Best London design hotels – where to stay for an interiors fix

From Covent Garden to Hampton Court, we explore the best London design hotels for a stylish stay

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The light filled dining room inside the atrium at The Nomad London
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We've explored the best London design hotels for a stylish stay, and – quite frankly – we've been spoiled for choice. Whether you’re looking for grand Georgian townhouses transformed into five star stays on streets steeped in history, or panoramic views across the Thames from the rooftops of sleek brutalist buildings, there are some truly incredible options.  

Historical London, the playground of Tudor Kings and Queens, the cobbled streets of Dickens and a metropolis swelling with industry has laid the foundations of a city that has it all on offer. 

Our top picks can provide discerning travellers with views onto Covent Garden or the River Thames; on-trend co-working spaces for business meetings; chic design from true British brands such as house of Hackney, and even Oscar Wilde-inspired interiors.

Just don't blame us if you decide to extend your stay and try them all...

Best London design hotels for stylish stay

The historical London exterior of The Nomad Hotel

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1. The Nomad Hotel, Covent Garden

Manhattan luxe meets European charm

Specifications
Book a Room: £395 for a Classic Room
Address: 28 Bow St, London WC2E 7AW
Reasons to buy
+Designed by New York 'starchitects' Roman and Williams+You can see Covent Garden from your bedroom suite+The most magical lantern lit dining area
Reasons to avoid
-Luxury comes with a price tag

This Spring saw the most exciting hotel opening in London since The Ned. Designed by New York ‘Starchitects’ Roman and Williams responsible for Ace Hotel NY, New Orleans and The Standard - NoMad with boutique boltholes in New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, has made its international debut the the heart of London's theatre-land Covent Garden. 

An art filled luxurious suite at The Nomad

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A 91 room hotel The Nomad draws inspiration from its storied building inside the historic former Bow Street Magistrates in Covent Garden. It houses an all-day dining space within a light filled atrium and three bars. 

The light filled dining room inside the atrium at The Nomad London

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Rooms feature vintage bakelite phones, marble-topped desks, mosaic-and-marble bathroom and eclectic artworks. The Royal Opera suite has a particularly decadent draw, allowing the visitor to sit and soak in a copper-bottomed bath tub while staring at the arched glass roof of the Royal Opera House.

The dark and atmospheric Side Hustle Bar at The Nomad London

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Alongside NoMad Restaurant, the hotel will also play host to two other venues Common Decency, a sleek subterranean craft cocktail bar opening further down the line and Side Hustle, a concept that involves Mexican sharing platters with esquisite ingredients and agave-based cocktails.


The covered outdoor dining area at The Mitre

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2. The Mitre, Hampton Court

Country house meets Royal Regatta flair

Specifications
Book a Room: £261 for a Classic Room
Address: Hampton Ct Rd, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9BN
Reasons to buy
+Right on the River Thames by Hampton Court+Family friendly rooms with bunk beds+Stunning interiors from designer Nicola Harding.
Reasons to avoid
-No babysitting service

Dining area over looking the Thames at The Mitre

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Country house meets Royal Regatta flair at The Mitre, a relaxed and refined riverside hotel sitting pretty opposite Hampton Court Palace. With maximalist interiors designed by name to know, Nicola Harding, it is a fine display of her mastery of the art of modern eccentricity. 

Bedroom at The Mitre

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The hotel features 36 beautiful classic bedrooms that are big on comfort and romance. Playful use of colour and antiques lend soulfulness and give each room their own unique character. One of four ‘Culture Rooms’ at the hotel is decorated with wallpapers by Ceraudo, chair fabric Olicana, cushions Penny Worrall, lampshade Rosi de Ruig - a reflection of the Mitre’s literature and arts heritage.

The hotel also boasts two stunning restaurants and bars, Coppernose and The 1665 Riverside Brasserie with a majestic centrepiece bar, wine room, open kitchen and beautiful alfresco terrace overlooking the Thames.


Eclection salon space in a room at The Lost Poet

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3. The Lost Poet, Portobello Road

Best for bohemian guesthouse vibes

Specifications
Book a Room: From £200 for Bed and Breakfast
Address: 6 Portobello Rd, London W11 3DG
Reasons to buy
+Eclectic decor inspired by Portobello Road's history+In the heart of Notting Hill with Hyde park on it's doorstep+Available to hire the townhouse exclusively
Reasons to avoid
-Intimately spaced rooms

If you want to experience London like a local - this miniature townhouse hotel in the heart of Notting Hill is the one for you! Located in a prime spot at Number 6 Portobello Road, The Lost Poet is a contemporary interpretation of a traditional guesthouse. 

A poetic love letter to the area, the townhouse celebrates its creativity and dynamism through four individually designed bedrooms, harnessing the colour and playful curiosity of Portobello Road and takes inspiration from the iconic market, mixing the old with the new.

