10 Of The Best* Hotels In London You’ve Never Heard Of

Corinthia Hotel

Picking the best hotel in London is a fool's errand. There are too many amazing choices and too many different criteria you can use to judge them. So I've picked 10 of the best* as rated by users of HotelsCombined.com and Agoda.com. You can read the full criteria here.

Now, one thing that may surprise you about the list is that the famous names such The Savoy, The Dorchester, The Ritz, etc. do not appear. While these are all amazing 5-star hotels and will certainly deliver outstanding accommodation & service, the hotels listed below all get better online reviews. I've arranged them roughly in order of price from most expensive to least expensive.

Hotel 41

Hotel 41

Short Description (from the hotel): "Unforgettable luxury and one-of-a-kind character go hand-in-hand at 41. This is the boutique hotel that feels more like a traditional London club than a hotel. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, the look is distinguished and quietly reassuring. At 41 staff do not just know your name, they can recall your favourite drink, newspaper, and your favourite room."

5 Interesting Facilities Offered:

  • Pet Concierge
  • Pillow menu
  • Bose iPod docking stations in each room
  • Plunder the Pantry each evening
  • Separate children's check-in

Hotel Star Rating: 5-star
Price: from £345 per night
Area: Victoria/Westminster
Nearest Tube Station: Victoria
Click Here To Book a Room at Hotel 41 or to Learn More About It

Corinthia Hotel London

Corinthia Hotel

Short Description (from the hotel): Situated in the very heart of London, close to the River Thames, Corinthia London is the undisputed jewel in our crown. Moments from Trafalgar Square, Westminster and Covent Garden, it is also within easy reach of Mayfair and the City. This grand Victorian building, dating from 1885, has been given new life with fine rooms, stylish suites and imaginative penthouses offering state-of-the-art 21st Century luxury.

5 Interesting Facilities Offered:

  • En-suite marble bathrooms with tropical rain shower and under-floor heating.
  • Relaxing bathtub with built-in TV
  • Crafty Concierge for teenagers
  • Nespresso coffee machines in each room
  • Afternoon Tea in the open air setting of the Courtyard

Hotel Star Rating: 5-stars
Price: from £304 per night
Area: Victoria Embankment/Trafalgar Square
Nearest Tube Station: Embankment
Click Here To Book a Room at the Corinthia Hotel or to Learn More About It

The Soho Hotel

The Soho Hotel

Short Description (from the hotel): The Soho Hotel has 91 individually designed bedrooms, suites and apartments and is situated in a quiet street in the heart of London's entertainment neighbourhood. It is surrounded by some of London's best restaurants and bars, vibrant cafes and most exciting theatre and nightlife.

5 Interesting Facilities Offered:

  • Two state of the art screening rooms
  • Frette bed linen
  • Babysitting services
  • Afternoon Tea served all day long
  • Floor-to-ceiling warehouse style windows

Hotel Star Rating: 5-star
Price: from £248 per night
Area: Soho
Nearest Tube Station: Tottenham Court Road or Oxford Circus
Click Here To Book a Room at the Soho Hotel or to Learn More About It

The Halkin

The Halkin hotel

Short Description (from the hotel): A London luxury hotel in the city’s Belgravia district, The Halkin by COMO promises an elegant and discreet environment. Widely regarded by loyal regulars as a home away from home, you can expect faultless service, award-winning cuisine and Asian-inflected style to all 41 contemporary suites and rooms.

5 Interesting Facilities Offered:

  • In-room treatments and massages services
  • Personalised shopping itineraries
  • Child age-related welcome gift
  • Access to Belgrave Square tennis courts
  • Halkin Gym

Hotel Star Rating: 5-star
Price: from £227 per night
Area: Belgravia
Nearest Tube Station: Hyde Park Corner
Click Here To Book a Room at The Halkin or to Learn More About It

Apex Temple Court Hotel

Apex Temple Court Hotel

Short Description (from the hotel): Apex Temple Court Hotel is a 4 star luxury hotel conveniently located in the centre of London just off the city’s famous Fleet Street. With all forms of transport, including tube and train links, within a few minutes walk, the hotel is perfect for business and leisure stays. Temple Court exudes style and boasts 184 luxurious bedrooms and suites, a restaurant and bar, gym and an exclusive Club Lounge for guests staying in our Deluxe rooms and suites.

