If you are planning on visiting London for business, or pleasure, then you’ll want to know the best places to stay.
With so many options available, in this video, I’ll share my top three business hotels along with my top 3 quirky hotels for your leisure travel.
TOP 3 BUSINESS HOTELS IN LONDON
If you are travelling for business, you want a hotel with great options for hosting and attending business meetings as well as high quality amenities.
These three hotels in the heart of London offer a selection of amenities you may need as a business traveller, as well as impeccable interiors to enjoy.
They all have meeting spaces on site, as well as fantastic travel connections.
The Andaz Hotel, 40 Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 7QN – for luxury & business needs
For 5-star luxury, contemporary interiors, and even a fitness centre and steam room, the Andaz Hotel on Liverpool Street is perfectly located for any business trip.
You can dine at any of their five restaurants & bars on site. Whether it’s brunch at Rake’s Cafe Bar, Japanese cuisine at Miyako, or a more laid back dinner at Lady Abercorn’s Pub & Kitchen.
For business essentials, you can host your meetings in any of their 14 meeting rooms which offer private dining, event and conference rooms for up to 500 guests.
For international business requirements, they offer hybrid meeting solutions. You can organise your all-in-one video conferencing so everyone can join you.
If you are having multiple meetings across town, the location is second to none. You are right at Liverpool Street station with extensive connections throughout London. You’re just a short walk to St Pauls, Tower of London, Shoreditch and Old Street.
The added bonus is they include free essential services including WiFi, local calls as well as the minibar drinks and snacks included in your room fee. Meanwhile the basement Masonic Temple – a feature of the original railway hotel – is used for film screenings, fashion shows and corporate events.
For rooms, you can indulge with an Andaz Design Suite equipped with a king sized separate bedroom, plus open plan lounge and dining space.
If you are travelling for business, but don’t want to miss out on your fitness regime, there’s also the unique King Bed Deluxe Fitness Room. It includes a Peloton® Bike, dumbbells, yoga equipment and more. There are even wellness & personalised menus available.
ME by Melia London, Strand, West End WC2R 1HA – for art & technology lovers
If you want to enjoy uninterrupted views of London and satisfy your passion for art, then ME by Melia London at the Strand is the perfect spot.
Located in the heart of the West End, you can get all of your business meetings done, and enjoy some of the best entertainment that London has to offer. From theatres, to popular tourist attractions including the Houses of Parliament, it’s a great place to use as a base during your stay in London.
The hotel is one of three London locations by the avante garde designers. You can find a more traditional option at their Kensington Townhouse, as well as the White House based in Camden.
Something that makes these hotels unique, is the The ME Studios access. These are the co-working locations where state of art technology, Contemporary Art and Artists propositions merged together to give a different approach to normal meeting spaces. Latest technology, gadgets, lights and sound equipment blends with artist propositions to transform meeting spaces into an impressive venue.
You can also host your meetings or conferences at the hotel, where they offer an independent reception area and 500 square metres that can be divided into seven individual spaces.
If you don’t want to leave the hotel for your dining, you can visit the steak restaurant and cocktail lounge. They also have the Radio Rooftop bar where panoramic views of London’s most iconic buildings and neighbourhoods are served up alongside inventive cocktails and tapas.
The Strand location offers 16 unique suites, as well as 157 rooms to choose from. Each room offers floor to ceiling windows so you can sit back and relax with a view across London.
The Great Northern Hotel, Pancras Road, Kings Cross N1C 4TB – for the international business traveller
Finally, if you are an international traveller coming to London from Europe, and you want to jump off the Eurostar and into your room, then the Great Northern Hotel on Pancras Road is just the ticket.
Located so close to the iconic station, you shouldn’t be surprised that it was in fact, London’s first railway hotel.
Opened in 1854, the hotel had its ups and downs but recently had a £40m renovation to recreate the place as a classic hot spot for guests.
You’ll be pleased to hear that while it is so close to the busy station, all of the rooms are soundproofed. The rooms are a beautiful mix of contemporary style with hints to the building’s Victorian railway heritage.
They also provide a pantry with cakes, coffee, newspapers and even a USB printer on every floor for you to enjoy without having to head to the restaurant.
If you do want to dine in, you can go to one of their three options onsite.
For meetings, there are three options all of which are luxurious and traditional in their interiors. They offer formal seating arrangements such as boardroom style, as well as private party or dining options.
Kings Cross has recently become a hub of technology, dining, and shopping so is a great space to have as a base when visiting. Home to Google HQ, there’s Pancras Square with restaurants and bars for you to enjoy. If you need to travel across London, you can jump on the underground from the station including the Circle, Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City, Northern, Metropolitan and Victoria.
