When it comes to luxurious hotels, London is at the top of its game. Steeped in history, offering some of the most exclusive spas and rivalling many of the top restaurants, London’s luxury hotels are nothing if not iconic. So we’ve rounded up 12 of the most luxurious hotels, from suites which will set you back tens of thousands to spas set in the clouds…
What: Discreet Luxury
Why: From the minute your car pulls up outside The Connaught you are treated like royalty. 121 rooms and suites sit alongside the Aman Spa, Hélène Darroze’s Michelin-starred restaurant, the Connaught Bar and Coburg Bar, which are destinations in themselves. Know for discreet yet personable service, the hotel combines contemporary style with traditional British hospitality and international design. All beds are made with Italian linen and cashmere throws but it’s the individually-designed suites where luxury is taken to the next level; opt for the David Collins-designed Apartment for double-height ceilings, fireplace, wrap-around balcony and four-poster bed.
Where: Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1K 2AL
What: Former Royal Residence
Why: Seconds from Hyde Park, The InterContinental London Park Lane is without a doubt one of London’s most luxurious places to stay. A former royal residence to a young Queen Elizabeth, visit today and you’ll find Theo Randall’s fine Italian restaurant, an iconic afternoon tea and full service spa as well as immaculate 60 suites offering concierge and 24 hour butler. Want the ultimate experience? The newly designed Royal Suite boasts four interconnecting rooms which combine to create 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. Throw in the London Suite too and you have yourself 350m² of privacy.
Where: One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London, W1J 7QY
What: Timeless Elegance
Why: Known for its mint green and white striped crockery, the oldest manned lift in London and Diane von Furstenberg-designed suite; it could only be Claridge’s. The 190-room Grade II listed hotel also boasts an award-winning afternoon tea and the Michelin-starred restaurant, Fera but it’s the suites that are the real star of the show – we love the 267 sq .m Brook Penthouse and 178 sq. m Grand Piano Suite, designed by Diane von Furstenberg, complete with grand piano, marble fireplace, leather-topped bar and full personal butler service.
Where: Claridge's, Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 4HR
What: Italian Designer Luxury
Why: Owned by the luxury Italian jewellery brand Bulgari, it’s no surprise that the hospitality sector maintains standards. Intimate rooms, world-class service and luxurious design makes the Bulgari Hotel London a seriously stylish destination with its 85 rooms and suites. A private cinema, Michelin-starred restaurant (Rivea) and on-site cigar shop add to the glamour, not to mention the short stroll to Harrods. If you take luxury seriously you’ll want to book one of the Bulgari Suites; up to 221sq m of dining room, steam and shower room, living area and views of Hyde Park.
Where: Bulgari Hotel London, 171 Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DW
What: London's Last Remaining Family-Owned Luxury Hotel
Why: A favourite with the royal family, the family-run Goring retains an old-school intimacy that big hotels can sometimes lack – discretion is key but staff greet you with a familial warmth. The Dining Room restaurant holds a Michelin star and service is faultless – just like throughout the rest of the hotel. The Most Splendid Garden Rooms are the largest and overlook the hotel’s private gardens with six-foot king-size beds, silk-lined walls and Asprey toiletries as well as an in-room complimentary cocktail hour, complimentary shoe shine and Egyptian cotton bathrobes.
Where: 15 Beeston Place, Belgravia, SW1W 0JW
What: French Luxury
Why: Just down from Piccadilly Circus, Sofitel London St James is a shopaholics dream. The grand entrance leads way to slick design and some of the most luxurious bathrooms we’ve seen; black marble, Hermes Paris toiletries and plush dressing gowns mean you’ll want to kick off your shoes and get in the bath as soon as your day of business meetings/shopping/socialising is over. The spa and dining options are great too – The Balcon’s breakfast is worth waking up for.
Where: Sofitel London St James, Waterloo Place, London
What: Iconic London Hotel
Why: From the English Edwardian design and Art Deco touches to the legendary American Bar, which just so happens to be London’s oldest surviving cocktail bar, when it comes to luxury you don’t get much more iconic than The Savoy which is now in its 128th year. As well as a spa, fine dining, the dramatic Beaufort Bar and a private pool, if you choose to stay in a suite then you’ll also get a butler service.
Where: The Savoy, Strand, London
What: London's Most Expensive Suite
Why: If you like your hotels both traditional and palatial then look no further than The Lanesborough. Having reopened in 2015 following a rumoured £80 million refurbishment, the hotel is home to the most expensive and lavish suite in London. The seven-bedroom Royal Suite which will set you back £26,000 night is adorned in intricate plasterwork, 24 carat gold, hidden modern touches and 18th century oil paintings. The Celeste restaurant is also a thing of wonder, with incredible chandeliers, duck egg blue walls and an ornate domed ceiling.
Where: The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, SW1X 7TA
What: The Only Suite to Have it's Own Postcode
Why: Rosewood London sets the bar high when it comes to luxury. You’ve got Scarfes Bar – think deep mahogany, roaring fires and wing back chair. There’s the theatrical Mirror Room with its mustard coloured banquettes, the Sense spa with its shimmering gold leaf and teak relaxation area and a whole host of suites including the Manor House Wing. Stay here and you’ll have your own private entrance, use of the chauffeur, a dedicated doorman, personalised stationary, a free standing circular bath oh, and you’ll be staying in the only suite in the world to have its own postcode…
Where: Rosewood London, High Holborn, London
What: Moody Spa and Fine Dining
Why: When it comes to spas, Corinthia has it sorted. The award-winning ESPA Life at Corinthia spa starts off in a pearly white entrance before delving underground into a theatrical black lair. They’ve also ticked off fine dining with two world class restaurants and seven penthouse suites including the Royal Penthouse which sprawls out over 5000 ² ft and two floors with a hidden den and private spa.
Where: Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2BD
What: Europe's First Grand Hotel
Why: Opening back in 1865, The Langham was one of Europe’s first grand hotels and continues to be one of London’s most luxurious. It’s home to the award-winning Artesian bar, which has been named as the best bar in the world and when it comes to afternoon tea you’ll be served in the Palm Court said to be the birthplace of the afternoon tea. They will soon be opening a new tavern and spa too, raising its standards even higher.
Where: 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, W1B 1JA
What: 3 Michelin-Starred Restaurant
Why: Overlooking Hyde Park and Mayfair, The Dorchester holds the title of being the only UK hotel to have a 3 Michelin star restaurant – Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester – also said to be London’s most expensive restaurant. We’ll be looking to book into The Harlequin Suite, the largest of the three roof suites and also where Elizabeth Taylor found out she had received the deal to star in Cleopatra – you can still expect Hollywood glamour in the suite.
Where: 53 Park Lane, Park Lane, W1K 1QA UK
What: London's Oldest Hotel
Why: Found on Albemarle Street, Brown’s Hotel is London’s oldest hotels having opened in 1837. Inside you’ll find their award winning English Tea Room, The Donovan bar Hix Mayfair which celebrates the best of art and British dining; 115 rooms and 31 suites. It has an understated luxury; think elegant period features rather than lavish or over the top.
Where: Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BP
What: Spa in the Sky
Why: London is now home to two Four Seasons Hotels – one on Trinity Square and the classic on Park Lane. And it’s at the latter that you’ll find their luxury spa on the 10th floor. Think of it as a rooftop sanctuary out of London, as each on the nine spa rooms features floor to ceiling windows with views out over the park. For the ultimate day of TLC book the Blue Sky Suite experience which includes three hours of treatments, lunch and prosecco!
Where: Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London, W1J 7DR
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