Your exploration of one of the most celebrated, intriguing and entertaining capitals in the world deserves a luxury accommodation base that does it justice. The following London hotels have been chosen for their character, comfort and opulence in a city that has been flaunting these qualities for thousands of years.
Let your personal butler lead the way through the dark mahogany and black-and-white checked elegance of Hotel 41, situated across the way from Buckingham Palace. The building site boasts a rich and fascinating history, from high profile linen drapers to photographers and coach makers.
This heritage has been embraced in the artful décor of the 30 rooms – no two identical but each resplendent in vintage luxury. Award-winning restaurants are at your doorstep, but complimentary gourmet treats are offered all day. Indulge in designer ice cream for morning tea, enjoy scones and jam with clotted cream for afternoon tea, and ‘Plunder the Pantry’ for a midnight snack of artisan cheese, mini quiches, or freshly baked pastries to die for.
Another five-star historical beauty, Egerton House is situated on a stately, tree-lined street in Knightsbridge, just a short stroll from Harrods. Each room and suite has been individually decorated in a style that takes you on a journey to a time when hospitality was held to a high standard indeed. Egerton House strives to surpass this standard with a dedication towards personalised, preemptive service.
Rumour has it that Esley, the talented barman at the Egerton Bar, serves up the best Martini in London, and he is happy to share his expertise. Book into the popular Martini Masterclass and spend a delicious and enjoyable hour learning Esley’s secrets.
Once the home of the Vanderbilts themselves, this South Kensington hotel has retained its boutique charm and is studded with stunning frescos, stained glass windows, and gracious guest rooms.
Located a stone's throw from Gloucester Road tube station and within walking distance of London’s world-famous museums, this haven of old-world charm is a great pick for those who want to immerse themselves in the ambiance of vintage London town.
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If you’re seeking the independence of a serviced apartment while discovering London, then the stylish rooms of 44 Curzon Street are for you. Set in the sophisticated streets of Mayfair, these beautifully appointed suites offer the perfect base for the luxury shopaholic, with Oxford Street and Bond Street within easy walking distance.
Take a stroll through iconic Green Park to view Buckingham Palace before returning to your stylish rooms – the subtly attentive service makes easy to tell that Mansley have been hosting discerning guests for over fifty years.
The Langham, London, opened its doors in 1865 and immediately charmed the elite of Victorian society with luxuries that surpassed even their lofty expectations. A recent restoration ensures that this legendary hospitality continues throughout classic, sumptuous rooms and magnificent common areas.
Located in the midst of West End’s shopping and theatre hotspots, the Langham also boasts a range of exquisite dining options. Roux at the Landau is a marvelous, oval shaped restaurant, where father-son duo Albert and Michael Roux Jr bring their Michelin-starred legacy to the plates of lucky diners.
The gorgeous Palm Court lays claim to being the birthplace of English afternoon tea, and although this fact may be debatable, the Wedgewood High Tea at the Langham, London is agreed by all to be among the best high teas in London.
ME London is nestled in the heart of West End, surrounded by the theatres, restaurants and nightspots and just minutes from Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square.
World-famous architects Foster and Partners have ensured that each guest room is flawlessly chic, and all public spaces are a contemporary feast for the eyes, from the cathedral-shaped atrium to the sleek New York styling of STK London restaurant.
The crowning jewel on this masterpiece is the Radio Rooftop Bar, where you can drink in panoramic views of London Bridge, Trafalgar Square and St Paul’s Cathedral along with a more-ish cocktail from the creative menu.
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