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The ultimate London staycation guide for 2021

By Georgina Gilbert  |  March 15, 2021
Image Credit: The Londoner

Following the government’s long-awaited revelation of the roadmap out of lockdown and the future looking a little brighter, it means a relaxing weekend away will finally be possible.

Staycations are looking to be the most popular holiday craze this year, with travellers valuing the relaxation and luxury that the UK has to offer. Here are our top luxurious London staycation destinations this year – including Kingsland Locke, The Londoner, STAY and others.

Kingsland Locke

The basement area of Kingsland Locke, located in heart of Dalston

Located in one of London’s most eclectic neighbourhoods, Kingsland Locke will house Locke’s signature studio apartments, as well as an on-site microbrewery and gin distillery, all-day restaurant, co-working space, workout studio and coffee shop. Originally slated for January, the new property will boast 124 self-contained apartments designed in collaboration with east London based design studio Red Deer.

Kingsland Locke will be home to KRAFT Dalston, an exciting new food and drink venture formed between German Kraft Brewery, Jim and Tonic Distillery and Le Bab. KRAFT Dalston will boast a gin distillery and microbrewery on site at Kingsland Locke, reducing the outlet’s CO2 footprint by 75 per cent by eliminating any unnecessary packaging and deliveries to the site. 

Perfect for a short stay away, each apartment has room to relax and unwind

After establishing locations in Soho and Covent Garden, Le Bab will expand east for the first time; returning to London’s kebab heartland, which first inspired its modern take on the traditional kebab. Shaman will also be located on the ground floor, serving third-wave coffee and grab-and-go items to guests and passers-by.

The Londoner

Beneath the historic Leicester Square, an urban haven for relaxation awaits

As some of the most prolific players in the London hospitality scene, Edwardian Hotels London has not slowed in their quest to launch The Londoner, at a time when the industry needs it most. 

Taking centre stage on Leicester Square, The Londoner will welcome arrivals not only placing guests in the world’s first super boutique hotel, but also at the heart of the West End theatreland. So much more than a hotel, The Londoner will offer an ‘urban resort’ destination of the highest architectural quality. 

Deluxe Rooms are designed to accommodate both work and relaxation, while giving you a fantastic view of London

Opening across 16 storeys, the hotel will feature 350 guest rooms, suites and a tower penthouse with panoramic views, two private screening rooms, a mix of six concept eateries – including bars and a tavern, alfresco dining on the ground floor and a contemporary Japanese lounge bar with a rooftop terrace and fire pit – plus an expansive ballroom suited for any occasion, a variety of meeting spaces and a results-driven gym and wellness centre.

STAY Camden

Overlooking Camden, these apartments are spacious and offer a striking balcony with cityscape views

STAY Camden is a future facing concept shaking up the world of hospitality. STAY has opened its first location in Hawley Wharf, Camden, offering design-led and tech-savvy serviced apartments to encourage a new generation of long and mid-term guests to make the area their home.

The 169 apartments with one, two or three bed options – each with a fully fitted kitchen and living area – are designed by the dedicated in-house interior designer, Yaara Gooner, and place guests at the lively heart of everything Camden has to offer. With city space at a premium, the apartments are over double the size of a typical hotel room, starting from 55sqm/592sqft.

Complete with loft-style windows and plush finishes, these apartments offer a contemporary yet industrial aesthetic

The intelligent use of space is based on the understanding that the apartments aren’t just a place of sleep but a space to live, share, connect and belong. STAY aims to provide residents with the comfort and convenience of home, combined with the luxuries of a boutique hotel.

The London EDITION

Located in Fitzrovia, this hotel blends thoughtful design that boldly brings together the past with the present

The London EDITION has all the hallmarks of the EDITION brand, specialising in lasting comfort, extraordinary style and an exceptional level of service in a uniquely individual environment. Located in central London’s Fitzrovia, The London EDITION brings together, in a delicate balancing act, the integrity and character of a historic building with a simple, sophisticated design sensibility, creating a seamless blend of charisma and ease. 

With 173 rooms, a restaurant, two bars, a dance club, meeting rooms and a buzzing lobby, the hotel offers a dynamic social hub where guests and visitors can work, relax, socialise and dine all under one roof.

These cosy guest rooms use walnut panelling and luxurious linens to maximise comfort

Inspired by the grand traditions of Great Britain, the hotel captures the traditional, aristocratic English country manor and the quintessential London private gentleman’s club with a modern, edgy, urban feel. When these diametrically opposed aesthetics come together, they create an alchemy, a spark, that takes the hotel and the experience to an entirely new level.