Staycation Is The New Vacation, Thanks To These London Hotels

Photo: Courtesy of Ham Yard Hotel.
Dorothy was right: There really is no place like home — especially if you live in London. Don’t get us wrong, we love nothing more than jumping on an airplane to some far-flung corner of the globe for a holiday the likes of which Condé Nast Traveller has never seen. But, our bank manager has made it pretty clear that “trips of a lifetime” can’t happen every other month. Instead, we’re looking for a little R 'n' R closer to home — at London's best boutique hotels.
While it may feel strange to book a room in the city where you live and work, sometimes staring at four (beautifully decorated) walls that aren’t yours is just what you need to refresh the spirits. (Having a fully stocked mini-bar and ah-mazing en-suite bathroom can't hurt, either). So, open up your diary, start rooting around for a free weekend, and get ready for room service.
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Photo: Courtesy of 40 Winks.
40 Winks
Interior designer David Carter didn’t want the two guest bedrooms in his Queen Anne townhouse go to waste, so he decided to open up his Stepney Green home as a boutique hotel. This getaway is our home décor fantasies come true — and, though the rooms aren’t filled with all the mod-cons one comes to expect from a hotel, their elegantly designed interiors and close proximity to East London nightlife more than make up for it.

40 Winks, 109 Mile End Road, London, E1 4UJ.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ham Yard Hotel.
Ham Yard Hotel
Looking to step back from your everyday reality? May we suggest booking a mini-break at Ham Yard Hotel? This brand-new Soho hotel classifies itself as an "urban village" — its 91 bedrooms and 24 apartments are situated close to a bar, restaurant, and 13 shops. Oh, and there's also a '50s-style bowling alley at your disposal. It's the perfect place to while away a wet-weather weekend.

Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, London, W1D 7DT.
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Photo: Courtesy of Cable Street Inn.
Cable Street Inn
Why not visit all the London sites traditionally reserved for tourists — and stay at the Cable Street Inn while you're at it? This 18th-century alehouse is a brisk, 15-minute walk to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. And, when you're tired out from sightseeing, you can luxuriate in the Inn's elegantly decked-out rooms, complete with king-size beds, en-suite bathrooms, and HD televisions.

Cable Street Inn, 232 Cable Street, London, E1 OBL.
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Photo: Courtesy of Hazlitt's.
Tucked away inside a Georgian townhouse in the heart of Soho, this boutique hotel could easily double up as the backdrop to a Merchant Ivory production. Bask in the hotel's quirky-cool surroundings and feel ever-so-slightly smug that you don't have to schlep far to get to bed after a night on the tiles. If you're looking for mod-cons, this place isn't for you (though they do offer 24-hour room service).

Hazlitt's, 6 Frith Street, London, W1D 3JA.
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Photo: Courtesy of Generator London.
Generator London
Cast all your bad-hostel memories aside; Generator London is something else entirely. You will actually want to hang out (not just pass out) in this boutique hostel. The interiors are quietly funky — minimal without looking empty. The price for a private room starts at as little as £52 per night. And, Bloomsbury's right on your doorstep.

Generator London, 37 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9SE.
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Photo: Courtesy of Rose and Crown.
Rose and Crown
Have you ever wished that your bed were conveniently situated within your local pub? At the Rose and Crown, you get exactly that. The Stoke Newington institution has a boutique guest house on the first floor — six rooms boasting modern interiors and all the trimmings you could wish for (free Wi-Fi, of course). Plus, the staff serves breakfasts fit for royalty every day of the week from 7:30 a.m.

Rose and Crown, 199 Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16 9ES.
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Photo: Courtesy of the London Edition Hotel.
London Edition
The London Edition hotel is only a year old, but it has already made a huge impact on the city's social scene — thanks to its now-legendary Basement bar. It's one of our favourite places to have brunch, and its rooms are the last word in understated elegance.

London Edition, 10 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NP.
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Photo: Courtesy of the Town Hall Hotel.
Town Hall Hotel
The Town Hall Hotel is the real deal. Not only does it have one of our favourite cocktail bars, the Peg & Patriot, on the ground floor, but its latest resto, the Typing Room, is also attracting rave reviews. The hotel itself looks like the setting for a Don Draper drama — and that only makes us love it more. Next time you're on the lookout for a romantic getaway with your S.O., make a beeline for this beauty.

Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9NF.