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 best 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.
Full review of the Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, London coming next week.
The Dorchester - 9.5/10
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.
This September, The Dorchester will be unveiling a refurbishment that is set to delight - read more here.
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The Lanesborough - 8/10
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.
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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.
COMO The Halkin, London offers a discreet and unassuming bolt hole in the heart of London’s exclusive Belgravia. A contemporary building in a classical style located on a quiet residential street, there are just 41 guest rooms and suites available, newly updated with opulent touches by British designer, Linzi Coppick. Rooms range in size from cosy entry level city rooms to the top-of-the-line COMO suites, each with private balconies, neighbourhood views and luxury seating. Whatever the designated room however, all are residential in feel, sleek and clean lined with marble, wood and leather accents complemented by a restrained neutral colour palette, discreet technology, luxury amenities and marble bathrooms.
With The Halkin Bar on hand to satisfy even the most discerning of palettes with tapas, lunch or afternoon tea, any pounds gained can be swiftly swept away in the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape spa at nearby sister property, COMO Metropolitan London, with an in-room treatment or by working up a sweat in the property’s intimate Halkin Gym. Tennis players will love the access to the Belgrave Square tennis courts whilst nature lovers will appreciate the proximity to London’s beautiful parks.
The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences is situated on London’s Piccadilly, with the Royal Academy, Fortnum & Mason’s and Buckingham Palace in close proximity. With sweeping views over Green Park from The View, an exclusive lounge for hotel guests on the 10th floor, there are 156 rooms, suites and apartments – the latter accommodation perfect for families and long-term stays. Even doggies are welcomed with beds, food bowls and a special menu. For tempting the human tastebuds, 116 at The Athenaeum, with an outside terrace on Piccadilly, offers international inspirations crafted with British techniques with seasonal menus championing local producers. Executive Chef Ian Howard has also created a quintessential British afternoon tea and given notice, will whip up the perfect picnic basket for al fresco dining.
The Bar at The Athenaeum offers a relaxing private space with small nooks and crannies and a prized whisky collection. It is also an ideal spot from which to enjoy the environmentally-friendly lushly green “Living Wall”which covers the hotel’s façade. Down below, head to The Spa where bespoke REN treatments, a hot tub, sauna, steam room and a 24-hour gym await, complete with TechnoGym equipment and Peloton bikes.
Conrad London St James is located right in the middle of Royal and Political London and offers 226 sleek, well-appointed contemporary rooms and 30 suites within a 19th century building which was formerly Queen Anne’s Chambers. With the executive rooms and suites enjoying access to the Executive Lounge, the signature Conrad Suite has its own lift for privacy, individually commissioned artwork and the ability to encompass an entire wing if extra rooms are required. Spread over six stories, the connecting rooms are perfect for families with toys being offered on arrival.
For sustenance, there is plenty to choose from, under the direction of Michelin starred chef, Sally Abé. Head to the Art Deco Pem Restaurant for a menu which elevates the fundamentals of classic British cuisine by celebrating flavours and ingredients, to The Blue Boar Pub for a modern take on pub grub and The Hedgerow, a soft feminine space perfect for cocktails, bar snacks and a cup of tea or coffee. The elegant and summery Orchard Room comes into its own when the time comes for Afternoon Tea. Other facilities include a 24/7 health and fitness centre on site whilst nearby Green Park is just waiting to be explored.
COMO Metropolitan London is the sister property to COMO The Halkin London and is situated opposite Hyde Park on a quiet street just behind one of London’s most well-known thoroughfares - Park Lane. Smart, contemporary, high tech and achingly chic, the property has 144 clean-lined, pared-back rooms, packed with luxury amenities, designed by Linzi Coppick. With a natural, restrained colour palette contrasting with American walnut and sycamore, the location also influenced the style of the public areas with shades of green and berry for contrast.
The premium accommodation includes the Metropolitan Suite on the ninth floor, the 10th floor Penthouse with windows opening out over tranquil parkland and the COMO Suite with a bank of windows letting the light flood through. For families and long-term stays, head to the hotel’s nearby Brick Street or Hertford Street Residences. When hunger calls, turn to The White Room for breakfast whilst for lunch and dinner, there is the acclaimed Japanese-Peruvian cuisine at Nobu or lighter fare in the hotel’s lobby. For relaxation, the serene environment of COMO Shambhala Urban Escape offers a range of treatments and services with six treatment rooms (two for couples), steam rooms and a gym.
