A bathtub in a hotel room which has a glass window looking out over London

Best hotels for foodies in London

Lounge in a freestanding bath tub, take your pick from a pillow menu and tuck into Moroccan eggs with labneh at London’s best hotels

Looking for the best hotels in London? Want to know where to stay in central London? Our guide to London’s best boutique hotels…

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The Buxton, Shoreditch – for a Brick Lane boozer

From £125, check availability at booking.com

The Buxton in a nutshell

A former Brick Lane boozer turned polished pub-with-rooms, reimagined by the team behind Commercial Street’s The Culpeper.

Why foodies stay here

The heart of the action occurs in the slickly refurbished Victorian pub, on the ground floor (there are bedrooms and a roof terrace above). Tall, graceful arched windows introduce plenty of light, while a sweeping rosso levanto marble counter acts as a stylish focal point.

Food is affordably priced, with an emphasis on prime produce and seasonality. Meat (high-welfare native breeds from Swaledale in Yorkshire) is butchered in-house, and fish comes from day boats on the south coast. Simple dishes don’t stray far from British and European classics – the pithy menu covers everything from cottage pie to homemade tagliatelle – but they are well executed and deliver on flavour.

What are the rooms like?

Bedrooms are on the small side, which is one reason for their affordable pricing. Clever design and attention to detail, however, ensures they don’t feel cramped. High ceilings and original features add space and character while whitewashed walls and smart navy accents lend a fresh and contemporary feel.

Breakfast

Head downstairs for breakfast after a night in the bar and you’ll find the space transformed, and surprisingly serene. Sip local Exmouth coffee while grazing from a continental buffet that includes sourdough toast, homemade jams and granola. Or order a cooked breakfast, including thick-cut English ham with poached eggs, mustard mayonnaise and, best of all, a brick-shaped potato rosti, all golden crispy edges and soft, fluffy interior.

Where to eat and drink nearby

On bohemian Brick Lane, you’ll find no shortage of places to eat and drink; try the street’s many curry houses, 24-hour bagel shops (salt beef is a must) plus nearby restaurants such as Lahpet, BlanchetteSmokestak and Sichuan Folk. Good local bars include The Cocktail Trading Co. and Apples & Pears.

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A white circular plate has slices of pink feather steak and a green sauce on top. There are chunky fried potatoes to the side of the plate
Food is affordably priced, with an emphasis on prime produce and seasonality

The Pilgrm, Paddington – for a chic central stopover

From £159 per night, check availability at booking.com

The Pilgrm in a nutshell

A quirky, design-led, 73-bedroom hotel with lounge-bar and cafe that’s brought a fine Victorian building in London’s Paddington back to life.

Why foodies stay here

For grab and go, there’s a small coffee bar downstairs, by the entrance, that’s run by Workshop Coffee, selling their own blends of coffee, teas and homemade cakes. Between 3 and 10pm, the lounge serves snacks, juices (including Square Root London’s small-batch sodas) and cocktails. The hotel is soon opening a terrace too, where guests will be able to enjoy alfresco tapas using ingredients from companies like Brindisa and Belazu.

What are the rooms like?

Rooms are small so book the largest you can afford, and if you’re a light sleeper, ask for one away from the road. There are tiny (but very comfortable) bunk rooms, if you’re on a budget, or on a one-parent, one-child getaway. Decor is pared back and stylish, with slate-coloured walls contrasting with white sash windows and Egyptian linen-clad beds, and floors of reclaimed 200-year-old parquet giving a warm homely feel.

Breakfast

Breakfast is the thing here, kicking off at 7am and continuing until 3pm in the vintage-chic first-floor lounge. There’s full-cooked Pilgrm (with house-baked beans) or a vegan version of smashed avocado, butternut squash hummus and a knock-out beetroot falafel. But the top seller is smashed avocado on toast with crumbled feta, which comes with the unexpected addition of a tomato and olive salsa.

Where to eat and drink nearby

Being in the heart of London, you’ve plenty of dinner choices nearby – from the cheap-and-cheerful Paramount Lebanese Kitchen, next door, to the newly revamped Cleveland Arms around the corner, and Basque-styled Lurra and Donostia a short walk away. Read our guide to Paddington restaurants here

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People sat around a table eating and drinking in a lounge
The Pilgrm is a quirky, design-led, 73-bedroom hotel with lounge-bar and cafe

The Zetter Hotel, Clerkenwell – for panoramic city views

From £135 per night, check availability at booking.com

The Zetter Hotel in a nutshell

Victorian warehouse turned hip boutique hotel in Clerkenwell, with 59 retro-styled rooms and all-day modern British restaurant.

