The best design hotels in London

From the South Bank to Shoreditch, here’s where to stay when you’re visiting the UK capital

the standard london
The Standard London

Offering world-class culture, diverse design and a continually evolving food scene, London thrums with creative energy. From the South Bank to Shoreditch, the city is home to a dizzying array of cool new hotel openings and under-the-radar gems. If you’re planning a trip, these are the places to stay in style.

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1 One Hundred Shoreditch
one hundred shoreditch london hotel
One Hundred Shoreditch

Positioned as it is on one of the busiest, buzziest thoroughfares in London - Shoreditch High Street - One Hundred Shoreditch has to make a statement to make its presence felt and it doesn’t disappoint. A dreamy roof terrace with Palm Springs interiors and an unbeatable view of the city is a big draw, but the stylish bedrooms are just as compelling, providing a calm counterpoint to the bustling world outside.

2 NoMad London
the nomad london hotel atrium
Simon Upton

The NoMad London sits within a grade II-listed building that was formerly home to the Bow Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station, just steps away from the Royal Opera House and Covent Garden. At its heart is a vast glass atrium which is buzzing from breakfast 'til bedtime. Designed by New York based studio Roman and Williams, bedrooms are light, luxurious and comfortable with a relaxed blend of classic and contemporary furnishings.

3 The Standard London
the standard london
The Standard London

The Standard London occupies part of the old Camden Town Hall in Kings Cross and Shawn Hausman Design’s Seventies-inspired interiors playfully reflect the building’s Brutalist heritage. Bedrooms feature bright tiles and textiles and original curved windows overlooking St. Pancras. Don’t miss chef Peter Sanches-Iglesias’ unique take in Spanish and Mexican cuisine at Decimo, the 10th floor restaurant, then end the night at Sweeties, the authentically groovy discotheque.

4 The Londoner
the londoner hotel penthouse suite
Andrew Beasley Photography

Occupying an imposing block on the south side of Leicester Square, The Londoner makes its presence felt with its gleaming blue tiled facade - designed by artist Ian Monroe - mirroring the changing light and sky. The location couldn’t be more convenient, with galleries, restaurants and bars galore on the doorstep, but the luxurious interiors are equally compelling. There are 350 bedrooms across 16 floors, but despite its vast scale, cosy spaces and thoughtful design details mean it still has the feel of a boutique hotel.

5 The Beaumont
the beaumont hotel london
Mark Hazeldine

Situated as it is in possibly the world’s most glamorous former car park - a 1926 Art Deco marvel on a quiet Mayfair garden square - The Beaumont offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of nearby Oxford Street. New York-based designer Thierry Despont gave the interiors a gentle refresh in 2021, adding Le Magritte Bar for classic cocktails and a dining terrace. For a truly unique stay, book Antony Gormley’s extraordinary sculpture-meets-suite, ‘ROOM’ - a monumental stainless steel cuboid sculpture that dominates the facade of the building.

6 Beaverbrook Town House
beaverbrook townhouse hotel london
Beaverbrook Townhouse

While the original Beaverbrook is located in Lord Beaverbrook’s former home in the Surrey Hills, its chic city sibling, which opened on Sloane Street in 2021, channels the press baron’s London lifestyle. Nicola Harding designed the interiors, which play with rich jewel tones, opulent fabrics and lacquered wood to create a cosy yet glamorous cocooning effect. If the bedrooms aren’t spoiling enough, the Fuji Grill Japanese restaurant and Sir Frank’s cocktail bar will make it very hard to leave.

7 Redchurch Townhouse
redchurch townhouse
Helen Cathcart

Part of the Soho House group, Redchurch Townhouse is right in the heart of the Shoreditch buzz. Bedrooms are inspired by design from the 1950s to 70s (velvet sofas, vintage chandeliers, brass mirrors) while downstairs, Cecconi’s restaurant excels in northern Italian favourites, including spaghetti lobster. Note the hotel’s art – the walls are decorated with 40 paintings by east London-based artists, all under 40.

8 Bankside Hotel
bankside hotel london
Bankside Hotel

Housed in a glass building at Blackfriars, and with interiors by LA-based former set designer Dayna Lee, Bankside Hotel has a subtle mid-century-modern vibe. There’s a homely fireplace in the lobby, a library which spills out onto an outdoor deck, and a monochrome tiled bar where local gins are on the menu.

9 Sea Containers London
sea containers london
Helen Cathcart

Further along the river, Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio is behind the memorable interior at Sea Containers London, named after the shipping company that once had an office in American architect Warren Platner’s 1970s building.

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