London has so many stunning hotels that narrowing your search down to one could seem daunting. Each hotel, however, has its own distinctive character and the chances of finding a place that suits your taste and preferences are really high. Whether you prefer the prestige of old establishments, English refinement adapted to modern times, or innovative design and architecture, London has it all.
Claridge’s hotel is a legendary place which has attracted kings, queens, and many important figures of the British elite during its long history. With its Art Deco luxurious design and hybrid additions, it is a quintessential example of British opulence, but with a contemporary touch after its recent refurbishment. Situated in Mayfair, the hotel offers impeccable service, a glamorous restaurant and bar, a spa, and a gym. The great concern for details is evident. An afternoon tea becomes an exercise in refinement in the cozy foyer. At the Fera restaurant, a white, leafless tree in the center exemplifies the hotel’s exceptional taste for originality.
The Ritz hotel is all about glamour and refinement, and this covers every single aspect, from service to interior design. Everything from the lavish hallways to the stunning dining room and the extraordinary charm of the Long Gallery and Palm Court reminds you that this is one of the best hotels not just in London, but in Europe as well. The bedrooms are no less opulent with their original Louis XVI-style decorations. Needless to say, the service and cuisine are excellent.
The Savoy is one of London’s most iconic hotels, right near the Waterloo Bridge, on the north bank of the River Thames. Combining Edwardian style with Art Deco, the hotel features large bedrooms with a traditional English design. The Savoy Grill run by famous chef Gordon Ramsay and Kaspar’s seafood restaurant are known as excellent. The place also includes two classy cocktail bars. Overall, the historic elegance and the modern sophistication of the place make the Savoy a perfect choice for a stay in London.
Shangri-La is a hotel located in the tallest building in London, the Shard, where it occupies floors 34 to 52. Naturally, this means Shangri-La is an excellent choice for those looking for gorgeous aerial views of London. Decorated with opulence and luxury in mind, Shangri-La astounds guests from the very beginning of their visit, with the abundance of marble and silks. The floor-to-ceiling windows guarantee amazing views in every direction. The hotel also features an indoor swimming pool at the highest floor.
Brown’s Hotel has a history of over 175 years which intertwines with the history of London in significant ways. Founded by the former valet to Lord Byron, the hotel became a favorite of writers such as Agatha Christie and Rudyard Kipling and of many intellectuals, scientists, and political figures. Today, the hotel maintains a large part of the original design and decorations, but significant changes were made to modernize it. The blend of classical and modern led to impressive results, and rooms are incredibly stylish while providing the best in terms of comfort. Brown’s is also located in Mayfair.
With a perfect location in Mayfair, The Connaught is an impressive achievement in terms of architecture and design. After its recent refurbishment, the hotel offers guests the opportunity to choose between classic and contemporary rooms, all of which include a separate dressing. The traditional Englishness of the hotel combined with the minimalist additions make The Connaught an extremely original place. Chic bars and restaurants also feature outstanding design and offer some of the finest drinking and dining options in London. The Aman spa in the hotel is widely popular as well.
This 5-star hotel is in London’s Knightsbridge and looks out over Hyde Park. It has air-conditioned luxury rooms and offers a personal butler service, free WiFi and an in-room Sony tablet. The Lanesborough’s traditional rooms mix 19th-century style with modern luxury. Many also have scenic views over Hyde Park. The rooms all have tea/coffee making facilities and a daily wake-up call service. Additionally, guests at this hotel gain complimentary access to the Lanesborough Club & Spa which includes fitness, spa and well being facilities
A floating hotel that does gives back to the community? It’s my kind of hotel! Docked at Royal Victoria Docks, this industrial design hotel re-invests all its profits into training unemployed locals in the hospitality industry. Plus, it has a rooftop you can only dream of. Prices start at $100 a night.
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