Claridge’s, set in the heart of Mayfair, is London’s most regal and well-connected property with each of its 210 rooms and suites enjoying their own particular sumptuous glamour and individuality. Some offer opulently designed Victorian flamboyance, others a more pared-back Art Deco design with still more having grand pianos, marble fireplaces, terraces, balconies and even a glassed walled turret to let the light flood through. For quenching thirst, there are three bars – The Painter’s Room for bespoke cocktails, Claridge’s Bar for vintage champagne and The Fumoir offering 1930s inspired glamour.
When hunger beckons, head to The Foyer & Reading Room at the heart of the hotel for all day dining and Afternoon tea, L’Epicerie, in the hotel’s kitchens for cuisine theatre and The Foyer Private Dining Room for that special private celebration. Wine tastings and experiences can be enjoyed at Claridge’s Wine Cellar which stocks over 1,000 wines and champagnes. For slowing down and pampering, Claridge’s Spa offers a peaceful oasis with seven treatment rooms, steam rooms and saunas, a state-of-the-art fitness facility and a heated pool with cabanas for privacy. Every December, the unveiling of the Claridge’s Christmas Tree, exclusively created by a world-renowned designer, is the talk of the town.
Belmond Cadogan Hotel, London is ideally situated on Sloane Street between the upscale department stores of fashionable Knightsbridge and the affluent neighbourhood of Chelsea. Enjoying a contemporary, understated style within an historic red-brick facade, almost a third of its 54 rooms are suites, the largest being The Royal Suite where author Oscar Wilde was famously arrested. The top floor Penthouse Suite, complete with butler service, can also be enlarged into a seven bedroomed luxury abode complete with pantry, private dining and a balcony. If you cannot fall asleep, the hotel has handily teamed up with expert Malminder Gill for a Sleep Concierge service to encourage relaxation.
Food wise, The LaLee, named for famous former guest Lillie Langtry, is an all-day dining café-restaurant, Maison Lounge hosts a Literary Afternoon Tea whilst picnic baskets for al fresco dining are available on request. With an extensive art collection located around the property, it is also family friendly with treats galore for mini guests, whilst hotel residents can also enjoy exclusive access to Cadogan Place Gardens. Four legged friends are welcomed with other amenities including a 24/7 fitness space and a spa suite for a range of treatments and massages.
The Ritz London, holder of a royal warrant and named for legendary hotelier César Ritz, is one of the best-known luxury hotels in the world. When you are “putting on The Ritz”, as Irving Berlin memorably termed it, you have arrived in high society. With a façade which looks more than a little Parisian and an interior aping Louis XVI style, this is grand décor, opulent and extravagant with 111 classically designed rooms and 25 suites.
Spacious and elegant with high ceilings, built-in wardrobes, spacious bathrooms and for the suites, the services of the Ritz Butler to cater for every whim, each is airy and impeccably furnished with views over Piccadilly or Green Park. Signature suites include the Prince of Wales Penthouse, the Trafalgar Suite which starred in Notting Hill and The Royal Suite overlooking Green Park. For dining, the pretty Ritz Restaurant overlooking the private garden is the place to be with Michelin starred seasonally British cuisine by Executive Chef John Williams, MBE. Afternoon Tea at The Ritz is something of a rite of passage in the gilded former ballroom or the Palm Court whilst The Orient-Express styled Rivoli Bar is the perfect oasis to enjoy a crafted cocktail.
Bulgari Hotel London is a little gem of a hotel, located in Knightsbridge, close by the green, open spaces of Hyde Park yet within easy reach of the capital’s best department stores and luxury boutiques. A discreet address offering an oasis of calm away from the hubbub of city life, this design-led contemporary hotel features 85 generous guest rooms and suites dressed with custom Italian craftsmanship as one would expect from this acclaimed master jeweller. Cool, calm and collected, the colour palette is neutral with beiges and greys, complemented by the warmth of wood accents and bathrooms dressed in seductive black marble.