Why foodies stay here

In the hotel’s two AA rosette restaurant, head chef Ben Boeynaems (The Goring) serves up delicate, precise plates of food that celebrate British ingredients. Highlights include opening snacks of soda bread served with bowls of whipped butter and (indulgently addictive) beef fat, and an expert touch with fish and game – try the lightly poached south coast brill with Japanese mushrooms and bonito dashi, or the blushing pink loin of fallow deer, earthily matched with heritage beetroot, caramelised endive and glazed faggot.

The wine list comes with lots of options by the glass, and a robust collection of English sparkling wines. Staff were knowledgeable and helpful with pairing suggestions – we tried a well-balanced riesling and a fruity, full-bodied chianti on our visit.

If you have time for pre- or post-dinner cocktails, head across St John’s Square to elegant sister hotel Zetter Townhouse. The bar mixes a punchy martini, and from July is welcoming a new collaboration with drinks maestros Matt Whiley (The Talented Mr Fox) and Rich Woods (The Cocktail Guy).

What are the rooms like?

Rooms have a sleek mid-century vibe, and an attention to detail that elevates the guest experience, from plush UK-made REN toiletries in the bathroom to a well-stocked honesty tray of food and drink, and a mini library of Penguin paperbacks.

We suggest choosing one of the hotel’s seven rooftop bedrooms, each of which comes with a private terrace and panoramic views of the city. We stayed in one of the spacious and light-filled rooftop deluxe studios, which have funky geometric interiors, sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows and a freestanding rolltop bath on the terrace. Those into their drinks will also love the locally sourced minibar, which on our visit had bottles of East London Liquor Company rum, gin and vodka, Redchurch beer and JARR kombucha – all made in east London.

Breakfast

Start the day with either a lavish continental spread ­– including fresh-baked pastries, housemade granola, baked ham and continental cheeses – or choose from an array of classic hot dishes: we recommend the old-school grilled kipper with grilled tomato, poached local eggs and lemon.

Where to eat and drink nearby

It’s a 10-minute walk to Moro in Exmouth Market, for North African and Spanish-influenced tapas.

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The Coach, Clerkenwell – for a Sunday roast and sleepover

The Coach in Clerkenwell in a nutshell

Chef-restaurateur Henry Harris has transformed this popular independent pub in Clerkenwell into a well-executed French restaurant-with-rooms.

Why foodies stay here

Hidden down a quiet street in the heart of Clerkenwell, The Coach has been refurbished with the addition of four small, boutique-style rooms. The lively pub is child-friendly and serves a variety of beers, lagers and wines from local breweries as well as a selection of cocktails. For our aperitif we opted for a strong, citrussy negroni followed by a full-bodied, fruity red Château Laussac Cuvée La Dame. Visit on a Sunday for the classic Sunday roast – succulent 48-day aged Hereford sirloin of beef with punchy horseradish came with crispy duck-fat potatoes, sweet baby carrots and plenty of crunchy greens. Finish with a super-light blood orange posset with delicate lemon shortbreads and a verrine made with sought-after Gariguette strawberries, silky smooth crème pâtissière and chantilly cream.

What are the rooms like?

Plenty of light floods into the compact rooms through double sash windows, framed by funky grey and yellow blinds. Modern art features on whitewashed walls and boutique hotel luxuries add a welcoming touch (Roberts radio, chrome light shades and Bramley hand soap). The bathrooms evoke the design of an old-school coach, while little white tiles add a retro twenties stamp.

Breakfast

The bright, art-filled breakfast room overlooks a small terrace alive with greenery. Choose from a small menu – try bowls full to the brim with crunchy coconut and pecan granola or indulge in the full Coach breakfast of thick-cut bacon, crispy fried eggs, buttery mogettes (beans) and sourdough from Bread Ahead bakery. 

Where to eat and drink nearby

Exmouth Market is on your doorstep, where you’ll find an array of independent shops, bars and restaurants, including Pizza Pilgrims, Morito and Berber & Q. 


The Boundary Project, Shoreditch – for a foodie weekend in Shoreditch

From £190 per night, check availability at booking.com

The Boundary Project a nutshell

A trendy hotel with 17 individually-designed bedrooms, a rooftop bar and an all-day British café, Albion.

Why foodies stay here

Dodge busy Shoreditch streets at the sky-high rooftop bar, where the view of London is uninterrupted and the cocktails are excellent. Try the Serendipity – a concoction of Monkey Shoulder whisky, Drambuie, mango purée, lime and chilli – and share plates of garlic tiger prawns and grilled lobster.

