12 best luxury hotels in London to book on your next trip to the UK
There really is no other city in the world that offers luxury hotels as well as London.
Think about it: stunning multi-storey buildings everywhere and an equally rich tradition of hospitality – you’ll almost feel like you’re part of the attraction when you stay here. It energizes the main character, and we’re all here for it. All that remains is to fall in love in a bookstore with a stranger with a British accent.
And while we fall asleep just about anywhere when our batteries are low, we have to admit that the night is a bit better when we’re snuggled up under a buttery duvet in a luxury location, especially in London, where luxury hotels seem to go the extra mile in delivery style and comfort to its happy visitors.
If you’re looking for a sign to live your best – as Gen Z like to call it – gworl material dreams, that’s it. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite luxury hotels in London, from big chains to small boutiques for all types of vacationers.
Here is our guide to the best luxury hotels in London:
(Hero and star image credit: The Standard, London)
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
Hyde Park is one of London’s most iconic attractions, so what better way to get a great view of the greens than by staying at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park? The luxury hotel is located in Knightsbridge, and the experience begins with a warm flannel and a soothing cup of lemongrass tea that is served to guests upon first entry. Each of the rooms and suites is dressed in a similar pastel palette with Art Deco touches and Miller Harris toiletries. As for your meals, you would be delighted to know that the two Michelin star Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is located on the premises. You are therefore promised a gastronomic adventure on the days when you are too tired to leave.
66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA, United Kingdom
In a modern world that is constantly changing, there is a sense of nostalgia and old-world glamor that we really appreciate at the Savoy Hotel. All 267 luxury rooms and suites are decorated in a distinctive Edwardian or Art Deco style, many with stunning views of the River Thames and London’s most important landmarks. When we’re not basking in the sun in the pool atrium or working out in one of the two gyms, you’ll find us at the Savoy Grill by Gordon Ramsay or the River Restaurant.
Strand, London WC2R 0EZ, United Kingdom
The Standard, London
You know you’ll have a great time at one of The Standard outposts, and The Standard, London is no exception. The interior is inspired by the 1970s, and each of the 266 rooms is fashioned with enough retro touches to make any design lover squeal with delight. If you like intimate spaces, the cozy Cozy Core Rooms are perfect for you, but guests who like a little more real estate can stay in the Terrace Suites, with outdoor soaking tubs overlooking the spectacular St Pancras Station. Sweeties is the area’s cocktail bar, nightclub and late-night lounge, and that’s where you’ll find us most nights, otherwise we’ll be enjoying the rooftop breeze or having dinner at Decimo, helmed by Michelin-starred chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias.
10 Argyle St, London WC1H 8EG, United Kingdom
The Waldorf Hilton, London
The Waldorf Hilton London is a safe choice for vacationers coming to town. Along with handsome Edwardian interiors and comfortable Hilton beds, the 298-room hotel also boasts an incredibly stylish indoor pool and a curated selection of all-day dining options.
Aldwych, London WC2B 4DD, United Kingdom
Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square
Location is everything, and the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square is the perfect place for any traveler. It is minutes away from the Tube (Tower Hill) and the Docklands Light Railway. Plus, you can take a relaxed stroll down the river to places of interest such as Borough Market, Shakespeare’s Globe and Tate Modern. Fitness enthusiasts will enjoy using the facilities at the expansive 24-hour fitness center or the adjoining yoga studio, before unwinding in the gold mosaic walls of the Four Seasons spa. Already hungry? Just go to La Dame de Pic, Mei Ume or Rotunda Bar and Lounge.
10 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ, United Kingdom
The Langham, London
The Langham, London is an iconic name in the city. As well as having over 150 years of experience providing top-notch service in a stylish, upscale venue, it’s also a favorite among those who come to town to shop, as it is nestled between the shopping areas of Regent Street and Bond Street. The free Perrier-Joët is available all day in the Lounge for those staying in Club Rooms, but for an even boozier evening, head straight to Artesian, a lively bar with first-class cocktails.
1C Portland Pl, London W1B 1JA, United Kingdom
Rosewood London may be incredibly grand, luxurious and elegant, but it doesn’t offer the same kind of high-end service you might expect from a place as opulent as this. The lavish space features rooms in four categories, all outfitted with Czech & Speake toiletries and DIY cocktail kits. Upgraded rooms have much-appreciated details like free snacks and soft drinks included. Other atmospheric venues within the premises include Scarfes Bar, Holborn Dining Room and The Sense Spa.
252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN, United Kingdom
Shangri-La The Shard, London
Modern, comfortable rooms and scented L’Occitane toiletries are just some of the smaller reasons why a stay at Shangri-La The Shard, London is worth the price. The name of the hotel speaks for itself – it occupies levels 34-52 of the iconic skyscraper, which is also why you’ll enjoy stunning 360-degree views of the capital from almost every corner. Did we also mention an infinity pool on the 52nd floor? We are on our way.
31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9QU, United Kingdom
As much as we love large palace-type hotels, townhouses have a different and suitably more endearing charm, and can be just as luxurious. The Number Sixteen, for example, offers 41 welcoming rooms with individually decorated and colorful fabrics handpicked by Kit Kemp, which come together to create a quintessentially British experience. The quaint premises are also a short walk (under 10 minutes!) to the V&A, Science Museum and Natural History Museum, and you have access to other parts of London via South Kensington tube station which is only two minutes on foot.
16 Sumner Pl, South Kensington, London SW7 3EG, United Kingdom
A stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace and London’s theater district is The Mayfair Townhouse, a stylish yet playful destination that spans 15 interconnecting Georgian townhouses. Here, you’ll find a curated collection of interesting commissioned artwork along the hallways, as well as sleek mid-century modern pieces. If you’re here alone, cozy cabins have their own staircase, decorated in chic navy, teal and gold colorways, while classic rooms come with dressing tables and workstations. In terms of dining, the Dandy Bar and the Club Room are managed by Michelin-starred chef Adam Simmonds.
27-41 Half Moon St, London W1J 7BG, United Kingdom
The Connaught Hotel
It’s not hard to spot the Connaught Hotel: just look for the water feature by Japanese architect Tadao Ando right next to its entrance. While high-end restaurants abound in the area, guests are more than welcome to dine at on-site establishments like three-Michelin-starred Hélène Darroze at Connaught, the stylish Jean-Georges at Connaught, Le Connaught Grill, Le Connaught Bar, and more. As for your rooms, they offer views of Adams Row, Carlos Place, or the inner courtyard, and are all finished with a chic, muted gray palette.
Carlos Pl, London W1K 2AL, United Kingdom
Entering The Mandrake will transport you to a world separate from the surrounding area. Its most famous Jurema is a magnificent verdant interior terrace that spans three floors, with walls of jasmine and passion flower. The interior of the hotel, including its rooms, offers the same kind of polished elegance that you are used to. Suites are dressed in velvets, feathers, four-poster beds, and chandeliers, while Basic Rooms and the Penthouse have a slightly more basic design than the Sensual Suites. Although there is no spa here, you will find soul healing sessions, crystal sound baths, gong baths and facials and crystal readings offered on the property – perfect for clients who wish to connect with their spiritual selves.
20-21 Newman St, London W1T 1PG, United Kingdom