The independently managed hotel restaurant, Sette, serves authentic Italian cuisine on the hotel’s ground floor whilst for live music, DJs and delicious cocktails, head to Nolita Social bar and lounge. For soothing pampering, enjoy the Bulgari SPA which spreads over two entire floors and features eleven single and one double treatment rooms for treatments on call plus an elegant 25-metre heated indoor swimming pool, a plunge pool, sauna, steam rooms and a fully equipped gymnasium. Other facilities include a 47-seat screening room plus a cigar shop with a sampling room for connoisseurs.
Corinthia London enjoys a peaceful riverbank location on the Thames, within easy reach of Trafalgar Square, The Mall and Buckingham Palace. Known for its elegance, style and design intelligence as well as for its plethora of facilities, the property features 225 rooms, 51 suites and seven two storey penthouses with exceptional views over the capital. Each room enjoys all the normal luxury gadgets together with Hypnos mattresses and ensuite marble bathrooms with underfloor heating.
To assuage hunger, there are five restaurants and bars including Kerridge’s Bar & Grill under the direction of acclaimed Michelin starred British chef Tom Kerridge, known for his re-interpretation of British classics; the grand hotel restaurant, The Northall serving a modern European cuisine; the Crystal Moon Lounge for Afternoon Tea served under a magnificent 1,001 Baccarat chandelier; The Winter Garden with an Alpine-inspired menu and the soon to open Velvet late night bar for crafted cocktails and vintage spirits. The Corinthia London also offers an exceptional spa – ESPA Life at Corinthia Spa with 17 treatment pods, a Thermal Floor with pools, saunas, steam rooms and ice fountains and a FitSpace gym open 24/7. For that finishing touch, head to the Daniel Galvin at Corinthia hair salon.
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The Savoy London is without doubt one of the world’s most famous and historic luxury hotels. The creation of one of England’s most talented showbusiness impresarios, Richard D’Oyly Carte and shaped by legendary hotelier César Ritz and his chef, Auguste Escoffier, the property is located deep in the heart of London’s theatreland on the River Thames and today offers 267 luxury guest rooms and suites decorated in either an elegant Edwardian or Art Deco style. Some of the suites are named after past guests such as Charlie Chaplin or painter Claude Monet who famously painted the view of The Thames from his windows.
When hunger bites, there are six restaurants and bars to choose from including three run by acclaimed chef, Gordon Ramsay – The Savoy Grill, The River Restaurant and the recently opened Restaurant 1890 inspired by Escoffier. There is also the glass domed Thames Foyer for Afternoon Tea; the world-renowned American Bar (the oldest surviving cocktail bar in Britain) and the deeply glamorous Beaufort Bar dressed in dramatic jet black enlivened by eye-catching gold décor. For relaxation, there is an indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room, two fitness areas and health and beauty treatments on request.
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The Berkeley London, located in affluent Belgravia, is one of the capital’s most important design led properties with rooms and facilities artfully evolving under a team of hospitality’s best-known interior designers. When booking one of their 137 rooms and suites, the décor will be cool, calm and collected, bold and innovative, dressed in luxury materials, textures and custom curated pieces of artwork, complemented with every luxury accessory you might need. Some have balconies, others fireplaces whilst the four penthouses have glass pavilions with doors opening out to London’s rooftops.
On the eating and drinking front, the evocative Blue Bar serves perfect cocktails; The Berkeley Bar & Terrace offers carefully selected rare wines, vintages and spirits; the Berkeley Café does café culture and Marcus with Michelin starred gastronomic European classics. Afternoon Tea is taken to another level in the Collins Room with the property’s famed Pret-A-Portea, (fashionable patisserie masterpieces) whilst France’s Cédric Grolet has landed at The Berkeley for a touch of Gallic pastry heaven. For relaxation, enjoy the Bamford Wellness Spa where pampering with organic products hits just the spot, workout at the Fitness Centre & Gym, personal trainers on hand or simply dive into their divine, heated rooftop pool.
