London Hotel Rooms With A Serious View

London Hotel Rooms With A Serious View
Suite dreams. Image by Montcalm East, Shoreditch.

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Not all hotel room views are created equal. Here's our pick of London hotels making certain you can soak up some of the most beautiful parts of the city without having to leave your bed/bathtub/pyjamas for it.

Montcalm East, Shoreditch

View from the Sky High Suites, at the Montcalm East, Shoreditch. Image by Lydia Manch.

The Montcalm East building on City Road's a divisive one — makes you feel like you've been incepted if you look at it too long, a weird, pointed tower that looks somehow concave where it spreads against the sky.

The inside of the hotel, by contrast, is actually quite soothing: neutral colours, heavy curtains, nice textures. Big showers, good soundproofing. Feels kind of corporate, but also nicely peaceful. For the most light-flooded flex, it's the Sky High rooms you're after — 17th floor views across Shoreditch and the City. There are double and twin options, or for the biggest window real estate with, unsurprisingly, a price to match: the Sky High Junior Suite. Starts at £540 a night.

Montcalm East, Shoreditch

Pan Pacific London, Liverpool Street

The Pan Pacific Suite, Liverpool Street. Image by Jack Hardy.

You know how sometimes after a long day of extreme luxury, you just can't even? The Pan Pacific London gets it. Decompress from the day's endless opulence stretched out on your huge-window-adjacent chaise longue, and gaze down upon the city spread pliably beneath you. Reports have been filed by our people on the ground of butlers bringing unsolicited (but welcome) cake to your door/reclining situation.

All rooms come with floor-to-ceiling windows; Deluxe City View Rooms start at £469. The 19-floors-high Pan Pacific Suite comes with hardwood desk, panoramic views, and unlimited — unlimited — soft drinks from the minibar included in the price. £5500 a night (not a typo).

Pan Pacific London, Liverpool Street

Town Hall Hotel, Bethnal Green

The De Montfort Suite. Image by Town Hall Hotel, Bethnal Green.

We consistently admire, fear, and recommend Town Hall Hotel because/despite of the mild horror film vibes, left over from its days as a — guess what — town hall. The corridors are labyrinthine and dark and Kubricky. The building's been a filming location for Black Mirror, Lock Stock, and Atonement — among others — a trifecta which tidily acts as a tl;dr for its surreal grandeur, grimness, and slickness. The Balcony Executive Apartment — which combines all of the above, plus bonus views over Bethnal Green, starts at £310 for a night.

Town Hall Hotel, Bethnal Green

NoMad London, Covent Garden

Image by NoMad London, Covent Garden.

Housed in a Grade II-listed building that used to be Bow Street Magistrates Court, the NoMad London exterior still looks grand but forbidding. Inside, the hotel group harks back to its North American roots, the interior all dressed up like a New York townhouse. It looks like the location in a Noah Baumbach film where somebody struggles with writer's block, buys fine art, and gets into arguments about Ojai grape varietals.

The Royal Opera Suite adds a layer of Age of Innocence, 19th-century-high-society feels into the mix — dash off some correspondence or a short screenplay from your heavy, carved-wooden writing desk, while you sip a Manhattan and watch the audience arrive at the Royal Opera House opposite. Plus bonus points for the opera house views from the claw-footed bathtub.

NoMad London, Covent Garden

Treehouse Hotel, Oxford Street

Skyline King bedroom. Image by Treehouse Hotel, Oxford Street.

Leaning hard into their views, all of the rooms at Treehouse Hotel come with bay windows, with a little table and cushions so you can admire the BT Tower over your breakfast. There are some weird stuffed toys folded into the décor you're going to have to make your peace with/bury in a dark cupboard where their eyes can't follow you, but beyond that you're looking at neutral-ish colours, splashes of raw timber here and there — Treehouse Hotel=tree trunks in the bathroom, you get it — and a lot of the usual mod cons, but with the views still very much the real USP. The Skyline King starts at £545 a night.

Treehouse Hotel, Oxford Street

Hotel Café Royal, Piccadilly

The Dome Penthouse. Image by Hotel Café Royal, Piccadilly.

Not bad at unfettered lavishness, even in their lower-priced (still big-spend) rooms, Hotel Café Royal summits new levels of extra with the Dome Penthouse suite — a three bedroom beast perched on the rooftop of a grade II-listed building, among a sea of other grade II-listed rooftops. It comes with a terrace bigger than the average UK flat (factchecked against Actual Numbers), looking out across Piccadilly. And a domed ceiling — with telescope — in the main living room. Like with all POA deals — which this is — it's safe to assume if you have to ask the price, you don't want to know.

Hotel Café Royal, Piccadilly

The Zetter Townhouse, Farringdon

Image by Zetter Townhouse, Farringdon.

These aren't the most lavish or striking hotel balcony rooms you'll find in London, but it's a part of the city you don't usually get to see from above — rooftop bars aren't as prolifically scattered around the Clerkenwell and Farringdon area as they are in the west end and further east. That, along with the residential townhouse vibes, makes it feel less like a hotel, more like crashing your friend's wealthy aunt's dinner party, and charming your way into a room for the night. Deluxe King Rooms with views start at £280 a night.

The Zetter Townhouse, Farringdon

Last Updated 07 June 2022