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London’s a top hit when it comes to luxury hotels. The English capital knows exactly how to house them, too, making good use of the country’s Victorian and Edwardian buildings, brought up to date with modern amenities and beautiful decor. But not all hotels in London follow the traditional path. Head to East London, where you’ll find any number of modern hotels with neon lights, patterned floors, and spectacular views of the city skyline. Or, visit one of London’s coolest boutique hotels, complete with cocktail bars, innovative spa treatments, and world-famous restaurants. Read on for all of our favorite luxury hotels in London.
London’s Landmark Hotel is a sight to behold: a huge place with a magical courtyard in the middle that seems to transport you away from England and into far more tropical lands. The Landmark is forever one of London’s most popular luxury hotels and for a very good reason: absolutely every part of it is beautiful. Set in the heart of the fashionable Marylebone neighborhood, this deluxe hotel is best known for its stunning glass-roofed eight-story atrium. But it’s also home to an award-winning restaurant, plenty of luxurious bedrooms, and an indoor pool and spa. Head to the relaxation part of the hotel and you’ll find a steam room, sauna, relaxation room, and a fully equipped gym. When you’re suitably refreshed, head upstairs for fine fabrics and elegant furniture. Each room features a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi access, and marble bathrooms with designer toiletries.
NYX hotels are known for being seriously stylish and the NYX Hotel London Holborn is no exception. While some London hotels might favor pastel decor and subtle lighting, this hotel does the opposite. Check in here and you can expect neon lights, modern art on the bedroom walls and an overall exciting appeal. A place that younger travelers will likely love the best, it’s situated right in the center of the city making it perfect for exploring. With bright and colorful wallpaper and cool backdrops, the rooms here are some of the quietest parts of this widely designed hotel. They’re home to beautiful hand-carved furniture, large LCD TVs, a sound system, and complimentary newspapers. Private bathrooms feature luxurious, fluffy bathrobes, so you can fully get into comfortable mode when you’re home for the night. Elsewhere at the hotel, you’ll find a stunning, Roman-style swimming pool surrounded by stone pillars, a variety of beauty treatments, and a modern, fully equipped gym, staffed by professional trainers.
Montcalm Royal London House is a perfect fusion of hotel luxury and independent living, set inside a vast building with absolutely everything you could need throughout your stay in the capital city. This sleek hotel is one of the finest in the area, set very centrally for both business and pleasure travelers to enjoy. Here, there are lots to explore: most importantly, the rooftop bar with its spectacular views of the city and the spa, filled with relaxing treatments. All rooms and suites here come with a Smart 55-inch TV with international channels, an iPod docking station, a minibar, a Nespresso machine, and even a pillow menu. So there’s no excuse for a relaxing night’s sleep. Multiple bars and restaurants (including a rooftop bar) and a brasserie and coffee area ensure you can always grab a bite to eat or a drink any time of night or day.
Is there a more classic London hotel than Flemings Mayfair? We don’t think so. With a history stretching back through centuries and a long and seriously impressive list of previous famous guests, it’s fair to say that checking into Flemings Mayfair is an experience to remember before you’ve even seen your room. This luxury hotel has lots of different options for accommodation, depending on how fancy you’re looking to be during your stay. Each individual part of the hotel here has been converted from 13 Georgian townhouses, and each luxurious bedroom, suite, and apartment is individually decorated. Inside, there’s a desk, a Tivoli radio with Bluetooth functionality, a minibar, tea and coffee making facilities and en-suite bathrooms with luxury T-London toiletries. The boutique hotel is also home to the highly-acclaimed Ormer Mayfair Restaurant as well as the Drawing Room, where you can enjoy a classic Afternoon Tea.