Brown’s Hotel is discreetly situated in the heart of Mayfair, perfect for shopping in Bond and Regent Streets, heading to The Royal Academy for a blockbuster exhibition or relaxing in the leafy enclosure of Green Park. Opening way back in 1837, London’s first ever hotel, today’s property radiates sophistication with a classic modern style complementing the historic interiors. The 115 guest rooms and suites are all individually decorated with Forte suites including the elegant Dover Suite, the spacious Hellenic Suite, great for families, and the Kipling Suite, named for Rudyard Kipling, just one of the famous former literary guests of the hotel. He wrote the Jungle Book whilst in residence.
For wining and dining, head to Charlie’s where vibrant wallpapers and fabrics contrast with wooden panelling and menus offer contemporary seasonal British cuisine overseen by Adam Byatt. The Drawing Room, where Queen Victoria once visited, still serves a traditional Afternoon Tea whilst Donovan Bar, inspired by namesake photographer Terence Donavan, serves playful cocktails to a backdrop of some of his iconic 1960’s prints. Work off any calories gained at the property’s 24/7 gym or enjoy a signature treatment with organic products at The Spa at Brown’s.
Hotel Café Royal London sits in the heart of London in a unique Grade II listed landmark which has been a popular gathering place for over 150 years. Today’s hotel sits alongside these glittering restored meeting spaces and offers by contrast 154 minimalist rooms and suites with five specialist suites, all offering every luxury. Decorated in a restrained neutral colour palate with oak, Portland stone and marble bathrooms, the signature suites blend historical touches with contemporary furnishings and include the wood panelled Tudor Suite, the Royal Suite which can be expanded to encompass up to 13 bedrooms plus the Dome Penthouse with its rooftop terrace and spectacular curved lounge.
For sustenance, the intimate Alex Dilling at Hotel Café Royal serves contemporary French gastronomic experiences; Cakes & Bubbles by pâtissier Albert Adria presents hand crafted desserts paired with fizz; Brasserie Saint-Germain offers a taste of Paris; the glittering Oscar Wilde bar presents decadent afternoon teas and The Green bar showcases a curated list of gins and tonics with absinthe experiences. For relaxation, the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre offers a serene oasis with a lap pool, sauna and steam rooms, an extensive treatment menu and a fully equipped fitness centre.
The Milestone Hotel & Residences is located in the heart of London’s Kensington, a Grade II listed building rubbing regal shoulders with the adjacent Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens whilst being close to the upscale department stores of Harrods and the green leafy spaces of Hyde Park. A restored historical gem, housed in two former Victorian townhouses, this luxury boutique hotel offers 43 guest rooms, 13 suites and six residences, decorated with a mix of period décor, original artworks (some pop art surprises) and vintage finds. The residences are ideal for long stay and families, coming complete with a kitchen and private entrance.
A family-owned property, the hotel oozes old world charm and even boasts a Hermès Suite, dressed in custom green and gold and decorated with framed scarves from the upscale brand. When hunger calls, Cheneston’s Restaurant offers Two AA Rosette British cuisine; the wood-panelled Pak Lounge is perfect for traditional afternoon tea; The Oratory offers unique private dining whilst the Stables Bar is an intimate space, ideal for late-night tipples. For stretching those muscles, head to the resistance plunge pool, for the full equipped fitness studio, the sauna or go for pampering in their spa treatment room.
The Carlton Tower Jumeirah is perfectly situated for those seeking the luxury shopping and dining haunts of Knightsbridge and Sloane Street, its entrance hidden away from the main thoroughfare and overlooking the private gardens of Cadogan Place to which guests enjoy private access. Redesigned in 2021, there are now 186 spacious and tranquilly decorated urban rooms and suites, many featuring balconies overlooking the neighbourhood with marble bathrooms, every luxury accessory you can ask for and toiletries by Grown Alchemist. Nearly half of the room count are suites with the newly created three-bedroom Royal Suite the cream of the crop, offering an exclusive residence which can be expanded to encompass a complete floor for total security and privacy if required.
For tempting diners, there is Al Mare restaurant for Mediterranean favourites and The Chinoiserie for all-day dining and a unique nature inspired afternoon tea by master patissier Jessica Prealpato. For working off those calories, head to The Peak Health Club and Spa set over three floors and featuring a huge naturally lit swimming pool, a well-equipped gym, a range of fitness classes and The Talise Spa for a wide range of treatments using Biologique Recherche and Aromatherapy Associates products.
Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch lies on a quiet enclave off the Great Eastern Street, a mix of minimalist, industrial design complemented with a flavour of the east. Oozing stylish urban chic mixed with Japanese simplicity, the 164 guest rooms and suites are housed within an innovative building of cantilevered layers surrounding an inner courtyard and pocket garden. Every room is stylish with Japanese accents including Shoji style screens and Bento box inspired media cabinets complete with traditional Japanese tea sets. The newest - Yuhi and Yuki Skyline – are slightly warmer than the original rooms whilst the Zen rooms interconnect, perfect for families.
The Nobu Suite is the premium accommodation with two balconies and an open plan dining room complete with a kitchen and pantry. This suite features a stand-alone bathtub within the minimalist white bathroom with custom Yukata robes and Natura Bissé products. The East meets West vibe continues with the dining opportunities – the double height Nobu Restaurant with well-known Japanese Peruvian favourites and other dishes inspired by the locale and Nami Bar offering a range of vintage sake, Japanese whiskies, cocktails and fine champagne. For working out, head to the gym or simply enjoy a treatment at the spa.
Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences London is ideally located in Royal London, close to Buckingham Palace and The Mall, offering 85 luxurious suites and residences ranging from one to six-bedroom spaces with butler service on tap. With the feel of a private residence, each of these flexible classically styled retreats offers a generous contemporary living area space with fully equipped kitchens for snacking, housed within three grand Victorian townhouses overlooking a landscaped courtyard. The prestige suites include the Jaguar Suite designed by the brand’s Design Director, the Cinema Suite, an ode to the silver screen and the spacious Presidential Suite and Residence.
For dining, there are four restaurants including the one Michelin starred Quilon for South-West coastal Indian cuisine, Kona for traditional afternoon tea, The Hamptons Bar for a quick snifter or two and The @51 Restaurant, Bar and Courtyard for all day dining. For fitness and pampering, there is the Jiva Spa offering a range of Indian and European style treatments alongside a vitality pool, steam room and sauna. There is also a hair salon and a fitness centre with the latest TechnoGym equipment, a free weights area and personal trainers on demand.
The Ned is situated within the Square Mile in the Edwin Lutyens’ (“Ned”) designed former headquarters of the Midland Bank. Imposing, grand and occupying a large footprint, the hotel is awash with 1920’s retro glamour and vintage touches and offers 250 rooms and suites. These range from cosy crash pad rooms for shorter stays to Grade I listed fifth floor Heritage Rooms filled with period details and studios cleverly designed within the former stairwells. The premium suites include Terrace Suites with city views, a Duplex Suite spanning two floors and the ultimate, the two bedroomed Lutyen’s Suite named for the architect.
The six restaurants are housed in the former banking hall and lower ground floor and include Cecconi’s for Italian delights, Millie’s Lounge for classic British cuisine, The Nickel Bar for American staples and cocktails, Electric Bar & Diner for American favourites, Malibu Kitchen for clean Californian cuisine; Kaia for Asian-Pacific favourites; The Lutyens Grill for fish and meat prime cuts and The Parlour, a Jazz and cabaret bar. For relaxation, hotel guests may use Ned’s Club Spa for beauty treatments, a Hammam, hairdressing, a fully equipped fitness centre with classes and a rooftop heated pool with city views.
The Hari is a boutique designer gem of understated luxury located in the heart of residential Belgravia, close to Knightsbridge with its fine dining and shopping with Hyde Park a mere stretch of the legs away. The property offers 70 beautifully designed guest rooms 14 suites and The Penthouse with its secluded garden terrace, all with the feel of a private residence, dreamt up by designer Tara Bernerd. A modern urban sanctuary with a laid-back vibe and a curated art collection and library for guest’s use, each guest room features built ins, velvet window seats, luxury linens, parquet flooring, bay windows, Italian marble bathrooms with Noble Isle bathroom amenities with all the luxury touches one might expect.
For sustenance, head to the all-day dining il Pampero, decked out with lacquers, leathers and velvets, serving a traditional Italian menu, The Hari Bar, for delicious “Haritinis” so named for the owner and The Terrace complete with retractable roof for al fresco cocktails and for cigar lovers, a humidor. For working out, there is the on-site 24/7 fitness centre or the concierge can arrange access for nearby facilities, health and beauty salons. For roaming, take one of the hotel’s complimentary bikes.
