The 24 Best Hotels in London
Collected by AFAR Editors , AFAR Staff
Whether you’re looking for a hip boutique hotel, a sexy weekend hideaway, or a luxury suite fit for a queen, you’ll find that London has some of the best hotels in the world. Style-seekers, lovers of luxury, traditionalists, and even those loyal to specific London neighborhoods or parks are all spoiled for choice.
45 Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 1PN, UK
The number 45 rules at this five-star spot: not only does it denote the property’s address on tony Park Lane, but also how far it is by car from both Heathrow and City Airports (about 45 minutes in normal traffic), and how many rooms and...
100 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JQ, UK
171 Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DW, UK
The third hotel in a growing Bulgari empire shimmers in shades of silver—a nod to the fashion house’s silversmith origins. The 85 rooms and suites exude elegance; dark-hued textiles and leather armchairs create an understated, cozy...
1 Chiltern St, Marylebone, London W1U 7PA, UK
The 19th-century, red-brick former home of one of the first fire stations in London now traffics in a different kind of heat. In 2013, hotelier Andre Balazs—of Chateau Marmont and Mercer Hotel fame—re-launched the Marylebone...
49 Brook St, Mayfair, London W1K 4HW, UK
Diane von Furstenberg’s Piano Suite is a sea of raspberry, chocolate, and ivory patterns. It features handcrafted Balinese trunks, Murano glass sculptures, a leather-top bar, as well as travel photos taken by the “Queen of Print”...
Whitehall Pl, Westminster, London SW1A 2BD, UK
Opened in 2011, this luxury hotel from the Malta-based Corinthia brand occupies a Victorian building (once home to the Ministry of Defense) in the heart of the city, not far from Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, the London Eye, and the...
10 Monmouth St, London WC2H 9HB, UK
Housed in a 19th-century French hospital, the Covent Garden Hotel is the oldest and most historic of Tim and Kit Kemp’s celebrated Firmdale hotels portfolio. Opened in 1996 by the husband-and-wife team, it bears a staid style that reflects...
39-40 Dorset Square, Marylebone, London NW1 6QN, UK
At this intimate Marylebone hotel, there’s a unique history that goes beyond its setting in a Regency townhouse, or its location overlooking one of London’s earliest cricket grounds. Of more interest to hotel junkies is the fact that,...
7-12 Half Moon St, Mayfair, London W1J 7BH, UK
Steps from Green Park, Piccadilly, and the charming boutiques and restaurants of Mayfair, we had a true London experience at Flemings, even in the middle of a record-breaking heatwave. Upon arrival, after a day and a half of not-so-smooth train...
1 Ham Yard, Soho, London W1D 7DT, UK
Most London hotels can’t claim to have a bowling alley in the basement. But then Ham Yard isn’t most hotels. The new address, opened in June 2014, also features a 190-seat cinema with Dolby surround sound, a spa with its own Hypoxic...
66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA, UK
A dramatic brick façade forms the unmistakable face of Mandarin Oriental’s first and only outpost in London. The high-end, Hong Kong–based hotel group, with properties from New York to Shanghai, took over the century-old...
3 South Pl, London EC2M 2AF, UK
Business at the front, party at the back: that’s the ethos behind this hotel, which opened in London’s financial district in 2012. Weekdays, the clientele in the lobby bar and brasserie is all business, the conversation a gentle hum of...
31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9QU, UK
Occupying the 34th to 52nd floors of the Renzo Piano-designed Shard building, this five-star hotel from the Hong Kong-based Shangri-La brand is all about the views—starting from the 35th-floor lobby, where the 360-degree panoramas...
8 Balderton St, Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair, London W1K 6TF, UK
The Beaumont’s 1926 exterior isn’t altogether conventional. The curious, cubelike sculpture on the left-hand corner of the facade is the creation of one of Britain’s foremost artists. Antony Gormley is best known for creating...
2-4 Boundary St, London E2 7DD, UK
During a summer trip to London, I had a chance to check out the new Boundary Hotel in the lively Shoreditch neighborhood. Each room has a unique design that features bright blocks of color and pattern. Amenities include D.I.Y. French press coffee...
Carlos Pl, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL, UK
At this lacquer box of a bar in Mayfair’s luxurious Connaught Hotel, white-gloved bartenders whisk over a martini trolley to create the drink tableside. Guests customize the martini with their choice of gin and homemade single-fragrance...
15 Beeston Pl, Westminster, London SW1W 0JW, UK
Guests are meant to feel like royalty when they stay at the Goring. After all, this historic hotel in London's Belgravia neighborhood is where Kate Middleton stayed the night before the Royal Wedding (and yes,you can request the Royal Suite she...
199-206 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD, UK
Following the success of its first hotel in the vibrant Shoreditch neighborhood, The Hoxton group opened this second outpost in 2014 in the less “happening”—but super-central—Holborn area, just a short walk from the British...
10 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NP, UK
Stepping into the London Edition, it’s clear to see that Ian Schrager, the man responsible for the legendary nightclub Studio 54, and mastermind of the first-ever “boutique hotel,” has yet again repeated his successful formula....
Strand, London WC2R 0EZ, UK
Having built the Savoy Theatre, English agent Richard D’Oyly Carte opened a nearby hotel in 1889 to accommodate the wealthy American patrons who came to see the celebrated Gilbert & Sullivan operas. In the years following, the hotel...
2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, St. James's, London SW1A 2TS, UK
In a plum location on the southwest corner of London’s Trafalgar Square, The Trafalgar St. James London puts you smack in the center of the British capital. After a yearlong revamp, the 131-room hotel reopens its doors with a sleek new style...
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