The Top 11 Luxury Hotels
London is like my second home. I spent years living among its charming streets, and yet every time I return, I am blown away by how much the city continues to evolve.
When you visit London, choosing the right location to stay in is crucial. Its ever-changing nature means yesterday’s vacant borough could be today’s hot spot. Plus, there are always new restaurants, art galleries and shops popping up. You’ll want to be sure you’re close to the action and have a tube station close by for when you need to travel across town.
To take out some of the guesswork, these are my picks of the top ten luxury hotels in London. Whether your tastes are traditional or more cutting-edge, there’s a something to suit to everyone.
Find The Connaught in a quiet corner away from the London bustle. This posh hotel boasts romantic guest rooms with dark mahogany wood furnishings, fresh flowers and glossy marble bathrooms.
The time-honoured afternoon tea is taken up a notch here, served in a glass-walled room with tables brimming with specialty pastries. Pop in for a nightcap at the sophisticated Connaught Bar, which is one of our favourites the world over.
Relive the ‘Roaring Twenties’ amid the Art Deco stylings of The Beaumont in Mayfair. This luxury hotel offers three bars, a spa and a daily three-course afternoon tea.
Spacious guest suites feature tartan drapes, plush linens and a spattering of vintage books and original artworks, making the space feel more like an upscale private residence than a hotel room. All categories boast king-sized beds and marble bathrooms with heated floors and rain showers.
For more fun in Mayfair, opt to stay at Flemings—where former Georgian townhouses have evolved into a deluxe boutique hotel. Individually styled guest rooms fuse modern-day designs with 1930s flair: think marble tables and slate grey bathrooms joined by wall sconces and velvet sofas.
Don’t miss booking a table at the Flemings’ Ormer Mayfair restaurant. Headed by Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin, Ormer Mayfair is revered as one of the best fine dining spots in London.
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The simple stylings of the Como Metropolitan offer a Scandi-chic option in the heart of Park Lane. Minimalist rooms see clean lines and fresh white walls, with pops of colour for added warmth. Large windows drench the guest rooms in sunlight and give way to views over London’s famous Hyde Park.
The Como’s Nobu restaurant is a local favourite, serving Peruvian-Japanese fusion cuisine in a zen dining room. For a break from the shopping and museum hopping, book an appointment at the Shambhala wellness centre, featuring a tranquil spa and 24-hour gym.
The young-at-heart will be smitten with the whimsy of the Ham Yard. This quirky boutique hotel is bursting with colour and character, spread across its common areas and guest rooms.
Topping it all off is a delightful rooftop terrace with wicker furnishings, hanging lanterns and greenery galore. Add to the playful atmosphere an onsite bowling alley and kid-friendly menus, and you have a hotel that’s perfect for the whole family.
This crimson-coloured Victorian mansion exudes old-world English charm with contemporary touches. Common areas see sparkling Murano chandeliers and walls lined with wood panelling and wallpaper, while guest rooms are fresh in pastel shades, taupes and greys.
Michelin-starred chef William Drabble is at the helm of the hotel’s two celebrated restaurants. You can tuck into French fare at one of only nine tables at the renowned Seven Park Place, or savour a seasonal British meal in the cozy William’s Bar & Bistro.
The Brown’s Hotel has welcomed guests through its doors since 1837. Effortlessly elegant, this five-star hotel delivers a proper British experience. Guest rooms appointed by world-famous interior designer, Olga Polizzi, see an eclectic—yet tasteful—mix of patterns and hues.
The Brown’s includes a spa and three dining options: Italian at the Beck at Brown’s restaurant; caviar and cocktails at Donovan’s Bar; and an award-winning afternoon tea in The English Tea Room.
Find The London Edition in the city’s hip West End Fitzrovia neighbourhood. The feel akin to a getaway in a luxury cabin, thanks to oak floors, wood-lined walls, soft lighting and furry throw blankets.
Be sure to check out the Edition’s Berners Tavern, where in an eclectic room covered in artwork, you can dine on innovative British cuisine prepared by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton.
Occupying a Neoclassical mansion in a corner of Hyde Park, inside The Lanesborough is just as regal as its exterior would suggest. Gold-leaf embellishments and ornate chandeliers are commonplace here, as are oil paintings and fresh flower arrangements.
Guest rooms are awash in soft and sweet hues of pink, green and blue, in addition to floral fabrics and wool carpets. For added theatrics, each room also comes with a personal butler available on demand. The Lanesborough is home to the Michelin-star restaurant Céleste and the exclusive Lanesborough Club & Spa.
Number Sixteen enjoys a quiet location, set within a crisply white Victorian townhouse. A private English garden, darling outdoor terrace and lilypad-covered pond—combined with subtle glamour—make this markedly 5-star accommodation manage to feel like home.
Put your days to rest after exploring nearby attractions—like the Victoria & Albert Museum and Harrod’s—in vibrant guest rooms, with brilliant colours and bold patterns. Rooms overlook the leafy courtyard or face the white-stucco terraces of Sumner Place.
Find this sleek boutique hotel in Belgravia: the quintessentially British neighbourhood lined with white townhouses and lovely stone churches. Joining the area’s refined ambiance is the stylish decor of The Hari, where rooms draped in velvet fabrics are complemented by sparkling glass fixtures and chrome finishes.
Mornings begin with a sumptuous spread that includes omelettes and fresh-pressed juices at its il Pampero restaurant. Come dinnertime, feast on southern Italian cuisine and homemade pasta in the restaurant’s glitzy vintage-inspired setting. You can burn off the extra carbs at the 24-hour fitness centre or continue to indulge with an in-room spa treatment.