The 5 Hippest Hotels in London

London's hotel scene is a riot of diversity but these five hotels are sure bets every time.

The 5 Hippest Hotels in London
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London is so crammed with hotels—luxury, affordable, funky, questionable—that it's not easy to settle on just one place. So we'll make it easier for you: go hip. Stay in a super-stylish spot while in town. These five properties are swank and smart.

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Ace Hotel

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Straight outta Portlandia, the Ace's London outpost is—naturally—in Shoreditch. Like all Ace Hotels around the world, the lobby glows during the day with laptop users and buzzes at night with locals swilling cocktails and pints of beer. Rooms feel like lived-in homey nooks. Some rooms have record players, acoustic guitars, and vintage-looking refrigerators.

100 Shoreditch High St.

Artist Residence

Set near Victoria Station in Pimlico, AR is an intimate, art-strewn 10-room boutique hotel. Rooms feel more like you're an actual resident of London instead of a visitor. Size ranges from small to suite. The rooms, many of which have exposed brick walls, come with a full-stocked mini bar, blue-tooth-enabled speakers and coffee machines.

52 Cambridge St.

The Hoxton

A similar hipster vibe as the Ace (and also in Shoreditch), the Hoxton pulls in the MacBook users during the day, its lobby is filled with bedraggled freelancers as if it were a co-working space. The 210 rooms are cozy and come with all the amenities you'd expect, including a complimentary boxed breakfast delivered to your room every morning. There are also nine "concept rooms," each one designed differently, that can be booked at no extra charged (just be sure to request one).

81 Great Eastern St.

Mama Shelter

Opened in October 2019, Mama Shelter is a hip, affordable mini-chain of international hotels and this is their first foray into Great Britain. And what a splash they've made. The interior was designed by Parisian firm Dion & Arles. Rooms come in small, medium and large and all are equipped with free WiFi, mini-fridge, desk, satin sheets, 49-inch TV and free on-demand movies. The in-house eater does excellent takes on comfort food. Standouts include fish and chips, steak tartare and lamb shawarma. And don't forget to book some time in the basement karaoke bar, especially after a few cocktails at the bar.

437 Hackney Rd.

The Megaro Hotel

This property near Kings Cross Station is not the sleek, minimal hipster hotel you'd expect. Instead, rooms are a riot of flash and bright colors, decked out in a bright blues and yellows and other hues. In-room coffee, complimentary water and rain showers make a stay here comfortable and satisfying.

1 Belgrove St.

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