A 1916 telephone exchange building near the base of the Shard has been gussied with current flourishes such as walnut floors and red suede furniture, making for a casually distinguished mid-level hotel. Deluxe rooms come with a few blessings you don’t find in many other London hotels, including walk-in closets and DVD players. Not a chain, its independence results in an attentive management, which is why it attracts repeat guests. On weekends, rates plummet, and it often lays out cheap discounts on its website, such as staying 3 nights for the price of 2. This is not the same property as the Mercure with the same name.