On the ground floor is Albion, an all-day café, bar and food shop that serves British classics such as fish and chips, sausage and mash, and kedgeree. In the evening, seasonal produce is at the centre of the menu: expect Jersey royals, English asparagus and lamb rump during spring.

What are the rooms like?

Each bedroom (there are 17) is truly unique, taking inspiration from a particular designer or design movement. Take your pick from Mies van der Rohe, Charles & Ray Eames, Andrée Putman or Eileen Gray. Most share a restful, simple colour palette and a restrained but very carefully curated collection of furniture. The Tang Suite is an exception with its Chinese silk wallpaper and tassled green silk lampshades. Regardless of which room you stay in, a mid-afternoon delivery of freshly baked brownie and copy of the Evening Standard is guaranteed.

Breakfast

There’s a grown-up vibe but an on-trend menu, stretching to cold-pressed juices and ‘healthy’ cooked breakfasts. Baked goods are where it’s at, though, with a choice of cinnamon – or pistachio and white chocolate – swirls, croissants and Danish pastries.

Where to eat and drink nearby

BRAT, just a minutes’ walk away, is a Spanish-inspired spot that serves grilled sharing platters.  Click here for more places to eat in Shoreditch

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Boundary Hotel Rooftop, Shoreditch
The Boundary Hotel has a rooftop bar and an all-day British café, Albion

Kettner’s Townhouse, Soho – for the Champagne lifestyle

Kettner’s Townhouse in a nutshell

Playing on its 1920s heyday, this Georgian building (brought up-to-date by the Soho House Group) is home to an all-day French brasserie, Champagne bar and 33 glamorous hotel rooms.

Why foodies stay here

The all-day menu served in the brasserie sticks to classic French comfort food (steak tartare, roast chicken and Toulouse sausage). Try perfectly pink fillet of Lake District beef with fluffy chips and a creamy pepper sauce; or head to the Champagne bar for its take on a French 75, The Romilly, made from exotic Star of Bombay gin, mango cordial and sparkling Ruinart. The Kettner’s Fizz – refreshing clementine and grapefruit juice laced with Grand Marnier and Runiart rosé – is also a good shout.

What are the rooms like?

Rooms vary dramatically in size. Compact Tiny rooms are fitted with Tudor-style beds and slick en-suites, while Cosy rooms are a bit larger with pretty green velvet scalloped headboards. If you want to wallow in a freestanding bath tub and super king-size bed, book one of the Medium or Big rooms (they have double sinks and walk-in rainforest showers, too). All rooms, no matter what size, cater to every whim, making for a luxurious stay. An almost overwhelming array of Cowshed bath and shower products await in the rainforest showers (cleansing toner and lip balm, as well as the usual staples).

Breakfast

Opt for a glass of fizz and a decadent lobster royale with hollandaise and Exmoor caviar in the Champagne bar, or keep it classic in the brasserie: blueberry muffins, or citrusy pink grapefruit served with thick sheep’s milk yogurt and a sprinkling of bee pollen and micro mint. Soho House has zingy breakfast drinks sorted, with its own pre-bottled house press juices.

Where to eat and drink nearby

For dinner with a difference, try Taiwanese XU, where stylish interiors hint at 1930s Taipei. Tuck in to XO carabinero prawns, crisp chicken wings and silky mapo tofu topped with spring onions in an umami Szechuan peppercorn and chilli oil sauce. Read more about where to eat in Soho here

Kettners Townhouse Room Soho House
Kettner’s Townhouse is home to 33 glamorous hotel rooms

The Hoxton, High Holborn – for a hip hangout

From £169 per night, check availability at booking.com

The Hoxton in a nutshell

A cool, open-house hotel with 174 bedrooms, designed by local illustrators.

Why foodies stay here

At the helm of the hotel’s restaurant, Hubbard & Bell. A big open kitchen produces a British-inspired menu that uses local produce – try burrata with blood orange and shaved fennel, or BBQ aubergine with mustard pickled swede and coconut yogurt. Head to the basement for Chicken Shop, where rotisserie chicken is served with a selection of sides, from crinkle cut fries to corn on the cob.

What are the rooms like?

Choose between four sizes, starting with Shoebox (the clue’s in the name), then Snug, Cosy and, the largest of the four, Roomy. Compact shoebox rooms still have queen-size beds and walk-in showers, while roomy ones are home to king-size beds and squidgy leather armchairs. With the exception of Shoebox, all are dog-friendly. If you fancy wine or beer in your room, head to the front desk where you can buy bottles at supermarket prices.

