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Sleeping around in London

Sleeping around in London

There’s no better time than the summer to see London.

Taking a line from Adele, we love seeing everybody in short shorts, skirts and shades.

From glorious parks, to the charming South Bank, to bustling city hoods and free entertainment, London is a city that can accommodate almost all tastes.

Which is why we’re doing a round up of London’s best hotels, ranging from budget bookings to luxury splashes.

In a city divided by a river, locals and visitors have always had a preferred neighborhood. Our selection of hotels ranges from the residential and upscale west to the trendy and multicultural east.

What bed you end up in is up to you…

Most lush hotel: Belgraves Hotel

Britannia meets Bohemia in Belgravia, a posh London district with stately homes and private gardens are a stone’s throw away from Victoria’s booming theater district, Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace.

Adding a little attention to detail in a luxury hotel frequented by celebrities and cultural icons who shall remain unnamed, the rooms in the Belgraves Hotel, part of the Thompson Hotels family, feature custom-made linens and bespoke bathroom products for a home-away-from-home feel in one of London’s most coveted neighborhoods. The entry, mezzanine level and bar, guarded by chic and friendly door staff, incorporate chic design pieces (Lego miniatures and vintage books) with an equally warm and cool design aesthetic.

Starting in June, the Belgraves is offering an Urban Picnic special where guests can take a mouthwatering culinary selection and follow a London-guide to specially recommended secret and underrated spots.

Coolest design: Sanderson Hotel

This five star luxury boutique hotel is perfect for anyone looking for a little grandeur in the middle of tourist-swamped West End. Just a few roads away from Soho and Covent Garden, the Sanderson Hotel takes you to another world the moment you walk through the doors.

A spacious and incredibly high-walled lobby gives way to the resident bar and restaurant, before a minimalist hallway takes you upstairs to your rooms. From the striking standard rooms to private-entranced penthouse, the Sanderson’s attention to detail is sure to give someone with the worst OCD a calming stay.

In addition to a great restaurant and bar, the Sanderson has also become popular for its Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea. The British tradition of having tea, cakes and sandwiches in the afternoon takes a tumble down the rabbit hole with an Alice in Wonderland-themed noshing experience (fancy dress not required).

Best Value: Ibis Hotels

With more than 950 hotels around the world, the Ibis group features different properties in various London neighborhoods including Whitechapel, Southwark and Euston.

Getting great value shouldn’t mean sacrificing style or amenities, and Ibis hotels delivers all around. In the Southwark Rose, breakfast and unlimited Wi-Fi is included in the booking rate. The modestly priced White Chapel venue is located minutes away from the trendy and buzzing East London neighborhoods. The Euston St Pancreas property is ideal for travelers needing to make a quick pit stop before setting off on a London exploration.

For the months of June and July, Ibis is offering up to 30% off hotel rates at 60 hotels in the UK and Ireland.

Gay-friendly apartments: Town Hall Hotel and Apartments

With the rising popularity of Airbnb, it’s easy to see travelers are always on the lookout for a less expensive stay with more perks and attention to detail. If you opt for a home-stay instead of a hotel, consider the Town Hall Apartments.

What used to be an old Edwardian Hall in the bustling enclave of Bethnal Green has been reconstructed into chic, modern hotel rooms and apartments. Locally commissioned artwork and hand picked décor make these apartments not just classy, but personal. The apartments come with full-stocked mod-cons, self-serve kitchens, and access to the property’s pool and fitness area.

If you book 21 days before your arrival, and quote gay-friendly hotel resource Further Sfield, you can get 15% off your booking.