From a tiny affordable design hotel brand in Holland, Qbic is a wacky antidote to the formula budget hotels. Everything you need—bed, outlets, bathroom with a rain shower, TV—is part of a prefabricated bed/bathroom structure that dominates the center of the room. The cheapest rooms, called “Smart,” don’t have a window—did you need one? It’s not a capsule hotel, just one that came up with a multipurpose hospitality unit with plenty of room to walk around and stash your suitcase. Your lamp is made out of petrified garden hose, your clothing rack a strange ladder/planter of some sort—it’s just fun. There are free coffee and tea machines on every floor and a preposterously funky lobby where organic continental breakfast is served. You’ll be within walking distance to Spitalfields/Shoreditch (15 min.) and the Tower of London (15 min.). As a bonus, the staff gives good advice on local culture.