Crown jewel accommodation! The 6 best hotels in London to try on your next trip to the UK

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Are you even an Aussie if you don’t ever embark on the well-worn path to London? Whether it’s for a trip to tick off all the touristy sights (Big Ben, we’re coming for you), a kick-off point for further European travel or something else entirely, the longtime favourite destination is still holding strong.

What is the best area to stay in London?

In such a sizable cosmopolitan city, there’s a place catering for every type of traveller and taste – from upscale Mayfair to edgy East London and everything in between.

Where you choose to make your home away from home during your trip really depends on what you’re planning to do and what kind of accommodation you’re looking for – and how much you’re willing to pay for the best hotels for your needs.

Anywhere near a tube station will make your life easier getting around, especially if it’s in Zone 1 or one a line that connects to many of the stops you’re planning to head to. You can’t go wrong with the central London areas of London Bridge and Southbank as well as Westminster if you’re wanting to hit up the major attraction on your days out. On the other hand, Soho, Covent Garden and the West End are ideal for nightlife, dining out and entertainment attractions such as the theatre. If you’re travelling with family, perhaps Kensignton is better suited.

While there’s absolutely no shortage of hotels in London, we’ve rounded up a selection of some of the best places to stay in the English capital. Scroll on for accommodation suitable for anything you have in mind whether you’re after luxury hotels, boutique hotels or just somewhere to leave your bags while you check out Buckingham Palace.

Best hotels to book in London in 2023



Best London hotel for work trips: The Hoxton, Shoreditch

With the rise of working from home and hybrid work practices comes an increase of more and more flexible ways of doing your job – including while travelling! The Hoxton in Shoreditch had the jump on this trend, becoming known for its welcoming co-working spaces and free WiFi long before Covid-19 caused the forced change in worldwide work habits. The hotel’s lobby is filled with an array of comfortable chairs and lounges plus its impeccable interior design featuring bookshelves, records and well-chosen lighting throughout the hotel creates the perfect ambience for guests and locals alike.




Best London hotel for stunning views: Shangri-La, The Shard

Pencilling in a visit to The Shard itself for the epic views of the city while in town is well advised in general. But if you’re wanting to go all out and see phenomenal sights from the moment you wake up – jet-lagged or otherwise – then the Shangri-La needs to be on your radar. The five-star accommodation is spread across 18 floors of the London landmark, and is the city’s highest hotel. One word: breathtaking.




Best London hotel to see shows at West End: NoMad Covent

Squeezing in a show or two on the West End? Then you’ll likely want a place to rest your head that’s conveniently located right in the thick of the theatre district. Our pick is NoMad Covent Garden, a luxury boutique hotel with a certain old world charm that’s also walking distance from all of the West End’s main venues.




Best affordable hotel in London: Citizen M, London Bankside, Southbank

London can be a pricey place. If you don’t have endless cash to splash (we hear you!) but still want to be close to the action, a more affordable option is in order. Consider Citizen M, London Bankside in South Bank. Prices can vary but you can often get affordable deals on certain dates. Situated right near Borough Market and the River Thames, the hotel boasts a prime location but is still relatively affordable. The tech-friendly hotel requires self-check in via screens and the restaurant is self-service.




Best London hotel for tranquil luxury: The Prince Akatoki

London sure does know how to do luxury when it comes to their hotels. One solid option if you want to spoil yourself while you’re away is The Prince Akatoki, which is centrally located in Marble Arch and near many of the city’s main attractions including Oxford Street and Regent Street, the London Eye and Hyde Park. Featuring Japanese-inspired interiors, the rooms summon a luxe and tranquil atmosphere for your stay.




Best London hotel with a rooftop bar: DoubleTree Hilton – London Bridge

Look, there’s no doubt about it – there’s an array of rooftop bars in London, all patiently waiting for you to try a tipple against their picturesque backdrops. Overwhelmed by choice? Try Savage Garden, on the rooftop of Double Tree Hilton – London Bridge where you can sip on tasty drinks from the cocktail bar with a glimpse of the iconic Tower Bridge. It’s conveniently located within walking distance of the Tower of London so it’s the perfect place to take a much-needed break after a long day of strolling around the sights.




Best Celeb-Approved Hotel in London: Claridges

If it’s good enough for Kylie Jenner, then it’s good enough for us! The Kardashian/Jenner clan member previously gave her stamp of approval to Claridges as her hotel of choice when she calls into London (and her 20+ suitcases were once papped being hauled into the luxury hotel during one stay). We’re guessing the billionaire booked out one of Claridge’s lushest suites – or perhaps the penthouse – while she was there. Us mere mortals can only dream.


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