Experiencing FOMO over your best friend who’s just texted spilling that her fianceé has booked a romantic trip to Paris for Valentine’s Day? Don’t worry, we’ve all experienced it. But, if you can’t afford the flights and accommodation, how about a romantic staycation in one of London’s luxury hotels? From bougie boutiques to five star must-visits, channel your inner tourist and spend the weekend soaking up the best of London with your loved one. Here’s 18 of our go-to hotels for the perfect staycation:
Tick sleeping sky-high at the Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard London off your bucket list this year, and enjoy a romantic staycation with your loved one. All rooms and suites come equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows so you can gaze out into the distance with a glass of Champers in tow. The experience wouldn’t be complete without a quick dip (and Insta post) in their iconic Sky Pool.
Where: 31 St Thomas Street, London SE1 9QU United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)
Having burst onto the scene in September, The Prince Akatoki has become a firm favourite of ours. Encompassing a refined Japanese aesthetic, the hotel’s rooms mirror the hotel’s name which means ‘sunrise’ or ‘dawn’, through mixing peachy, pink tones, bleached out wood and white cotton. It’s truly majestic and will transport you far away from the hustle and bustle happening outside in rainy London.
Where: The Prince Akatoki London, Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London, UK
Nearest station: Marble Arch (0.3 miles)
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, The Curtain falls under the category for serious #housegoals. Being both a luxury hotel and a members club, The Curtain also boasts serious romantic vibes too, with its reviving spa treatments and influencer haven rooftop pool. For a truly special night, nab yourself a night in a Junior Terrace suite with even has its own private terrace to enjoy views over London in.
Isn’t it every girls dream to live in the beating heart of the city? Unfortunately outrageous property prices diminishes that dream for the most part. But, if you do want to revel in your dream, even if just for one day, enjoy a stay at Bankside Hotel. Delicately situated on the South Bank, this arty boutique hotel will feel like a home away from home, with its handpicked furnishings, quirky art and cosy cottons adorn the bed. It’s the perfect spot to add a little sparkle to your romantic stay, and is literally walking distance from London’s world-class tourist spots.
Where: Bankside Hotel, Autograph Collection, Blackfriars Road, Upper Ground, London, UK
Nearest station: London Blackfriars (0.3 miles)
If there’s some place that delivers on class it’s Hotel Café Royal. This February they’ve teamed up with Jimmy Choo to bring you lucky lot a staycation of dreams. You’ll be treating your loved one to a night of luxury in one of their guest rooms or suites before whisking them away for a Champagne afternoon tea in the Oscar Wilde Lounge. But, here’s where it gets extra special. You’ll be taking a stroll over to Bond Street with a £200 Jimmy Choo voucher in tow, eek! Expect your own personal private shopping experience and even more Champers.
Available until 29th February
With gleaming view over Green Park, as you enter the Grand Suite tucked inside the iconic Sheraton Grand London Park Lane you’ll be greeted with glorious art decor interiors, glass walled bathrooms and timeless elegance. If you can tear yourself away from your suite, head downstairs to The Palm Court and enjoy a glass of Champagne alongside your afternoon tea for a truly quintessentially British stay.
Where: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.4 miles)
It doesn’t get more iconic than staying next to the London Thames, and with sweeping views of the London Eye, Big Ben and House of Commons, where else would you stay other than the London Marriott Hotel County Hall? Dress to impress your loved on with a stay inside the County Hall suite and enjoy a glass of bubbly overlooking London’s iconic views. Pure staycation goals.
Embrace your inner artist and enjoy a stay at the Artist Residence in Pimlico. Encompassing all of the local charms of Chelsea, Tate Britain and the grandeur of Westminster, the hotel is bubbling with colour, contemporary art and quirky finishes. Seriously romantic, seriously Insta goals.
Just a short stroll from Buckingham Palace, Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences has become renowned for its vibrant colours, Michelin-starred restaurant Quilon and luxury spa. For a truly romantic stay, try the SOMÃ (Nectar of the Gods) treatment in the Jiva spa and enjoy a two hour couples Indian aromatherapy massage, before relaxing in a rose petal bath with a bottle of sparkling wine.
After dancing the night away to your favourite band at The O2 reside in a night of luxury at the InterContinental London – The O2. After a refreshing snooze in one of the City InterContinental Suites, wake up to sweeping views over the Greenwich Peninsula before delighting in a day of dining at the hotel’s Market Brasserie, or indulging in the glorious afternoon tea offerings at the Meridian Lounge.
Where: InterContinental London - The O2, One Waterview Drive, London, SE10 0TW, UK
Nearest station: North Greenwich (0.4 miles)
nhow London, the city’s hottest new hotel to land in 2020, has arrived bringing with it a pocket of pretty thanks to their Royal Garden suite. Think blooming flowers, decadent artwork and calming tones – perfect for a little romantic getaway for sure.
Those looking to not completely break the bank but still enjoy the quirks of a staycation in the city should hit up The Hoxton Hotels. These guys pull out all of the stops to make sure you’re treated like a royal and you’ll even find a little light breakfast drop delivered to your door each morning. Super cute.
Who doesn’t love a little date night out in the heart of Mayfair? Make a whole night of it and stay at one of London’s finest, Flemings Mayfair. Go all out and book a night in one of their studio suites adorn with plush furnishings and gold finishes before pulling up a pew and enjoying a cocktail or two in the Manetta’s Bar.
Where: Flemings Mayfair Hotel, Half Moon Street, London, W1J 7BH, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)
City enthusiasts will already know about this hidden gem but South Place Hotel provides the perfect spot for your next City staycation. The first hotel from the D&D London group, South Place is one of the City’s only independent luxury boutique hotels. And, if you can’t bare the thought of leaving your delve four legged friend at home, book in to stay at one of South Place’s pet friendly suites. How cute!
If it’s a luxury boutique hotel you’re after, The LaLiT London is the perfect spot to score serious points with your partner. Make it an extra classy stay and indulge in one of The LaLiT’s special suites, each of which come with bespoke Indian art flourishing the walls. And, why venture out for dinner when you can dine in style at the Baluchi, the pan-Indian restaurant tucked inside the hotel. Expect rich flavours, moreish sweets and the chandeliers across the ceiling are just as mesmerising as the food.
If you’re looking to escape the city for a romantic night away, Great Fosters is the perfect getaway. Nuzzled amongst 50 acres of parkland and gardens, the hotel is home to grand interiors, Michelin-starred restaurant Tony Parkin at The Tudor Room, and even Anne Boleyn’s personal lounge during her courtship and marriage to Henry VIII, which can now be found in The Tapestry Suite. Its rich history is elevated throughout the suite, with the walls adorned with original Flemish tapestries dating to the 17th century. The stay is certainly one to post on the ‘gram.
Is there anything more romantic than stargazing with a view over London? Let your dreams comes true as you look out over the city with your loved one, glass of Champagne in tow at The Montcalm Royal London House’s rooftop terrace The Aviary. Make a night of it and reserve yourself a room for the night, or splash the cash and book into a suite. Relationship goals.
Where: 22-25 Finsbury Square, Finsbury, London EC2A 1DX, UK
Nearest station: Moorgate (Great Northern) (0.3 miles)
Penthouse suite? Oh, go on then! Sleep in style when you spend a night at the St George’s penthouse suite at The Westbury Mayfair. The suite boasts its own private terrace with unmissable views over London’s iconic skyline, and there’s even the option for a white-gloved personal butler service, allowing you to dine under the stars.
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