Breakfast

A light breakfast bag is delivered to your door, but for something more substantial head to Hubbard & Bell for ’nduja scrambled eggs, smoked salmon bagels and crispy bacon served on Bread Ahead rolls. There are cold-pressed green juices to wake you up, or a selection of 100% vegan coffees, including matcha and raw cacao lattes.

Where to eat and drink nearby

A pie at the Holborn Dining Room is a must, whether it be filled with chicken, girolle and tarragon, or mutton curry. Try the contemporary afternoon tea at Rosewood’s Mirror Room, too. Read our full review here

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A minimalist bedroom with double bed, large circular mirror and wooden headboard
The Hoxton is a cool, open-house hotel with 174 bedrooms, designed by local illustrators

Ham Yard Hotel, Soho – for a hidden design gem

From £463 per night, check availability at booking.com

Ham Yard Hotel in a nutshell

An urban village home to 91 individually designed bedrooms and suites, 24 apartments, 13 independent stores and a restaurant.

Why foodies stay here

With its super central Soho location, there’s no shortage of restaurant, bars and cafés to explore in the area. But the hotel itself has its own restaurant and serves a selection of afternoon teas, including a ‘healthy’ reduced sugar option. A roof garden is home to raised herb and vegetable beds, so expect to see purple sage and orange marigold featuring on the menu. Two bee hives also live on the roof, the honey from which is used in cocktails.

What are the rooms like?

Kit Kemp designed the quintessentially British interiors, so that means colourful, patterned textiles and original artwork. Superior rooms have queen-size beds and a separate sitting area with writing desk, while the two-bedroom terrace suite on the hotel’s top floor has a kitchen. All bedrooms have views of the leafy terrace or city skyline.

Breakfast

Antipodean-style eats and smoothies feature alongside lighter bites, including coconut chia seed pots with mango. Porridge is prepared with your choice of milk, water or cream, and is topped with berries, banana, mango, sugar, seeds or maple syrup.

Where to eat and drink nearby

Pop across the road to KILN for regional Thai dishes. Try aged lamb skewers, delicately fragrant with cumin and Szechuan pepper; or clay-pot baked glass noodles with Tamworth pork belly and brown crabmeat. Here are more places to eat and drink in Soho

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A suite at the Ham Yard Hotel with a double bed, floral wallpaper and an armchair in the corner
Kit Kemp designed the quintessentially British interiors at Ham Yard Hotel

The Culpeper, Spitalfields – for campfires on the roof

From £160 per night, check availability at booking.com

The Culpeper in a nutshell

An east London pub with five bedrooms, a restaurant and rooftop garden.

Why foodies stay here

The ground floor pub takes classics up a notch: deep-fried black pudding balls, crispy ox tongue with tarragon mayo, and chicken liver on toast. The wine list is completely natural, local beers feature strongly, and all the cocktails are based on herbs that grow on the roof. The rooftop has a changing residency each summer, but in the past Piculpeper has set up camp with fire pits serving grilled broccoli, ash-roast potatoes and slow-roast camembert.

On the first floor, a restaurant offers three starters, three mains and three desserts that change weekly. It also makes use of what’s grown in and around The Culpeper, including nettles, sprouting kale, baby gem lettuce and swiss chard on its menu.

What are the rooms like?

Five bedrooms are in keeping with the rest of the pub, so expect plastered walls, bare brickwork, original fireplaces and simple-yet-colourful textiles.

Breakfast

Full English, yogurt and granola, croissants and juice. Breakfast is kept simple.

Where to eat and drink nearby

Som Saa is less than a minute away, so head there for sticky Burmese-style curry, whole deep-fried sea bass and palm sugar ice cream. Read our full review here

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A minimalist room with grey walls, a bed with wooden headboard and long mirror hanging on the opposite wall
The Culpeper is an east London pub with cool, minimal bedrooms. Credit: Veerle Evens

Vintry and Mercer, City of London – for luxury in the City

From £230 per night, check availability at booking.com

Vintry and Mercer in a nutshell

A 92-bedroom luxury hotel with a roof terrace restaurant, speakeasy-style bar and an all-day kitchen serving Asian plates.

