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10 Perfectly Cozy Pod & Capsule Hotels in London

Looking for somewhere to stay in London that doesn’t break the bank or waste money on lots of space in a hotel room you won’t actually spend time in? Consider booking a stay at one of the pod or capsule hotels in London which you can find across the city!

It might help to clarify what I mean by a pod hotel or a capsule hotel, since there are lots of lists that just include hotels with small rooms – of which there are plenty in London (and many at really high prices!).

For this list, I’m specifically referring to accommodations that either have pods (i.e. sleeping pods, with absolutely minimal space beyond your sleeping area, and with all other amenities in a common area) or a very small bedroom – a capsule – usually with common bathrooms and other areas. This is a common type of accommodation in Japan, but you can also find hotels like this in London.

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While these obviously aren’t the kinds of accommodations you’ll be spending a lot of time in aside from sleeping, the one benefit is that you can often find them at a very reasonable price, especially when compared to the cost of many other hotels in London.

Ready to discover this unique type of London hotel and decide where to stay in London on a budget – both in money and space? Here’s my list of the best pod capsule hotels in London.

This post was originally published in May 2023, and was updated most recently in March 2024.

Aerotel London (Heathrow)

If you’re in Heathrow, you’ll also have an option: Aerotel London will spare you from spending hours curled up in a chair next to your departure gate.

This pod hotel is incredible: like its Gatwick counterpart, rooms are compact, but they give you everything you’d need to have a nice shower, kick back, and enjoy some late-night TV before your flight. It also has a great location – right at the very end of terminal 3 just past the door that goes to the taxis.

Honestly, I’ve always wanted to stay at Aerotel and might try to spend a night here as part of my next trip since it’s such a good experience.

From $130 per night; book on Booking.com or Hotels.com.

Bloc Hotel (Gatwick)

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Bloc Hotel is a very comfortable solution if you’re looking for another alternative for staying out near Gatwick.

The property offers the “Sleep Rooms” – they’re minimal, as expected for this list, but do exactly what you need after a long flight (or before an early one). Despite their size, each features a king-size bed with luxury linens and ambient lighting. The monsoon showers are amazing.

From $122 per night; book on Booking.com or Hotels.com.

EasyHotel (Multiple)

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London is an expensive city, and EasyHotel, inspired by its airline roots (EasyJet!), prides itself on offering small rooms at very small prices where you only pay for what you need in various London locations. The rooms are exactly as described on their website: literally, just a place to sleep – they are big enough to get your suitcase in and open.

All bedrooms are air-conditioned, fully heated, and equipped with wireless internet access and an en-suite bathroom.

Starts from $60 per night depending on location; book on Hotels.com.

Snoozebox (Olympic Park)

The name says it all, Snoozebox is all about snoozing… in a box…

The hotel sits just across from the O2, so it’s very popular with travelers who’re catching a concert in this East London venue. It’s an old shipping container, but never judge a book by its cover. The pods are compact but well thought out and designed. They have comfy beds, air conditioning (hard to find in London), and a peaceful location. There’s a bar, too, but the music finishes at 11pm so you’ll be able to sleep well.

From $72 per night; book on Booking.com.

St. Christopher’s Inn (London Bridge)

St. Christopher’s Inn in London Bridge is the first place I suggest on this list; it has dormitories and pods with lockers for those who enjoy more privacy compared to other accommodations of a similar type… But I need to clarify a few things.

First and foremost, this is a hostel – not a hotel –, so you are rating it in comparison to its counterparts (I have a list of the best hostels in London, too).

Second, it’s a party hostel. It’s great for socializing, the location is next to some of the liveliest bars, and it’s right on top of a bar that plays music past midnight. So bear in mind what kind of hostel experience you are looking for on your trip.

This said, St. Christopher’s Inn is a great place to spend the night, especially if you’re budget-conscious, want to stay in a good pod hotel in London, and are up for a good time. 

From $73 per night; book on Booking.com or Hotels.com.

The Corner (London City)

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The Corner is a little gem east of London and is simply amazing – If you love all things quirky, you’re in for a treat. The staff is super friendly and will go above and beyond for you to have the perfect stay. The accommodations are spotlessly clean. You’ll notice rooms vary in size (some are huge!), but the ones we’re focusing on are the Snug Rooms.  

Despite the small size, Snug Rooms are spacious and unique in design with lighting options, high-tech features, and multiple sockets by the bed! Beware: they have no windows. Location-wise, it’s close to all the attractions and 100m from the subway.

From $95 per night; book on Booking.com or Hotels.com.

Yotel London (Multiple)

With two locations, Yotel London is one of the best capsule hotels in London for business or weekend trips – basically any trip where you won’t spend much time in your room.

Their first location – Yotel London City – is in the Farringdon area, the hotel has a good location to explore nearby attractions (St. Paul’s is very close) and you have great public transport access, including the Elizabeth line to Heathrow Airport. Their other location is out in Shoreditch, taking full advantage of East London’s cultural and nightlife opportunities for all that time you won’t be spending in your room.

They have several room classes, but they do offer small ones that fit the capsule/pod hotel concept. Those rooms are efficiently small but spotless and comfortable. As a heads up, toilets have glass screens, which can be a bit awkward for some people when sharing. The hotel also has a nice bar area for evening drinks and offers a delicious breakfast with food choices for all tastes.

If you want an in-depth look, I stayed at the Yotel London City during my August 2023 trip and wrote a review of the property.

From $121 per night; book the London City location on Booking.com or Hotels.com.

YotelAir (Gatwick)

I love traveling, but, like anything else in life, it has its less romantic side. One of them? Overnight layovers or butt o’clock in the morning departure times. To help with that, the next two capsule hotels in London – located at two of London’s most popular airports.

YotelAir is your best option if your flight arrives at or departs from Gatwick. These little pods have everything you need whether it’s an overnight stay, a power nap between flights, or if you have an early flight, but they are very compact. The pods have no window and not much storage, but it’s literally right in Terminal South and a short walk to the Terminal North shuttle, making it a great option if you just need to crash, rest, and then take to the skies.

From $129 per night; book on Booking.com or Hotels.com.

Z Hotel (Shoreditch)

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Z Hotel in Shoreditch is the perfect definition of compact luxury. If you have stayed in one of them before, you know what you are getting – a small room efficiently designed with modern touches, a very comfortable bed, a great shower, and a large smart TV.

The location is amazing, right in the heart of the east end with great transport links. If you’re traveling with your partner or a friend, keep in mind the toilet and shower are next to the bed and only separated by glass! 

From $166 per night; book on Booking.com.

Zedwell (Piccadilly Circus)

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If you choose a hotel based on price and location, Zedwell is an option that won’t disappoint. The location is superb if you want to be in the middle of everything – it’s right in the heart of Piccadilly, so you’re able to get anywhere.

As you can guess, the hotel is minimal and works really well if you’re sightseeing all day. The elevator is a huge plus for luggage, the room is efficient with space – it can get warm which makes it a bit hard to enjoy a good night’s sleep in the summer. Overall, it’s great for a weekend trip to London.

From $76 per night; book on Booking.com or Hotels.com.

There you have it: the list of the best pod and capsule hotels in London that meet the true definition for these types of accommodations. Have any questions about your pod and capsule hotel options in London? Let me know in the comments below!

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Valerie fell in love with London on her first trip to the city way back in 2011. Since then, she spent a year living in London and visits as often as she can (you can find her recent trip recaps here!). She launched LOMM in 2021 to help other travelers fall in love with her favorite city on earth.

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