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The sprawling city of London is hard to generalise; from the urban landscape of the East to the sleek, grand house-lined streets of the West, it’s a playground ripe for adventure. True across the board, however, is how tricky it can be to find somewhere stylish and affordable to stay. We’ve scouted out the top hotels across the city for under £150, leaving you more quids for cocktails.

The Pilgrm

Set across a Victorian-era building, there is a focus on British craftsmanship at this “café with rooms”. Many of the property’s original features have been lovingly restored, including the rather grand 200-year-old mahogany staircase that sweeps you to the bedrooms upstairs. While rooms come up small, they are beautifully executed, with Egyptian cotton sheets, plenty of plants and reclaimed items continuing the old-yet-new feel, like the chevron parquet flooring and cast-iron radiators dotted throughout. There’s a modern take on hospitality here, with no reception or room service but the staff are excellent and with the revamped and revved up Paddington on your doorstep you’re not likely to need more.

Rooms from £105 per night

The Hoxton Shoreditch

Soon to be one of three Hoxtons across London, the original in the heart of Shoreditch still remains one of the best. With its distinctive design, friendly service and unbeatable location, myriad bars, restaurants and markets to explore nearby, this is the place to get to grips with that renowned East London vibe. Whether you’re in town for work or leisure, the hotel’s communal areas offer the perfect hang out with laptop and latte in hand and the Hoxton Grill remains a popular spot with guests and locals alike. There is a great calendar of events at the hotel – from yoga sessions to cake decorating classes and, what’s more, soon your pooch will be welcome too.

Rooms from £125 / night

Brook Green Hotel

Nestled on the corner of leafy Brook Green, this traditional London pub has been tastefully tarted up to offer 17 stylish boutique bedrooms. Rooms are cool and contemporary with a few quirks thrown in and some of the pricier offerings include added luxuries like freestanding bathtubs. True to its primary form, the food here is hearty and wholesome – you can enjoy a supper of high-end pub grub before heading down to the underground bar for a cocktail or two.

Rooms from £105

Leman Locke

The label of “aparthotel” may not immediately inspire but with an aim of bridging the gap between home and hotel, there is a decidedly modish feel to this cluster of studios out East. The interiors are a study in pastel perfection, minimalist yet still cosy, and the huge windows lend spaces an abundance of natural light. Rather than fixating on the bedrooms (which are very comfortable by the by), apartments revolve around the now iconic Locke L-shaped sofa, offering the perfect nook to work, chat or chill. Set in eclectic and increasingly exciting Whitechapel, there is a big community element here with exhibitions from a rotating “creative in residence”, a well-being programme offering mindfulness and yoga classes and a weekly running club that takes you round the ‘hood.

Rooms from £125 per night

The Zetter Hotel

This smart spot offers excellent value in the heart of Clerkenwell, with its plethora of bars, restaurants and cutting-edge design. Set across a converted Victorian warehouse with cool mid-century furnishings the hotel cuts a fitting figure for the setting. If you’re here to impress, book a rooftop suite for a terrace and outside tub and enjoy bubbles amid bubbles beneath the city’s night skies. The Zetter Group take their eco-creds seriously and the hotel is impressive in its efforts on minimising energy usage including extensive recycling and its own 1,500-foot borehole beneath the building that provides all of its water. Sustainability made stylish.

Rooms from £125 per night

The Georgian House Hotel

Built in 1851 by the current owner’s great great grandfather, this family-run hotel offers a more traditional pick for your stay in town. The converted Georgian townhouses deliver the perfect blend of old and new with no two rooms the same and plenty of original fireplaces, eclectic antiques and quirky wallpaper dotted throughout. The location in the heart of Pimlico is perfect if you’re here for art with the Saatchi Gallery, V&A and Tate Britain all within walking distance. For those with a love of that infamous wizard, book into one of the Wizard Chambers for the full Harry Potter experience – just be quick, they have a tendency to fill up fast.

Rooms from £130 per night

New Road Hotel

Embracing the borough’s history, this cheap and cheerful hotel is set across a converted textile factory and emotes a certain industrial chic. While rooms are certainly compact, the space is used cleverly with king-size beds across the board and high-quality fittings, along with ultra-modern, glass-walled wet room bathrooms. If you fancy splashing out (both literally and figuratively), opt for the loft suite for your own jacuzzi and terrace with views out over town. While we’re still not convinced by the on-site cereal café, Marco Pierre White’s Chophouse is a popular spot and there is an increasing number of great restaurants nearby along with the excellent Whitechapel Gallery too, of course.

Rooms from £90 per night

Mimi’s Soho

It must be said upfront that rooms here are small – very small indeed with even an absence of windows in some – but, for this price and this location, something’s got to give and, with the best of Soho on your doorstep, you’ll likely be late rolling home to bed. In line with the limited space, rooms are lacking in wardrobes or a kettle for a cuppa but the linen is lovely (Frette) and the richly coloured wood-panelled walls give rather a sultry feel. While you’re spoilt for choice on bars, boozers and brasseries nearby – the opulent Henson’s bar down on the ground floor is an art-filled delight, with original prints by Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, perfect for a pre or postprandial snifter.

Rooms from £115 per night

The Windmill Clapham

Set a little south of the city proper, Clapham is popular for its green spaces, slower pace and plethora of pubs offering cosy corners for a Sunday roast or midweek supper. This 500-year-old establishment on the Common is no different and boasts the addition of a cluster of rooms for well-fed and weary travellers to lay their heads. The style here is a mix of country and contemporary with rooms more generously spacious than many London hotels and the pricier offering freestanding bathtubs in the bedroom – a surprising treat at this reasonable price.

Rooms from £125 per night

The Church Street Hotel

Tucked away down in arty and eclectic Camberwell, enjoy a slice of real London life at this neighbourhood spot. Do not be deceived, however, this is no regular urban abode; with its Latin-American inspired decor and an excellent tapas restaurant on site, there is a decidedly fun and flamboyant feel to the place. Rooms are dominated by brightly coloured walls, kitsch art and curio along with hand-painted Mexican tile-clad bathrooms – all come with a pot of the hotel’s signature hot sauce. While perhaps not everyone’s cup of tequila, there is character in abundance, the staff are charming and the trendy haunts of Peckham, Brixton and East Dulwich are all just a hop, skip and a jump away.

Rooms from £60 per night

The Pilgrm

The Hoxton Shoreditch

Brook Green Hotel

Leman Locke

The Zetter Hotel

The Georgian House Hotel

New Road Hotel

Mimi’s Soho

The Windmill Clapham

The Church Street Hotel

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