If there’s anything that can get me to fork out hundreds of pounds on a one-night stay in a luxury hotel, it’s a bath. Fluffy robes, luxury amenities, champagne while I soak… Just leave me here to shrivel up like an expensive prune and I will be totally and entirely happy with my life.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of soaking in one of London’s top tubs, then you’re in for a treat, as these luxury stays offer a restful escape without ever having to leave the city. From bathrooms steeped in history and glamour to outdoor tubs, sweeping views of the city, and retractable roofs for bath time stargazing – these are London’s most luxurious hotel bathrooms to soak your stress away.
An outdoor tub in King’s Cross that has privacy, you say? Oh, yes. After a Mexican-meets-Spanish dinner at Decimo, followed by classic cocktails at Double Standard, check into The Standard’s Junior Suite which is nicely understated rather than flashy (think woody, California-modern interiors) and is most definitely the best room in the house.
From a Peloton bike delivered directly to your room on request, and a Stutterheim raincoat for use across your stay, to complimentary sneaker cleaning and tasty minibar additions, the attention to detail is second to none. And this extends to whoever it was that decided to put the bathtub on the terrace. For that indoor-outdoor feel, bathe outdoors amidst sweeping city views from the 8th floor (and take pity on the peasants commuting below, of course). Inside, there’s a bathroom with a walk-in shower and chic, custom Craig Green bathrobes.
Brown’s sure knows how to please when it comes to bathrooms. Upon arrival, check into The Kipling Suite – a luxurious 16sqm en-suite bathroom finished in white marble, and boasting a freestanding bath as well as a double shower. Like the bedroom, the Kipling bathroom features three full-height French windows for natural light, a chandelier sourced from an antique dealer in Sussex, a contemporary sculptural shell wall light, and gold ornate vanity wall lighting.
The amenities come courtesy of Irene Forte Skincare, including a candle to reset your mood, a luxurious body balm to restore calm, a Body and Bath oil to unwind, and detoxifying bath salts to rejuvenate. Suite guests are invited to use these products to indulge in the recommended in-room spa ritual, then take them away to use at home. Don’t mind if we do…
Could any hotel ever compete with The Mandrake’s Penthouse? Actors, musicians and directors have all called this Penthouse room home whilst staying in London, and it’s not hard to see why. The room itself is one-of-a-kind, drenched in white marble, with a bed so wide it has its own custom-made mattress.
But the bathroom is hands down one of the most luxurious hotel bathrooms in the world, featuring a huge six-person jacuzzi bath, a retractable roof opening up to the London sky (late night star gazing anyone?), disco lights, a soft pink chaise longue, a gold-trunked tree for that tropical island vibe, a dual shower and steam room. Wow.
Where: 20-21 Newman St, London W1T 1PG
Every home has a story – and if the walls of Home House’s Lady Islington Suite could talk, we bet they’d have an awful lot to say.
Lady Islington lived in Home House between 1919 and 1926, and was one of a handful of pioneering female interior decorators in the inter-war years. She redecorated much of Home House, removing the heavy accretions of the 19th Century and adding flair, but it’s this beautiful bathroom that’s her pièce de résistance. Fitted in 1922, its floor-to-ceiling red marble is something special, cut from the very same source as St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Over the next 70 years, the suite was inhabited by various other residents. But in World War II, there was one particularly unwelcome guest: a bomb which fell through the ceiling of this bathroom (but, thankfully, didn’t explode). There’s still a large crack in the marble floor of Lady Islington’s bathroom, as one of the few buildings on Portman Square which survived the Blitz.
So run the bath, let the light flood in through the canopy above, and pretend you’re Lady Islington draped in a delicate gown, dripping with diamonds.
Where: 20 Portman Square, London W1H 6LW
Fancy a sky-high soak? Shangri-La at The Shard has an iconic London Suite; combining the elegance of Shangri-La’s Asian heritage with the innovation of The Shard’s architecture. This comes with a large marble-clad bathroom you’ll see all over Instagram, with walk-in rain shower, separate bathtub, premium Washlet toilet, mirror-embedded television and heated floors.
Enjoy champagne on arrival, before indulging in sweeping views from the luxurious bathtub overlooking the River Thames, with famed landmarks like the Tower of London and Tower Bridge in plain sight as you soak. It even comes with a 19-inch television embedded in the bathroom mirror.
For a bathroom drenched in history, glamour and celebrity intrigue, the Elizabeth Taylor Harlequin Suite at The Dorchester is one of a kind. Set in their largest rooftop suite, this is a stay that promises bespoke luxury and unparalleled service. And while the suite may have a couple of bathrooms, it’s the one in the second bedroom you’ll want to make a beeline for. Here, an iconic pink bathroom, gleaming with old-school Hollywood glamour awaits you.
