Visiting London with its ever-changing restaurant and cultural scene is always a treat. No two visits to this vibrant city ever feel the same.
If you love fashion and design, skip the dull corporate hotels and stay at a high-design, London boutique hotel. Here are my three favorite London boutique hotels and why I love staying at each:
1. Adria London Boutique Hotel
88 Queens Gate
Starts at 150 GBP per night
Located in a Victorian Townhome about a 10-minute walk from the museums at Exhibition Road, the hotel has 5 gorgeous lounges and butler service. The design is eclectic, featuring classic styling with Moroccan touches. The fireplaces throughout offer a cozy, inviting touch.
The Garden Room is great for open-air tea time or dinner if the weather’s right, while the lounges and eating areas are all intimate.
There are two reasons I love the Adria. The service is excellent thanks to the warm and inviting staff that seem to enjoy doing their job well. The other reason I love the Adria is bath time. The bathrooms are luxurious and gorgeous, with giant walk in waterfall-style showers, big tubs and underfloor heating.
The kids love this hotel. The lounge areas with board games are their favorite when we all need space from each other.
Tip: Book a higher floor at the Adria if you want the quietest rooms.
2. Artist Residence
52 Cambridge Street
Starts at 170 GBP per night
A rustic-luxe ten bedroom residence in the quiet neighborhood of Pimlico, 5 minutes from Victoria Station and close to Soho & Chelsea.
This hotel is two stops away by Metro to Oxford Circus, my shopping and Indian food destination. Our reward after shopping is a meal at my family’s favorite Indian restaurant, Roti Chai, followed by a good soak in one of the vintage tubs back in our room at Artist Residence.
I love this hotel because of the relaxed, unique design touches throughout. I feel like I’m staying at the personal home of the young twenty-something owners, Justin Salisbury and Charlotte Newey more than at a hotel.
Tip: Ask your kids to order the avocado lemonade. They will be weirded out and delighted at how delicious it is.
3. Ham Yard Hotel
1 Ham Yard
Starts at 310 GBP per night
The hotel describes itself located as located, “in the midst of Soho and moments from Mayfair” and is built around a tree-filled garden with a bronze sculpture centerpiece by Tony Cragg.
Our youngest daughter is still searching for the yard full of ham at the Ham Yard.
This hotel is on my favorites list due to the unique options it offers. There’s almost no need to venture out to see the rest of London, thanks to the gorgeous modern interiors designed by Kit Kemp, the rooftop garden overlooking Soho that includes mazes of plants and vegetables, the collection of stores for shopping, movie nights in the hotel’s own theatre and the coolest bowling alley, complete with lounge and grand piano.