Let’s face it: sometimes we all want to get away from London. But if you’re anything like The Handbook, you’ve barely reached Heathrow before you start frantically checking your social media to find out what’s going on in the city. Wouldn’t it be great if you could enjoy a luxury getaway without actually leaving? Here’s our roundup of the most lavish hotel suites in London: all the comfort of a getaway – within zone one.
The Marylebone Suite
Sure, there’s a open-plan lounge, 60″ mirrored television and a whirlpool bath, stretching across 80 metres squared. But it’s the gobsmacking all-weather balcony with TV and fireplace that truly captures The Handbook’s heart, with breathtaking views of London’s spires, chimneys and skyscrapers.
Where: 47 Welbeck Street, London, United Kingdom W1G 8DN
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.4 miles)
Old school refinement
The Executive Suite
Fancy a bit of old-world luxury? Of course. Traditionalists will savour a few nights in the Executive Suite, 40 square metres of smartly furnished understated luxury. The perfect pad for a shopping spree in nearby Knightsbridge – and with so much room, you’ll even have enough space for all those shopping bags (hopefully).
Where: 1 Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 9PY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Knightsbridge (0.4 miles)
Your own Rolls Royce chauffeur
The Penthouse Suite
Spread out over the sixth and seventh floors of the hotel, the Penthouse Suite would make a Bond villain blush: 24-hour butler, a Rolls Royce drop-off at your service, and stunning views across Hyde Park are all yours.
Where: 11 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LY
The kind of place King Henry VIII might relax in
The Rook’s Nest
A two-storey penthouse suite with views of St Pauls? With an enormous Victorian bathing suite? All housed within a spire, towering above one of London’s most iconic districts? Check, check and check. Take a look at the photos of this place – totally enchanting.
Where: 12 Peter’s Lane, Cowcross Street, Farringdon, EC1M 6DS
High-brow art-gallery chic
Jimmie Martin Suite
Kitted out by iconic British design firm Jimmie Martin, this sprawling 85 square metre suite includes a private balcony almost as large as the room itself. Provocative postmodern decor, a dedicated iPad to call for room service and an idyllic South Kensington location make this a serious treat for any Londoner.
Where: 8-10 Queensberry Place, South Kensington, SW7 2EA
London's most expensive hotel suite
Surely price dictates luxury? You’d certainly hope so if you were splashing out £8,000 a night, at what is London’s most expensive hotel suite. Seriously old-school, expect lashings of gold throughout the 4,800 square foot, seven bedroom suite, a personal butler 24 hours a day and complimentary use of the chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce Phantom – although you’d be silly to leave the marble bathroom, spa baths and tablet-controlled room conditions.
Where: Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7TA