The bed and breakfast concept is one that has seen something of a renaissance in modern times. There were times when it was looking like this excellent idea was doomed to die off in the near future, due to a growing stigma towards it. Like hostels, it was perceived as being a vastly inferior means of accommodation and, honestly, there was some truth to that. The standards of B&Bs in the late 90’s was low: they were roofs over your head and a little food in your belly, that was all.
Then someone saw the potential in the idea. For the uninitiated, allow us to explain the concept to you. A B&B provides you with place to stay, and stocks you up with a solid breakfast before you leave. You’re likely to need a small lunch then an a usual sized dinner. If you’re staying elsewhere, you can easily end up paying for all 3 meals in the day, which will quickly add up.
The fundamentals were solid, what it needed was a facelift, and that’s exactly what it received. As you’ll see from this list of the top 10 b&b’s in London, standards have been raised and the quality of the industry is at an all time high. There really has never been a better time to stay in one of the capital’s bed and breakfast’s.
Think of the Mile End Road, and you’ll be overcome with the smell of curries, the laughter of students and the site of heavy traffic plowing its way through this London hotspot. What you don’t think of is a luxury B&B that marries style and class with accessibility. Yet that’s exactly what the acclaimed Forty Winks offers, hence its serious popularity. The perfect way to enjoy the East End in style.
Forty Winks is located at: 109 Mile End Rd, Stepney Green, London E1 4UJ
To find out more please visit: http://www.40winks.org/
The Lilac Door
The term “hidden gem” is one that is used far too often. Underappreciated is a much better description in most cases, but this is an exceptional to that rule. The Lilac Door really is a hidden gem: if you didn’t know it was there, you wouldn’t give it a second look. A quiet little refuge hidden away in Dulwich, it offers a tranquil starting point for enjoying the city.
The Lilac Door is located at: 140 Rosendale Road, Dulwich, London, SE21 8LG
To find out more please visit: http://www.lilacdoor.co.uk/
The Garden B&B
The name kind of gives this one away: it’s all about the outside space. Sitting outside in the summer months, enjoying a tall drink with your fellow guests, the atmosphere friendly and relaxed. That’s the kind of peaceful happiness many of us dream about, and it’s on offer here.
The Garden B&B is located at: Killieser Avenue, Streatham Hill, London SW2 4NT
To find out more please visit: http://www.thegardenbedandbreakfast.com/
A surprisingly affordable location that also offers a spa, we found Eden Garden a little good to be true. It seemed to have everything we could possibly want from one of the top 10 london bed and breakfast hotels, so we anticipated some sort of catch. There was none, it genuinely does what it says on the tin!
To find out more please visit: http://www.edengarden.co.uk/guesthouse.html
A sort of urban charm permeates Barclay House, a modern swirl of greys and pastel blues that is very definitely suited to the city. It’s an unabashedly middle class, faffy affair but there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, it pulls off that look spectacularly, and the result is a B&B with both style and substance.
Barclay House is located at: 21 Barclay Road, London SW6 1EJ, United Kingdom
To find out more please visit: http://www.barclayhouselondon.com/
Bay Tree House
The charms of suburbia are all too apparent during a stay at Bay Tree House. Lying in a leafy location on the edge of the capital, it offers a welcome refuge to those weary travellers who have spent their days walking the streets of Oxford Circus and other busy tourist hotspots.
Bay Tree House is located at: 59 Brookdale, London N11 1BS
To find out more please visit: http://www.baytreehouse.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/
The White House
Simplicity seems to be the main theme at the white house. From the functioning rooms to the prompt service to the whitewashed garden space, this Fulham getaway is so unfussy that you won’t be able to resist its charms. The atmosphere is thoroughly conducive to a relaxing experience.
The White House is located at: 41 Rosaline Road, Fulham, London SW6 7QS
To find out more please visit: http://www.whitehouselondonbandb.com/
The elegance of Islington is all too apparent here. Sitting in the quaint living room, we were overcome with a sense of calm and peace rarely felt elsewhere. The entire place seems designed to be cosy and comfortable, self assuredly twee in a way that makes it bizarrely stylis..
Arlington Avenue is located at: Arlington Avenue, London, N1 7AX
Lime Tree Hotel
High quality and family run, the Lime Tree walks onto our list of the top 10 bed and breakfast hotels in London with ease.
Lime Tree Hotel is located at: 135 Ebury St, London SW1W 9QU
To find out more please visit: http://www.limetreehotel.co.uk/
At Home Inn
There’s something rather genteel about our last location, a sweet little house in Chelsea. It’s not big, but it certainly is clever, capturing the sort of genuinely welcoming atmosphere that most B&Bs fail to achieve.
At Home Inn is located at: 6 Oakfield Street, London SW10 9JB
To find out more please visit: http://www.athomeinnchelsea.com/