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7. July 2021
by Varun Sharma
Whether it is for a long weekend or lengthier sojourn, London has something and everything on offer. With countless luxury hotels, Michelin-starred restaurants, achingly-trendy bars, museums, art galleries, upmarket boutiques, music, and sporting venues, it is clear to see why England’s capital is one of the most visited cities in the world.
The BusinessClass.com guide to the finest luxury hotels in London:
The Connaught - 10/10
Arguably the finest luxury hotel in London, the Connaught is favoured by top diplomats, stars of stage & screen, royalty and those discerning travellers seeking faultless service in a comfortable & comforting setting. The hotel is situated in the heart of Mayfair village – a short walk from the shopping meccas of Bond Street, and Regent Street. The Connaught features 121 rooms and suites set over six floors.
The hotel boasts a 3 Michelin-starred restaurant, the incredible Hélène Darroze at The Connaught which serves innovative French haute cuisine. There is also a Jean-Georges – the London outpost for Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s classic grill restaurant – The Connaught Grill and the superb Bar – widely regarded as one of the best in the world. The Aman Spa features an incredible 15-metre indoor black marble pool as well as providing a plethora of treatments aimed to relax, restore, and repair.
Reopened fully in 2019 after a substantial refurbishment, the Mandarin Oriental is once again one of the most successful and adored luxury hotels in London. Housed in an Edwardian-style building and boasting views of Knightsbridge and Hyde Park, the hotel offers 181 rooms, 40 suites and 2 penthouses. Expect glamour, Art Deco, 20th century chic and lashings of gold & marble around the property. The Mandarin boasts the traditional British 2 Michelin-starred restaurant – Dinner – from the amazing culinary talent that is Heston Blumenthal. Also on offer is Bar Boulud – seasonal French fare from Daniel Boulud’s cookbook. The Rosebery offers all-day dining.
The Mandarin Spa has 13 treatment rooms available for every therapy imaginable and a 17-metre indoor swimming pool. The hotel runs a no pets policy. One highlight of a stay at Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, London is watching the Household Cavalry ride past the back of the hotel – Hyde Park – on its way to Buckingham Palace.
The Dorchester - 9/10
Situated on Park Lane, The Dorchester is one of the most famous and luxurious hotels in the world. This grand dame property opened in 1931 and has 187 rooms and 63 suites. The hotel sits opposite Hyde Park – just a few minutes’ walk from the heart of Mayfair, Bond Street, Oxford Street and Knightsbridge. The Dorchester experience begins when you are ushered into reception by the elegantly suited doormen. From then on, guests are met with an ocean of staff complete with smiles, warmth, and a genuine wish to make their stay perfect.
The Dorchester is home to one of London’s finest restaurants, the 3 Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester which offers modern Gallic cuisine. The Grill at The Dorchester is a wonderful, traditional British grill and China Tang is home to one of the finest Chinese restaurants in London – the Peking Duck is masterpiece. The Promenade offers all-day dining and one of the city’s most delicious afternoon teas. The Polo Lounge at The Dorchester Rooftop is a superb al fresco dining option. The Dorchester Spa offers 9 treatment rooms and two couple’s suites.
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The Lanesborough - 9/10
Sitting at Hyde Park Corner, opposite the park and at the crown of Knightsbridge, is one of London’s most popular luxury hotels. Following a full refurbishment, The Lanesborough reopened in 2015 as part of the Oetker Collection. There are just 93 individually designed rooms and suites set over four floors. Every guestroom boasts a dedicated butler service. This boutique hotel features the 1 Michelin-starred restaurant Céleste – a stunning room with equally stunning cuisine, the Library Bar, and the Garden Room – an outdoor smoking lounge.
The Lanesborough Club & Spa offers fitness & facials and massages and maintenance. Lanesborough House was built in 1719 and was converted into a hospital shortly after. It remained like this until the 1980s when the building was transformed into the luxury Lanesborough Hotel. It boasts a superb address, and its following is dedicated and plentiful.
Rosewood London - 9/10
The location of the Rosewood London is inspired. This Grade II listed property sits on High Holborn – close to Covent Garden, the West End, the City, Soho, and tourist attractions like The British Museum. The hotel features 263 guestrooms and 45 suites. The Grand Manor House – a private wing to the hotel - includes seven bedrooms and even boasts its own postcode. The contemporary Belle Epoque stylings of the hotel are sensational. The Holborn Dining Room is a grand brasserie, the Mirror Room offers delightful all-day dining and afternoon tea, Scarfes Bar, the Pie Room – which really does specialise in pies and the Gin Bar. There are an incredible 500 gins and 30 tonics on offer – around 15,000 different combinations of G&Ts!
Rosewood London’s Sense Spa is an oasis in the hustle & bustle of Holborn. There are six treatments including one for couples and a fitness centre that is open all day, every day. Rosewood London will welcome its sister property The Chancery Rosewood in 2024. Located in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair - in the former US Embassy building - the hotel will comprise 139 guestrooms, spa, and retail units.
Opened in 1970 and the hotel group’s first European property, Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane has continuously redefined luxury in the English capital. The hotel manages to reinvent itself year after year and is still – after 50 years - one of the most popular luxury properties in London. It features 153 rooms and 43 suites – furnished in a contemporary but comfortable fashion. The hotel itself harks back to the 1930s golden age of travel in its design.
The Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane has a host of facilities. Its crowning glory must be the 11th floor rooftop spa - complete with 9 treatment rooms and 2 vitality pools. The views over Hyde Park, Green Park and the rest of London are superb! The Amaranto Restaurant, Bar and Lounge are where guests can enjoy all-day dining and relax. The Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is universally renowned for its service ethic and this London property is no exception.
