10 Coolest Places to Stay in London

Are you heading to London and looking for a hotel? Here is the list of 10 coolest modern and hip places to stay in London.

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Choosing among all the cool places to stay in London can be a daunting task as the city is enormous and sights can be far away from each other. Hotels in London also comes in all shapes and sizes. While I am lucky to stay with my family each time I go there for shorter or longer stays, I do have a well-researched wishlist of all kind of modern cool hotels I would love to visit one day. I hope you’ll find it inspiring for your future visits.

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10 Coolest Hotels in London

1. Leman Locke

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Location | 15 Leman Street, Tower Hamlets, London, E1 8EN
Why I like it |
Clean and chic interior, all the comfort and experience of the hotel, but a washing machine and a kitchen when you just want to be a little more independent.
Features |
On-site restaurant, kitchen with a washing machine, oven and fridge as well as a fitness centre with gym.
Rate |
from £60

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2. The Good Hotel

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The Good Hotel London is not just called good for the sound of it. This hotel is a non-profit organisation – a social business initiative which re-invests all their profits to train long-term unemployed local people in London and educate disadvantaged children in Guatemala. By staying at Good Hotel, you are helping the local community to maintain these programs.

Location | Western Gateway, Newham, London, E16 1FA
Why I like it |
Because you can enjoy a stylish and cool hotel experience while actually doing something good for the world and your karma.
Features |
Terrace with panoramic views and floating experience, as well as access to ExCeL London.
Rate |
from £45

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3. Motel One

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Motel One is probably my favourite hotel chain in Europe. It has a unique style and good quality everything, starting from the facilities, bedsheets, toiletries and ending with coffee and gin selection in the bar. Brussels, Berlin or London – it is a hotel you can always count on.

Location | 24-26 Minories, City of London, London, EC3N 1BQ
Why I like it |
Motel One has a distinct style and it is exactly the one I like. Comfy, bold, but not overbearing. And while adventures are fun, sometimes it’s great to know exactly what you can expect from your hotel room, lounge and breakfast.
Features |
Quality breakfast, fireplace, tube (subway) access and a great location.
Rate |
from £80

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4. The Exhibitionist Hotel

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The absolutely beautiful Exhibitionist Hotel is set in restored 18th-century townhouses which combine original design and contemporary finishes including bespoke furnishings. The hotel is not just a place to sleep but also provides some food for the soul as it features 8 galleries with frequently changing pieces of work displayed.

Location | 8-10 Queensberry Place, Kensington and Chelsea, London, SW7 2EA
Why I like it |
It’s almost like sleeping in an art gallery!
Features |
Great location in the heart of South Kensington and an amazing sight inside and outside.
Rate |
from £90

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5. Qbic Hotel London City

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The Qbic Hotel London is based around the Cubi all-in-one ‘Qbi’ pod concept. In the bathroom, you will find organic toiletries and on certain floors – some complimentary tea and coffee.

Location | 42 Adler Street, Tower Hamlets, London, E1 1EE
Why I like it |
Absolutely unique design, bold, colourful and beautiful.
Features |
A short walk from the tube station, a restaurant offering various breakfast options and an all-day menu, comfortable and a bit more interesting than usual meeting rooms.
Rate |
from £60

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6. K West Hotel and Spa

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K West is 4-star boutique hotel is located in Shepherd’s Bush, just a 5-minute walk from Shepherd’s Bush Underground and overground stations and Westfield London shopping centre. It features an award-winning K SPA with the herbal steam room, hydrotherapy pool and foot baths.

Location | Richmond Way, Hammersmith and Fulham, London, W14 0AX
Why I like it |
London is huge, so whatever you do, you’ll end up walking miles and getting knackered by the end of the day. There’s nothing better than having a spa right in the hotel to relax in the evening.
Features |
Well, the spa of course, and for a surprisingly decent price for London standards. And as a nice bonus – a very good location, from which you can easily reach all the sights.
Rate |
from £90

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7. CitizenM Hotel

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CitizenM London is another stylish contemporary hotel chain, so you can find their hotels in several locations in London. It’s so modern that you will have free iMac’s and printing service, which can be a nice bonus. It also has this nice feature of “citizenM says” quotes posted on walls, paper cups and doormats, which will keep you entertained throughout your stay.

Location | 20 Lavington Street, Southwark, London, SE1 0NZ
Why I like it |
Because as I’ve already said while writing about Motel One, sometimes it’s good to know what to expect from a hotel.
Features |
All that a decent hotel should feature: rain showers, good wifi, 24-hour reception and a great location.
Rate |
from £90

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8. Ampersand Hotel

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Right in the centre of South Kensington, Ampersand Hotel is comfortable with just a little, not an overbearing touch of luxury. It has a great gym and even better food selection, and I as a great appreciator of both is a big fan of this hotel.

Location | 10 Harrington Road, Kensington and Chelsea, London, SW7 3ER
Why I like it |
South Kensington is one of my favourite locations in London, so a good hotel there goes to my wish-list straight away.
Features |
Gym, Mediterranean restaurant and an amazing selection of pastries (to balance each other)
Rate |
from £130

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9. W Leicester Square

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Located right in Leicester Square, next to Soho and Westend, W Hotel adds to it great interior design, a spa with sauna and a cocktail bar which is so good, you are risking not actually venturing out, but spending all your evenings right there.

Location | 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, Westminster Borough, London, W1D 6QF
Why I like it |
Mostly because of those hedgehog-like room additions. Oh, and unbeatable location of course.
Features |
The most prominent feature are plates. But otherwise chose this hotel for the location, sauna and a great cocktail bar.
Rate |
from £120

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10. The Rockwell Hotel

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The Rockwell Hotel is located in the city centre, but it feels a bit more like a traditional and cosy Bed and Breakfast somewhere in the English countryside. Come here to relax and recharge, while also exploring the city.

Location | 181 Cromwell Road, Kensington and Chelsea, London, SW5 0SF
Why I like it |
The Rockwell Hotel looks like a little oasis in busy South Kensington District.
Features |
English garden and huge windows, as well as a cosy traditional English B&B style.
Rate |
from £120

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