A guide to the best boutique hotels in London, featuring the top places to stay for period charm, hip cocktail bars, cool design, sumptuous interiors and great breakfasts

Artist Residence London

The Artist Residence in Pimlico is a passport to affordable, retro rooms, cool cocktails and one of the capital’s most exciting new dining experience, run by chef Michael Brennan. If possible, secure a spot on the “pass”, where you’ll get a gripping front-row view of the chefs at work.

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The Hoxton, Holborn

A savvy urban oasis from The Hoxton group, in a somewhat anonymous but brilliantly-connected part of town. Check in here and you’ll see people with trendy specs, Macbook Airs and expensive pea coats, though fewer beards than you see at its older sister in Shoreditch

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The Henrietta Hotel

An 18-bedroom boutique address in one of Covent Garden’s most attractive streets, owned and run by the Paris-based Experimental Group, with a cocktail bar, Ollie Dabbous restaurant and quirky interior design by Dorothée Meilichzon.

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The Hoxton, Shoreditch

The original Hoxton hotel, forerunner to its sister properties in Holborn, Paris and Amsterdam. It’s still very much a place to be in this classic cool neighbourhood, with the ever-popular Hoxton Grill at its stylish epicentre. Rooms, particularly the compact Shoebox, offer great value for money

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The Culpeper Bedrooms

An 1884 boozer, named after local 17th-century herbalist Nicholas Culpeper, has been spruced up in East London fashion: strong design credentials, a fêted restaurant, five cosy bedrooms and, in summer, one of the most coveted rooftop terraces in the area.

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The Half Moon

A showpiece Victorian gin palace that has been revamped with the addition of 12 unique bedrooms, a British restaurant and extensive outdoor seating. The pub’s original architecture is the star attraction.

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Baglioni Hotel London

This hotel offers good old-fashioned Italian hospitality in the heart of London, with Hyde Park on the doorstep. Expect a warm welcome and attentive service, as well as tasty Mediterranean dining in the Sixties-style Brunello restaurant.

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