In recent years London has become known for its designer or ‘boutique’ hotels such as The Sanderson, myHotel in Chelsea and the St. Martins Lane hotel designed by mavericks Phillippe Starck and Ian Schrager. Known for their economy of design and cool minimalism these hotels are incredibly expensive and exclusive, there are however a number of inexpensive London hotels that fall in to the category of ‘designer’ at much more affordable prices, still offering something with a contemporary twist.
A hip hotel with a reasonable price tag such as this is a rare thing indeed, and this stylish hotel with its tastefully minimal interiors is popular with the fashion and media crowd and is excellently located in London’s buzzing South Kensington. Enjoy drinks at the trendy bar amid the ambient lighting and modern furnishings. They also stage hip media events here such as launch parties and media presentations.
Facilities: selection of 88 luxury rooms, telephones, mini bar, internet access, laundry, bar, restaurant, room service, continental breakfast, baby sitting.
Address: 131-137 Cromwell Road, Kensington, London, SW7 4DU
Nearest tube: Gloucester Road
Tel: 020 7598 7979
This three star boutique hotel offers designer hotel furnishings and atmosphere at an affordable price having undergone a major refurbishment in 2002. The rooms are fresh and bright and utilize a calm palette to ensure a relaxing stay. You can enjoy drinks at the swish bar or dine at the restaurant which offers an adventurous modern menu.
Facilities: 160 rooms, telephones, internet access, cable TV, tea and coffee facilities, laundry, bar, restaurant, room service, continental breakfast.
Address: 26-33 Queens Gardens, Hyde Park, London, W2 3BD
Nearest tube: Queensway
Tel: 020 7262 0022
Situated in an Old 19th century town house in London’s fashionable Kensington this 41 room hotel offers bright and stylish rooms replete with modern fixtures and furnishings. Located just off High Street Kensington it’s perfect for the fashionistas and is within walking distance of bars, restaurants, art galleries and parks, or you can enjoy food and drinks at the hotel’s Tiger Bar.
Facilities: 41 rooms, internet access, tea and coffee facilities, laundry, bar, restaurant, room service, continental breakfast.
Address: 15-16 Prince of Wales Terrace, Kensington, London, W8 5PQ
Nearest tube: High Street Kensington
Tel: 020 7937 2345
57 Pont Street Review
Located in fashionable Knightsbridge this is a relatively inexpensive London hotel compared to many other designer hotels. A Victorian townhouse with a contemporary interior, it offers twenty rooms all with their own individual style of design with a warm colour range that mixes comfortable modern furnishings with old details such as the original chandeliers.
Facilities: 20 rooms, cable TV, internet access, tea and coffee facilities, mini-bar, laundry, 24 hour room service, bar, restaurant, continental breakfast.
Address: 57 Pont Street, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X OBD
Nearest tube: Knightsbridge
An elegant designer hotel on Baker Street and only a short walk from Madame Tussauds and leafy Regent’s Park. The staff here is friendly and will make sure your stay is a relaxed and comfortable one. In fact relaxation is the order of the day here, so enjoy drinks in Sherlock’s bar and eat at Sherlock’s grill or unwind with a sauna at the health club.
Facilities: selection of luxury rooms, cable TV, internet access, mini-bar, en-suite bathroom, laundry, bar, restaurant, health club, 24 hour room service, continental breakfast.
Address: 108 Baker Street, London, W1U 6LJ
Nearest tube: Baker Street
Tel: 0844 415 6740