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Designer British digs for a steal in London

Dorset Square Hotel, Marylebone

This stunning 38-room property has just undergone an overhaul that's seen it emerge as one of the best boutique hotels in the capital, courtesy of one-off furniture pieces and unique artworks hand-picked by designer and owner Kit Kemp. Rooms overlook the site of Thomas Lord's first cricket ground, while top nosh and wine is to be had at the Potting Shed downstairs 39-40 Dorset Sq, London. +44 20 7723 7874. Tube: Marylebone.

No 11 Cadogan Gardens, Knightsbridge

Recently transformed from a members’ club into a 54-room boutique hotel, No 11 Cadogan Gardens features eclectic spaces that range from studios to one-bedroom Mews Suites, which come complete with a garage. Found around the corner from Sloane Square, this property is brilliantly located and a steal for its sub-£200 rate. 11 Cadogan Gdns, London. +44 20 7730 7000. Tube: Sloane Square.

La Suite West, Bayswater

Down the road from Hyde Park and a stone's throw from Notting Hill, La Suite West is a hip, 80-room boutique hotel. Behind the facade of this Victorian terrace, each of the hotel's rooms and suites are minimalist in design, while downstairs the in-house restaurant serves up a decent continental breakfast. 41-51 Inverness Tce, London. +44 20 7313 8484. Tube: Bayswater.

Town Hall Hotel, Bethnal Green

Converted from the formerly scruffy suburb's town hall, this 98-room art deco hotel can take credit for instigating a gentrification of this East London neighbourhood. Former councillors' chambers and offices have been turned into guest rooms starring the latest technology, while still retaining their vintage character. 2 Patriot Sq, London. +44 20 7871 0460. Tube: Bethnal Green.

Number Sixteen, South Kensington

This 42-room hotel is located in a large Victorian terrace and close to the area's museums, galleries and traditional British pubs. Book a room that comes complete with a private courtyard and for a relaxing afternoon, grab a bottle of wine and a good novel and kick back in the hotel's drawing rooms. 16 Sumner Pl, London. +44 20 7589 5232. Tube: South Kensington.

Get to London on British Airways, Qantas or Virgin Atlantic. All offer daily flights and competitive prices, especially in Time Out’s favourite cabin, Premium Economy.

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Updated on 25 Mar 2014.

By James Wilkinson   |  
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