The best of London’s affordable-luxury hotels

By John Pilkington,

There’s nothing better than a stay-cation in central London to absorb all the culture, afternoon teas and parties the city has to offer, without worrying about train times or how to get home.

So why not take the time to relax, feel as if you are on holiday, with a central London base that doesn’t cost the Earth and allows you to enjoy the city and all it has to offer without any of the hastle.

To help you plan your stay, we’ve put together five of the top affordable-luxury choices in the capital.

The M by Montcalm London Shoreditch


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Located in the happening borough of Shoreditch, The M by Montcalm is a chic urban hotel perfect for a couples’ getaway or family break. Conveniently found between London city centre and the Olympic Park in Stratford, the hotel is close to most of the city’s major attractions, as well as the trendy bars, gastro pubs and popular restaurants of Shoreditch.

Guestrooms are spacious and well-furnished, with large, comfortable beds for a great night’s sleep. Adjoining rooms are also available for families who value a bit of privacy while still making sure the kids are close by.

The hotel also houses a small pool and Jacuzzi for you to relax and unwind in. After a long day of exploring, have a drink or a bite to eat in the hotel’s bar and take in the views overlooking busy Shoreditch and the skyscrapers of London.

CitizenM Tower of London


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Overlooking the Tower of London, the CitizenM Tower of London hotel offers some of the best hotel views across the Tower, Tower Bridge and beyond towards The Shard. Catering to both business and leisure travellers, the 4-star hotel offers a range of different rooms and suites, that include comfy beds, in-room entertainment systems and chic decor.

The hotel rooftop bar, not only has great views but is also a relaxed place to hang out. The hotel boasts a cool lounge area where you can sit and catch up on some work, or even play a board game or two.

The Nadler


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The Nadler is ideally located in Soho close to some of London’s best shopping, West End musicals and both the National and National Portrait Galleries. In short, you could not be more central. In the winter season book yourselves in for some ice skating at Sommerset House, and then go for cocktails in Covent Garden.

Each of the rooms at The Nadler are decorated in a classic and chic style, with a muted colour palette, monochrome prints and fluffy bed spreads that ooze coziness.

The rooms also come equipped with a mini kitchen with Nespresso machine, microwave and sink. You can also have breakfast delivered to your room so that you can sit back and enjoy it in bed, without having to lift a finger.

Sloane Square Hotel


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Just around the corner from Harrods and inches away from the shopping of the King’s Road, the Sloane Square hotel is perfect for those wanting to slip away to Chelsea for the weekend. Marvel at the absurdities in the Saatchi Gallery before jumping on the tube to South Ken where you can visit the V&A and the Natural History Museum.

Inside, guests will find richly-decorated interiors, with comfortable and spacious rooms. Sleep on Egyptian cotton sheets and soft pillows, whilst being surrounded by plush carpets, carefully curated art work and the sights and sounds of London just outside your room.

Downstairs you can dine at the stylish Cote Brasserie serving up delicious French food from locally sourced ingredients.

Hilton London Wembley


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One of the capital’s newest hotels, the Hilton London Wembley offers chic, luxury accommodation with artistic urban flair. The hotel uses floor-to-ceiling windows to create a refreshing feeling of space, while guestrooms are decorated with splashes of bright colour.

Guests can take a dip in the 12-metre heated indoor swimming pool, work out in the state-of-the-art gym or simply unwind with a drink on the outdoor terrace – all before retiring to a super king-sized bed.

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