London’s best kept secret hotels for characterful stays

The UK capital shares its space with 20 million overnight guests each year, which can lead to some very full hotels. However, if you want to stay somewhere more interesting than a budget lodge, and not too far from the madding crowds – this list might be just what you’re after.

See London in a night in one of these boutique bolt holes, hidden in plain sight.

West End gem: Kettner’s town house

The bar of the Kettner’s has been supporting Soho and the theatre district’s late night crowd since 1876. Though it was only officially opened as an hotel last year, the rooms upstairs are said to have housed Edward VII’s liaisons with actress Lillie Langtry while she performed in the nearby shows.

But this is no seedy Soho boarding house – rather a boutique hotel with a grand piano bar and good food that doesn’t cost a fortune.

A mishmash of uproarious 1920s and Victorian style – tucked away for just £190 ($360) a night

High style – Boundary Project, Shoreditch

Sir Terence Conran’s reimagined hotel has been perched atop of Shoreditch’s Redchurch Street. Guests can lord it over the most design-conscious London districts from the rooftop terrace or climb down into the subterranean TraTa Restuarant.

One of the 12 rooms cost from £171 ($325) a night

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