5 Interesting Facilities Offered:

  • Technogym™ studio
  • King sized beds in many rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and local calls
  • 40 inch LED TVs
  • Apex duck to take home

Hotel Star Rating: 4-star
Price: from £183 per night
Area: Temple/Fleet Street
Nearest Tube Station: Blackfriars
Click Here To Book a Room at the Apex Temple Court Hotel or to Learn More About It

Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences

Taj cinema suite

Short Description (from the hotel): Located minutes from Buckingham Palace, Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences is a five star hotel exuding luxury in prestigious surroundings. Features signatures of excellence including butler service, the Michelin starred Quilon Restaurant – sister to the famous Bombay Brasserie, a stunning award-winning Courtyard garden with delightful fountain as well as the grand banqueting facilities of its Private Rooms at Buckingham Gate and the exclusive Spa at 51.

5 Interesting Facilities Offered:

  • Quilon: a Michelin Star Restaurant
  • Full butler service
  • Rooms with fully-equipped kitchens
  • Multilingual staff
  • Totally unique cinema suite

Hotel Star Rating: 5-star
Price: from £156 per night
Area: St. James
Nearest Tube Station: St. James's Park
Click Here To Book a Room at the Taj Suites and Residences or to Learn More About It

Kennington B & B

Kenington B&B

Short Description (from the hotel): We are a family run business who have been providing accommodation and hospitality to people since 1993. From this our experience in providing our guests with comfort, consideration and care has been developed.

5 Interesting Facilities Offered:

  • All rooms have original fireplaces
  • Fitted oak wardrobes
  • Lefoy Brooks bathrooms
  • A babysitting service (for a fee)
  • All bed linen is 400 thread count Egyptian cotton

Hotel Star Rating: 3-star
Price: from £118 a night
Area: Kennington
Nearest Tube Station: Kennington
Click Here To Book a Room at the Kennington B & B or to Learn More About It

London Bridge Hotel

London Bridge Hotel

Short Description (from the hotel): The independent 4-star boutique London Bridge Hotel is as ideal for the leisure visitor seeking to enjoy the delights of central London as it is for the business executive. Situated in the Borough of Southwark, this hotel offers guests very unique accommodation, the perfect balance between traditional comfort and the latest facilities.

5 Interesting Facilities Offered:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Six spacious rooms for disabled guests
  • Air-conditioning
  • Fibre optic reading lights
  • Complimentary Fitness First health club access

Hotel Star Rating: 4-stars
Price: from £108 per night
Area: London Bridge
Nearest Tube Station: London Bridge
Click Here To Book a Room at the London Bridge Hotel or to Learn More About It

69TheGrove Bed & Breakfast

69thegrove

Short Description (from the hotel): 69TheGrove is a lovely Bed and Breakfast rated as one of the best ones in London according to TripAdvisor and is ideal for guests who are looking for a relaxing and tranquil home yet close to the main sights. This accommodation is perfectly located for those visiting London for a short break, holiday or business. The B&B is in a lovely Victorian house located in a quiet street in the heart of Vauxhall, Central London, next to The Thames.

5 Interesting Facilities Offered:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Breakfast Included in the Room Price
  • Complimentary Milk, Tea and Coffee
  • iPod/iPhone dock
  • Fully Stocked Minibar (additional charges apply)

Hotel Star Rating: not listed
Price: from £100 per night
Area: Vauxhall
Nearest Tube Station: Vauxhall
Click Here To Book a Room at 69TheGrove Bed & Breakfast or to Learn More About It

Devonshire Hotel

Devonshire Hotel

Short Description (from the hotel): Indulge yourself at the Devonshire, a family-run boutique hotel in Hornchurch, situated a 5 minute walk from the High Street and a short drive or bus ride from nearby Romford, Barking, Dagenham, Upminster, Gidea Park & the rest of East London, offering luxury accommodation and a delicious breakfast.

5 Interesting Facilities Offered:

  • Breakfast & all day homemade snacks
  • USB compatible TV with freeview TV
  • Hypnos beds
  • Free parking
  • Free internet Wi-Fi access

Hotel Star Rating: 2-star
Price: from £58 a night
Area: Hornchurch/Romford
Nearest Tube Station: Hornchurch
Click Here To Book a Room at the Devonshire Hotel or to Learn More About It

* Criteria: The best London hotels were picked based on user ratings from HotelsCombined.com. Hotels had to have minimum of 90 user ratings to qualify. This was done to reduce the likelihood of fraudulent reviews. This data was then cross-referenced with Agoda.com to make sure each of the hotel got at least 8.5 out of 10. All pricing information is based on booking the cheapest room for two during the low season. Bookings made through this site may generate referral revenue that helps support it. A maximum of one hotel per hotel group was included in the list. While I make no guarantee or promise about the quality of any of the hotels listed above, users from multiple booking sites rank them as among the best in London.

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