard tomorrow! Definitely head to the Ampersand especially for the tea.

  • Cherie Rose Martin

    I’m coming back for maybe a week in April! If you had to choose one hotel, which one do you think I should stay at from your list?

    • I’ve never stayed there myself but the Ham Yard is my favourite from the list! Let me know if you want to meet there for tea!

      • Cherie Rose Martin

        Awesome! Let’s do that.

  • What a great list, as I live in London I haven’t really stayed in many hotels here but these do look so lovely. I do especially love the quirky look of the Ham Yard though. Super eclectic!

  • this might be my favorite post of yours ever!

  • Awwww these are all the loveliest spots (and I second @angloyankophile!)

  • I’ve been to all of these except the COMO, and I agree that we are blessed with some fantastic hotels in London

  • Great post hun, I still haven’t been to the Ham Yard but I hear such amazing things about it! Will deffo have to try now after this read 😀

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  • Wandermust Family

    I’ve not stayed at any of these but have a new London bucket list

  • I’m visiting London with my sister in May–and it’s her first time to Europe, so I want to make it memorable! I’ll be bookmarking these–it’s so hard to find accommodation in London!!!!

  • beautiful places!

  • Boutique hotels are the best. I love how they are all unique and quirky, and these are no exception!

  • A gorgeous selection of hotels Angie! I’d love to stay at Duke’s one day, it’s definitely a bucket list hotel for me!

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    • Isn’t Dukes gorgeous? So elegant. And it’s super cute that you can bring your dog.

  • Awesome list Angie! I love the Ham Yard Hotel and The Beaumont is super close to my heart! x

  • There’s such a lot hidden away in London – we’ve branched into Air BnB if we have to be in town on a weekend and those and boutique hotels are so much nicer than the big business hotels!

    • Yes! I can’t bear generic hotels. A hotel has to have some personality.

  • I think The Ampersand would be my favourite from your list! Can I just steal those cushions???? But gosh those food photos… I’m jealous just looking!

  • Hayley Rubery

    Loved this post Angie – I’ve never actually stayed at any of these hotes but really need to! The Ham Yard is a favourite of mine for meetings/afternoon tea!

    Hayley xo
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  • Gary J Berry

    Dean Street Townhouse for me please!!

  • My favourite boutique hotels in London have to be Dean St Townhouse, Shoreditch House (technically a chain but it’s my “local” and so quirky), London Edition, Sanderson, Artist’s Residences…ahhh I could go on and on extolling the virtues of boutique hotels. There’s something so personable, individual, and original about them…x

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    • I love them too!! Those are fab choices! It was super hard to narrow down to ten!

  • Love this! I’m planning my second trip to London later this year – definitely using this for inspo!

  • Mellissa Williams

    We’ve stayed at the Dean Street Townhouse. This is a great hotel. Love the homemade cookies in the room