Top 3 Leisure Hotels in London
If you are travelling to London to take in the sights, relax, unwind, or simply enjoy some time off, then I’ve got 3 great hotels for the leisure traveller.
Obviously, there are loads of options and depending if you want luxury, traditional, or quirky there will be plenty to choose from. So we’re going to highlight one of each type, so you can see the diversity we have on offer here in London.
Treehouse Hotel, 14-15 Langham Place, Marylebone W1B 2QS – Quirky & Family-friendly
If you want a unique, family (and pet) friendly experience, the Treehouse Hotel in Marylebone, is a perfect option for your trip to London.
The hotel provides its guests with rooms that feel cosy, nostalgic and each has a bay window for you to sip coffee and watch the sunrise or sunset over London.
For even better views, you can head to their rooftop bar. With 360 degree views of London, the bar also has a collection of cosy seats & sofas, as well as a luscious ceiling installation of lights and plants. You feel like you’re in your own treehouse above London!
If you want even more from your stay, they offer some fantastic packages to select for your visit. I love the sound of their “Family Tree” package. It includes:
- One overnight stay for a family of up to four in connecting rooms or up to five in a Connecting Clubhouse Suite & Lookout Twin room.
- Breakfast in Californian-Mexican restaurant, Madera at Treehouse
- Children’s teepee set up in guest room prior to arrival
- Welcome treat at reception on arrival
- Milk and cookies
- Children’s bathrobe and slippers
- Treehouse colouring book
- Children’s books and board games
- Children’s bathroom amenities
- Complimentary cots for babies
- Free wifi
- Flexible 24-hour cancellation
Thanks to the location, you can easily visit family-favourites like the ZSL London Zoon in Regents Park, The British Museum, and renowned toy-shop, Hamleys.
The Beaumont Hotel, 8 Balderton Street, Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair W1K 6TF – for a luxury stay
If a luxury stay in London, with spa treatments, decadent dining, and even a chauffeur ticks all your boxes, then the Beaumont Hotel in Mayfair is the hotel for you.
Classic, art deco styling is featured throughout the Grade II building, but this doesn’t mean you’re missing out on the modern luxuries. There are cosy public areas throughout this fine art-filled hotel for you to stop and relax.
For even more relaxation there’s even a spa, hammam, and hair salon on site. You can book a massage, facial or hammam treatments for men and women. You can also enjoy a manicure and pedicure, or visit the salon to get your blowout or London look. The Beaumont Spa also features a fully equipped gym, sauna and steam room.
With 50 rooms and 22 suites and studios, you can go all out for your luxury stay in London. It is located on a quiet garden square, close to the boutiques, galleries and museums of Mayfair, St James’s and the West End.
If you want a unique night-in, then you can dine at one of the restaurants or bars in the hotel itself. The Colony Grill Room is a New York-style grill room with delicious steaks & salads, while Le Magritte Bar & Terrace harks back to the 1920’s cocktail bars of America with classic cocktails & snacks. They have also recently opened the Gatsby Room which offers the quintessentially British afternoon tea to a soundtrack of live piano music.
The Rookery, 12 Peter’s Lane, Cowcross Street, Clerkenwell EC1M 6DS – for a boutique traditional stay
If four-poster beds, traditional interiors, and a boutique experience is your thing, then you must visit the Rookery in Farringdon.
Fireplaces, deep and dark interiors, as well as plush fabrics & furnishings are packed into each room in this gorgeous boutique hotel.
The Conservatory has a working fireplace, comfortable furnishings and plenty to read after a long day walking around London. There is also an honesty bar where you can relax or entertain friends while sipping on your favourite drink. And if you’re looking for access to London’s most exclusive clubs, then their concierge services can sort you out.
The 33 rooms are packed with personality, as well as books, and each is uniquely named after characters from Clerkenwell’s past. There are two types of rooms to choose from, making it a simple choice! There’s the Club Double and the Superior Double. Both of which are air conditioned, offer free Wifi and packed with personality!
While there’s no restaurant in the hotel, it is located perfectly for dining and experiences galore. For example, Smithfield Market and St John’s Gate are right on the doorstep. You’re also near to one of London’s hidden gems – the Church of Saint Bartholomew the Great; it’s London’s oldest surviving church and has been in continuous use since 1143.
So, will you be heading into London for business or pleasure? Were any of these hotels top of your list? I’d love to hear what you think of my selections, and if there are other hotels you recommend please pop them in the comments.
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