A cozy living room decorated for Christmas with an open fire at London's Covent Garden Hotel.
Courtesy: Covent Garden Hotel

The best hotels in London for unforgettable Christmas stays

Planning a getaway this holiday season? Treat yourself to the ultimate festive stay with our top picks for London’s best Christmas hotels this year.

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Nowhere does Christmas quite like London. The city comes alive with endless shopping options, dazzling festive lights on every corner, and tonnes of unique activities to enjoy. Whether you’re venturing in from a nearby city or travelling from across the pond, there are endless reasons why a stay in the UK’s capital should be at the top of your list this festive season.

And, if you’re looking for a place to immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit, look no further. We’ve handpicked our favourite London hotels that will serve as the perfect base for your stay, allowing you to soak up everything from Christmas lights and carol concerts to ice skating and festive theatre shows

For those feeling particularly festive, you can even spend Christmas day in one of these hotels. After all, there’s nothing quite like waking up on the most magical day of the year, with London’s world-class hospitality ready to cater to your every Christmas need. Just don’t forget to bring the presents. Merry Christmas!

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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every hotel featured below, we've based our list on top reviews and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

The best Christmas hotels in London

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  • Luxury hotels
  • Mayfair
  • price 4 of 4

Every year, this iconic London hotel receives a magical Christmas transformation, courtesy of renowned designers. In 2021, ‘The Celestial Snow Globe’ by Kim Jones, Artistic Director of the Dior men’s collection, stole the show, while 2022 showcased a sculptural masterpiece complete with reflective mirrors and radiant light designed by Sandra Choi for Jimmy Choo. What’s in store for 2023 is still under wraps but if history’s any indicator, it’s sure to be a showstopper.

As for the rest of the hotel? Think lavish festive decor, classy Art Deco-style rooms, luxury marble ensuite bathrooms, and cutting-edge technology. On Christmas Day itself, you can expect a visit from jolly Old Saint Nick and a horse-drawn carriage ride through Mayfair with The Fumoir’s legendary hot chocolate to warm your hands. 

The mood? Timeless elegance with a festive twist.
Location perks? Less than a ten-minute stroll from Bond Street- great for some luxurious Christmas shopping.
Budget range? A hefty price tag for one of London’s most lavish hotels.

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  • Leicester Square

This well-regarded Leicester Square hotel pulls out all the stops for its annual Christmas celebrations. The entire place receives a festive makeover, and the star of the show last year was a magnificent Christmas tree crafted by London’s very own fashion hotshot, Daniel Fletcher.

The 2022 Christmas programme was packed with exciting activities, including wreath-making, Christmas craft workshops, an afternoon of Christmas musicals, and a popular festive quiz at the hotel’s bar, Joshua’s Tavern. Guests could also choose from various winter wellness packages and two overnight experiences: one dedicated to Christmas, and another for New Year’s Eve that included drinks on the hotel’s rooftop bar with spectacular views of the London fireworks. Keep an eye on their website for this year’s plans and get ready to join in the holiday cheer.

The mood? Sleek and classy, with a decor that will make you feel at home.
Location perks? Conveniently located near Leicester Square and Covent Garden, two buzzing Christmas hotspots.
Budget range? Prepare for an expensive stay in a prime London location.

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  • Luxury hotels
  • London Bridge

What could be better than a holiday stay high above London in one of its most iconic buildings? Yep, the views from this place are pretty spectacular, especially when the city’s Christmas lights twinkle below.

In 2023, the Shangri-La Hotel is going all out with a festive theme called 'Enchanted Wonders.' They've teamed up with Jo Loves and Warner House to create some seriously epic decorations, including a larger-than-life, scent-inspired Christmas tree and a winter wonderland on the hotel’s ground floor (from November 14th). They've also got scent-inspired experiences that revolve around your favourite Christmas traditions, including a wreath-making class.

To satisfy your sweet tooth, they’ve even introduced a festive Skyline Afternoon Tea at the TĪNG Restaurant and Longue, available from 4th November 2023 to 9th January 2023, offering a delicious selection of finger sandwiches, scones, and festive sweet treats.