Dukes London is tucked away in a quiet backstreet of St James’s, one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, close to St James’s Palace, Jermyn Street and to several prestigious brands such as Fortnum & Masons and Locks & Co Hatters. A few minutes’ walk to Piccadilly and Green Park, the red-brick Dukes London is a traditional and service driven Edwardian hotel featuring 90 classically decorated guest rooms and suites. Expect Penhaligon’s amenities, soft Turkish cotton bathrobes and 400 thread count linens alongside flat screen TVs and Bluetooth speakers and in the suites, homemade treats, sparkling wine, Playstations or Xboxes and more. The premium suite is the Duke of Clarence enjoying an apartment style ambiance with a balcony and an Emperor sized bed no less. Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, was a frequent habitué of Dukes Bar, an intimate Mayfair bolthole with timeless cocktails and swift service.
For all day dining, there is GBR or the Great British Restaurant with banquette seating and a seven-seat bar whilst the Drawing Room serves a mean Afternoon Tea and snacks throughout the day. For after dinner treats, there is the Cognac and Cigar Garden, a secluded al fresco space.
The LaLit London is a perfect design fusion of Victorian grandeur and Indian colour. Located in London’s most historic borough - Southwark - within the former Grade-II listed St Olave Grammar School, the hotel has been authentically restored with oak panelling, cornicing and arched windows, perfectly complemented by contemporary Indian fabrics, textures and style. Today’s property features 70 guest rooms and suites with entry level rooms called Classrooms – a lovely touch - and the largest suite being The LaLit Legacy Experience housed in the former headmaster’s rooms. Other suites have been named for the architect or for the area, with The Tower Suite housed in the original tower of the building and featuring restored original windows.
For dining, there is the all-day dining pan Indian restaurant – Baluchi – located in the majestically vaulted Great Hall whilst the balcony hosts The Gallery for an Indian take on Afternoon Tea. For crafty tipples, head to either the Teacher’s Room or the wood panelled Headmaster’s Room and sip cognac or champagne whilst admiring the intricate inlaid ceiling. For fitness, there is a 24/7 gym whilst Rejuve – The Spa will wrest away any aches or pains with a mixture of Eastern and Western therapies.
The Royal Houseguards Hotel is situated at the heart of the city, opposite the River Thames, close to The Mall, St James’s Park, 10 Downing Street and Trafalgar Square. Housed within grand Victorian buildings which were originally built for The National Liberal Club and adjoining apartments, Winston Churchill, William Gladstone and David Lloyd-George were frequent visitors. Offering 282 rooms and suites, each room is classically furnished with a number of luxury items such as Hypnos beds, Egyptian linens, Elemis toiletries, Bose surround sound and more. Of particular note is the spacious Tower Suite split over two floors with a bank of windows overlooking The Thames and London’s key attractions.
For keeping body and soul in check, head to the all-day dining One Twenty One Two Restaurant for a menu packed full of British staples or for a quick tipple or two, sneak into Equus Bar for a snack menu accompanied by signature cocktails. In clement weather, there is also The Terrace for al fresco wining and dining. For fitness, head to the property’s top floor gym. For history buffs, ask to see the Grade I listed events space with its marble columns, carved fireplaces, monumental chandeliers and ornate inlaid ceilings.
The Goring is London’s last remaining luxury family-owned hotel with a history dating back over a century and a rare holder of a Royal Warrant. Service-driven, discreet and hidden away a few steps from Buckingham Palace, there are just 69 rooms and suite – all individually decorated with marble bathrooms, handmade bespoke furnishings, silk clad walls and Asprey toiletries. Suite guests are served by a fleet of scarlet clad footmen with the most sought-after accommodation being the Belgravia where designer Russell Sage has dressed the room with six historic handwoven silks and The Royal Suite with a balcony overlooking the hotel’s large private gardens.
With the feel of a country abode rather than a city hotel, expect to see some woolly sheep dotted around the property, commissioned to bring a touch of the countryside into the property. For a perfectly mixed cocktail, head to The Goring Bar adjoining the Michelin starred Dining Room restaurant serving British classics with an innovative twist and a grand Afternoon Tea. For working out, there are a number of nearby scenic running routes or for indoor work, The Fitness Room is available. That devilishly competitive game – croquet – may also be played on the hotel’s lawn.
