Best Boutique Hotels in London

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Whether you're going to London to explore its many famous sites -- Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and the Tower of London -- or to experience the city like a local through its popular pubs and trendy boutiques, there's something for everyone. That's also true when it comes to accommodations; travelers can experience pricey luxurious stays or cozy bed and breakfasts. After visiting the top boutique hotels in London, we compared each to see how they stacked up against the competition, from the guest rooms to the restaurants to the location. Take a look at our picks for the best boutique hotels in London, and get inspired!

  1. This exquisite luxury boutique hotel with just 28 rooms offers the elegance of a different time in England's history. Located in the upscale Knightsbridge neighborhood, Egerton House Hotel is a short walk from the famous Harrods Department store and renowned London museums. Rooms in this historic townhouse are individually decorated in rich fabrics, and have opulent bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, champagne on arrival, and candles at turndown. The common spaces are just as special, with a notable art collection -- including works by Picasso and Matisse -- and a gorgeous drawing room for afternoon tea.

  2. This 30-room luxury boutique, a member of the Red Carnation Group, offers superb service and a central location near Buckingham Palace. Chic rooms have a black and white color palette along with marble bathrooms stocked with Penhaligon's toiletries. There is free champagne on arrival and free snacks/evening canapés in the plush lounge. With the feel of a private club and attentive service, this boutique is an excellent upscale pick.

  3. The Milestone is perhaps the most famous boutique hotel in London, and certainly lives up to its expectations, with exquisitely designed rooms and exceptional service. The service is where the hotel really shines, as each member of staff is superbly trained, which helps ensure guests get the first-rate luxury experience for which The Milestone is known. With a spa, a cozy atmosphere, and a convenient location for London's most exclusive shopping, the Milestone is a great boutique pick.

  4. The 100-room Montague on the Gardens is a bit larger than some of London's other boutique hotels, but its unique character, abundance of thoughtful extras, and variety of lounge and dining spaces create a distinct appeal. Being a member of the Red Carnation Group means well-trained staff and luxury standards, making the Montague an unsurprisingly solid boutique establishment. There's no pool or spa, though, and the fitness room in painfully small.

  5. The Chesterfield Mayfair is part of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection. This 107-room hotel has traditional Victorian decor, including a grand chandelier in the lobby and portraits on the walls. While rooms are classically decorated with floral patterns, they have modern conveniences as well, including free Wi-Fi, big flat-screen TVs, and 24-hour room service. Highlights at this charming property include a great breakfast with wide selection of hot and cold dishes, a fine dining restaurant, and a terrace bar.

  6. A 41-room boutique hotel with generous amounts of space, the Halkin exudes luxury -- from its distinctive Italian-cum-Asian interior design to its marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs. Sumptuous and spacious guest rooms literally offer convenience at the touch of a button, as all have wall consoles for calling the butler and other services. Even the location is upscale, as the property stands in the tony Belgravia district and is just a two-minute walk from Buckingham Palace. Guests also have access to the spa at famed sister hotel The Metropolitan, since the Halkin does lack amenities such as a spa and pool.

  7. Opened in June 2013, The Nadler Soho is a 78-room, boutique hotel in the heart of London's hip and sultry Soho district. Business travelers and wealthy leisure tourists alike will appreciate the hotel's convenient location and the emphasis on style with quality products and amenities. Lower-category rooms can be a small, but upgrades buy more space, Nespresso machines, and better views.

  8. A whimsical mashup of decor that's equal parts Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll, and Frida Kahlo, 40 Winks is a tiny boutique property in rapidly gentrifying East London that's a flight of pure fancy. The four-pearl property has just two rooms, and their bath is shared. There's also no in-room TVs. But guest find much more entertainment in the elegant 18th-century interiors. The property's owner, interior designer David Carter, cheerfully acts as concierge, but alas the location is a bit of a distance to London's top attractions, a ride away on the London Underground. 

  9. Emphasizing design and luxury without sacrificing quality or service, this 82-room boutique hotel’s bold sophistication, classy personality, and ample luxury amenities enable it to stand out from the masses. Beyond the overall sexy decor, some attention-grabbers include an excellent restaurant, free minibar drinks, and even soaking tubs with built-in TVs (in most rooms). It is a boutique property, though, so room square footage is definitely not on the spacious side, and there's no pool or spa on-site.

  10. The Rhodes Avenue Homestay is every inch the suburban London home, and that's often why people stay -- to experience an authentic slice of typical English life. The hosts' warm welcome is another reason why many people return to this budget-friendly B&B -- together with cozy, tastefully finished rooms and a delicious breakfast. The location is far from ideal for exploring the city center, and local transport links aren't great, but rates at this B&B are pretty average for an experience that is a cut above. If you're looking to stay in London's center on a budget, check rates at Tune Hotel - Liverpool Street -- but expect to get nickel-and-dimed for everything from breakfast to towels.

  11. The Goring is a classic English boutique hotel with ample royal heritage. Opened in 1910, the property has intricate sculpted details and unusually wide hallways -- said to have been designed to allow free passage of ladies’ ball gowns. The Goring offers five-star hospitality with abundant luxury, and its refined elegance is demonstrated through details such as the original Edwardian architecture and bespoke silk wallpaper. Buckingham Palace tours are available in the summer and nearby underground Tube access allows for travel to other parts of London.

  12. This hip boutique hotel owned by the high-profile D+D restaurant group exudes stylish luxury, with impeccable design elements and dark, sexy public spaces. The boutique's interiors, which were designed by the prestigious Conran + Partners, offer unique touches such as edgy artwork created specifically for the hotel. With its professional and friendly service and Michelin-star restaurant, it’s hard to find fault with South Place Hotel -- except maybe the hefty price tag.

  13. This 35-room combo of Edwardian townhouses is warm and intimate with a country home feel, and in a great location for exclusive West End shopping. With wonderful boutique perks such as the free English afternoon tea (guests at other hotels will have to pay at least a £15 premium to enjoy such a tradition), free pre-dinner champagne, and free hot chocolate before bed, it's hard to find much at the Draycott to complain about. Unless, of course, your priorities are a pool and fitness center, both of which the hotel lacks. However, rooms are top-notch: Comfortable and spacious, each one is themed and styled after a prominent figure in English theater. Biographies, portraits, and even a small dossier are provided to help familiarize you with your highlighted actor or actress -- a brief but delightful introduction to the world of English drama.

  14. A hotel with Gothic turrets and a historical atmosphere, Drayton Court is one of the oldest hotels in the West London suburb of Ealing; with an historic pub downstairs, the 27 rooms have been converted into an upscale boutique hotel. Behind the traditional Victorian exterior, the modern and elegant rooms have fireplaces, free Wi-Fi, and French press coffee makers, as well as free-standing bathtubs in some. The hotel doubles up as a Fuller's pub, and the garden is one of the biggest beer gardens in the London area, popular with both locals and hotel guests. West Ealing train station is a minute's walk away and trains get you into Oxford Street in central London in under 30 minutes. There's no gym on-site, but you can use a nearby fitness center for free.

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