London is a somewhere you travel to to have extraordinary experiences, so when you visit the capital, do you really want to spend the night in your standard hotel, or would you prefer to stay somewhere with a uniqueness you can’t get anywhere else? If it’s the latter, here we’ve selected some of the most unforgettable places to stay the night in London.
Clink 78 is an old courthouse that has been turned into a vibrant hostel near King’s Cross Station. Though there are standard private and dorm rooms, it also offers something a bit more unique – refurbished prison cells. The cells sleep one or two people in a bunk bed, and they are English Heritage listed with original features, allowing you to immerse yourself in London’s history from a completely different perspective. It should be noted though that you can open the doors from the inside.
78 King’s Cross Rd, London WC1X 9QG
Originally built in 1717 but opened as a hotel in 2009, 40 Winks is located in East London and has just two guest rooms. Described by German VOGUE as “the most beautiful small hotel in the world”, 40 Winks packs a stylish punch considering its bijou size and mixes the traditional and contemporary with flair. Founder David Carter runs Bedtime Story Nights, decadent and glamorous pyjama parties with stories, music and cocktails.
109 Mile End Rd, Bethnal Green, London E1 4UJ
Gir Lion Lodge
If you’re looking for an even more exhilarating stay, Gir Lion Lodge definitely delivers. Based at ZSL London Zoo, these lodges are situated in the Land of Lions, ensuring that you wake up to the roars, hoots and squawks of the surrounding animals. The lodges are inspired by the lion’s native home of India, with each having a different theme. The stay includes three separate tours that take place whilst the zoo is closed to the general public. You also get two full days access to the zoo, a two-course meal, a complimentary drink on arrival, and breakfast the day you leave.
ZSL London Zoo, Outer Cir, London NW1 4RY