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.
An affordable 5-star hotel in trendy Shoreditch
TUBE STOP: OLD STREET
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.
An affordable luxury hotel overlooking Tower Bridge
TUBE STOP: TOWER HILL
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.
An affordable luxury hotel on London’s South Bank
Tube stop: London Waterloo
A contemporary four-star hotel located on the South Bank just a short walk from Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and the London Eye. So if you are looking for somewhere super central for a weekend of sight seeing, shopping or visiting attractions with your family, then this hotel is the perfect option.
Rooms are comfortable and minimalistic with splashes of colour and, if you are lucky, include an incredible view across the river and the skyline. WiFi is complimentary so you can upload all your selfies next to Buckingham Palace, and all rooms come with a minibar, a flat screen TV and Elemis toiletries.
Downstairs you will find Chino Latino an award-winning restaurant serving Pan-Asian cuisine and Latin American inspired cocktails. Or, you can always opt for some in-room dining for that extra luxurious feel.
An affordable and luxurious hotel in Soho
TUBE STOP: TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD
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.
A luxurious hotel that is still affordable in London Kensington
TUBE STOP: Gloucester Road
Set in the fashionable district of South Kensington, close to Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall, Harrods and the Victoria & Albert Museum, this is the perfect place to stay to enjoy a chic weekend of museum-hopping and shopping.
The rooms are all decorated in a classic style, with cream-coloured wall paper, plush carpets and large king-size beds. For that extra touch of luxury, upgrade to a superior room, for a little bit more living space, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the leafy surrounds and luxe hypnos beds.
The hotel’s restaurants are two classy brasseries, their decor drawing influences form the relaxed cafe culture of the Kensington area. Burgis Brasserie serves up delicious Asian cuisine and the Bombay Brasserie offers mouth-watering Indian food.
An affordable luxury hotel in leafy West London
TUBE STOP: SLOAN SQUARE
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.
An East London hotel that’s luxurious but affordable
TUBE STOP: Stratford High Street
Located just steps away from the Queen’s Jubilee Park where the London 2012 Olympic Games were hosted, The Westbridge is a chic boutique-style hotel offering quintessential British charm in the heart of London’s most innovative district.
Boasting a sunny courtyard where you can enjoy a morning coffee or an evening cocktail when the weather is fine, this hotel is made for those looking for a home-from-home hotel you can come back to again and again. The Westbridge lounge is open 24-hours a day, with big squishy arm chairs and a roaring fireplace.
The Heritage rooms are located in the historic coach house and are modern but with rococo-style influences, such as ornate beds and shabby chic side-tables. The Modern rooms are sleek and chic with plush upholstery and a muted colour palette. Opt for the Double Deluxe for a balcony with views over the city.
An affordable luxury hotel with artistic flair
TUBE STOP: WEMBLEY PARK
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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