Aparthotels combine the amenities of a hotel with the convenience of an apartment. There’s more space — great if you’ve got kids — and way more style than you’d expect; these pieds-à-terres are closer to boutique hotels than soulless studios and are in prime locations across London. All of our picks below come with an ensuite and kitchenette as standard, but push the boat out and your new pad can come with a pool, gym and even breakfast in the morning. Forget going to a hotel again, or going home for that matter — you’ll get comfy pretty quickly here. These are the best serviced apartments in London.
Main photo: Town Hall Hotel & Apartments, Bethnal Green
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1. Cheval Three Quays, City
Best for amazing views
Luxurious living doesn’t get more central than a stay at these five-star apartments in strolling distance of Tower Bridge. Time-sensitive guests will appreciate the Abel and Cole breakfast hampers in each room, as well as around-the-clock concierge team who will sort everything from theatre tickets to takeaways, while a gym and laundry facilities suit those who have checked in for longer stays. Tubes from Tower Hill will whizz you to the bright lights of the West End in 20 minutes, though the floor-to-ceiling windows and extra-chic living spaces with huge L-shaped sofas to lounge on may well persuade you to stay in and watch boats putter along the Thames instead. Sweeping, wraparound balconies in some apartments offer London’s most blockbuster views, from Tower Bridge to London Bridge and further beyond. The dream home away from home, if your home has the type of views you see on a London postcard.
Apartment types One, two and three-bedroom, plus riverview and towerview penthouse
Price from £350
2. Room2, Chiswick
Best for a sustainable stay
There are fewer places you’ll feel smugger calling home than the UK’s first hometel, a concept that aims to roll everything we love about Airbnb, boutique hotels and serviced apartments into one offering. Tucked into a quiet corner of leafy Chiswick, Room2’s quirky studios have plenty of personality with arty throws and vintage-looking furniture that aims to celebrate local craftsmanship. Rooms range from snug to suites; opt for the latter it’s a kitchenette you need — though if you’d rather leave the cooking to someone else, there’s a plant-filled, bright on-site cafe and bar. One night counts as a 24-hour stay so there’s no rush to check out in the morning and there are plenty of green points up for grabs: Room2 is forecast to use 89 per cent less energy than other typical UK hotels. Those seeking somewhere more central will be happy to hear there’s a smaller sister hotel in Hammersmith.
Apartment types snug, sleepwell, studio, lounge, suite
Restaurants 0, on-site cafe
Price from £166
3. Town Hall Hotel & Apartments, Bethnal Green
Best for a backstory
If walls could talk you’d never want to leave this Grade-A listed former town hall. Its past is full of drama and its Edwardian council chambers — where guests can now get married — and ballot boxes and huge safes dotted along the marble-clad halls are constant reminders of its former life. Its present is just as exciting: it often doubles as a film set and you’ll recognise parts from Killing Eve and Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. As for your digs? Studios look straight out of a show home with bold colour palettes, velvet sofas and maisonette bedrooms. The vast majority of studios have kitchenettes with welcome treats such as silk teabags and macarons. Bring your swimwear to do some lengths in the gorgeous 15m heated pool or work up a sweat in the fully equipped gym — and stay on a Sunday for a 15-minute stroll to Columbia Road flower market.
Apartment types double room, executive studio, one-bedroom, executive one-bedroom
Price from £235
4. Aptel East, Spitalfields
Best for location
Aptel East’s simplistic decor won’t blow you away, but it’s clean, compact and will be a handy haven after hours. Expect fluffy towels, an extra-large bed, microwave, table and a 43” TV in each room. Self-service tablets save time when it comes to checking in and checking out and, should you need it, there’s a 24-hour concierge available to help out with any requests. Location-wise, it’s hard to beat: you’re on the doorstep of the City and Spitalfields. Shoreditch and Tower Bridge are all within easy strolling distance.
Apartment types standard suite, penthouse, executive suite, family suite, family suite with terrace
Price from £120
5. StayCamden, Camden
Best for workations
There’s space for work and play here: the LABS Collective downstairs is a buzzy co-working space, while upstairs are 169 Scandi-style apartments with skyline-facing balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, free wi-fi and plenty of lounge space to kick back in. Fitted kitchens come in each apartment, be it a three-bed or one-bed, and you’re in striking distance of the shops of Camden High Street or the silence of Regent’s Canal: perfect for post-work strolls.
