Rough Luxury in London

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It’s time to put London on the list of destinations again. The city is no longer as expensive as it used to be as a result of recent declines in value of the British pound against other currencies. Hotels and restaurants are even lowering prices, at least for now. London has a lot of fabulous boutique hotels, which we have listed already, but now let me add one more: Rough Luxe. According to their website, it’s a little bit of luxury in a rough part of London (across the King’s Cross train station, which I would hardly call “rough”). The hotel is in a Grade II listed building which has been renovated by designer Rabih Hage. Some rooms have shared bathrooms. They serve afternoon tea. Prices start at £155, which is reasonable for London.

  • Vibe: faded luxury with modern touches, eclectic mix of art and antiques, charming and quirky.
  • Pros: reasonably priced for London and centrally located (across King’s Cross station and 1 minute walk from St. Pancras station).
  • Cons: the area is very busy so if you want peace and quiet, this isn’t for you.

Rough Luxe Hotel
1 Birkenhead Street
London, WC1H 8BA
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7837 5338

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Esme Vos is the founder of Mapplr, a travel site featuring boutique hotels, luxury resorts, travel guides and restaurant reviews. You can find her on and Twitter.


  1. If you ever venture out of London to the New Forest in Hampshire, I recommend you try this fabulous boutique hotel owned by Gerard and Nina Basset. Gerard was one of the two co-founders of Hotel du Vin.

  2. There’s also the totally hip Hoxton hotel as well ( – which is well worth a stay if you’re looking for a boutique place in London – gorgeous rooms but the area is also a little ‘rough’ – sadly I couldn’t get in when I visited England last year. There’s a good guide to finding cheaper rooms which I used then, though those listed aren’t all boutique: