So we got together with our friends at lastminute.com to come up with the ultimate list of designer hotels in London. From the edgy Qbic Hotel with its quirky fixtures and fittings to the high-class Mondrian on the banks of the Thames with its glamorous rooftop bar and giant copper clad walls,
you'll find extravagant designs, bright colours and unique décor. Think futuristic treatment, sleek style, state-of-the-art technology and lots of nice expensive artwork to admire.
All of these are available on lastminute.com, with prices for as little as £69 per night.
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Cutting-edge photography, bold colours and dramatic furniture make staying at Qbic a one-off experience. At this east London gem, each room has a unique design, right down to the quirky light fittings. Prices are good value, too: doubles from £69 per night. Visit the website for more information.
The sleek, spectacular building overlooks Somerset House on The Strand and has entirely monochrome interiors. The unique hotel also has a gorgeous roof-terrace bar and pyramidal atrium where you can relax with a cocktail and watch the sunset over the city. From £270 per night. Visit the website for more information.
Not only is the Mondrian home to top class accommodation but also an exclusive art gallery and a rooftop bar housed inside the famous Sea Containers. With great views of the River Thames and a giant, cooper clad wall that echoes the hull of a ship, this is a designer's dream. From £130 per night. Visit the website for more information.
This traditionally beautiful Grade II listed building houses an ultra-modern, high-tech hotel. Home to cutting edge gadgets and an iPad concierge, the Ecclestone Square Hotel, in the heart of central London, boasts innovative style and monochrome designs throughout. From £199 per night. Visit the website for more information.
On the edge of Hyde Park, La Suite West is a boutique hotel with minimalist details. Created by British designer Anouska Hempel, the hotel is home to crisp, clean lines and sculptural forms that are echoed in the landscaping of the garden as well. From £98 per night. Visit the website for more information.
Each of the rooms at South Place Hotel contains a piece of artwork from a contemporary London artist - and that won’t be the only feature to impress in this dramatic hotel. With lighting rigged up to make it seem like your bed is floating above the floor and the art, culture and nightlife of nearby Spitalfield’s, Shoreditch and Hoxton you won’t want to leave the South Place Hotel when it’s time to check out. From £157 per night. Visit their website for more information.
Located in the leafy, upmarket Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Blakes is another creation of designer, Anouska Hempel and is thought to be one of the world’s first luxury boutique hotels. A black façade introduces the interior design journey that will take you through India, China, Indonesia and further. From £312 per night. Visit their website for more information.
Eccentric styling and furnishings will wow anyone who stays at the Sanctum Soho Hotel. Just a stone’s throw from central London, the hotel’s location is perfect for those looking to enjoy the culture, arts and nightlife of the capital but the hotel’s swanky bar and restaurant may mean you don’t want to leave. From £186 per night. Visit the website for more information.
The glitz and glamour of Leicester Square is home to the jet-black entrance hall and sparkling gold bar of W London. No expense has been spared in it decadent design: this feels like a celeb's hangout. From £249 per night. Visit the website for more information.
Found in the heart of cultural London, the Exhibitionist is opposite the Natural History Museum and within walking distance of the V&A Museum, the Albert Hall and the Science Museum. The beautifully restored 18th century townhouse combines original design and contemporary decoration for a modern feel. The hotel also boasts eight art galleries with famous pieces for visitors to enjoy. From £162 per night. Visit their website for more information.
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A hotel that prides itself on a discreet and elegant environment, The Halkin by COMO nestled in exclusive Belgravia is the ultimate urban sanctuary, oozing understated glamour, poised service and chic interiors. As London's first boutique design hotel, it is considered a home from home for the rich and famous looking for a hideaway in the centre of the capital, while still close to all the action. The Halkin boasts Georgian-style Portland stone, arched windows and stylish rooms in calming shades.
Set close to an elegant garden square, Eccleston Square Hotel is in a Grade II-listed dating back to 1835 with an interior that will surprise you - think contemporary spaces inspired by a super yacht cabin! As one of Europe's most hi-tech hotels, the 39-bedroom hotel is hidden behind a striking Georgian facade and offers state-of-the-art bedroom interiors, such as lighting, curtain and temperature controls, iPad2s and electronically-adjustable beds with massage features.