The mood? Jaw-dropping views and luxurious rooms decked out in Warner House cushions and furnishings.
Location perks? A stone’s throw away from Borough Market, which undergoes a festive transformation each year.
Budget range? Expensive, but hey, it’s The Shard after all.
Tip Out Tip: If you can afford it, consider staying here for the hotel’s cabaret-inspired New Year’s Eve celebration. Shangri-La boasts some of the best views of London’s annual firework displays, best enjoyed from GONG on level 520 London’s highest bar.

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  • Boutique hotels
  • Seven Dials
  • price 4 of 4

If we were pushed to pick the best spot in London for Christmas, we'd probably say Covent Garden. The famous piazza transforms into a festive wonderland, with dazzling decorations, the scent of mulled wine wafting through the air, and typically, a magnificent Christmas tree that leaves onlookers in awe. The Covent Garden Hotel doesn’t miss out on the fun either, with its Kit Kemp-designed interior receiving a festive makeover that would even put a smile on Santa’s face.

In 2023, we’re hoping to see the return of their festive afternoon teas and the extraordinary Christmas Day menu served in the 1920s Paris-style Brasserie Max. Don’t forget the Festive Film Club, hosted by the hotel’s own screening room- it’s all part of the holiday magic at Covent Garden.

The mood? Warm and cozy with an inviting Christmas vibe.
Location perks? Slap bang in the center of Covent Garden, one of London’s most popular Christmas destinations.
Budget range? Pricey but memorable.

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  • Boutique hotels
  • Strand

Nothing says ‘Christmas’ quite like ice skating. Check into the ME Hotel and head over to the rink at Somerset House. On special club nights, DJs will provide a funky soundtrack while you show off your skating skills. If you’re new to skating, there’s even a Skate School, and for non-skaters, there’s an Alpine-themed lodge to enjoy before retiring to the hotel’s modern rooms, featuring sleek white leather walls and soundproofing for a peaceful retreat.

In 2023, we’re anticipating some fantastic festive packages, including Christmas stays and brunches that will truly immerse you in the holiday spirit. And, when you’ve had your fill of festivities, we would recommend booking New Year’s Eve at Radio Rooftop- it’s nothing short of incredible.

The mood? A trendy urban vibe.
Location perks? A prime location in the heart of London, surrounded by iconic Christmas attractions and world-class shopping.
Budget range? It may be a splurge, but the location is unbeatable.

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  • Liverpool Street
  • price 4 of 4

Whether you’re planning an extended stay in the city or just a one-night festive escape, this hotel sets the stage for an unforgettable Christmas experience. Spoil yourself with a stay in one of its effortlessly stylish rooms adorned with Eames-designed furniture and indulge in festive treats at the hotel’s seven bars and restaurants.

Don’t forget to attend a carol service at one of the nearby churches, including the medieval St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate just across the road. You can even soothe your vocal cords in the hotel’s steam room afterwards. For this year’s festive theme, the hotel has taken inspiration from the world’s most famous chocolatier, Willy Wonka. So, unwrap your golden ticket and get ready to experience a wonderfully whimsical holiday stay.

The mood? Vibrant decorations create a magical Christmas ambiance.
Location perks? Convenient access to a variety of Christmas experiences and activities across the city.
Budget range? A slightly more expensive stay.
Tip Out Tip: If you’re considering hosting a company event or looking for a venue to organise an intimate celebration, the setting at Andaz London will make your gatherings extra special.

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  • Luxury hotels
  • South Bank
  • price 4 of 4

For a truly unique experience, consider Sea Containers London- a stylish, ship-themed hotel with a prime riverside location. Designed by the renowned Tom Dixon, its sleek rooms may feature one of his distinctive drip wall paintings or his signature wingback chair, complemented by Hollywood-glamour marble bathrooms. Indulge in relaxation at the Agua Bathhouse & Spa, then head to the 12th Knot winter rooftop bar for some festive fun. You can also enjoy the hotel’s own 56-seat cinema or explore the Christmas markets along the Thames. 

The mood? Warm and joyful. This hotel really embraces the Christmas spirit.
Location perks? Enjoy iconic views of the Thames with easy access to the West End and South Bank.
Budget range? A slightly more expensive stay in a popular location.
Tip Out Tip: If you’re still in search of a Christmas Day treat, reserve a table at the hotel’s restaurant and gather your loved ones along the South Bank for a delicious four-course set menu.

