Top 5: The Best Design Hotels In London
Our guide to the top design hotels in London, featuring the finest for stylish interiors, luxurious rooms and vibrant decor, in locations including Soho, Kensington, and Shoreditch.
"Hotels should be living things, not stuffy institutions", maintain Tim and Kit Kemp, owners of Firmdale Hotels, a portfolio of luxury boutique properties in London, New York and, most recently, the Caribbean. Each room in the Soho hotel features co-owner and Creative Director of Firmdale, Kit Kemp’s, inimitable style. A contemporary mish-mash of playful, bright furniture and pillows adorn the rooms, with hand-picked modern art and sculptures featuring in each.
Rooms start at £580.
Blakes in Kensington is a strong favourite on our design hotel list. The ornately-styled rooms are their USP and have been home to high profile guests, celebrities, and discerning travellers alike. The opulent interior decor is the work of designer-hotelier-restaurateur Anouska Hempel whose travels around the world influenced her unconventional style with hints of baroque can be seen in all of its splendour within the enigmatic halls of Blakes.
Rooms start at £395.
Artist Residence is an eclectic boutique hotel situated in Pimlico, central London. Across the rooms an authentic feeling of home is translated through the decor with a cosy industrial-meets-pop art feel. The boutique hotel features on our list for its distinctive style inspired by the Brighton art scene and the Residence's genuine ability to make you feel at home. Follow them on Instagram for a daily dose of interior design inspiration.
Rooms start at £160
Another formidable residence in London is Number Sixteen. With decor again curated by Kit Kemp, Firmdale's West End-based boutique hotel is chic, classy and fashionably fresh. Kemp's travels often take her to the Caribbean where bursts of vibrant hues fill the streets. Colour is a part of Kemp's creative DNA and Number Sixteen is yet another canvas in which she displays her reverence for it.
Rooms start at £280
Situated centrally in Shoreditch, Hoxton Hotel is home to cool interiors simplistic in nature yet stylish with touches of sophistication. Everything from the decor to the laid back set up of the furniture is demonstrative of the ethos at Hoxton who aim to encourage both tourists and locals alike to converse and discover their surroundings together. Be it in Shoreditch, Holborn, Amsterdam or their boutique hotel in Paris, you'll be guaranteed a stylish stay in the city.
Rooms start at £189