The UK’s capital city and one of the most historic cities in Europe, London is known for its fantastic range of top class five-star luxury hotels. However, the mix and match historical construction of the city over hundreds of years has also left space for tonnes of unique and interesting little properties that are ripe for converting into a B&B. Here are just four of the most different and quirky bed and breakfast spots in the sprawling Big Smoke.
Forty Winks, Bethnal Green
Very small and exclusive, with only two rooms and shared bathroom, this fascinatingly decorated townhouse was once one of London’s hippest spots for celebrity and model photoshoots. Owned by international playboy interior designer David Carter, the two rooms are filled to the brim with incredible artworks, appliances and furnishings. Barely a single object in this house is without some unique visual feature or story behind it. Be sure to check bookings well in advance though, as it is very popular – especially during the Summer months.
Georgian House Hotel, Pimlico
A fairly standard, if elegantly luxurious and well-reviewed, London townhouse turned bed and breakfast, The Georgian House Hotel has two unique room on its books. One could even say it’s a chamber of secrets. If you got that reference, you’ll no doubt love the Harry Potter inspired rooms here. Hidden behind a bookcase covered secret door, these flagstone walled rooms come complete with cauldron washbasins, stained glass windows, Hogwarts inspired tapestries and sumptuous four poster beds with velvet curtains. Unfortunately, though, The Georgian House is closer to Victoria station than it is to the magical platform 9 & ¾ at King’s Cross – but all of London’s premier Potter themed attractions are at the most a few tube stops away.
The Highgate Yurt, Highgate
Highgate is one of the most expensive areas in London, with a quiet leafy charm but only a mile or so away from the city centre proper. Hidden away in the extensive back garden of one of these grand properties, you might just find a little slice of countryside life with this gorgeous, secluded yurt tent. Only five minutes away from the nearest tube, but surrounded by dappled trees and wild grass, this traditional yet supremely comfortable tent sleeps up to four people and has a mesmerising sun portal in the roof – ideal for looking up at the small amount of stars you can actually see in the skies above Central London. One should note though, that the house owner’s cats might come for a quick visit if you leave the door open.
Qbic Hotel, Whitechapel
One of the greenest, in fact almost carbon neutral, places to stay in London, the Qbic Hotel feels like somewhat of an upmarket travel hostel that you might find in cities across the continent. Which makes sense, seeing as the first Qbic hotel opened in Amsterdam in 2016. Built using a modular ‘Qbic’ design that can be assembled or disassembled within 24-hours, each room could be entirely different the next time you come back – and that’s part of the thrill. It’s also very cheap for its central location (less than £50 per night for some rooms) and has a nice communal vibe that you don’t get often outside of dedicated hostels.