Looking for quirky hotels in London? YES!
From floating hotels, capsules and animal lodges, to arty rooms, old prisons and more, it’s time to find out about some of the BEST quirky hotels in London for 2019.
I love hotels with character. You know, the sort you stay in for one night, and then spend your whole life telling people about. Remember when we stayed in a room decorated by a London graffiti artist? What about the one with the outdoor bathroom? Don’t worry – that one wasn’t in England! Brrr….
There’s an overwhelming choice of places to stay in London, but sometimes it’s fun to try something different.
So if you’re looking for something for a special occasion, or just fancy trying something different, here’s my guide to London’s quirky, unique, boutique and damn unusual hotels!
Sunborn Yacht Hotel, Royal Victoria Dock
This has to be one of the most unique hotels in London! This chic floating hotel (or boatel) is moored at Royal Victoria Dock. Forget tiny cabins, on this yacht you’ll enjoy large rooms with river views. For the ultimate in relaxation, take a trip to Symphony Spa or enjoy a delicious meal at the restaurant.
Gir Lion Lodge At London Zoo, Regent’s Park
Ever wondered what it would be like to have a sleepover at the Zoo? You can now stay in a luxury lodge right in London Zoo where you get special access after hours, animal feeding experiences and a two-course dinner! If waking up near the wild animals isn’t an unusual enough place to stay, I don’t know what is!
The Exhibitionist Hotel, South Kensington
This had to be on my list of quirky hotels in London! Opposite the Natural History Museum, this colourful hotel makes a change from the laid back muted décor of so many boutique hotels in London. Along with flamboyant décor in the bedrooms and an entrance with murals and sculptures, the hotel features eight gallery spaces with different artworks on display.
Clink78 Hostel, King’s Cross
While this one is officially a hostel, I decided it’d be a shame not to include it. This building used to be a courthouse, and the Clink team have taken care to preserve a few elements from its former use. Yep, you can choose to sleep in a former prison cell or take a seat on one of the old courtroom pews in the TV area.
W Hotel, Leicester Square
If you want to book into one of the kitschiest hotels in central London, stay in a penthouse suite at the W, right on the corner of Leicester Square. The Wow Suite is kitted out with a chic vanity area, giant corner sofa (perfect for entertaining) and floor-to-ceiling windows with views over the city. Oh and don’t forget the fact the bar downstairs is home to one of the biggest disco balls you’ll ever lay eyes on!
Ampersand Hotel, South Kensington
Bedrooms at this five-star boutique hotel are individually decorated with bold contemporary wallpaper designs and original Victorian features. Along with Apero (a restaurant serving Med cuisine) there’s a library, games room and a wine room. If you fancy a meal with a twist too, book in for the Science Afternoon Tea, which won Best Themed Afternoon Tea at the Afternoon Tea Awards this year. Expect the unexpected with jellies served in petri dishes, chocolate spacemen and a bit of magic!
Artist Residence London, Pimlico
Each room at this charming 10-bedroom modern London hotel is packed full of character. There are quirky furnishings and original artworks around the building, and a fab restaurant downstairs, The Cambridge Street Kitchen, which serves up seasonal dishes. The hotel group’s story is a great one too – it started in Brighton when the owner put an ad out to find artists to decorate the rooms in exchange for their board. The gamble paid off and the idea has now been replicated at five Artist Residence’s around England.
Good Hotel London, Royal Victoria Dock
Another floating hotel in Royal Victoria Dock, the Good Hotel offers something different to the glitzy luxury of Sunborn. This one is industrial in style, like a big floating platform. It’s also got a ‘good’ heart, working with locals who are struggling to find employment and training them up in hospitality, as well as working with local businesses where possible. It’s still a smart experience, with chic rooms, a large living room area and a rooftop terrace with views over The Thames.
St Christopher’s Inn Village, London Bridge
Another hostel creeping onto the list… yep, this is the UK’s first capsule hostel! While this experience might not be to everyone’s taste, it’s certainly a unique one. The Japanese-style capsules are hi-tech too, with USB ports, ventilation and mood lighting. Prices start around £25 per night, which is a bargain considering how central this is!
Georgian House Hotel, Victoria
Fancy a quirky hotel in London with a magical twist? Dating back to 1851, there’s more to this five-star boutique hotel than meets the eye. They’re concealed behind a secret bookcase and feature stained-glass windows, spooky archways, potions, cauldrons and a range of magical artefacts. Oh and if you really want to round off your stay in style, order the magical breakfast!
Courthouse Hotel, London
This hotel was once The Great Marlborough Street Magistrate’s Court, where many famous cases took place. Notable cases include those of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Oscar Wilde. Plenty of original features have been preserved including three of the prison cells which now make up part of the bar. Other historic features can be spotted in the hotel’s restaurant Silk, which was once the main courtroom. Want to stay in a piece of history? Book into the Magistrates Suites which used to be the Judges’ quarters.