L’oscar London looks a little like something off of a movie set, with its dark lighting and opulent decor. This luxury hotel goes all out when it comes to impressing its guests, with a beautiful setting that you’ll never want to leave. L’oscar London is a place for art lovers: it’s set within the former Headquarters of the Baptist Church and features French architecture by designer Jacques Garcia. It’s also a smaller hotel with only 39 rooms, which means premium service and an almost first name basis with the staff here. Set near Covent Garden, L’oscar London comes with easy access to everything the city is best loved for, like the theater, restaurants, bars and other entertainment. And, when you’re waking up here each morning, you can enjoy a traditional full English breakfast before you head out to explore it all over again.
Classic Pan Pacific London is a great shout for all kinds of travelers but particularly those coming to the city for a business purpose. For a start, it comes with a contemporary timeless design, which means you’ll start each morning in a neutral bedroom or suite with the buzzing city waking up just outside. This luxury hotel is well equipped for all kinds of guests, whether you’re there to eat and explore or chill out and relax. If it’s the former, you’ll love Straits Kitchen, the signature restaurant which offers authentic Singaporean-style dining. If it’s the latter, make sure to check out the wellbeing floor, which is where you’ll find the indoor infinity pool, high-performance interactive gym, sauna rooms, and treatment rooms. Spacious rooms and suites here are equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows, flat-screen TVs, tea and Nespresso coffee, Dyson hairdryers, and luxury marble bathrooms with complimentary products.
Contrary to its name, NoMad London isn’t somewhere you’ll find lots of nomads. It’s actually where you’ll find luxury travelers looking to splash out in a seriously luxe location. NoMad London offers luxury with a difference though; designed for excited travelers looking to explore London and everything it has to offer. Set in the heart of Covent Garden next to the Royal Opera House, NoMad London was built inside the historic Bow Street Magistrates’ Court Building. There’s plenty of room here, with 91 rooms in total and hardwood floors, extensive artworks and clawfoot tubs in many of its suites. It’s also a great spot for eating and drinking, with a range of bars and restaurants inside the hotel. Side Hustle, NoMad’s British Pub with a twist, is one of the most popular with its menu inspired by Southern California. There’s also The Library, a place to go for incredible cocktails.
The Athenaeum Hotel’s great location in Piccadilly means you’ll never have to venture too far, no matter where you’re looking to visit in the city. Overlooking leafy Green Park, this stylish and elegant hotel has a range of rooms, suites and apartments, as well as a boutique spa and great restaurant. The location of this luxury London hotel is one of its most impressive features, set opposite Royal Parks and Buckingham Palace. It’s also only 15 minutes’ walk from Oxford Street’s perpetually buzzing shops and the theaters of the West End. Inside the hotel, guests tend to spend a lot of time in the restaurant or in the spa. 116 at The Athenaeum is a contemporary, British restaurant using local ingredients. The spa offers relaxing treatments, a beautiful relaxation room, a wet area, and a well-equipped fitness room. Basically, you’ll find yourself comfortable and satisfied no matter which part of the hotel you spend the most time in.
Sure, 41 might not be the easiest name to find by searching for it online or wandering the streets of London asking people about it. But its elusive name is well worth persevering through, as this luxury hotel has plenty to offer. One of the most beautiful in the city for anyone who loves unusual designs and a quick Instagram snap, 41 comes with checkerboard flooring and vintage-inspired dining. Rooms here are filled with monochrome design and subtle lighting. Some of the best features of this hotel? It’s hard to know where to start. Maybe its location, nestled behind Buckingham Palace and opposite the Royal Mews. Or perhaps its striking rooms, the generous supply of free snacks and canapés, or the wood-paneled Executive Lounge. Handmade mattresses, luxury bedding, Bose music systems, and marble bathrooms with bathrobes and Penhaligon’s toiletries are just some of the winning features here.
The Guardsman is the epitome of a classic London hotel, with a stylish design throughout that feels a little more like a posh aunt’s house rather than an entire hotel. You’ll never be too far from the action while staying here, as the hotel is based only 400 meters away from Buckingham Palace and not much further from popular tourist attractions like Westminster Abbey, St James’s Park and the Houses of Parliament. Rooms here are on the cozy side, with lots of gold gilding and impressive views overlooking the city. Bathrooms follow a similar trend, many with bathtubs that you’ll love to soak your feet in after wandering the streets of the city all day. Elsewhere at the hotel, there’s a restaurant serving food all day and a cool, retro-tinged bar serving up some great cocktails and long drinks.