Why foodies stay here

Both for the delightful roof terrace restaurant, which focuses on farm-to-plate food cooked over charcoal; and DND (Do Not Disturb), a fun bar that pairs barrel-aged cocktails with sliders. There’s also Vintry Izakaya, which serves tapas-style dishes including tempura shiitake and tomato miso steamed buns. Along with the usual spirits, there’s also a selection of sakes and Asian-influences cocktails. Try the Takhiriti, made with Don Q rum, lemongrass syrup, kaffir lime and Thai basil.

What are the rooms like?

Rooms comes with elaborate velvet headboards and dramatically tiled bathrooms. The standard is anything but, with a queen-size bed, walk-in shower and heated floor, while the deluxe comes with a king-size bed, turndown service and wet room. Every bedroom nods to its city location, be it through needle-and-thread wallpaper that references the mercers who used to import fine silks just a stone’s throw from where the hotel now stands, or antique-style maps that depict old trade routes.

Breakfast

At Vintry Izakaya you can get smoked salmon with scrambled eggs and toasted bacon sarnies, or green tea ricotta pancakes and coconut porridge with dates. Stay for brunch and tuck into fried tofu sandos or eggs benedict steamed buns.

Where to eat and drink nearby

Wander up to Brigadiers for an Indian feast of BBQ butter chicken wings, sikandari kid goat shoulder and on-tap cocktails. Read our full review here

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A roof terrace with tables, chairs and views of the city of London
Vintry and Mercer is a luxury hotel with a roof terrace restaurant. Credit: Amy Murrell

Green Rooms, Wood Green – for great-value rooms

From £48 per night, check availability at booking.com

Green Rooms in a nutshell

A no-frills affordable hotel with stylishly simple bedrooms and a pop-up residency restaurant.

Why foodies stay here

It has to be the regularly-changing restaurant residency, which in the past has included tapas-style plates (sweetcorn croquettes) from Colombian Street Kitchen; and katsu curries, donburi and tempura soft-shell crab from Oita’s Kitchen. The ground floor lobby is a minimalist hangout space during the day and bar in the evening.

What are the rooms like?

22 bedrooms (everything from three-quarter to king-size beds, some with shared bathrooms, others en-suite), two en-suite studio apartments and two dormitories (one sleeps 12, one sleeps 16 people) make for an eclectic mix of accommodation. It’s a back-to-basics vibe, but with added style. Mattresses are good quality, furnishings are sparse but pretty (a few rooms have chairs and textiles by fashion brand Folk, but most have simple white bed linen and vintage wooden furniture), and frills extend only to a few coat hangers, a travel kettle, a small range of London Tea Company teas and Climpson and Sons coffee.

Breakfast

The menu is split into four sections: the classics, the romantics, the purists (all veggie or vegan) and the surrealists. Try the quinoa salad loaded with sweet potato, avocado and spinach, or go for toasted waffles with cream and fruit. Otherwise, it’s a simple affair of eggs, toast, yogurt and fruit.

Where to eat and drink nearby

In Turkish-influenced Wood Green, you don’t have to go more than 30 paces to find grilled halloumi and spinach omelettes. Try Antepliler for pides, spiced lentil koftes and pistachio kanafeh.

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An open warehouse-style space with dark grey walls
Green Rooms is a no-frills affordable hotel with stylishly simple bedrooms

Great Northern Hotel, King’s Cross – for swanky fine dining

From £176 per night, check availability at booking.com

Great Northern Hotel in a nutshell

A luxury, boutique hotel just 25 metres from King’s Cross station.

Why foodies stay here

Mark ‘Sarge’ Sargeant is chef-director, and while he’s not hands-on in the kitchen, his menu of comforting seasonal classics is well executed at the hotel’s restaurant, Plum + Spilt Milk. Tuck into beef croquettes with horseradish mayonnaise, or indulge in whole grilled native lobster with garlic butter and fries. For drinks, head to Anthracite, a luxurious, dimly-lit martini lounge with plush blue furnishings. Sip shaken-not-stirred vesper martinis, or try Offbeat Number for its almond and spiced chocolate notes.

What are the rooms like?

Comfort and class is the focus, with each bedroom sporting sash windows and high ceilings. Couchette is the cosiest, with queen-size beds tucked into leather-clad banquettes, while the Wainscot bedrooms on the top floor have walnut wood panelling and vintage-style bathrooms. Cubitt (named after the hotel’s builder) is the largest, with views of King’s Cross and a roll top bath.

Breakfast

From smoked salmon with steamed spinach on spelt muffin to avocado and chilli on toast, breakfast is trend-aware and healthy; but a full English is also on offer. Or buy a take-out continental breakfast from the hole-in-the-wall kiosk outside the hotel.