Tucked away in exclusive Chelsea Harbour, Wyndham Grand London is London's only all-suite five-star hotel and is ideally placed just moments from the buzz of the King's Road and close to Westfield Shopping Centre. What we love most about the suites is their sense of space, giving you luxury and style with plenty of room in a tranquil city spot. Be sure to go for a stroll along the River Thames without the crowds of the South Bank, and when your legs can't take anymore exploring, head back to the hotel and indulge in afternoon tea at the Chelsea Riverside Brasserie overlooking the picturesque harbour marina.
Set in trendy Clerkenwell, the classic, warm and lavish Rookery is the hotel gem of the area and is all about period charm. Imagine polished wood panelling, stone-flagged doors, open fires and antique furniture creating a warm and homely atmosphere that is more private members club than hotel. The Rookery's rooms are traditionally furnished and full of character, with four-poster mahogany beds and vintage bath tubs. Don't miss the conservatory, which contains an honesty bar for you to help yourself to drinks, relax and entertain friends.
You want a secret hotel? This hotel knows all about keeping secrets and was once a hangout for spies. Tucked away behind a pretty courtyard garden close to St James's Park, St Ermin's boasts gorgeous white rococo decor, a dramatic two-tiered lobby with a sweeping staircase, curving balconies and roaring log fires. It is full of character with a secret tunnel, which is said to lead directly to the Palace of Westminster, and during the Cold War, the Caxton Bar was where notorious spy Guy Burgess of the Cambridge Five handed over secret files to his Russian counterpart. What's more, the four-star deluxe hotel is family-friendly and offers a Budding Bonds package to turn little guests into secret agents, with its local spy walk, code-breaking puzzles, missions and non-alcoholic cocktails - shaken, not stirred!
The quietly glamorous Arch London is a stylish newcomer to the capital's hotel scene and is located close to busy Oxford Street but seeming a world away. Epitomising London Townhouse living, the elegant and modern hotel features British art on the walls, a cosy library and home cooked, simple and seasonal food. The 82 bedrooms and nine suites have complimentary internet access, Nespresso coffee machines, Jing tea-making facilities, a complimentary soft drinks minibar, plus most have in-bath TVs. It's just the kind of hotel we like being holed up in with our home comforts!
A quintessentially British hotel, the Adria is situated in Queen's Gate and is a gem among London's hotel scene. Each of the 24 bedrooms is different in design and are lettered, not numbered, so you can stay in the Adria (A), Bowler (B), Croquet (C) or the Downing (D). The hotel prides itself on high standards, offering bespoke service to its guests. The Victorian townhouse, built in 1870, has a philosophy of creating a 'home away from home' and was designed as a residence while portraying British traditions.
Not what you'd expect from Ibis, this budget hotel is hidden away in Blackfriars, just 10 minutes from Southwark and opened in October 2012, so it is still off the tourist radar. The super-cool Ibis Blackfriars has staff wearing black uniforms with red converse shoes that they can personalise, a food menu called Fogg inspired by Phileas Fogg who went 'Around the World in 80 days' - so expect dishes from all over the world - and a Monscierge in the reception hall, a virtual concierge system allowing you to discover things to do near the hotel via a touch screen.
Escape the tourist traps of the West End and book a stay at the distinctively different South Place Hotel located between Moorgate and Liverpool Street. Giving a nod to its historic location, the place of a Soviet spy ring in the 1920s, South Place Hotel features peep-holes in the meeting rooms, secret bars and lounges for guests only and private rooms. Don't miss a drink in the hidden 'secret garden' atrium bar on the first floor and book a room in one of its five private rooms, which take their names from fictional spies. There's also a resident's games room, Le Chiffre, which has all the feel of a private members club with a roaring fire, well-stocked library and records.
Nestled between vibrant Camden and refined Regent’s Park, York & Albany is a bar, dining room and townhouse with 10 rooms. With its building designed by John Nash, Russell Sage interiors and culinary offerings from Gordon Ramsay, this hotel certainly has the right to name-drop! Dating back to the 1820s and originally a coaching inn, the York & Albany captures the elegance of the Regency period but with a contemporary finish. The 10 bedrooms are adorned with period antiques and a few personal touches. It has a relaxed atmosphere and if it's privacy you're after, you don't even need to leave for breakfast or dinner as you're in a hotel owned by one of the world's top chefs!