5 best London hotels that cater to all budgets and itineraries

If you’re planning a trip to the UK capital, and need somewhere to lay your head after a day of exploring then we’ve rounded up some of the best hotels. Whether you want a little bit of London luxury, or want somewhere a little more affordable as base then we’ve got you covered.

The Gantry, Stratford

A stone’s throw from Stratford’s busy Westfield centre is this destination hotel that falls under the Hilton umbrella. The relatively new hotel (they celebrated their 1st birthday in November with a glitzy party soundtracked by Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz’s wedding DJ – Fat Tony) has a coffee house, bar, and two restaurants.

One of those being STK – the steakhouse has an impressive reputation for mixing fine dining with a party atmosphere with locations already in Ibiza, Las Vegas and London’s Westminster with all manner of celebrities sitting down for a bite including Eva Longoria, TOWIE’s Yazmin Oukhellou and Molly-Mae Hague.

When it’s time for bed you’ll be impressed by the spacious design of the rooms, and the shower. Please can we take a moment for the shower. Never has washing my hair been such a joyous experience thanks to the rainfall head and large cubicle. Plus, the chaise longue means you can feel like Rose, when she was painted by Jack in the Titanic.

Room prices start from £200

Book at thegantrylondon.com

The Tribe, Canary Wharf

If you’ve got business in Canary Wharf, then firstly, how fancy – go you! Secondly, you should stay at The Tribe – the only hotel based in the heart of London’s business district.

The rooms have a New York apartment vibe with exposed concrete ceilings, simple interiors and golden details. If you’re looking to get a bit of work done in your room, or just want to search the OK! Website then there’s a lovely desk too.

Each room has plenty of light thanks to the floor to ceiling windows, where you can enjoy views of London and we particularly enjoyed getting a bird’s eye view of the construction work currently underway. That is not us being sarcastic – when you can’t hear building work, it’s very relaxing to watch!

For dinner, the Feels like June restaurant on the ground floor offers Californian inspired dishes, and there’s plenty more on your doorstep. Canary Wharf is dubbed the 15 minute city and is not hard to see why – hundreds of bars and restaurants are ready to welcome you at any time. May the odds be in your favour if you plan to visit the shopping centre because that place is a true maze.

Just a small note, there are no phones in the rooms, and the reception doesn’t offer any toiletries for forgetful travellers like me. As a result I found myself dressed in PJs and a big coat visiting the local Amazon Fresh store at 10:30pm to buy toothpaste and cotton pads. Don’t be like me.

Room prices start from £169

Book at mytribehotel.com

Pan Pacific London, Liverpool Street

The hotel brand was originally founded in Singapore, and the London establishment has kept that original luxurious aesthetic. You may be just two minutes away from London’s busy Liverpool Street station, but when you step inside their doors it’s effortlessly calm. And if you’re not feeling the zen, go up a few levels and visit their gym and spa facilities.

The on-site restaurant Straits Kitchen stays true to their South East Asian origin, with a menu celebrating Singapore’s many cultures. The Char Kway Teow noodles (£24) are a must, while admiring the impressive views which includes pretty much all the London landmarks you see on the opening credits of The Apprentice.

The rooms have a slick and modern interior, with no distractions from a good night’s sleep. But look closer for some cute homely touches including a china teapot, complimentary chocolates housed in a wooden box and vintage London guide books. The toiletries were next level fancy – we’re talking Diptyque shampoo and conditioner – and so returning to my Home Bargains loot was a firm return to earth. And of course the bathroom is decked out in Italian marble.

Room prices start from £325

Book at Panpacific.com

Mama Shelter, Shoreditch

This may be a budget hotel, but it doesn’t feel that way inside. The quirky hotel chain includes your standard restaurant and bar, but also houses a basement karaoke room, arcade games, table football AND they sell sex toys at reception if you fancy doing something other than sleep in your bedroom.

Talking of which, you’ll find a king-sized bed and plenty of funky decor in the French founded hotel chain. Art-deco carpets and duck lampshades create a unique look, which will have people commenting ‘Where are you?!’ under your Instagram posts.

Room prices start from £99

Book at mamashelter.com

Great Northern Hotel, King’s Cross St Pancras

As the capital’s oldest railway hotel, each of the 88 en-suite rooms at the Great Northern Hotel are dripping with glamour.

With four room types to choose from (we stayed in the stunning sage green ‘Heritage’ room), the GNH will have you feeling like an A-lister thanks to luxury touches including a Nespresso coffee machine, Google Chromecast streaming facilities and lavish Malin + Goetz toiletries.

What’s more, if the grind never stops, or if you want to keep loved ones up to date with your adventures, its speedy complimentary Wi-Fi and views of King’s Cross mean that you’ll be the subject of envy in your next video call.

While each corridor is home to a pantry bursting with snacks and tea making facilities (it truly is the stuff of dreams), the on-site RAILS Restaurant is ideal for something more substantial and the Tarte Tatin (£9) will have you thinking about it for days.

If like us the idea of lugging baggage on the underground sends you into a nervous sweat, its location between St Pancras and King’s Cross means you won’t even have to worry about getting your suitcase through the crowds. Perfect!

Room prices start from £329

Book at gnhlondon.com


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