Where to eat and drink nearby

There’s no shortage of options in Coal Drops Yard, including wine bars and funky sandwich joints. Try smoky rotisserie chicken and mezcal negronis at alfresco Mexican restaurant, Plaza Pastor. Read our full review here

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The London Edition, West End – for striking interiors

From £562 per night, check availability at booking.com

The London Edition in a nutshell

A slick hotel in the heart of Fitzrovia with 173 bedrooms and a sophisticated restaurant, Berners Tavern.

Why foodies stay here

The in-house restaurant is under the direction of Michelin-starred chef, Jason Atherton. A striking dining room (ornate ceilings, plush leather booths and antique artwork in lavish gold frames) sets a grand tone, while the trendy-yet-accessible food is the kind you could eat every day: pork pie and aged beef tartare, BBQ pork chops, and mac ‘n’ cheese. Try a roast at the weekend, including beef wellington and Dingley Dell pork belly.

There are two bars to choose from: The Lobby comes kitted out with a snooker table and tufted sofas, while The Punch Room is an intimate space inspired by 19th-century private clubs. The signature gin-infused EDITION house punch is a must.

What are the rooms like?

Stylish and simple, inspired by luxury yachts with oak floors, walnut wooden panels and tufted armchairs. There are four bedroom sizes (guest, superior, deluxe and loft) as well as two suites, the loft and the penthouse. All bedrooms come with the same features (king-size beds, rainforest showers, iPod docking stations and custom made Le Labo bathroom products). Suites come with a large living area, while the penthouse has a dining area, pantry, walk-in wardrobe and three outdoor terraces with city views.

Breakfast

Hearty classics are the order of the day, be it a slow-cooked smoked ham hock croque monsieur with aged cheddar, or oak smoked Scottish salmon with scrambled eggs. If you’re after something lighter, dairy-free mango smoothies and ginger, turmeric and orange shots are also on offer.

Where to eat and drink nearby

Book a table at Rovi, Ottolenghi’s restaurant with vegetables, fermentation and fire at its heart. Read our full review here

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An opulent restaurant with paintings on the walls and booths
Berners Tavern is under the direction of Michelin-starred chef, Jason Atherton

The Athenaeum, Mayfair – for a luxurious Mayfair stay

From £381 per night, check availability at booking.com

The Athenaeum in a nutshell

A luxury family-friendly Mayfair hotel with bedrooms, suites, apartments and townhouses.

Why foodies stay here

Michelin-starred Chris and Jeff Galvin are the team behind the hotel’s restaurant, Galvin at The Athenaeum, which focuses on British homegrown produce sourced from independent farms across the UK. Glastonbury farmhouse butter is served with bread, while Portland crab comes with Hampshire watercress. Order Brixham plaice with brown shrimps for mains. Whisky is the spirit of choice in the bar, with over 100 on offer, from Japanese malts to London scotches.

What are the rooms like?

Spacious bedrooms include Hypnos mattresses, London-inspired artwork and your choice of pillow. Marble bathrooms come with heated towel rails and non-steam mirrors. Serviced apartments are ideal for those with children, with separate front doors leading onto a double bedroom (with extra bunk or sofa beds for little ones), living area and fully fitted kitchenette. If you want to stay in the main hotel, interconnecting bedrooms are also available.

Breakfast

Choose between a continental buffet (yogurt, fruit, charcuterie, cheese and baked goods) or the Galvin breakfast, where you can opt for a full English, omelettes or smoked kippers. There’s a separate menu for children, including waffles with fruit compote or boiled eggs with toast soldiers.

Where to eat and drink nearby

For Indian fine-dining, head to Indian Accent and try the likes of blue-cheese naan, soy keema and makhan malai. Find more places to eat in Mayfair here

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The Bull and The Hide, Bishopsgate – for cosy pub vibes

From £164 per night, check availability at booking.com

The Bull and The Hide in a nutshell

A pub with seven boutique bedrooms in the heart of the city.

Why foodies stay here

The Bull pub (part of the Hush Heath Estate) serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, bar snacks and dinner. Classics include scotch eggs with curried mayo, half-pint shrimps and whitebait with tartare sauce. Flatbreads are also a focus, so try the pulled pork, BBQ sauce and jalapeño one. The sparkling wines come from the Hush Heath Estate in Kent, and the crisp sparkling apple is recommended.

What are the rooms like?

