Unusual and atypical hotels in London

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Do you want to get off the beaten track and stay in one of London's unusual and atypical hotels? Here is my selection of accommodation that I chose based on their past stories, their geographical location in London or the theme of the hotel (Harry Potter, rock, gin).

You will find that unusual hotel is not necessarily synonymous with expensive. Indeed, two unusual hotels offer rates from € 68 per night and a youth hostel from € 37!

Unusual! Sleep in a prison cell


Clink 78 Youth Hostel is a former Victorian courthouse where punk band The Clash was tried in 1978 for shooting high-value carrier pigeons. The place has been renovated into a design and atypical establishment where you can sleep in a prison cell or in an authentic custody room classified as English heritage. The renovated courtroom has become a place of relaxation and meeting. In the basement, the ClashBar in memory of the eponymous group, welcomes every Friday and Saturday artists and DJs who come to perform live.

This youth hostel is a great place to stay in London with attractive prices, an atypical setting and a friendly and trendy atmosphere. Clink 78 is also one of the most original and unusual youth hostels in London!

Accommodation from € 68 and breakfast only € 2.

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Metro National rail bus Angel, Russell SquareSt Pancras International, King's Cross, Euston.17, 30, 45, 46, 63, 73, 205, 214, 259, 476


Generator Hostel a former police station

This youth hostel located in a former police station has been wonderfully well renovated with modern and designer decor. It will undoubtedly appeal to young travelers who will appreciate the cinema room, the internet café, the karaoke or even play billiards.

The Generator Hostel is located in vibrant Bloomsbury and not far from the British Museum.

Accommodation with excellent value for money, from € 37 per night in a dormitory. Breakfast € 5.

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Metro National rail bus Russel Square, King's Cross St PancrasLondon Euston, St Pancras, King's Cross10, 59, 68, 91, 168, N91


Georgian House Hotel and the Harry Potter universe


The Georgian House hotel is a 4-star hotel, located not far from Victoria Station which offers rooms dedicated to the world of the famous wizard Harry Potter.
The "Wizard" room with an area of ​​about twenty square meters can accommodate up to 6 people. It is stamped Gryffindor and decorated with a good number of objects from the universe ofHarry Potter with old grimoires, flasks and bottles of potions, stained glass windows, four-poster beds ...


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Metro bus Victoria, Sloane Square, Pimlico Station11, 44, 170, 211, C10


The Shangri-La: the tallest hotel in London


This 5-star hotel is located between the 34th and 52nd floors of the shard, the tallest skyscraper in Western Europe. With an area of ​​approximately 40m2, the rooms of the Shangri-La are spacious and offer a breathtaking view of London behind the slanted floor-to-ceiling windows of the Shard. Depending on the room, you can contemplate the buildings of the City with the Gherkin and the Walkie Talkie, Tower Bridge or the St Paul's Cathedral...

On the 52nd and last floor of the Shard, there is a spectacular perched swimming pool, a fitness room and the very chic hotel bar: GŎNG.

Dream accessible from € 540.

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Metro bus River shuttles London Bridge43, 48, 141, 149, 521London Bridge City Pier


Hotel Good: a former floating Dutch prison ...


Originally built in Holland in 2007 to house illegal immigrants, this building was converted five years later into a trendy design hotel. In October 2016, the 8 million kilogram floating concrete structure was transported by barge from Amsterdam to the Royal Victoria Dock in London to stay there for a period of 5 years.

This non-profit floating hotel aims to reinvest all its profits to train job seekers in the hotel industry and to educate underprivileged children. Staying in this unusual hotel is a good social work and a good accommodation plan with very attractive rates for the city of London.

Finally, the rooftop terrace offers a beautiful view of the Thames, the City of London and Canary Wharf.

Unusual accommodation from € 68 with free bike and iPad rental for customers.

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DLR bus Royal Victoria, Prince Regent474Emirates Air Line


The Distillery an unusual hotel, entirely dedicated to Gin


The Distillery is an intimate hotel consisting of only 3 rooms located in the heart of the Notting Hill. Although the rooms are cozy and pleasant, the interest of the hotel is undoubtedly its bar offering tasting more than 100 gins from all over the world and its museum where, among other things, the history of gin and the distillation process during a tasting. At the end of this unusual experience, each participant, with the help of the instructor, creates their own gin recipe and will leave with a bottle.

Room from £ 125. Experiment with creating your own gin from £ 110.

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Yotel the capsule hotel at Heathrow and Gatwick airports


These two capsule hotels are located in the public areas of airports and close to the boarding gates, either at terminal 4 of the airport.Heathrow and at the South terminal of the airport Gatwick.

Small, luxurious and comfortable, these capsules can be rented for a minimum of 4 hours. They are ideal for resting during a stopover or spending part of the night on morning flights.

3 categories of capsules are available: the standard for 1 person, the Premium for 2 people and the Premium Twin for 4 people.

Rental of a capsule from £ 37 for one person and for a period of 4 hours.

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