While many visitors to London are happy to stay in a standard hotel or bed and breakfast, here are some alternatives for those who would like something a little different.
Clink 78 Hostel offers a night in a genuine prison cell. Refurbished to ensure a good night’s sleep, the cells still have security peepholes, bunk beds and limited space. Entry is by card key, and there are door handles inside, so you can leave whenever you like. The cells are in an old courthouse building, and communal areas have been kept true to their origins, with lounges and bars in old courtrooms. Clink78 Hostel offers private rooms and dormitory accommodation, as well as the cells.
Clink78 78 King’s Cross Road, London WC1X 9QG
020 7183 9400 email@example.com
If wizardry and all things Harry Potter are your style, a night at the Wizard Chambers in the Georgian House Hotel might suit you. Although not directly connected to the film franchise or to JK Rowling, the rooms have been lovingly created to make any aspiring wizard feel right at home. Gothic décor, four-poster beds and wizard-type cauldrons and potions abound. The hotel is ideal for those who want to join Harry Potter themed tours or take a look at platform 9¾ at Kings Cross Station while they are in London. Enchanted Chambers are also available for couples to enjoy a romantic spell in magical surroundings.
Georgian House 35 – 39
St Georges Drive, London, SW1V +44 (0)2 07 834 1438 firstname.lastname@example.org
Eden Garden is a small, friendly, naturist guesthouse and spa in Chingford, on the London-Essex border. The individually themed guest rooms all have their own en-suite bathrooms. Clothes are not permitted in the steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi, but are optional in the rest of the house and garden. Towels, robes and slippers are provided for guests using the spa facilities. Eden Garden have been awarded certificates of excellence every year since they opened, and early booking is advisable.
71 Woodberry Way Chingford, London E4 7DY
Bookings and information via www.edengarden.co.uk
Sunborn London is a luxury yacht hotel, moored at the western end of Royal Victoria Dock, conveniently situated for the ExCel centre, O2 arena and Canary Wharf. Opened in 2014, this super yacht is set to become a familiar landmark in the upmarket commercial district. The four star hotel has over a hundred luxurious rooms and suites over four floors and boasts a stylish bar, lounge and fine dining restaurant. Its outdoor terraces have views of Canary Wharf and the Siemens Crystal
Sunborn London, Royal Victoria Dock London, E16 1XL
+44 (0) 203 714 8111 email@example.com
If none of the above appeals, glamping in a themed, hippy VW camper van might be for you. Andy and Fiona offer their lovingly refurbished vans, equipped with comfortable king-size beds and everything you need for a spot of mobile luxury. You can choose from Little Miss Merlot, a French Bistro themed van, Little Miss Mojito, which is very green and even has artificial grass flooring, Little Miss Malibu, which is a fun beach bar on wheels, and Little Miss Margerita, an oasis of four-wheeled retro chic. There are five camping and caravanning sites within the M25, so you can move around and stay in a different place every night of your glamping trip, should you wish.
Hippy Campers Hippy Towers, Winchmore Hill London N21 1BN Tel: 07973 223332 & 07880 608511 firstname.lastname@example.org