Literary lovers take note, we’ve rounded up the best London hotels boasting their very own libraries. From restaurants surrounded by tomes to cosy reading nooks, here’s where to head to immerse yourself in the magic of literature.

The Library, London Marriott County Hall Hotel

Fancy an afternoon tea experience with a literary backdrop? Book into The Library located inside the London Marriott County Hall Hotel. 

Boasting ornate oak bookcases, The Library’s shelves are stacked with the classics and adorned with busts of literary and historical figures. The space is also home to breathtaking views overlooking the River Thames and Big Ben, allowing you to while away your afternoon with elegance and charisma. 

Try afternoon tea here, filled with pastries such as Double Chocolate Delice, Lemon and Raspberry Meringue Pie and King George V inspired Black Cherry Bakewell Tart. They also have a vegan afternoon tea option too.

Where: County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB
Website: www.thelibraryatcountyhall.com

The Standard 

Home to one of London’s coolest outdoor terraces, The Standard, London also draws in literary lovers from all over the world thanks to its own hidden library.  

Once the home to the Camden Council Library, The Library Lounge has been transformed into a cosy haven bursting with tomes waiting to be picked up and read. On the novel front, expect to find books spanning an assortment of categories, from order and chaos to science and religion. 

The space has a ‘no laptops after 6pm’ policy too, meaning you can immerse yourself in a tome without having to listen to the sound of typing in the background. It’s also home to a Sound Studio where you might catch someone recording a podcast or a DJ hitting the decks. 

If you’re peckish, fear not as The Library Lounge also boasts its own menu and cocktails to enjoy while losing yourself in the magic of the space.

Where: 10 Argyle Street, WC1H 8EG
Website: www.standardhotels.com

Ham Yard Hotel

Famed for its traditional interiors and afternoon tea service, Ham Yard Hotel celebrates the best of Britishness. Hidden inside, you’ll also find The Library and Drawing Room, both of which have been carefully chosen by literary expert Philip Blackwell. 

Designed to both inspire and entertain, the space is filled with a large selection of books dedicated to London, its history, arts, literature and culture. As well as politics, travel, world history and global issues. The interiors alone will inspire your dream decoration project for your countryside abode.

Where: 1 Ham Yard, W1D 7DT
Website: www.firmdalehotels.com

Kimpton Fitzroy London 

Despite not having a library within its walls, Kimpton Fitzroy London is one of London’s most iconic hotels to stay at for all literary lovers. The hotel is filled with nooks and crannies that are brimming with books where guests can relax and read their stay away. 

Not only this, the historic roots of the hotel’s Bloomsbury location allows guests to connect with some of the greatest authors of all time. Virginia Woolf, Charles Darwin and Charles Dickens all lived in Bloomsbury at one point or another during the 19th and 20th centuries. Now, you’ll find the immaculate hotel at the root of it all.

Where: 1-8 RUSSELL SQUARE, BLOOMSBURY, WC1B 5BE
Website: www.kimptonfitzroylondon.com

Hazlitts Hotel 

Hazlitts Hotel is a hidden gem that lies in the heart of Soho. The boutique hotel, that prides itself on its old fashioned hospitality and traditional interiors, is home to a quaint library. 

Wind down here after a busy day immersed in the theatrics of the city and lose yourself in the magic of your own narrative nuzzled within the library. Several areas of the hotel are brimming with stacks of bookshelves and cosy nooks to cuddle into and read.

Where: 6 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 3JA
Website: www.hazlittshotel.com

Pan Pacific London

One of 2021’s hottest hotel openings, Pan Pacific London will arrive onto the scene this summer, bringing with it the ultimate place to head for literary lovers alike. 

The hotel has partnered with Ultimate Library to curate a bespoke collection of books for the hotel. The experts at Ultimate Library have selected titles that fit the style of the hotel, its location and guests, from horticulture to outdoor design and landscapes. The suites and public lounges will be filled with titles on gardening, flowers, horticulture and outdoor design, all in-keeping with their interior design which is inspired by both Singapore and British gardens. 

For those staying with their pooches, you may find titles on the best spots in the city to enjoy with your fluffy companion by your bedside.

Where: 80 HOUNDSDITCH, EC3A 7AB
Website: www.panpacific.com

The Soho Hotel

Another Firmdale Hotel favourite, this time it’s The Soho Hotel, which also boasts a beautiful library. 

Located on Richmond Mews, Kit Kemp designed the library with neutral tones and lavish, colourful lampshades and ottomans. Relax in here with afternoon tea, cocktails or simply pick up a novel and read the night away.  

Where: 4 Richmond Mews, W1D 3DH
Website: www.firmdalehotels.com


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