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These are our favorites around town. And don't miss our 10 Best London Family Hotels.

40 Winks

  • East London, Cozy, $$$$ $
  • 109 Mile End Road, Stepney Green
  • London, E1 4UJ
  • +44-20-7790-0259
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There are only two guest rooms and a shared bathroom in designer David Carter's striking and ornate 1700s townhouse, which is often used for photo shoots. On the edge of East London, it's not exactly central, but it's ideal for fashion and design aesthetes.

45 Park Lane

One of London's newest hotels, it's small, but destined for greatness. The Thierry Despont-designed rooms are high on Hollywood-style glamour with gorgeous park views. The in-house restaurant Cut is chef Wolfgang Puck's first European restaurant. Though it's a steakhouse, the lobster club is the thing to get.

Andaz Liverpool Street

A hotel to match the new East London, where business meets fashion and tech. Expect every modern amenity, though nothing as obvious as formal check-in desk.

The Arch

  • Marlebone, Trendy, $$$$ $$
  • 50 Great Cumberland Pl.
  • London, W1H 7FD
  • +44-207-724-4700
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An 82-room boutique hotel perfect for exploring the shops of Bond and Regent Streets as well as the London Zoo in beautiful Regents Park. Even better, it's very affordable, especially considering the neighborhood. Kids will love burgers in the lobby brasserie or afternoon tea in the library at the modern, somewhat hidden gem (which you'd call a "bolthole" if you were trying to be British about it).
Read More on Fathom: 10 Best Family Hotels in London

Blakes

  • Kensington, Cozy, $$$$ $$$
  • 33 Roland Gardens
  • London, SW7 3PF
  • +44-20-7370-6701
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Designer Anoushka Hempel isn't one for low-key minimalism. The rooms here are over-the-top, sexy, opulent, and dramatic, with Russian, Turkish, and Oriental themes. Adoring quotes from Gwyneth Paltrow and Mickey Rouke rotate through the home page; you decide whether that's a draw or a turn-off. 

The Bloomsbury Hotel

A great and affordable hotel for business travelers whose taste exceeds their expense account. There's a a gym, decent-sized rooms, bathtubs, in-room kettles,and lots of closet space. The Doyle Collection also includes the Marylebone Hotel, but Bloomsbury has the edge. 

Brown's Hotel

A luxury boutique hotel centrally located in Mayfair, it's been an inn since the early 1800s, but took on a decidedly new and fancier life when it became part of the Rocco Forte Collection. The glam Donovan Bar attracts a good crowd, but single women staying here might feel like hookers.

Charlotte Street Hotel

  • Soho, Modern, $$$$ $$$
  • 15-17 Charlotte St.
  • London, W1T 1RJ
  • +44-020-7806-2000
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A genteel perch in the center of Soho, full of bright colors, plush and playful furnishings, and a fantastic array of patterns and textures. Oscar, the hotel's bustling bar and brasserie, is always good for a pick-me-up. 

Claridge's

  • Mayfair, Timeless, $$$$ $$$$
  • Brook Street
  • London, W1K 4HR
  • +44-20-7629-8860
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An impossibly posh Art Deco classic that attracts royalty as well as up-and-comers. The rooms are grand; the service is impeccable. Refreshments on site include legendary afternoon tea, a chic and tiny Fumoir bar, and Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's.

Connaught

The Connaught is one of those dream hotels where everything feels pretty and perfect and beautifully appointed. And you feel like a visiting dignitary or generous aristocrat. And everyone is your friend. And money is no object. You almost don't want to leave the premises, and who can blame you when you have the Connaught Bar and Hélène Darroze restaurant and Aman Spa and your amazing room right there.

Corinthia

  • Westminster, Modern, $$$$ $$$$
  • White Hall Pl.
  • London, SW1A 2BD
  • +44-020-7930-8181
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Well located near Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden, this grand (almost ridiculously so) new hotel is great for exploring The Crown Jewels at Tower of London, The London Eye, and a truly terrific Aquarium. River suites offer separate spacious sitting rooms and weeping views of the Thames. With more than four restaurants to choose from, kids and their discerning parents can feast on everything from Cumbrian beef burgers and crisp chips at The Northall to fresh shellfish at Massimo Oyster Bar.
Read More on Fathom: 10 Best Family Hotels in London

Dean Street Townhouse

  • Soho, Timeless, $$$$ $$
  • 69-71 Dean St.
  • London, W1D 3SE
  • +44-20-7434-1775
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The Georgian townhouses used to be the home of William Hogarth and the Gargoyle Club, and the hotels continues to draw a creative Soho crowd. There are 39 charming rooms, some of which cost as little as £95, and a buzzy restaurant and bar. Part of the Soho House Group, Dean Street feels clubby in a good way, because you get to stay here.  

Dorchester

The grand hotel recently underwent an impressive renovation, which injected a youthful energy into the classic dowager. It's like staying in a big country estate in the city.

Durrants Hotel

A charming, cozy, family-run hotel consisting of three townhouses in a row. Hide out in the corner bar with a Scotch by the fireplace, or tuck into a novel in one of the many sitting rooms. Come weekend, the parking lot nearby hosts a lovely greenmarket.

The Goring

  • Knightsbridge, Timeless, $$$$ $$$$
  • Beeston Pl.
  • London, SW1W 0JW
  • +44-020-7396-9000
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Old, grand, and discreet despite its central location near Victoria Station. They are not shy about letting you know that this is the Royal Family's favorite hotel. The Queen Mum used to be a regular.

Grazing Goat

It's a modern fantasy version of a boarding house. You check in at the gastropub (have a spot of tea while you're there), then a waiter escorts you to one of the eight cozy, well-appointed, Wi-Fi enabled rooms. Convenient to much of Central London, it totally feels like a find.

The Hoxton

Young and cool, indie and interesting, inexpensive and industrial. In short, a hotel that reflects its hip East London surroundings. The rate structure reward early planners: The earlier you book, the less you pay. Sometimes as little as £1.

Montague on the Gardens

Beautifully appointed in a traditional way, with lush tapestries and fabrics. Located behind the British Museum, it faces a beautiful garden and is very quiet. Good room service, free WiFi, and reasonable rates make it good for business travelers, but the vibe is also good for a romantic stay.

My Hotel Chelsea

  • Chelsea, Modern, $$$$ $
  • 35 Ixworth Pl.
  • London, SW3 3QX
  • +44-020-7225-7500
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Slightly mod, low-key, and absolutely well-placed near Chelsea Green. A delicious breakfast spread, proximity to great restaurants for kids (conveyor belt sushi at Itsu, perfect steak frites at La Brasserie), and St. Luke's playground are all pluses.
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The Sloane Square Hotel

  • Chelsea, Cozy, $$$$ $
  • 7-12 Sloane Square
  • London, SW1W 8EG
  • +44-020-7896-9988
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This one has family rooms — a rarity in the UK and Europe —  where four can fit semi-comfortably. Well-situated to Peter Jones department store and the King's Road. Proximity to the Duke of Yorks Square add to the appeal.
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St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel

Yes, it's a Marriott, but there's nothing big-chain about it. Sir Gibert Scott's Victorian designs are a sweeping and dramtic step back in time. The Eurostar platforms right off the lobby add international flair to the scene, as does Europe's longest Champagne Bar. If you're traveling with kids, they might be interested to know that Harry Potter left for Hogwarts from platform 9 3/4. Marcus Wareing is the chef at the lovely in-house restaurant, The Gilbert Scott.

Town Hall

The rooms are sleek and modern or art deco chic, the new restaurant already has a Michelin star, and the mosaic-tiled pool is flooded with light. The lively Bethnal Green neighborhood will provide non-stop diversions, and the cocktails from the Town Hall tea tray will revive you when energies wane. 
Read More on Fathom: The Magic of East London

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