The Dilly is located in the heart of London on Piccadilly, close to the Circus and Regent Street and features an imposingly grand Edwardian façade. With nearly 300 rooms and suites, this property has enjoyed something of a renaissance recently with the hotel now enjoying a a cool, urban vibe with contemporary vibrant colours and modern furnishings. The largest rooms are the spacious Dilly Junior Suite and the Dilly Executive Suite, both enjoying access to the exclusive Balcony lounge, full of London literature and literary tomes from nearby Hatchard’s bookshop with complimentary drinks served through the day. Executive Suite guests can also opt for a bespoke private dining menu served with a flourish in room.
Other gastronomic treats include Madhu’s for fine Indian cuisine in the elegant Oak Room; Terrace at The Dilly for light bright dining under a conservatory roof and an exclusive Official Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea and Downstairs at The Dilly for creative cocktails to a live music accompaniment. On the fitness side, the Health Club at The Dilly offers one of the largest heated indoor swimming pools in town, a spacious fitness centre and two squash courts for an energetic workout.
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The Capital Hotel, Apartments & Townhouse – London was one of London’s first luxury boutique hotels in the city – often referred to as “a grand hotel in miniature” - and is situated in the very heart of Knightsbridge behind a grand Victorian heritage façade. This discreet London bolt hole offers just 72 guest rooms, suites and apartments (with 12 of those rooms situated in a townhouse) decorated in an understated classically British fashion with all the gadgets and amenities one expects today from a luxury hotel such as luxury Egyptian cotton linens, Nespresso machines, handmade mattresses, Temple Spa bathroom amenities and more.
The larger suites and apartments are ideal for London habitués who can use them as a pied à terre whilst enjoying all the services of the hotel. They range from studios to the three-bedroom, split level Penthouse with private lift, well-equipped kitchen and a balcony with views over the rooftops towards Harrods. Sustenance wise, the intimate Restaurant at the Capital offers an international menu of gastronomic classics all day long including a traditional English Afternoon Tea whilst the gem-like Capital Bar is designed around gin and vermouth with a nibbles and wine list running alongside.
St James’s Hotel & Club Mayfair is perfect for those London aficionados who like to feel part of a club elite. Hidden away in a cul-de-sac in the heart of London’s most affluent area, close to Piccadilly and the exclusive shops of Bond and Jermyn Streets, this boutique hotel offers just 60 rooms and suites, many with private balconies or terraces (like the Terrace Suite and the Westminster) and views out over Mayfair. The Penthouse Suite is the star attraction however with a large and attractive rooftop terrace, perfect for breakfast with a view or a cocktail or two as the sun sinks down. With its own private lift and occupying the entire seventh floor of the property, this suite is perfect for those who crave privacy and security.
When hunger bites, head to William Drabble’s Michelin starred Seven Park Place restaurant for French gastronomy with the best of British produce or 1857 Bar for all day dining and the widest selection of port wine in town. For pampering, enjoy an in-room treatment or massage courtesy of Black Label by Perfect 10. They also have personal trainers on call and can offer a mean mani/pedi too.
London Hilton on Park Lane was Hilton’s first property to open in the UK, way back in 1963. Overlooking Hyde Park, this 28-story tower offers 453 contemporary decorated guest rooms including 53 suites with accommodation from the tenth floor upwards enjoying wonderful views out over the capital. The premium suite - The Presidential – is located up on the 27th floor and features a balcony, a dining room fit for a king, a whirlpool tub and a walk-in steam shower. With a more traditional feel than other guestrooms, this suite has swagged, luxurious curtains, original artwork and sleeps up to three people. Executive rooms and suites enjoy complimentary access to the Executive Lounge to enjoy complimentary refreshments and a separate space away from the rest of the hotel.
Food-wise, there is the famous Polynesian tiki experience that is Trader Vic’s; the lobby located CC Bar for Pommery Champagnes and cocktails; Podium Restaurant & Bar for all-day dining with a Mediterranean flair; 10 ∘ Sky Bar for cocktails, whiskies and vintage champagne and Galvin at Windows for award-winning dining with 360-degree views. To work out, there is a 24/7 gym and for pampering, a range of beauty and massage treatments available.