Classic London luxury hotel Rosewood comes with all the trimmings if you’re looking for a quintessentially British experience in the capital. Come to Rosewood for an elegant experience that starts when you walk through the door and continues as you work your way up to your stylish room. Start your day here in the Holborn dining room with an a la carte breakfast, which includes everything from continental and healthy to traditional English breakfast dishes. If you want to continue eating and drinking, the striking Mirror Room restaurant is open all day, too. Elsewhere in this luxury hotel, you’ll find spacious designer rooms with bespoke furniture and Italian marble bathrooms, as well as Rosewood’s spa, sauna, and a glamorous restaurant.
It’s hard to beat The Mandrake if you’re looking for a luxe occasion. This incredible hotel doesn’t hold back with its decor, which means even the communal toilets outside of the restaurant here come decorated top to toe with gold detailing and velvet furniture. While plenty of people visit The Mandrake just for its restaurant, it’s well worth checking in overnight if you’re looking to treat yourself. Set only a few minutes walking distance from Oxford Street, The Mandrake features eclectic, vibrant interiors in every direction and a carefully-curated private art collection. The stylish bedrooms, luxury suites, and a penthouse ensure all kinds of budgets are catered for when staying here. The rooms are set across four floors, rising up from the central courtyard surrounded by hanging gardens of jasmine and passionflower. Visit on a Saturday for live music and DJs, too.
Tell people you’re checking into The Kensington Hotel for a few nights and we guarantee they’ll be suitably impressed. This swish London hotel is absolutely stunning before you’ve even reached its front doors, set inside a sweeping white building that always somehow looks brand new. Everything about The Kensington is top of the range, from the spectacular service you receive while staying here right through to the unbelievably impressive rooms that you’ll never want to leave. Set in the heart of South Kensington and only a 20-minute stroll away from Harrods, Harvey Nichols and The Royal Albert Hall, The Kensington is a top pick for anyone with a love of culture or shopping. As well as the rooms with their luxury bedding, you’ll find The Town House Bar inside this hotel, with its magnificent lounge area and period drawing rooms. There’s also a state-of-the-art fitness room if you want to work out.
100 Queen’s Gate Hotel London has a posh name and an equally as posh appeal, set inside a staggeringly beautiful building that truly encapsulates the idea of a luxury London hotel. You’ll want to check in here for at least a few days in order to properly make good use of everything available inside this spot. This luxury hotel is only a short walk from plenty of the city’s favorite tourist attractions, like the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Royal Albert Hall is also only a short walk away. Modern décor with classic touches is the name of the game here, with neutral bedrooms and jewel-colored touches and spacious bathrooms with luxury products. Afternoon Tea, crafted cocktails and spirits and modern European cuisine are all available at 100 Queen’s Gate Hotel London, too.
You’ll feel more than a little bit like royalty when you check into The Capital Hotel. This boutique hotel is full of charm, from the large, welcoming building that greets you as you first arrive right through to the huge rooms with their crisp white sheets and bursts of color throughout. A place designed for all kinds of groups, The Capital Hotel sits in the heart of Knightsbridge London, near Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Rooms here come in all sizes, ranging from classic doubles and junior suites right the way through to two-bedroom apartments, townhouse rooms, and even a penthouse suite. The best part? You can either be left to your own devices with en-suite facilities and self-catered kitchens, or you can make good use of everything London has to offer and keep your room simply as a place to relax and recharge. Expect individually designed rooms, classically decorated with original art and antique furniture.
