It’s hard to believe that a stylish, well-run, affordable boutique hotel exists smack bang in the middle of London, but there Hotel Megaro is. From the outside, its garish painted exterior suggests the type of backpacker hostel typical of this area, but inside it’s all charming service, blonde wood furniture, and plush velvets seat to sink into with a complimentary copy of Monocle magazine.
It gets better: the rooms are minimal but colourful and filled with light, as well as lots of little touches you wouldn’t expect at this price point (espresso machine, LCD TV, supremely comfortable bed). Downstairs, there’s a modern restaurant called Karpo where you can have a Flat White with your maple cured bacon sandwich for breakfast, before journeying across the road (literally) to King’s Cross Station for easy access to the rest of the city. A Cubic Zirconia in the rough.