London calling! America’s love of all things British makes London one of the top international destinations for travelers. Whether it be taking afternoon tea at a posh hotel, attempting to catch a glimpse of the Royal Family or trying to fit in the plethora of sights, London is an attractive year round destination for tourists looking to make their first dip across the big pond.
With over 2,400 listed on trivago, we’ve handpicked a curated selection of our favorite places to stay when you visit with family, lovers or friends. From the trendy hotels of Shoreditch, luxury in Mayfair or a stone’s throw from some of the cities most important monuments, see where Room5 thinks you should be staying in London.
When should you visit London?
trivago data shows that the cheapest months to book a hotel in London are January and February with prices averaging around $195 per night. This will also help you avoid major crowds since searches for London on trivago decreased during these months. Meanwhile, the most expensive and busiest months to visit are September and October, with prices coming in around $265 per night and search volume increasing.
#1. Top Rated: South Place Hotel
NEIGHBORHOOD: West End
Just moments from all the hipster action of Shoreditch, The South Place Hotel evokes an aura of fresh sophistication. Flawlessly decorated with a Scandinavian-inspired interior, rooms are airy and comfortable with plush pure wool carpets and limited edition prints from London. Bedrooms are outfitted with media hubs and Bang & Olufsen televisions along with access to an extensive array of movies to watch should the classic London weather push you to return to your room early for the evening.
The shops and restaurants of vibrant Shoreditch are nearby, but onsite you’ll find a brasserie and Michelin-starred seafood restaurant in addition to multiple bars and terraces to grab a quick drink. As one of the top-rated London hotels on trivago (with a score of 94/100), we know you’ll love your modern stay at the South Place Hotel.
#2. Top-Rated: Cheval Three Quays at the Tower of London
NEIGHBORHOOD: City of London
Another top-rated pick by travelers on trivago is the Cheval Three Quays: close enough to hear the ravens of the Tower of London croaking, the drawbridge of the Tower Bridge being raised and to catch the sun’s rays reflecting off The Shard. You’re ideally situated in the center of the city with apartment-style accommodations sizing in open plan, one, two and three bedroom apartments and penthouses. Watch the barges of the Thames float by as you enjoy your morning coffee before embarking into the easily reachable corners of the city to explore.
The contemporary kitchens are fully stocked with dishwashers, tableware and cooking utensils in addition to free WiFi, an organic welcome hamper plus roll-away beds and baby cots available to those travelling with babies. We can confirm there is little that can rival the view of the city from the fantastically large windows you’ll awake to every day of your London sojourn.
#3. Family-Friendly: Flemings Mayfair
The splendid Flemings Mayfair Hotel has managed to remain one of central London’s best kept secrets. A stunning Georgian interior boasts three meter (10-foot) ceilings, massive windows and fireplaces and sees the rooms whimsically-decorated with custom furniture. For those visiting with children, accommodation possibilities include spacious family rooms plus one- and two-bedroom apartments, plus with the hotel’s proximity to Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace and Covent Garden, it’s easy to nip back for a nap, should the babies (or the parents!) desire so.
Perks of your stay at the Flemings Mayfair include a free breakfast for the whole family on top of the free dining offered to those under-five, plus half price meals for kids ages 5-12. The hotel concierge can organize theater tickets for those with older children, bike rides through Hyde Park and picnics, provided the sun is out. In the evenings, you can look forward to complimentary hot chocolate and biscuits for dipping as a special night time treat. The undeniable chic of the hotel is matched to its impeccable level of personalized service, perfect for families visiting London.
#4. Budget Luxury: The RE London Shoreditch
A stone’s through from the colorful street art of Shoreditch along with its many gastropubs, bars and restaurants we find the RE London. Its central location ensures it’s easy to get anywhere in the city, plus the possibility of adjoining rooms makes the RE London a perfect choice for families looking to keep an eye on the younger generation while enjoying a bit of privacy.
One particularly unique feature of this hotel is that they use the same Queen size beds that the Royal Family use, meaning your sleep gets the Royal seal of approval. Top it off with air conditioning for muggy nights and you’ve got the recipe for a perfect night of sleep. Rooms also have complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits to munch on. The RE London Shoreditch is a fantastic budget choice that doesn’t sacrifice on comfort or location in this mammoth of a city.
#5. Luxurious: Rosewood London
As you enter into the Rosewood London through a historic archway opening into an Edwardian courtyard, prepare to be awestruck by this luxury hotel in the historic Holborn district of London. Impeccably restored to the original designs, if you’re seeking a luxurious London ambiance, this is the hotel for you. All of its worldly charms are not without some fun quirks however, including the loaner bikes piled outside.
The interior is lavish, including seven types of marble and Cuban mahogany, plus a seven-story grand staircase from which you can descend and ascend feeling all the part of the Royal Family. Their afternoon tea is highly sought after as one of the finest in London– be sure to ask the concierge to make you reservations should you wish for a spot.
#6. Budget Conscious: Marriott Maida Vale
Located in a residential area yet still ideally situated to nearby attractions like Abbey Road, the Camden Market and Wembley Stadium is the Marriott Maida Vale. Tastefully decorated and comfortable, you’ll get all the perks you’re used to from the Marriott chain including plush beds, free WiFi plus a spacious modern bathroom, rare in the city of spacious-conscious hotel rooms. Visitors enjoy free access to the heated pool adjacent to the hotel at Bannatyne’s Leisure Club– you might need it if you indulge in a meal or three at the onsite Italian Restaurant Fratelli.
While this neighborhood might stray further from London’s biggest sights, it’s an excellent choice for the budget-conscious; invest in a visitor’s Oyster card for easy access to and from the hotel via Kilburn Park tube station.
#7. Hip in Shoreditch: Boundary
Combining the charisma and class of historic grandeur with the modern, Boundary is a delightful hotel located in the buzzy Shoreditch neighborhood. Perfect for those who enjoy people watching, vintage shopping and street food, you’re within a hop, skip or jump to Old Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane Market. The hotel boasts a fantastic English-French fusion restaurant located on its rooftop in addition to terrace gardens, including a year-round orangery where you can unwind with a craft beer or cocktail.
Each of the 12 rooms are uniquely inspired by different design movements from Bauhaus to Le Corbusier, Modern Dickensian to Modern Chinoiserie. From your window or from some of the suites’ balconies you get lovely urban views from the hip heartbeat of the city. If you’re looking to stay in a vibrant area, Boundary offers guests a slice of London life for the week or weekend.
#8. Art-loving Families: Hilton London Bankside
Situated close to the Tate Modern as well as Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, the recently opened Hilton London Bankside is perfect for families seeking cultural experiences in a city packed full of art. The hotel also has interconnecting rooms for families looking to get a bit of privacy as well as a children’s menu in the onsite OXBO Bankside restaurant, plus babysitting services for when you want to hit the town- sans kids. Rooms are stylish and practical and include the perfect dream inducing Hilton Serenity beds plus 42-inch HDTV sand free WiFi. You’ll also find a heated indoor pool and fitness center should you desire to spend some time sweatin’ it all out.
The Southbank area is vibrant and rapidly regenerating with cafes, restaurants and artists studios ever present in this historically creative hub. Grab lunch at the nearby Borough Market for a taste of foodie London, cross the iconic Millenium Bridge (better known among the kids as the bridge from the Harry Potter movies) or take in the bird’s eye view of London from the London Eye.
#9. The Old-World Classic: Brown’s Hotel
Possibly one of the most important and iconic historic hotels in London, Brown’s first opened in 1837 and has played host several important moments in the history of the city: Rudyard Kipling wrote the Jungle Book here and Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call (ever!) from the hotel. It was also here that taking Afternoon Tea became a staple tradition of English culture- assisted of course by the presence of Queen Victoria who was a regular patron. Today, the Mayfair Hotel is located near the fabulously luxurious shopping of Bond street as well as the Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly Circus and Hyde Park.
For a truly luxurious experience, book the Kipling Suite, named after the Jungle Book creator himself. Incredibly spacious and light filled, the Suite has playful sketches of animals, muted warm tones with just a hint of the Orient. You’ll also receive two half hour spa treatments, unpacking and packing services, airport transfer and the option of enjoying breakfast in bed– when was the last time you indulged like that?
*Cover image by Hernán Piñera CCBY. Hotel images via trivago.