Note: The Lanesborough is closed for renovation from 20 December 2013 until the fourth quarter of 2014.
Considered one of London’s more historic luxury hotels, the Lanesborough was in fact redeveloped – impressively – only in 1991. Occupying an 1820s Greek Revival building designed as a hospital by William Wilkins (the man behind the National Gallery), its luxurious guestrooms are traditionally decorated with thick fabrics, antique furniture and lavish Carrera-marble bathrooms.
Electronic keypads control everything from the air-conditioning to the superb 24hr room service at the touch of a button. As luxury hotels go, the Lanesborough’s rates are unusually inclusive: Sony VAIO laptops, high-speed internet access and on-demand entertainment are complimentary, as are personalised business cards stating your residence. The Library Bar is excellent.