a room with a fireplace and chairs

The art is worth more than your house…

If you travel regularly, hotel rooms can start to blend into each other. For those seeking an extra connection with a destination or just some vivid trip memories, seeking hotels with extra quirky designs, funky style and true individuality can be just the remedy. In a world where hotels get free press from guests with wacky art, crazy pools and hidden courtyards, these social media hotel darlings make for perfect London sleeps at all price points, and for anyone looking for something new, funky and fun, they’re worth at least a peak into the bar, if not a few nights rest…

a room with a bed and a couchLeman Locke

This trendy hotel has a color scheme and design so chic, you may find yourself trying to chip color palettes off the wall for your own home. The soft pinks, mustard yellows and light wooden touches just thrive with loft style natural light and clever modern features. Leman Locke is located just minutes from Aldgate East tube station and does a fantastic job of combining hotel room with livable, “soho loft” apartment vibes. 24 hour gym, excellent dining and crafty cocktails mix with friendly staff and clever partnerships to bring luxury without attitude. If you ask us, that’s a winning combo for a fun, affordable place to stay when in London.

Link: Leman Locke

a room with a bed and a bathtubThe Curtain

If you’re looking for a fashionable stay where you must balance swooning and photographing your surroundings with actual tourism, then look no further. This chic hotel in East London literally has it all. The rooftop pool, 24 hour gym, swanky furniture, world class chef helmed restaurant and famous artworks are just the start. When you’re researching your next London trip be sure to check this spot out – even if it’s just for an exceedingly hip cocktail.

Link: The Curtain

a bedroom with a bed and a televisionThe Zetter

Located in Clerkenwell, The Zetter has 59 individually designed hotel rooms with top notch technology, stylish comfort and eco friendly values to impress any champagne socialist. If you’re looking for something special, it’s worth booking one of their rooftop studios with floor to ceiling windows and a rooftop terrace, perfect for enjoying a bottle of wine, in the increasingly less rare chance of British sunshine. The attention to detail shows throughout the entire guest experience and you’ll constantly spot unique, funky elements. Oh, and they have a 1,500ft borehole to supply their own water – now that’s cool.

Link: The Zetter

a room with a fireplace and chairs40 Winks Hotel

Have you ever stayed in a hotel that only has two guest rooms? The next natural question is: is that even a hotel then? Anything goes these days and if you want to secure a reservation at this hot spot, you’ll need to get going. Set in an old Queen Anne townhouse just a few minutes from Stepney Green tube station, this ‘hotel’ will keep your eyes and mind occupied, with quirky rooms matched with equally quirky curated nights. With playful artwork, sleek looks and little chance of noise from other guests, this is a truly unique London experience.

Link: 40 Winks Hotel

a patio with plants and a glass cageBlakes Hotel

If you’re into dark, moody, bold interiors, you will love absolutely love this. Blakes is an upmarket, boutique hotel, heavy on elegance, style and individuality, with a price to match. The converted Victorian town house has limited rooms, but if you’re lucky enough to stay in one you’ll definitely feel like you’re living well for a few days. The food and restaurants are lovely, but it’s the cool, courtyard that stands out.  It’s the the perfect place to relax after a day out on the town, or just at the buzzing bar.

Link: Blakes Hotel

What are your favourite quirky hotels in London?

Featured image courtesy of 40 Winks Hotel.

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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