The Stafford - 9/10
London boasts a plethora of world-class boutique hotels and The Stafford – with its central location, colourful history, outstanding bedrooms & suites, and flawless service is one of the finest. Located in St. James’s – a stones throw from Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly, Jermyn Street and Bond Street, The Stafford has 107 beautifully appointed and individually designed guestrooms and suites, The Game Bird restaurant, the world-famous American Bar, and the Wine Cellars which are nearly four centuries old. Opened as a hotel in 1912, the main building was made up of private - affluent - homes.
The hotel expanded with the conversion of the 18th century Carriage House into more guestrooms and the all-suite Mews building. During the Second World War, the Wine Cellars were used an air-raid shelter and the hotel housed officers from America and Canada. The hotel also has a fitness studio – filled with the latest equipment and some superb art on its walls featuring works by Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Tracey Emin.
45 Park Lane - 9/10
Just metres away from The Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane, this is the luxury hotel Collection’s second London property – very different from its sister in style and feel but with the same incredible level of service. 45 Park Lane has just 45 rooms & suites plus one of the finest penthouses in London at an incredible 170 square metres in area. The hotel is unashamedly contemporary in design with its Walter Gropius and Thierry Despont influences. The interior of 45 Park Lane is 1920s Art Deco chic - totally fabulous.
The hotel is home to CUT – the London outpost for the Michelin-starred American-Austrian wunderchef – Wolfgang Puck. CUT is renowned for its steak, but its lobster preparation is divine. BAR 45 serves up delicious cocktails and is an ideal locale for evening drinks in Mayfair. The hotel was opened in 2011. 45 Park Lane has just unveiled its spa - providing guests with a 20-metre indoor swimming pool, steam room, sauna, gym and of course, relaxing & rejuvenating spa treatments.
One Aldwych - 9/10
When it opened in 1998, One Aldwych blew away the competition. It offered superb facilities, amenities and was strictly environmentally friendly – before the issue was even being really addressed in the hospitality industry. After a change in owner, management and full refurbishment, the hotel was relaunched in 2019 and the result is spectacular. Sitting on the Strand, at one end of Waterloo Bridge – the building dates to 1910 and was home to the Morning Post newspaper. It now hosts 86 bedrooms and 16 suites.
There is the superb Eneko Basque Kitchen & Bar from the three Michelin-starred Spanish restaurateur Eneko Atxa, Indigo - that serves contemporary British cuisine, the wonderful Lobby Bar - the home of all-day dining and cocktails and the Library – a private lounge and bar. The Spa has three treatment rooms and a sizeable health club. The 18-metre chlorine-free swimming pool is magnificent, and music is piped through speakers underwater. One Aldwych displays an impressive art collection – the highlight being Justine Smith’s two pop-art paper mâché dogs.
The Beaumont - 9/10
When the legendary restaurateurs Jeremy King and Chris Corbin - they of The Ivy fame - announced that they were creating a new luxury boutique hotel in Mayfair – The Beaumont – much was expected of them and thankfully, they delivered. Opened in 2014, this 50-bedroom, 23 suite property is set in a stunning 1926 building where Art Deco is tastefully resplendent.
As expected, the restaurant – The Colony - a grill Room is superb, the Magritte American bar is a delightful escape from the hubbub of Mayfair and the Cub is a snug residents bar and lounge. The Beaumont offers a spa – complete with hammam and gym.
This luxury hotel is the sister property of the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane. Opened in January 2017, The Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square offers 89 guest rooms, 11 suites and 10 stunning residences. The hotel offers an indoor heated swimming pool, Spa, ballrooms, and meeting rooms. Ten Trinity boasts a 2-Michelin starred restaurant – La Dame de Pic London – offering superb French cuisine under the gastronomic auspices of acclaimed chef and restaurateur, Anne-Sophie Pic. The hotel also offers two other dining experiences Mei Ume - fast becoming one the most popular Oriental restaurants in the City and the Rotunda Bar and Lounge for all-day dining.
Ten Trinity offers guests The Spa. With 8 treatment rooms every kind of massage and treatment is available to guests. There is also a 14-metre vitality swimming pool, steam, and sauna room. The hotel is situated just a few metres north of the River Thames and the magnificent Tower of London. The Four Seasons group co-created this City hotel – suitable for both the business and leisure traveller – in a historic building dating back to the 1920s – and it is now, unquestionably, a masterpiece.
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Shangri-La at The Shard - 8/10
Standing at just under 310 metres in height, The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe and is home to the Shangri-La Hotel, at The Shard, London. Acclaimed Italian architect Renzo Piano designed The Shard which was completed in 2014. Piano’s achieved vision was that the building resembled a “shard of glass” coming out of the Thames. The Shard is situated in the fashionable borough of Southwark - overlooking London Bridge Station – and on the south bank of the River Thames. The hotel, which offers 202 guest rooms and suites, occupies levels 1 and 34 to 52 of this amazing 95-storey contemporary glass, steel & concrete building. The hotel itself was inaugurated in May 2014 and offers its guests stunning panoramic views of London and beyond – in a truly contemporary luxury setting.
On offer to guests is the City’s highest hotel infinity swimming pool and a spa. Bar 31 offers local craft beers, wines, and small bites. The Sky Lounge offers small plates and hot beverages and views of London. TĪNG – the hotel’s main and only restaurant – offers diners panoramic views of London and beyond. It is set on the 35th floor. On Level 52, GŎNG offers a bar from where you can enjoy views as far as the eye can see while sipping on a 30-year-old Hibiki or a flute of Cristal Champagne.
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