The Langham London is one of the great historic hotels of the capital, Europe’s first “Grand Hotel” in fact, with a majestic edifice to match. There are 380 neutrally toned rooms and suites designed with a modern classic feel, complementing the historic interiors. Entry to The Langham Club is guaranteed when booking a club room or a suite with its private checkin, large private lounge and Michel Roux Jr’s Michelin nibbles throughout the day. All the suites are spacious and elegantly attired, with the Terrace Suite offering a balcony, the Infinity suite a semi-circular bank of windows in the sitting room and the Sterling Suite offering accommodation for up to twelve people.
When hunger calls, there is The Wigmore, a luxury tavern; Artesian, a delicately styled bar; The Palm Court for Afternoon Tea and Roux at the Landau with dining designed by two Michelin starred chef, Michel Roux Jr. For relaxation, enjoy cookery lessons at Sauce by the Langham or simply head to Chuan Body & Spa for a fitness studio, 16 metre heated indoor pool and six treatment rooms offering a variety of treatments. Children are welcomed warmly and there is a whole host of masterclasses to keep everyone happy.
The Londoner is a relatively recent addition to London’s luxury hotel scene - a “super boutique hotel” as they prefer to be known. Located on Leicester Square in the heart of town, this 16-story property has been designed with the environment in mind with 350 beautifully crafted rooms and suites, a serene neutral colour palette, partial panelling and curated touches. The crème de la crème suite is the Tower Penthouse, a two-story abode with surrounding windows offering the best of urban views awash with art, sculptures and furnishings chosen from around the world.
Hotel residents enjoy entry to The Residence’s three spaces for socialising, dining and relaxing and The Retreat for accessing the gorgeous swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam room with a hair and nail salon, a traditional barber and Refuel, a superfood bar for those post-treatment treats. Food and drink wise, guests are spoilt for choice with French Mediterranean menus of Whitcomb’s; a rooftop izakaya bar with a Shima Garden at 8 at The Londoner; Joshua’s Tavern, a homage to artist Sir Joshua Reynolds with snacks complementing ranges of gins and draught beers and The Stage for breakfast, champagne treats and afternoon tea, occasionally with live music.
Covent Garden Hotel offers 58 uniquely decorated rooms and suites, steps from the Royal Opera House, Soho and the boutiques of Covent Garden. Situated in one of London’s most historic areas and designed to suit with an historic interior, guests may enjoy a traditional Drawing Room dressed in maple panelling rescued from the former League of Nations building or Tiffany’s Library, a more intimate space perfect for relaxing. Each of the guest rooms and suites have a more modern, whimsical British feel by designer Kit Kemp with one of the most popular being the two-bedroomed Loft Suite spread over two floors designed with unique fabrics, curated artwork and individual touches.
This property warmly welcomes little VIPs with a range of family goodies whilst other amenities include a DVD library, Soholistic Gym & Beauty with a well-equipped gym and a body and treatment room offering a wide menu by Temple Spa. Private screenings for film fun can take place in the hotel’s private screening room and when it comes to dine, head to Brasserie Max for all day, seasonal menus and cocktails from the bar or for Afternoon Tea, there is a Royal Afternoon Tea menu served on exclusive Wedgewood china.
Our favourite 4-star hotel in London - it is a 5-star in all but name. Part of Marriott Hotel’s Autograph Collection, St Ermin’s is located in the heart of Westminster – less than a kilometre from both the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. Originally built as luxury apartments for aristocrats in 1899, the hotel opened after a massive refurbishment in 2011 - to great fanfare.
There are 290 rooms and 41 suites set over 6 floors. St Ermin’s has a small gym, the Caxton Grill – for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Caxton Bar and The Tea Lounge. The hotel is pet friendly. What sets St Ermin’s apart from the rest is its level of service – outstripping many 5-star hotels in London. There are several hundred thousand staff in the hotel – mainly unpaid bees who live on the roof and who produce the most delicious fresh honey – which is served at breakfast and is now an ingredient in the hotel's own gin!
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