A luxurious marble bathroom with blue palm tree wallpaper

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Restored wood panels, stone and metal have been used to give texture and depth to each space. The bathroom suites boast exquisite marble floors, bespoke vanity units featuring brassware from British-brand Samuel Heath and vibrant Spanish tiles sit alongside chic House of Hackney and Maison C wallpaper, all in the relevant shades. 

Vintage Wallpaper at The Lost Poet

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Each room has stand-out antique pieces including an Irish armchair and a chaise lounge, sourced by the expert team at The French House and given a new lease of life with striking Timorous Beasties fabric. Other furniture pieces have been sourced from local Portobello dealers. Each bedroom is also home to a lounge area for guests to relax in with TVs that blend seamlessly into the design, displaying art when not in use.


Light filled dining room with greenery in the atrium at Kingsland Locke

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4. Kingsland Locke, Dalston

Best for home comforts and apartment amenities

Specifications
Rooms From: £71 for a City Studio Room
Address: 130 Kingsland High Street, Dalston, London, E8 2LQ
Reasons to buy
+In the heart of eclectic East London+Combines hotel + apartment living+Has a trendy on site co-working space
Reasons to avoid
-If we're being picky - the hotel only has overground transport access

Apartment bedroom with bed and kitchenette

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Home-meets-hotel brand Locke's fourth London property, Kingsland Locke, in the heart of Dalston is set to be a vibrant hub for the eclectic neighbourhood.

Housing 124 studio apartments the interiors of Kingsland Locke have been conceived by East London-based studio Red Deer, who took taken inspiration from the vibrant colours and scenes of the surrounding Dalston area.

Entrance lobby and cafe at Kingsland Locke

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Synonymous with the wider Locke brand, all studios feature fully-equipped kitchens complete with high spec appliances, as well as custom-made green velvet sofas and and a living space.

Factory doors leading into the reception area at Kingsland Locke

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The space makes it easy to combine that work life balance as well with a complimentary co-working space, on-site micro-brewery and gin distillery, all-day restaurant, workout studio and coffee shop. The lower ground floor of the hotel boasts a large atrium space, that transitions into a bar area come nightfall. 


The Malt Bar a traditional Japanese style bar at The Prince Akatoki

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5. The Prince Akatoki, Marble Arch

London's only 5 Star Japanese Hotel

Specifications
Rooms From: Double rooms from £240 in low season; and from £330 in high
Address: 50 Great Cumberland Pl, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD
Reasons to buy
+Experience the very best of Japanese hospitality+A tranquil location minutes from Oxford Street+A 10 minute stroll to Hyde Park +An un-hurried Noon checkout
Reasons to avoid
-A Marble Arch location is not everyones cup of tea

It looks like a classic Georgian townhouse on the outside, but inside The Prince Akatoki is a Japanese-inspired sanctuary that embraces minimalism and clean lines. Totally overhauled by high-end Japanese brand Prince Hotels for its first foray into Europe, the £3million makeover has reimagined the hotel with un-paralleled Asian hospitality at its core.

A minimal lounge space at The Prince Akatoki

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Check-in takes place in the relaxing seating area in the lobby, which is dotted with orchids, bamboo screens and a striking fireplace filled with rounded stones. There is also tranquil work area and library well-stocked with books on Japanese design and peppered with covetable Japanese pottery.

A minimal bedroom suite at Prince Akatoki

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The rooms and lounge areas are decorated in mellow tones and all embrace a minimalist aesthetic, with blond-wood furnishings well crafted table and chairs plus a slatted cabinet with a traditional Japanese tea set and a Nespresso machine on top. 

Behind the comfortable bed is a panelled screen, which spans the length of the wall and is delicately etched with mountain scenery. Executive suites feature mirrors that double as TV's near the bath and innovative Toto toilet systems.

The TOKii restaurant at The Prince Akatoki

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The hotel's striking Malt Bar transforms seamlessly from a Japanese tea room during the day, to a buzzy whisky bar at night resplendent in cherry blossoms. The smoked whisky is a must for a nightcap - poured then smoked at the bar for drama and incredible flavour. 

A hearty and healthy Japanese breakfast served at the hotel's TOKii restaurant is the perfect start to a busy day exploring - comprised of no less than ten delicious morsels of fusion delicacies. 


Eccentric portraits on a red wall at The Mayfair Townhouse

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6. Mayfair Townhouse, Mayfair

For maximum English eccentricity

Specifications
Book A Room: Doubles from £252
Address: 27-41 Half Moon St, London W1J 7BG
Reasons to buy
+A stones throw from the theatre district+A buzzy hotel bar+Dogs welcome
Reasons to avoid
-No traditional restaurant

Spread across 15 Georgian houses, new kid on the block but with rock solid roots The Mayfair Townhouse is a playful and sophisticated hotel drawing on rich history and literary associations to evoke an Oscar Wilde in Wonderland aesthetic.