And when we say Hollywood glamour, we really mean it, because the iconic pink decor was personally requested by Elizabeth Taylor herself. It was in this suite that she celebrated many special moments in her career – including the moment she was offered the role of Cleopatra in 1959. If those pink walls could talk, huh?
The chocolate-box selection of rooms at Great Fosters boast some seriously indulgent bathrooms. Take their historic ‘Panel 1’ suite, where the bathroom is reached through – you guessed it – panelling. Enter through one of the many hidden doorways in the room, and cocoon yourself in luxury in this wood-panelled masterpiece.
Or book yourself into the two-room Queen Anne Suite, which aside from having space in abundance and gorgeous original details and furnishings, also has a stunning bathroom with pretty tiles and a sublime bathtub big enough for two. Not forgetting of course the impressive drench shower (also big enough for two) and who doesn’t love a throne-style loo?
The Franklin’s Presidential Suite is an extravagant delight, with more than 9 square metres of bathroom with both an imperial bathtub and a wide shower. Décor-wise, think the refined style of London’s fin de siècle golden era meets the decorative opulence of an Italian Renaissance palace.
Your soak will come with only the best of Penhaligon’s amenities, and with three Royal Warrants under the perfumery’s belt, you’ll be soaking in a tub that’s literally fit for royalty.
You’ll be soaking in a tub that’s literally fit for royalty.
Oh-so-stylish The Cadogan is the ideal place to escape the big smoke, without ever having to leave it. The rooms are individually decadent, but if you’re looking to go all out, and by that we mean delving right into the hotel’s dramatic history, then there’s no better place to stay than the Royal Suite.
Previously room 118, this is the very room where Oscar Wilde was arrested in 1895. And if that’s not enough to make you want to book a stay, then the complete treat of a bathroom certainly will. The expansive marble space is pure luxury, and the bathtub enjoys enchanting views over Cadogan Place Gardens. The ideal place to sit back, sip champagne, and revel in Wilde’s wit, wisdom and wonderful writing. The rest of the suite honours its past whilst offering every modern indulgence you could want; from the immaculate living room and inviting dining space to the high ceilings and cosy fireplace.
Fancy some top-floor luxury instead? The Penthouse bathroom comes with its own balcony.
Where: 75 Sloane St, London SW1X 9SG
They clearly take bathing very seriously at Barnett Hill, because you’ll find luxurious freestanding tubs in all of their suites. For maximum relaxation though, we can’t get enough of the ‘Frank Cook’ suite with an in-room tub – because who says your tub needs to be in the bathroom after all? Here you can soak up panoramic garden views, sip champagne and live the high life.
Over in the Courtyard you’ll find Master Suite 43. Occupying the hayloft of the old stables, the suite spans from East to West with a seriously special bathroom waiting to be discovered through double doors. Head into this spacious sanctuary and take a dip in a tub for two, or take a long shower in the stunning walk-through rainfall experience, with natural drystone wall.
Where: Blackheath Ln, Wonersh, Guildford GU5 0RF
This beautiful five-star hotel in the heart of Kensington is a mere 5 minute stroll to Kensington Palace, but with award-winning afternoon tea, exceptional cocktails, views of the Gardens and charming boutique rooms all available on site, we don’t see why you’d ever need to leave.
We recommend checking into the best room in the house; the Noel Coward suite. Before you make a beeline across the leopard print carpet to sink into the soft Savoir bed, laden with custom-designed Indian silks, make use of the giant bathroom for the best soak you’ve had all year. Behind majestic bronzed mirrored double doors, you’ll find a large striking black and white marble bathroom that oozes refined modern style. Time it right, and you can soak with complimentary canapés delivered to your room each evening from 6pm, alongside your welcome bottle of champagne, before your in-suite Cocktail Masterclass.
This Covent Garden gem is the newest opening on the central London hotel scene, and it boasts everything we could ever want from a hotel – including a rooftop bar, basement bar, restaurant and gorgeously sleek modern bedrooms. But the best rooms to go for are clearly the Goldy rooms.
With just four of these rooms available in the hotel, each has a freestanding golden bathtub which overlooks the city below. So fill up the tub with bubbles, indulge in the complimentary Daluma holistic eco-toiletries, and settle in for an unforgettable stay.
You can’t get more plush than The Ned, the luxury hotel and private members club plonked right in the heart of the City. It’s renowned for its ten restaurants, indoor pool, rooftop pool, gym, spa and private events, but its lesser known crown jewels are its Heritage Rooms.
Heritage rooms are located on the Grade-I listed fifth floor and are packed with period features that extend into the impressive bathrooms. Decked out with original features that will transport you to the building’s 1920s heyday, you can expect French-polished walnut wall panelling, marble fireplaces, and a slightly more modern line-up of Cowshed toiletries for a relaxing soak in the tub.
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You can expect French-polished walnut wall panelling, marble fireplaces, and a line-up of Cowshed toiletries for a relaxing soak in the tub.
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