Neat and simply decorated. Each is named after the pub’s colourful past, from the Oxford (the 17th Earl of Oxford lived on the site in the 16th century) to the Devonshire suite, which echoes the name of a grand house that stood on the site in 1625. If you want a room with a view, book the Hush Heath suite for its own private balcony. All come equipped with Miller Harris toiletries, goose down pillows and a 24-hour pantry, where you can help yourself to tea, coffee, cookies and sweets.

Breakfast

The Bull breakfast is a simple affair. Choose a full English, American pancakes with bacon, avocado on toast or granola.

Where to eat and drink nearby

Check out Bar Three for ‘light’, ‘medium’, and ‘full’ cocktails. Snack on crisp croquettes of spiced lamb shoulder, chargrilled prawns with a punchy herb sauce, or simple skinny fries with classic condiments. Read our full review here

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Claridge’s, Mayfair – for classic elegance

From £600 per night, check availability at booking.com

Claridge’s in a nutshell

A glamorous art deco Mayfair hotel with restaurants, bars and a reading room.

Why foodies stay here

Afternoon tea has been a ritual here for almost 150 years, and this luxurious redoubt for the rich and royal (no flip-flops, no intrusive photography) has turned it into an art form. Eat English cucumber and dill cream sandwiches, fluffy raisin scones with Cornish clotted cream, and caramelised hazelnut Paris-Brest.

The Foyer and Reading Room serve an all-day dining menu, from roast rack of Kent lamb to its signature lobster wellington. Look out for Davies and Brook, a new restaurant from chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara, opening summer 2019.

What are the rooms like?

Bedrooms and suites are either traditional or art deco, but both come with Bose speakers, fresh flowers and mini bars stocked with British produce. En-suite marble bathrooms include Cowshed products (made exclusively for Claridge’s), and the Claridge’s King room comes with floor-to-ceiling mirrors and views of the peaceful inner court. The Mayfair Suite has a separate sitting room with original fireplace, and the Brook Penthouse, a two-bedroom apartment with living room, dining area, private bar and a terrace with views of the Houses of Parliament, is luxury at its finest.

Breakfast

A lavish affair. There’s English, European, Japanese, vegan and Middle Eastern options, to name a few. Try pork gyoza, prawn dim sum, chicken congee, Chinese pickles and century duck egg for a Chinese feast, or keep it healthy with chia seed pudding and carrot juice. The Claridge’s bakery makes daily Danish pastries, croissants, muffins and brioche, and pancakes are served with berries and Valrhona chocolate.

Where to eat and drink nearby

Wander down Regent Street for a Spanish feast at Sabor. Eat crisp, golden prawn croquettes and mussels ‘a la Bilbaina’. Read more about Sabor here

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The Ritz, Piccadilly – for old-school luxury

From £610 per night, check availability at booking.com

The Ritz in a nutshell

Old-school luxury in the heart of Piccadilly, with a restaurant to match.

Why foodies stay here

Afternoon tea is the main draw, taken in the elegant Palm Court. Indulge in Scottish smoked salmon on springy sourdough bread, warm scones and delicate blackcurrant macarons. Choose from an 18-strong tea menu that has been curated and exclusively blended by The Ritz’s tea sommelier, Giandomenico Scanu.

The Michelin-starred restaurant has John Williams MBE at its helm, cooking seasonal British produce. Try Dover sole with new season leeks, cauliflower and caviar, or native lobster with heritage carrot and lemon verbena. Don’t leave without trying the crêpes suzette, prepared, cooked and served at your table with real flair.

What are the rooms like?

Opulent yet traditional, there’s a twee feel to the bedrooms with plenty of floral patterns and pastel furnishings. Living areas come with antique furniture, and en-suite bathrooms are adorned with marble. Deluxe suites come with up to five bedrooms and spacious sitting rooms, but, if it’s views you’re after, book the Green Park Suite, which looks out over its namesake.

Breakfast

Whether you fancy sirloin steak with fried eggs or an omelette with caviar, The Ritz has you covered. A continental breakfast keeps things light with fruit, homemade yogurt, cheese, ham and cereal, while three punchy juices are sure to wake you up. Our favourite is the Ruby Ritz: carrot, beetroot, fennel, ginger and lime.

Where to eat and drink nearby

World-famous for its seafood and shellfish, Bentley’s is the place to go for oysters. Click here for more places to eat in Mayfair

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An opulent restaurant with mirrored walls, chandeliers and tables laid with white table cloths
The Ritz offers old-school luxury in the heart of Piccadilly, with a restaurant to match

The Ace Hotel, Shoreditch – for Instagram-worthy staycations

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The Ace Hotel in a nutshell

A cool, minimalist hotel in the heart of east London, with a modern brasserie and music venue attached.