Here you'll find a flamboyant blend of contemporary British style and mid-century modern modern pieces, with nods to the street's storied past - the setting of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.

Art plays a pivotal role in the hotel’s design, with a curated collection of unique and commissioned pieces that bring to life the property’s history with a sense of mischief.

A purple and white lounge area at The Mayfair Townhouse

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Inspired by the colourful characters of Mayfair, past and present, The Dandy Bar with its mood lighting and mirrored ceilings looks to become a hot spot for cocktails, alongside its extensive wine list.

The Dandy bar at The Mayfair Townhouse

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Classic rooms are more spacious with king beds, dressing tables and work stations while suites have a separate sofa area and enormous marble bathrooms with huge tubs and spacious rain showers. 

A theatrical bedroom suite at The Mayfair Townhouse

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Garden Suites open onto a small walled courtyard. Cosy cabin rooms designed for one, accessed by their own flight of stairs, feel luxurious in rich tones of navy blue, teal and gold fixtures, with queen beds, smart shower rooms, and Mayfair views.


A bedroom suite at The Atheneum Hotel

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7. The Athenium Hotel, Piccadilly

For that cool London energy

Specifications
Book: £336 for a Townhouse Room
Address: 116 Piccadilly, London W1J 7BJ
Reasons to buy
+A few minutes walk from both Green Park and Hyde Park Corner Underground+Luscious Park Views+A 15 minute walk to Hyde Park
Reasons to avoid
-Located on a busy Piccadilly thoroughfare

Playing host to various celebrities over the years from Steven Spielberg to Take That The Atheneum still carries cool factor. Expanding to become The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences some years ago means the hotel now offers 162 bedrooms, 7 suites and 18 townhouses apartments, as well as a newly refurbished spa, bar and 10th floor residents’ lounge with striking views of Hyde Park opposite.

The bright and contemporary entrance The Atheneum Hotel

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The open plan reception space basks in light and the views give you an immediate snapshot into London life with it's location on Piccadilly’s central road into town against a backdrop of one of London’s most beautiful parks.

A modern and comfortable sitting area in a bedroom at The Atheneum Hotel

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With a king size bed, sofa and lounging area, generous sized desk area and even a vanity area as you come in, you’ll find the mini bar fully stocked, the bathroom overflowing with an abundance of products and a shower which is twice the size of the bath.

An elegant pink cocktail at The Atheneum Hotel bar

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The Spa's relaxation space in the basement of the hotel is a tranquil retreat which you wouldn’t expect to find in the heart of London.  It’s got everything you could want for a few hours of pampering including a luxurious hot tub, sauna and steam room, and treatment rooms if you’re after a facial, scrub, massage or signature treatment.


A busy covent garden street outside the Henrietta Hotel London

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8. The Henrietta Hotel, Covent Garden

For modern fairytale charm

Specifications
Book: £179 for a Standard Room
Address: 14 -15 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8QH
Reasons to buy
+In the heart of historic Covent Garden+Home to Da Henrietta a delicious Italian eatery+Ideal for families and larger groups, offering interconnecting-room options.
Reasons to avoid
-No elevator to top floor suites-Charming but petite communal areas-It's central location means theres potential for noise from nearby nightlife

A grand curved bed at the Henrietta Hotel London

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Henrietta Hotel from the now cult chic hotelier Experimental Group's first London hotel is an 18 bedroom boutique within a townhouse nestled in vibrant Covent Garden and just a stone’s throw from the group’s first London venture, the iconic Experimental Cocktail Club in Chinatown.

A pale blue room with powder pink seating at Henrietta Hotel London

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Rooms are designed by French Interior Designer, Dorothee Meilichzon and delight with playfully shaped furniture and large fairytale style beds. Each room is slightly different in style, offering a unique visual experience through the contrasting colours, patterns and tones featured in the furnishings and finishes. 

The glittering contemporary bar at the Henrietta Hotel London

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The hotel boasts its own buzzy restaurant 'Da Henrietta' spread across the ground floor and glass-roofed mezzanine - an exciting collaboration with Italian Supper Club. The seasonal menu comes with regional favourites fresh pasta made daily on site, taking centre stage. 

Great for kids, one of the perks of the Experimental Group is their signature generous breakfast buffet - endless pastries, cold meats, cereal, fresh fruit, warm milk, coffee and juices. 

Rohini Wahi
Rohini Wahi

Rohini Wahi is the News & Shopping Editor for Livingetc and Homes & Gardens magazines. With a decade-long career in the interiors and design industry working as a journalist for premium lifestyle publications then delving deeper into the business as a trend forecaster, Rohini has amassed a wealth of global design knowledge that informs her work. She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home.