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Where to Find Boutique Style on a Budget
It may be one of the world's most expensive cities but London is home to a growing number of budget hotels that are as stylish as they are affordable. If you'd rather spend money checking out the local area than checking in to a hotel, then read on for our pick of London hotels that offer boutique style on a budget.
At the time of writing, all hotels had rates available for less than £100 per night.
Qbic London City, Whitechapel
This contemporary crash pad in Whitechapel, east London, features 171 bright and colorful pod-style rooms. Quirky features include striking larger-than-life murals, neon artwork and an open kitchen that serves all-day drinks and snacks. It's a ten-minute walk from Spitalfields Market and 20 minutes from the Tower of London.
Z Hotels, Various Locations
You can enjoy a heart-of-the-action location for an out-of-town price with a stay at one of London's Z Hotels. Take your pick from locations in Soho, Victoria, Piccadilly, Shoreditch, Temple and Gloucester Place. The concept is the same across the brand: each hotel offers compact rooms in neutral colors equipped with small shower rooms, HDTVs and free Wi-Fi. All properties feature a Z Cafe that serves everything from early breakfasts to late-night beers.
Hub by Premier Inn, Covent Garden
This high-tech hotel has an impressive West End location on St Martin's Lane in Covent Garden. The cool, contemporary rooms are decorated with map-inspired artwork and the TV, lights and air-con can all be controlled via an app on your phone. Slide out desks and under the bed storage help to maximize the tiny layouts. Tea and coffee are available 24 hours a day in the lobby and there's a deli-style cafe for light bites but the central London location puts you within strolling distance of some of London's finest restaurants.
Motel One London Tower Hill
A ten-minute stroll from the Tower of London and a 15-minute bus ride from Shoreditch, this sleek hotel offers a top location and excellent value for money. Space may be a premium in the rooms (clothes rails replace wardrobes and there are no bathtubs) but they feature mod cons including free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and movable desks. Downstairs, the 24-hour lobby-level bar, with its Chesterfield sofas, intimate lighting and cool glass fireplaces, is a cozy place to kick back in.
Church Street Hotel, Camberwell
This fun family-run hotel in Camberwell, south London features 31 rooms kitted out with brightly colored walls, kitsch Latin American accessories and hand-painted Mexican tiles. The 24-hour Havana Bar serves free tea and coffee throughout the day and is stocked with an impressive selection of tequilas and beers available through an honesty bar system. For breakfast, try their Angels & Gypsies Restaurant. There's no tube station in the immediate area but there are plenty of buses that connect to central London within 30 minutes and it's a ten-minute walk to Denmark Hill rail station. Don't miss the unlimited continental breakfast for just £5.
Hotel 55, Ealing
Simple and stylish, this 29-room hotel in Ealing, west London offers perks aplenty including free Wi-Fi, free water in the room, free parking and free breakfast (if you book directly with the hotel). Rooms are kitted out with kingsize beds and L'Occitane bath products and are decorated with abstract art. Dine on Japanese dishes at the on-site Momo restaurant, which overlooks a Zen-style garden. It may not be central London but you can reach Hyde Park Corner in 25 minutes on the Piccadilly line and the location is especially handy if you're traveling to/from Heathrow Airport.
Ok, this one's technically a hostel but Clink78, a converted Victorian courthouse near King's Cross offers private rooms with ensuite bathrooms from just £65 per night. It's great for value-seeking vacationers who like the buzz of a hostel but want the seclusion of a private room. Kick back in the TV room which occupies a former courtroom and enjoy a nightcap in the ClashBar, named after the punk band that once stood trial at the court.