Apartment types one, two and three-bedroom; classic and premium options available
Price from £185
6. Buckle Street Studios by Locke, Aldgate
Best for hip young things
The area just east of the Square Mile boundary in Aldgate has changed beyond recognition in recent years. What was once an uneasy junction between the high-rises of the City and the curry houses of Commercial Road has risen from the ashes as fancy flats, hospitality offerings and slick office space. One such new-build is Buckle Street Studios, that 21st-century conceit of aparthotel-slash-coworking space, designed by New York-based Grzywinski+Pons. The interiors of the (compact) rooms are faintly Japanese in feel, all soft pastels, blonde wood, metal accents and big squashy sofas; while neutral ceramic bud vases and mirrors dot surfaces. In the most Gen Z way, the lobby has glass vitrines full of knick-knacks that passes as a “concept store”, and there’s a vegan restaurant and coffee bar opposite in Leman Locke, another of the brand’s apartment blocks. It’s ideal for City workers who want something a bit edgier than the usual business hotel — and it’s cheap, too.
Apartment types one and two-bedroom
Price from £130
7. Locke at Broken Wharf, The City
Best for activities
With a bed looking over the Thames (bang opposite Tate Modern) and a dinky kitchenette, it’s easy to sip a cup of tea watching mudlarkers scouring the shore for treasures while pretending you now live permanently in a slick studio apartment with one of the best views in London. Pastel rooms and Scandi furnishings mean you won’t want to leave, but downstairs there’s a cool co-working space, gym, restaurant and weekly timetable that includes pottery sessions and yoga classes.
Apartment types one-bedroom
Price from £150
8. Cheval Gloucester Park, Kensington
There’s plenty to impress at this plush pad in one of the slickest corners of the city. Stream your favourite shows at the private cinema downstairs, work up a sweat in the fancy gym kitted out with Precor equipment and power up your phone with the wireless bedside charging ports that double up as speakers. Full-size L’Occitane products and underfloor heating add to the luxe touches in the bathroom while living rooms come with stylish velvet sofas, stacks of coffee table books and huge TVs. Kitchens are kitted out with top-of-the-range appliances including a washing machine and dryer — though a laundry service is available throughout the week. Stays here put you in striking distance of some of London’s best museums and restaurants and, should you wish to bring your car, there’s secure underground parking from £45 a day.
Apartment types one, two and three-bedroom
Price from £500
9. StayCity, Greenwich
Best for a quiet base
A stay in sleepy Greenwich can bring respite from a busy day at work in the City, but you’re by no means far away from the action should you want it. These apartments are an eight-minute train ride to London Bridge and a five-minute walk to Greenwich train station. Each has an open-plan kitchen and the 24-hour reception gives you the flexibility to come back when you need — the town centre is a just 15-minute stroll away. Should you want to stay indoors, there’s a TV in your room and snack-filled vending machines in reception.
Apartment types studio, executive studio, one-bedroom
Price from £156
10. PrimeStay Fitzrovia Apartments, Westminster
Best for big groups
Be it a group of friends or a large family, finding somewhere to fit and please your clan in the capital takes its toll — on your patience and your wallet. Here is the easy option: two-bedroom homely apartments which easily sleep up to eight. There’s lots of room to socialise and each has a private entrance and an outdoor terrace to relax on with a few cocktails after a day exploring the city. It’s the perfect postcode if you’re hoping to catch a show — there are plenty of theatres within a few miles.
Apartment types two-bedroom
Prices from £155
11. Sanctum Apartments Regents Park, St John’s Wood
These slick five-star apartments have one of London’s most coveted postcodes, putting you in striking distance of Regent’s Park, London Zoo and Lord’s Cricket Ground. Each provides comfortable luxury: white marble floors, huge TVs and balconies. The open-plan kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need including a washer-dryer and a cooker along with a living area that comes with a good-sized table should you want to dine in. There are plenty of delis and a Tesco Express in easy walking distance.