Why foodies stay here

Hoi Polloi, the in-house restaurant, is an English modernist brasserie serving toasties, snacks, salads and heartier all-day dining plates. The imaginative cocktail menu includes an Oat Doris: Bombay Sapphire, oat milk cordial, lime and almond. A simple afternoon tea includes cheese scones, teacakes and slices of carrot cake.

What are the rooms like?

Simply decorated and functional with dark grey linen headboards, low-hanging metal lights and paintings from local artists. The standard is compact, with a double bed, while the superior deluxe double has a corner sofa, turntables and selection of vinyls. Each of the bedrooms come with a Revo radio to tune into, and the junior suite has a terrace.

Breakfast

Served at Hoi Polloi, dishes include corn cakes with tomato salsa, Moroccan eggs with labneh and French toast with candied pecans. The East London Juice Co. provides the drinks; try their Lemonder, made with lemon, activated charcoal, reverse osmosis water, coconut nectar, lavender blossom and pink salt.

Where to eat and drink nearby

For seriously OTT top-quality Italian food, head to Gloria for carbonara served in a giant wheel of pecorino. Read our full review here

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Shangri-La At The Shard, London Bridge – for striking views

Shangri-La At The Shard in a nutshell

A central London hotel with 202 bedrooms, striking views and an infinity sky pool.

Why foodies stay here

The hotel includes a restaurant, afternoon tea lounge and two bars. On level 35, TING serves a modern British menu with Asian influences, making the most of produce from neighbouring Borough Market. The five-course tasting menu offers the likes of duck liver ballotine with forced rhubarb and green tea, and Eton mess with cardamom.

Climb 12 levels higher for GONG bar (the highest hotel bar in Europe) and its quirky cocktails. The cognac and sherry-based Over the Rainbow comes in a decorative hot air balloon, while the Scan Me whisky sour is delivered in a sleek black glass.

What are the rooms like?

Every bedroom and suite comes with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame London’s skyline; the iconic City View room, for example, looks out over Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. A pillow menu is available, along with binoculars (to get a closer look at the landmarks), feather duvets, L’Occitane bath products and a Chinese tea set.

The suites offer a separate living and working space, with views spanning across Surrey and Sussex, and the Shangri-La suite is the grandest of them all – dressing room, kitchenette, cocktail-making services, an iPad and local area guide included.

Breakfast

Choose between an English, Middle Eastern or Asian breakfast, the latter of which comes with congee, dim sum and wok fried noodles. Or try something from the wellness menu: bircher muesli and green smoothies packed with kiwi, spinach, ginger, mint and apple juice.

Where to eat and drink nearby

Pop to the market for plates of pici cacio e pepe and beef shin ragu at Padella. Click here for our London Bridge restaurant guide

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Credit: Philip Reed
Shangri-La At The Shard has striking views and an infinity sky pool. Credit: Philip Reed

Sea Containers London, Southbank – for a room above the best bar in the world

Sea Containers in a nutshell

A modern hotel on the river with bedrooms designed by Tom Dixon and a cocktail bar from master mixologist, Mr Lyan.

Why foodies stay here

The world’s number one bar, Dandelyan used to have its home at Sea Containers, but Mr Lyan closed that down and re-opened it as Lyaness. The sweeping green marble bar occupies the ground floor of the hotel, with soft-grey sofas and electric-blue banquettes. Try the tiki-inspired Double Painkiller, with bright tropical notes and a subtle smokiness. An all-day restaurant serves plates designed to share, from whole seabass with lemon to shaved mushrooms with manchego and brown butter.

What are the rooms like?

Choose between bedrooms, suites and apartments. Tones of grey and pops of pink are the signature colours, with chrome furnishings lending a sleek feel. Queen-size beds come as standard in the boutique rooms, and marble bathrooms are stocked with natural Malin + Goetz products. Wall-to-wall windows in the Riverview Deluxe room offer views of the city, while the Riverview Suite includes a separate living area and extra bathroom.

Breakfast

If you’re there over the weekend, try the eggy sammy from the brunch menu – a brioche bun stacked with fried egg, crispy bacon, jack cheese and avocado – or go for a spicy chorizo flatbread with olives and wild rocket. In the week, expect a full English, fruit and yogurt, or avocado on toast.

Where to eat and drink nearby

Skylon is an 11-minute walk away on the first floor of the Royal Festival Hall. It’s all about seasonal modern British food and great views of the Thames.

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