Knowing where to stay in the Capital before making your leap across the pond is probably a wise decision. Knowing where to stay in the Capital because you read our top nine hotel picks is definitely a wise decision. Show everyone how wise you are by checking out our picks below

The Zetter 86-88 Clerkenwell Road; 0207 324 4444 Neatly connecting East & Central London, Clerkenwell's award-magnet The Zetter has 59 individually curated rooms that orbit around both a lauded resto & a bar from a World's Best Bartender winner. Read the full review...
The Mandarin Oriental 66 Knightsbridge; 0207 235 2000 Slapped right in the heart of West London, and backing onto the vast Hyde park, Mandarin's palatial building houses 170+ rooms and over 25 suites. Oh, and two of the world's best restaurants. Read the full review...
Beautiful Houseboat Tideway Walk; Email for reservations This pretty unique floating property is moored right in central London, across the bank from Victoria, making it walking/swimming distance to Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, and Buckingham Palace. Read the full review...
St John Hotel 1 Leicester Street; 0203 301 8020 What do you do if you run a pioneering, consistent "World's Top 50" resto in East London? Apparently, you open a second branch just off Leicester Square and put a hotel above it, that's what. Read the full review...
MyHotel Bloomsbury 11-13 Bayley Street; 0203 004 6000 Located on the south side of Bloomsbury, and therefore pretty much dead in the centre of London, MyHotel's reasonably priced minimalism is offset by the fact that it has a pair of also super-reasonable-yet-huge penthouse apartments. Read the full review...
The Sanderson 50 Berners Street; 0207 300 1400 Somehow managing to be right in the heart of central London yet also on a totally quiet street, Sanderson conceals its five stars behind a cool steel & glass frontage of '50s futurism, which is only the start of its eccentricities. Read the full review...
Rough Luxe 1 Birkenhead Street; 0207 837 5338 Nestled on a quiet corner of the Central London transportion hub known as Kings Cross (you can literally jump on a train and be in Soho in a couple of minutes, or Paris in a couple of hours), RL's boutique feels like you're staying in a film set where faded glamour meets slick modernity. Read the full review...
The Fox & Anchor 115 Charterhouse Street; 0207 250 1300 A stone's from both Central & East London, Fox is a truly old-school inn (a pub + rooms = an inn), whose rooms are just as affordable -- and as awesome -- as their beer. Read the full review...
The Hoxton Hotel 81 Great Eastern Street; 0207 550 1000 Probably the cheapest hotel in central London, yet also cool as hell, Hoxton's smack in the middle of totally-happening Shoreditch, and sells its rooms from just ÂŁ1 for two months every summer, and then for as little as < $80 thereafter. Read the full review...

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1. The Zetter Hotel & Townhouse 86 Clerkenwell Rd, London, EC1M 5RJ (Clerkenwell)

The Zetter is actually two distinct hotels, each with individually curated rooms that have unique decor and a dynamite cocktail bar and restaurant. The townhouse might look like your eccentric aunt’s living room, but this overly decorated den pumps out some of the best drinks in town. The cocktails here are as ridiculously easy to drink as they are boundary-pushing: think a whisky sour that’s been infused with beurre noisette, and a collins concocted with bee pollen.

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2. The Mandarin Oriental 66 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA

Slapped right in the heart of West London, and backing onto the vast Hyde park, Madarin's huge palatial building houses 170+ rooms, and over 25 suites. Oh, and two of the world's best restaurants.

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3. Beautiful Houseboat Tideway Walk, London, SW8 5PZ (Battersea)

This pretty unique floating property is moored right in central London, across the bank from Victoria, making it walking/swimming distance to Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, the London eye, and Buckingham palace.

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4. St John Hotel 1 Leicester Street, London, WC2H 7BL (Soho)

What do you do if you run a pioneering, consistent "Worlds Top 50" resto in East London? Apparently, you open a second branch just off Leicester Square and put a hotel above it, that's what.

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5. MyHotel Bloomsbury 11-13 Bayley Street, London, WC1B 3HD (Bloomsbury)

Located on the south side of Bloomsbury, and therefore pretty much dead in the centre of London, MyHotel's reasonably priced minimalism is offset by the fact that it has a pair of also super-reasonable-yet-huge penthouse apartments.

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6. The Sanderson 50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG (Fitzrovia)

Somehow managing to be right in the heart of central London, yet also on a totally quiet street, Sanderson conceals its five stars behind a cool steel & glass frontage of '50s futurism, which is only the start of its eccentricities.

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7. Rough Luxe 1 Birkenhead Street, London, WC1H 8BA (Kings Cross)

Nestled on a quiet corner of Central London transpo-hub Kings Cross (you can literally jump on a train and be in Soho in a couple of minutes, or Paris in a couple of hours), RL's boutique feels like you're staying in a film set, with faded glamour meeting slick modernity.

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8. The Fox & Anchor 115 Charterhouse Street, London, EC1M 6AA (Clerkenwell)

A stone's from both Central & East London, Fox is a truly old-school inn (a pub + rooms = an inn), whose rooms are just as affordable, and awesome, as its beer.

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9. The Hoxton Hotel 81 Great Eastern St, , London, EC2A 3HU (Shoreditch)

Housed inside the trendy Hoxton hotel, Hoxton Grill walks the line between debauched hotel bar and classy lounge. There’s an array of food options across the breakfast, brunch, all day, lounge and dessert menus, including small plates of salads, burgers, steaks and ribs. Open 'til 2am—later than most things in the area—it’s a solid spot to get those last couple Negronis down and make some terrible/terrific decisions in the photo booth. Plus, the people-watching can be better than TV.

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