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Small independent hotels in and around London 


A selection of  independent small hotels with character in the UK 

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Finding a hotel in London

Finding the right hotel in London can be a daunting task, unless money is no object. London is full of hotels, and a lot of them, catering for business customers and wealthy tourists, are quite expensive. But there are also plenty of moderately priced hotels in London, that provide a pleasant environment and a friendly reception, at reasonable rates. iHi has read through thousands of hotel reviews, to pick out just a few hotels that offer a good service, a reasonably quiet environment, and good value for money.

Hotels in the suburbs of London

  Visitors looking for a quieter environment should think of staying outside the centre of London; this is also strongly recommended  for anyone travelling by car, as finding a place to park in central London can be a nightmarish experience, and an extra expense on top of the high rates charged by inner London hotels.

   For a very different experience indeed, discover the rural inns and hotels of southern England, some of which have been providing board and lodging to weary travellers for several hundred years. Live out the charm of Olde England in rural inns with their thatched roofs and beamed ceilings – an expericnce that will remain in your memories long after your holiday is over.

London & Southeast England

  Small hotels for all budgets
 The iHi UK independent hotel guide is a directory of small independent hotels offering a calm and relaxing environment to travellers, for holidays, business visits, or short breaks. On account of the nature of hotels in and around London, this area includes some hotels that are  larger than the normal size luimit, which is 40 rooms. Priority is given to listing hotels offering good value for money, and a friendly welcome. We welcome suggestions from travellers and hotel owners.

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Area 1a  

Hotels in central London 

(For travellers without a car)
  • London SE1 - south Bank,  near Waterloo
    The Mad Hatter hotel. ***  This three star hotel is conveniently located close to the national Theatre, the Tate Modern, and the London Eye. Within walking distance of Westminster. It has a restaurant and bar, and gets very favourable reviews. 
  • London WC1, near museums & theatres
    €€€ Bloomsbury Hotel **** Four star hotel, four star prices, but invariably good write-ups for this hotel close to the British Museum, Covent Garden and the theater district. Easy access to most of central London. 
  • London WC1, near museums & theatres
     €   cheap and friendly
    St. Athan's hotel  * Very good value for a small central London hotel. Located on a side street in walking distance of Euston, St Pancras and Kings Cross stations, and the British Museum and university area. Friendly family-owned hotel; rooms small but clean and comfortable.
  • London W2, near Hyde Park
    London Guards Hotel *** In a quiet location 200 metres from Hyde Park, & near Lancaster Gate tube station. Nothing fancy here, but quiet location and good value for money. For the price, you won't find much better in the West End. 
  • London SW3, near Hyde Park
    €€€€  Knightsbridge Hotel ***** Top quality luxury hotel in a quiet location in the West End, within easy distance of Harrod's, London's greatest department store. 44 refined ensuite bedrooms,drawing room, library. The restaurant can cater for people with special dietary needs.
  • London SW7, Kensington & Chelsea
    €€€€  Adria Hotel ***** Chic boutique hotel with 24 rooms, just ten minutes walk from the Natural History museum, V&A and Science museum. Very refined décor; restaurant, garden, facilities for the disabled. Good value for a top quality central London hotel. The restaurant can cater for people with special dietary needs.
  • London SW5, near Earls Court, Kensington
     €  Westbury Hotel ** This is very much a hotel for the budget-conscious traveller; don't expect luxury, the rooms are small; but they are clean and the staff work hard. Close to tube station. 
Area 1b. 

Hotels close to central London

Residential areas less than 30 mins by bus or tube from Central London
  • North London - Camden
     €   Easy access to the West End
    Charlotte guest house  In a residential area just 20 minutes by bus from Regent St. A fairly basic but friendly small b&b hotel recommended mainly on account of its bargain prices. No car parking facilities.
  • North-west London - Hendon
    Just 2 minutes' walk to Hendon Central underground station
    ****  The Hide  Top customer reviews for the small four-star hotel with easy access to central London.  Great value for money in this upscale hotel where prices include breakfast,  P  free car parking, and free wifi.  Easy access to M1 and North Circular road. The only downside is that this hotel is on a busy road.
Area 1c 