The Lanesborough is part of the Oetker Collection, which means you know what you’re getting when you check in here and that’s an unparalleled luxury. The Lanesborough is one of London’s most famous hotels, home to stunning designs and a big list of previous celebrity guests. Mixing 19th-century style with modern luxury, The Lanesborough is based in beautiful Knightsbridge and looks out over Hyde Park. Many of the rooms overlook the park, too. It’s a place where you’ll feel a little like you’re staying away from the crowds, while actually only being a short walk away from some of the city’s best sights. The Library Bar is one of the hotel’s most popular places, home to Cognacs, cocktails, wines, and spirits and an unrivaled selection of pre-French revolution Cognacs. Or, make use of your complimentary access to The Lanesborough’s spa which includes fitness, spa, and well-being facilities.
Is there a more classically English hotel than Batty Langley’s? From its quintessential name right through to its vintage-inspired decor, everything about this hotel ensures you’ll never forget your trip to London. Beautiful rooms with antique furniture, heavy silk curtains, and quirky bathrooms set the scene for a unique stay. You’ll want to spend some time enjoying the hotel, but it’s also based in a great location for eating, drinking, and exploring. Batty Langley’s is located in a cobbled street in trendy Spitalfields, with the iconic Gherkin building only 13 minutes away and Old Spitalfields Market just a few minutes around the corner. Each unique bedroom has air conditioning and an Apple TV as well as breakfast served in the room. If you’d rather eat outside, wander down to the Tapestry Room with its sunny, private courtyard.
The Trafalgar St. James is part of the Hilton collection but comes with a unique charm that makes it look like an independent hotel. A place where stripped-back, toned-down design is the name of the game, it’s a great spot for anyone who appreciates minimalism with subtle touches of art. But don’t think The Trafalgar St. James lacks personality: you’ll find books dotted around each corner and homely touches that make this luxury London hotel feel super friendly and welcoming. A larger hotel, it’s got chic bedrooms and exquisite suites, if you’re looking to splash out. Each room and suite comes artfully designed, with Art Deco elements adding a touch of glamor while furnishings, bold color choices, and unique ornaments add a relaxing atmosphere.
You’ll likely have seen photos of the beautiful St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London on Instagram, with its rainbow-colored hallway and stairs surrounded by stunning artwork. The rest of the hotel is just as luxurious, from the brightly lit rooms with contrasting color schemes right the way through to the timeless communal areas decorated in pastel shades. Everything about this hotel offers something to remember, from the tea lounge and restaurants and bars through to the spa and relaxation pool. Rooms within this spectacular building feature state-of-the-art entertainment systems while the large tiled bathrooms are fully kitted out with bathrobes and slippers. The St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, like its name suggests, is directly attached to St. Pancras station, which means you’re never more than a few steps away from exploring the city or wandering around the canals.
Perpetually cool Shoreditch is where you’ll find Mondrian London: a place filled to the brim with plants, artwork, and independent boutiques. This ever so stylish luxury hotel is perfectly curated for anyone with an eye for design, with spacious communal areas that are ideal for relaxing back with a drink, through to the bedrooms with large windows overlooking colorful East London. The hotel has a year-round outdoor pool and terrace, the latter appreciated more so in the cooler months of the year. Rooms here featured scaled-back luxury design, with fresh white bedsheets and pops of color. Bathrooms come with high-pressure showers and delicious toiletries. The best part of this hotel? The restaurant, with its bold color scheme and ever-changing menu. It’s a hotel filled with serious homeware inspiration.
A stay at the Bentley London takes you back in time, with its traditional color schemes and almost Victorian-esque decor. Beautifully and authentically British, everything about Bentley London is designed with its elegant character in mind. Based in classy Kensington & Chelsea, Bentley London is close to all of the most exclusive shops on Kings Road and is only a mile from Harrods, if you’re looking to do some shopping. Each beautifully furnished room has a marble-lined bathroom with a walk-in shower and a spa bath. The spa here takes things one step further, with its own authentic Turkish bath. While you’re staying here, you’ll want to spend at least one meal at the Peridot Restaurant with its afternoon teas and grazing menus. You can also have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here, with a backdrop of the gardens.