East London is a fascinating marriage of old and new. Not only is it home to a flower market established in 1869; it’s also the site of the UK’s tallest building and some of London’s trendiest places to be. There is so much to see, shop, eat, and experience, with London’s East End offering some of the finest Luxury Hotels in the capital. Here’s our rundown of the best places to stay in East London.
Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard London
Magnificent views and sumptuous luxury define the London iteration of this famous luxury hotel chain. In their review of Shangri-La Hotel London, The International Traveller shares that the hotel is situated at floors 34 to 52 of The Shard, the tallest structure in the UK. This gives it the distinction of the first elevated hotel in London. It also means that guests will enjoy unparalleled views of the capital from any of the hotel’s 202 guestrooms and suites. In addition to fantastic accommodation, guests will also delight in the Shangri-La’s proximity to popular tourist sites, such as the Tate Modern and the London City Hall.
Hilton London Canary Wharf
Smart and modern, the Hilton London is nestled among Canary Wharf’s skyscrapers. Its convenient location near London’s financial districts make it a great place for those travelling for business. The Telegraph adds that its proximity to other places of interest – such as riverside bars, cafes, and restaurants, as well as other popular London attractions – provide an element of romance. The hotel’s 282 rooms and suites are spacious and chic, offering wonderful views of the River Thames and the London skyline.
Moving away from luxury chain hotels, 40 Winks is a breath of fresh air with its ultra-exclusive two-bedroom nature and fantastically designed interiors. Designed and managed by its owner, the hotel is a product of his refreshingly vivid imagination. From fairy tale collections and Chinese screens to gold-leaf wallpaper and Venetian masks, there’s character in every nook and cranny. Like the others, 40 Winks also offers much in terms of location. Situated along the Mile End Road, the hotel is at the heart of London’s multicultural district, where there is no shortage of food to taste or things to buy. At the nearby Westfield Shopping Center, PartyPoker shares in their feature ‘Becoming a Eastender for the Weekend’ that big name brands are mixed with artisan eateries and boutique shops. Chances are, there are more sales per shop than you’ve ever seen. With such diversity of choices, there probably won’t be a boring moment in the area around 40 Winks.
Another unique hotel, this time in the Spitalfields area, is Batty Langley’s. The hotel’s namesake, Batty Langley, was a landscape designer and architect that published books that helped people decorate their homes “in the most Grand Taste.” In this regard, Batty Langley’s more than delivers. The Independent reports that the establishment is decorated with luxurious antique furniture, with its suites, parlor, tapestry room, and library decorated in over-the-top, decadent fashion. As a tourist destination in its own right, the hotel is also very near the Old Spitalfields Market, where antiques abound, and the eclectic boutiques of Shoreditch.
Last but not least is The Curtain, the product of American hotelier Michael Achenbaum’s first European venture that opened just last year. Located in Hackney and smack in the middle of Shoreditch revelry, this trendy hotel is a party palace with taco and tequila bars and a rooftop pool with panoramic views. As a luxurious spot for younger clientele, the hotel also offers co-working spaces and 24-hour gyms alongside the more traditional bars and lounges. If you ever feel the need to step outside, The Curtain is a short walk from the neighborhood’s best bars, clubs, and restaurants as well.
If you’re travelling to the UK capital any time soon, be sure to check out Luxe Beat Magazine’s list of the best restaurants in London. If you have any more luxurious hotel recommendations, leave a reply below!