Is there anywhere more diverse, weird or wonderful than London? Renowned for its eccentricity, the UK capital has a lot to offer for those seeking an unusual hotel stay. From 3-star to 5-star, this article showcases some of the quirkiest and unusual London hotels we think you should visit.

Courthouse Hotel 


Have you ever wanted to stay in a former courthouse or police station? It wasn’t at the top of our list either until we saw the hip and imaginative 5-star Courthouse Hotel.

The stylish mayfair hotel is situated in the old Great Marlborough Street Magistrate’s Court and retains many historical features, but with a modern twist. Three prison cells are the main attraction in the hotels swanky cocktail bar for instance. If you don’t fancy feeling like a prisoner, how about a high powered judge? Book into the high ceiling, luxury Magistrates suites and you’ll be in the original judges’ chambers.

This truly unique, unusual London hotel will not disappoint, CASE CLOSED!


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Image: Courthouse Hotel London



Qbic Hotel London City


Go on a sensory adventure at the 3.5-star Qbic Hotel! Full of bright colours, funky photos and neon lights, what more could you ask for from a trendy east end hotel? Perhaps some free drinks at the bar? At this unusual London hotel you are rewarded for being green whilst you stay. Helping the hotel to save energy by not having your room cleaned everyday will give you money off your bar tab!

Qbic believe in ‘misusing the existing,’ meaning to make the most of what is already in place and not starting from scratch. From this idea, each room is designed around the ‘cubi,’ an all-in-one living box which was easier converted from the previous office building. This construction model is 20% cheaper and 40% faster than traditional hotel construction and you benefit from the savings.


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Sunborn Yacht Hotel


Yes! You can stay on a Yacht! Nothing says luxury and unusual like the 5-star Sunborn Yacht Hotel. This stunning vessel is situated in Royal Victoria Dock and has beautiful views of the river and the iconic canary wharf. The Sunborn offers all you could imagine in grandeur. The classic rooms come fully equipped with en-suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi and touch-pad room controls. Fancy an upgrade? Live the high-life in a suite with your very own jacuzzi, lounge, sauna and even your own deck.

If your pockets won’t stretch for the suite, why not just enjoy the unusual hotel from the dining room. You can have dinner on the luxury yacht with no overnight stay required.


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Pavilion Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel


Located near Oxford Street and Hyde Park, this 3-star groovy pad is targeted at the artistically minded. With only 30 rooms, Pavilion put some serious effort into making each one extra special. Each of the rooms are themed and include ‘Monochrome Marilyn,’ inspired by Marilyn Monroe, and the hidden gem of the hotel, the ‘Silver Salon.’ The silver salon is hidden behind a panelled basement door that majestically reveals a glittering room of quirky fantasy and imagination.


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The ZSL London Zoo Lodges


Hope you’re not allergic to cats! These one of a kind luxury lodges are hidden away in the heart of the Land of the Lions, London Zoo. An experience for the young and old, you can enjoy three after hours tours including, a sunset tour, torchlit night tour and an early morning tour. Each of the 9 beautifully decorated lodges are each themed to a different animal in the Indian Gir forest. If you love animals and don’t mind some roars through the night, then this unusual experience is for you.


Image: ZSL London Zoo