Apartment types Studio, 1-5 bedrooms, Regents Suite
12. 15 Basil Street, Knightsbridge
Best for theatregoers
Plump for these five-star mini-palaces if you want to count The Queen as a neighbour. Buckingham Palace is just down the road, as is the Royal Albert Hall and the Natural History Museum. There are six floors of slick apartments here, all dressed in calm, neutral colours and bold artwork, along with kitchens and private laundry facilities. The smallest apartments are anything but petite with kingsize beds and 47 sq m to kick back in. In-room spa treatments are available should you fancy a facial and there’s a Nespresso machine and complimentary breakfast basket for when you rise.
Apartment types one-bedroom, two-bedroom, two-bedroom with balcony, three-bedroom
Price from £495
13. Leman Locke, Aldgate East
Best for floor-to-ceiling views
A pink sofa and a wall full of quirky artwork ensure this is likely to be the most Instagrammable apartment in London, while floor-to-ceiling windows present your perch to lookout over the east end. There’s a 24/7 concierge and a cafe for those wanting cappuccinos and croissants. A dishwasher, microwave and fridge are handy additions for those dining in. If you want to eat out there are plenty of options — Spitalfields Market is a ten-minute walk away.
Apartment types one-bedroom
Price from £170
14. Cove Landmark Pinnacle, Canary Wharf
Best for City slickers
It’s impossible to miss this 75-storey tower which houses 162 Thames-facing apartments over ten floors — it’s Europe’s tallest residential block. It’s pretty striking from the inside, too. Your new home-from-home brings you access to incredible views of the capital from a plush sky lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows, a gym with equally memorable vistas, plenty of co-working space, a yoga studio and even a golf simulator. Little ones are welcome too — and they’ll love letting off steam in the indoor garden. Rooms are decked out in calming forest greens, soft fabrics and some come with enclosed balconies so you can take in the sunset no matter the weather.
Apartment types Studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom adjoining
Price from £383
15. Dao by Dorsett West London, Shepherd’s Bush
Dao is an aparthotel that aims to go one step further for guests with the chance to tailor stays to suit the mood in its 74 apartments — the best of which come with terraces. Those ready to relax can choose between the likes of sweat blankets to help the body detox and CBD oils to create the perfect night’s sleep, while pelotons can be placed in rooms for those more interested in turning things up a gear. Rooms are simple in their design but have all you need and there is a free laundry room for guests. Shoppers will be happy to find Westfield is a five-minute walk away and any four-legged friends you bring along will have their tails wagging at the complimentary treats, bowls, and toys (a £100 anti-allergy cleaning fee applies).
Apartment types Studio, one bedroom, two bedroom
Price from £200
16. Native Bankside, South Bank
The location of Native Bankside puts you within walking distance of some of London’s best spots including Borough Market and The Globe. Better still, you’re tucked away on a quiet backstreet away from the hustle and bustle — guaranteeing a good night’s sleep after a day of exploring. The building is a former Victorian tea factory and has a New York feel to it, while inside things are industrial chic with lots of exposed brick and glass and Instagrammable touches such as pink velvet headboards and a box full of locally crafted treats. Morning runs can start in the gym with floor-to-ceiling windows, there’s lots of spaces for co-working and a handy pantry where guests can help themselves to staples such as pasta and rice.
Apartment types Crash pad, studio, premium studio, one bedroom, two bedroom
Price from £263
17. Ember Locke, Kensington
Step back into the swinging Sixties with a stay at these art-deco-themed studios and apartments in the west of the city. Retro curved velvet sofas, tasseled light shades, bold burnt orange walls and forest-green kitchen units all work together to create a space that manages to be both stylish and uber convenient thanks to handy touches such as full-length mirrors, banquette seating and slick Smeg appliances. Extended stays are made easier with a gym, yoga studio and a laundry room, and guests are within walking distance of some of London’s best museums: the V&A, the Natural History Museum, and the Design Museum. The open-plan ground-floor space continues the Sixties glamour with a curved bar and a conservatory that switches between a buzzy coworking space by day and a cocktail spot at night.
Apartment types studios and one-bed apartments
Price from £193
Additional reporting by Cathy Adams and Katie Gatens
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