Hotels on the outskirts of London

Stay in the suburbs, a short ride from the city
  • Sutton, Surrey
    The **
    Thatched House Hotel.  Quiet 24-room hotel with  P  free car parking. Friendly atmosphere, garden, restaurant, good value for money (Note; this hotel may quote room rates for a minimum of two nights ). Located in walking distance from the centre of Sutton, a pleasant suburban area, and the train station, for easy access to Central London.
  • Northwest London - Pinner - Harrow
    the **** Grimsdyke hotel is a gem, and good value. Built by WS Gilbert (of Gilbert and Sullivan fame), this is a classic Victorian mansion and a listed building with masses of character. It stands in 40 acres of grounds, with lovely gardens and plenty of  P  free parking. Bar and restaurant. 47 rooms. Hatch End station is 5 minutes by car -  free parking in the residential streets north of A410 before reaching the station. 
  • Southeast London
    Easy access from Dover direction
    Sundridge Park Manor *** A fine suburban stately home, standing in its own grounds. Fabulous setting,  P  free parking. Restaurant, bar, free wifi. Recommended from Monday to Friday morning, because the hotel is heavily booked for weddings and functions over the weekend. Station 800 yards, with trains to central London in 20 minutes.
Area 2- east - 

Hotels in Southeast England 

    (southeast of London)

  • Kent - Wye near Ashford, 
    The New Flying Horse Inn,  Traditional rural inn a few miles from Ashford, in the Kentish countryside; easy access to Dover and the Channel Tunnel

  • Kent - Canterbury
    the Millers Arms Inn, in the heart of old Canterbury, is an old inn classed as a **** hotel, but with generally affordable prices. The inn offers a good restaurant, and of course the traditional atmosphere of the English inn. Parking is avaialble close by.

  • East Sussex,  near Hailsham, .
    The two-star Olde Forge hotel, at Magham down, is set in the heart of the Wealden countryside, close to many National Trust properties. The restaurant, with timber beams and log fires, offers freshly prepared Anglo-French cuisine.

Area 2 west

Hotels to the west of London

(west and southwest of London)
  • West Sussex, Arundel,  
    The *** Norfolk Arms hotel is located in the village of Arundel, a stone's throw from Arundel castle. Classic English hotel, classic décor, full of character. Restaurant, bar. Cosy rooms, good service and a touch of Olde England..
  • West Sussex, Charlton,  
    The Woodstock House hotel offers 12 en-suite bedrooms with all modern amenities, set around an attractive courtyard garden which was originally the Farmyard. It is located in the small village of Charlton, between Chichester and  Midhurst.
  • Hampshire, near Stonehenge
    The Shears Inn in the village of Collingbourne Ducis, is a delightful old thatched inn, with six en-suite guest rooms. Located in a calm village between Andover and Marlborough. Restaurant, bar, wifi. No restaurant Sunday evening..
  • Hampshire, près de Stonehenge
    The Manor is a listed building in the village of Shrewton, just a few minutes from Stonehenge , and well suited for exploring central southern England. It is a small family hotel with just 7 rooms, and advance booking is recommended. Friendly welcoming staff.
  • Minster Lovell, near Oxford
    €€€ The Old Swan and Minster *** hotel is a classic Cotswold inn, set in the small village of Minster Lovell in the Windrush valley. While the bedrooms offer all modern conveniences, the reception area and other communal areas are classic historic Cotswold inn, with large fireplaces, beams, and plenty of character. Large garden. 
  • Oxfordshire,  Burford, the Cotswolds,
     the Golden Pheasant Inn is a period Cotswold inn located in the heart of Burford, one of the most attractive small towns in the Cotswolds, offering reasonable value compared to many similar establishments. Friendly staff, comfortable rooms. An ideal base for exploring the Cotswolds from Oxford to Cheltenham.

Price guide and key
All hotels listed on iHi offer good or reasonable value compared to other hotels of similar quality  in their area .
 €  - Not too expensive: very good value for money.
€€€ (London scale) Double rooms usually over £120 / 150 € a night.
€€€€  (London scale) Double rooms usually over £250 / 300 € a night..
Hotels with no price information are generally in between.
  Pub / inn accommodation, the traditional British inn.
 P   Free parking  (City locations only - elsewhere free parking is the norm).
In many hotels and inns, prices  vary from season to season, and week to week, notably in tourist areas.

Regions of Britain

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