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Top 10 unusual hotels in London

London is full of the unexpected and its hotels are no exception. Take your pick from these unusual places to stay in London.

From interconnected townhouses, to wizard-themed rooms and hidden Greek Masonic temples, you'll find the quirkiest features and most unique amenities in these unusual London hotels.

Z Hotel Soho

Set in the heart of vibrant Soho, the Z Hotel boasts a quirky, contemporary design. It is made up of 12 interconnected townhouses, linked together by aerial walkways of glass and steel. Rooms are deceptively large, with under-bed storage and wall-mounted hanging space for clothes. Book now

Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell

The older sibling of the Zetter Townhouse in Marylebone this hotel is housed in an old, converted Georgian townhouse. Its quirky design is set around the tastes of its fictional owner and muse, Great Aunt Wilhelmina, whose supposedly eclectic tastes include a stuffed kangaroo brought back from a holiday in Australia. Book now

Chessington Safari Hotel and Chessington Azteca Hotel

African-themed hotel room complete with colourful bed linens, plants and wooden features.
Chessington Safari Hotel and Chessington Azteca Hotel. Image courtesy of Chessington Resort.

Wake up and head out on safari when you stay at Chessington Safari Hotel and Chessington Azteca Hotel. Inspired by the African safari park next door as well as the mysteries of the Aztec civilisation, each room has plenty of wildlife inspiration. Enjoy dinner in the restaurant or a drink on the terrace as you look out over the African animal reserve. Book now


CitizenM is a stylish, futuristic hotel in Bankside, just a two-minute walk from the Tate Modern. Check out the modern bedrooms, which include features such as rain showers and touchscreen tablets that control the lights. Book now

Rough Luxe Hotel

The Rough Luxe Hotel in luxurious South Kensington has pioneered a new hotel design, half rough, half luxury. Peeling walls and bare floorboards are combined with spacious living areas and modern showers. Watch out for the crowd of honey bees living on the roof. Book now

The Ampersand Hotel

Each of the 111 suites at The Ampersand Hotel are based around the five unique themes of botany, music, ornithology, astronomy and geometry, making it one of the more unique hotels in London. Relax in the drawing rooms or enjoy vibrant Mediterranean cooking at the in-house Apero restaurant and bar. Book now

Georgian House Hotel

A double bed with white linen and blue cushions, with statement wallpaper behind and a pale green chair in the corner facing the bed.
Georgian House Hotel. Image courtesy of Georgian House Hotel.

The traditional Georgian House Hotel, favourite of those wishing to visit Buckingham Palace, doesn’t seem to be one of London's unusual hotels from the outside. But it has recently installed a Wizard Chamber and Enchantment Chamber, complete with four-poster beds, cauldrons and potion bottles. This themed Harry Potter London hotel is the perfect escape for budding wizards. Book now

Andaz London Liverpool Street

With 267 guest rooms, the Andaz London Liverpool Street is the largest hotel in the City of London, but it also has a number of quirky and unusual features, including a Greek Masonic Temple. Built in 1912, the former venue for Freemasons lodge meetings is now used to host a variety of events. Book now

Clink78 hostel

Formerly a courthouse, Clink78 is now one of the coolest, most unusual backpacker hostels in London. Survive the night in a real ex-prison cell, chill out in one of the old courtrooms or enjoy the games room, fun bar and travel shop. Book now

Shangri-La The Shard, London

The highest hotel in the capital, Shangri-La The Shard, London occupies the 34th to the 52nd floors of Renzo Piano's iconic skyscraper. Plush rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views and each boasts a Chinese tea set. Suites come complete with a personal butler. Book now

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