5 London Boutique Hotels on my ‘to do’ list

As someone who has travelled this planet many times over, I believe that London boutique hotels are amongst the best in the world. It is also our ten year anniversary this year.I am therefore, planning a few city breaks to be taken during the early summer months. I have researched 5 lovely London boutique hotels that I want to visit or stay in before the year is out.

5 London Boutique Hotels on my 'to do' list Firmdale Hotels

One of the First London Boutique Hotels…

One of the first boutique hotels to open in london (1978) was Blake’s designed by Anouska Hempel. I was a regular visitor in the late 80’s. Back then it was ‘the place’ to stay and be seen in  I once saw Grace Jones, we passed each other in the corridor!


5 London Boutique Hotels on my 'to do' list Blakes


5 london Boutique Hotels

Today there are many more available to choose from. In no particular order, these are the ones that have captured my attention recently. So more of a wishlist and less of a review post…


1. The Pilgrm: 25 London Street, London, W2 1HH

No, not a typo that is how you spell it.

The Pilgrm is almost next to Paddington station, so very handy for us train travellers. I would describe the decor from the pics as pared back industrial in keeping with the age and history of the Victorian building. Rooms start at £99 and vary from a ‘bunk’ to a ‘large’ I love the sound of the bunk bed rooms, especially if you are just sharing with a friend, in my case I often stay in london with my son so this will be perfect!


A place designed with honest craftsmanship, a sense of provenance and a belief in fostering community.


5 London Boutique Hotels on my 'to do' list The Pilgrm


2. My Bloomsbury: 11-13 Bayley Street, London, WC1

Part of the ‘My Hotel’ Group which now includes Chelsea as well as Brighton.

I like the Ethos of ‘My Hotel’ group, as well as being environmentally conscious they partner with local business that provide food, drink and wellness. They do use designers such as Conran, but try to keep a local flavour. My bloomsbury has 86 rooms, with a small double from approx £139.


You’ll be on the doorstep of local life with My Bloomsbury’s vibrant energy


5 London Boutique Hotels on my 'to do' list My Bloomsbury


3. Kettners Townhouse: 29 ROMILLY ST LONDON W1D

Kettners Townhouse has been on my Radar for awhile, this area of London draws me like a magnet. I have actually eaten in the original restaurant which closed in 2016.  The decor is breathtaking mixing 1920’s art deco design with modern comfort. 33 rooms from £225 per night Rooms are labelled ‘Tiny’ through ‘cosy’ and up to a Suite. The champagne bar retains its original mosaic floor and looks like my kind of place.


Kettner’s Townhouse celebrates Soho and its local community from 1867 to today, marking a new chapter for this historic building


5 London Boutique Hotels on my 'to do' list kettners Townhouse


4. The Ned: 27 Poultry St, London EC2

This one is my dream stay. I may have to redecorate our house after staying here!

The Ned, housed in a old Midland Bank building that was  originally designed by architect Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens. Now part of Soho House, founded by Nick Jones. Striking heritage features, combined with stunning design and a nod to 1920’s glamour.

The bank Vault is now a Bar and was the inspiration for the vault in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger. That door weighs 25 tonnes!


A historic building rebuilt in the heart of the city


5 London Boutique Hotels on my 'to do' list


5. The Soho Hotel, 4 Richmond Mews, London, W1D

Part of the Firmdale Group of hotels all designed by Kit Kemp one of my interior design heroes. The Soho Hotel is bright and Vibrant.There are 96 bedrooms and Suites. In fact I would be happy to stay in any of the Firmdale Hotels. The Charlotte Street Hotel is a fave and of course let’s not forget the Ham Yard Hotel a favourite place for blogger events!


…surrounded by some of London’s best restaurants, bars and vibrant cafes… 

5 London Boutique Hotels on my 'to do' list The Soho hotel


So there you have it, 5 Hotels i simply need to visit. Have you been to or stayed at any of these yet? Do let me know in the comments and  watch this space for an actual review…coming soon!

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  1. 02/04/2018 / 22:56

    All so Instagram and photo shoot ready! You better pack me in your suitcase! I’ve been to the Soho and it’s gorgeous
    Laurie xx

  2. M
    02/04/2018 / 16:18

    Ooh lucky you, living near Chewton Glen, although I understand yes it probably wouldn’t feel like you were actually ‘getting away’.

    I must have been a bit high on Easter egg yesterday when I typed the Crosby Hotel, because we stayed at the Charlotte Street Hotel?.

    • 02/04/2018 / 22:05

      haaa haaa! so funny i did wonder when I couldn’t find it!

  3. M
    01/04/2018 / 19:22


    We’ve stayed in both the Crosby and Soho Hotel for a couple of nights. Absolutely loved it.

    If I had to choose between the two, I’d go for the Soho Hotel, although that’s mainly based on location and the fact the Soho Hotel upgraded us to a fabulous room. On the downside if you’re a light sleeper maybe the Soho Hotel is not for you as it was fairly noisy.

    The interior design is gorgeous and a feast of colour. The restaurants in both hotels were great too.

    For a country hotel I’d recommend Chewton Glen in New Milton, Hampshire.

    • 01/04/2018 / 22:24

      Hello! thanks for your advice!

      We live really near Chewton Glen, so although its lovely (those treehouse rooms are to die for) It doesn’t feel like a real getaway, we must check out the Crosby, thank you!

      Ashley xx