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  • Boutique hotels
  • Clerkenwell
  • price 3 of 4
The Zetter Hotel
The Zetter Hotel

The Zetter Hotel is the epitome of cool in an area that still echoes Dickens’ London. Set within a Victorian warehouse, the rooms offer a unique blend of antique and reclaimed furniture, paired with super-modern comforts such as rain showers, Bose speakers, and REN products. The location is also fantastic for a London Christmas experience. You’re close to Exmouth Market, which has excellent cafes, bars, and restaurants, and you’ll find plenty of Christmas shopping opportunities in Clerkenwell and King’s Cross, with the latter just a 15-minute stroll away.

The mood? The perfect blend of elegance and comfort.
Location perks? A super trendy neighbourhood with easy access to London’s cultural attractions.
Budget range? A moderately-priced stay with a welcoming festive vibe.

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  • Boutique hotels
  • Holborn

London truly dazzles at Christmas. This year, the famous Oxford Street lights will shine with over 5,000 sustainable stars and 300,000 energy-efficient LED lights, creating a breathtaking ‘sky of stars’. For a peaceful retreat in the heart of the festivities, check in at The Hoxton in Holborn. Their rooms strike the perfect balance of smart simplicity, offering free Wi-Fi and a morning breakfast bag delivered right to your room. 

With a range of room options, from the smaller Shoebox and Snug to the spacious Roomy and Biggy rooms, there’s something to fit every budget. Don’t miss the excellent lobby coffee, natural wine and small plates at basement wine bar La Cave, or the seasonal culinary delights at Rondo, led by the talented Tristan Downes.

The mood? Relaxed sophistication.
Location perks? Super close to the Christmas lights, shopping, great food, and fun festive activities.
Budget range? Options for most budgets, from reasonable to lavish.

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  • Paddington
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Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is the ultimate festive destination, offering loads of activities including a giant Ferris wheel, the Magical Ice Kingdom, and not one, but two circuses. After a busy day soaking up the festivities, Stylotel in Bayswater offers well-appointed rooms with en-suite pod bathrooms. For budget-conscious travellers, StyloSuites, just around the corner, start at £99 and is home to The Sussex Arms, where each guest receives a complimentary drink to get you in the festive spirit.

The mood? A comfortable, convenient stay.
Location perks? Enjoy easy access to Winter Wonderland, the perfect spot for a festive date night.
Budget range? A wallet-friendly choice.

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  • Pimlico

Experience a quirky Crimbo at this ideally located townhouse. After attending a Midnight Mass at Westminster Abbey or Cathedral, take a leisurely stroll back to the cozy and boutique Artist Residence London. Expect unique and funky furnishing, all selected by artists, along with roll-top baths, slippers, and robes. A real added bonus is the on-site Snug & Club and Cocktail Cellar, providing a bohemian cafe-restaurant vibe for brunch, dinner, and drinks. And, for those seeking an escape from hosting duties on the big day, the hotel serves up an indulgent three-course Christmas lunch along with drinks and nibbles throughout the festivities. 

The mood? A cosy and creative retreat for the holidays.
Location perks? An inviting spot in lovely Pimlico.
Budget range? Mid-range pricing with options for various budgets. 

  • Hotels
  • Boutique hotels
  • Fitzrovia

Dreaming of a White Christmas? Well, dream on, because The Lodnon’s Edition’s lobby bursts with vibrant colours during the holidays. This stylish Berners Street hotel is known for its festive displays, with last year’s 18-foot being designed by artist Dan Lismore in partnership with Lundon Ogborune of LSD Studio. Covered in gold and jewel-coloured upcycled fabrics, it was an ode to sustainability and highlighted the importance of recycling, especially during the festive season. In 2023, expect another impressive display, but don’t miss the fabulous apres-ski lodge downstairs, adorned with rugs and antlers.

The mood? Grand design with top notch service.
Location perks? Located on Berners Street, you’re in easy reach of London’s vibrant cultural scene, shopping districts, and festive attractions.
Budget range? A pricey stay at a 5-star hotel.

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