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The best luxury hotels in London

Kick back in style with our pick of the ten best luxury hotels in London

By Ros Sales

When hotel prices go into the stratosphere, so should your experience. Staying in one of the best luxury hotels in London should make you feel cossetted and serene. A successful luxury hotel is more than the sum of a long list of facilities – it needs to make you feel good. Hotels on our list range from old-school classics to the avant-garde, and while most are quite grand, we’ve included boutique properties where the luxury quotient is high. If you are lucky enough to be able to afford these places (or better still, if someone else is paying), we reckon they should make you feel very good indeed.

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The best luxury hotels in London

1. The Beaumont

Hotels Mayfair

Selfridges’ former garage has been transformed into a sumptuous hotel with a deco vibe. Lovely dark-wood panelling, curvy deco furnishings, portraits on the walls: the effect is comfortable and clubby. The Colony Grill does grill-room glamour to a tee, with rounded banquettes, 1920s sporting murals, and black-and-white photo portraits. If you’re really in the money you may want to stay in Antony Gormley’s ROOM, a Lego-like sculptural addition to the hotel with a room at its heart.

2. Claridge's

Hotels Mayfair

Enter a world of shining art deco perfection – whether it’s the 1930s lounge look of the Reading Room, the after-dark charm of the Fumoir or the smart grey and stained-glass skylights of Michelin-starred Fera – matched with masterful modern touches such as the Medusa-like Dale Chihuly chandelier in the lobby. Rooms continue the deco theme, often with an ethereal pastel palette, always with beautiful furnishings. White marble bathrooms are suitably luxurious and comfort is key: bedside panels control mod-con room facilities.


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3. Corinthia Hotel London

Hotels Whitehall

It made a successful transition from Whitehall offices to grand hotel, but the Corinthia wears its status lightly – see its statement spherical lobby chandelier, beneath a central glass dome, sporting one tiny little red crystal globe amid all the white ones. From the lovely, round Northall restaurant to the high-tech rooms with super-soft furnishings, marble bathrooms and oval bathtubs, and the peaceful subterranean pool in a spa complex that includes sleep pods and heated loungers, this place envelops you in luxury.


Ham Yard hotel
Ham Yard hotel
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4. Ham Yard Hotel

Hotels Soho

Boutique luxury is the mark of the Firmdale brand, of which Ham Yard is a part. Designer Kit Kemp’s trademark bold decor mixes are here in spades: dove greys with splashes of bright colours; traditional and contemporary; plain and patterns. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring in light and the whole effect is lovely and sumptuously comfortable. Ham Yard includes a whole central courtyard of curated independent shops, and on the roof is a secret, leafy garden.


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ME London
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5. ME by Meliá

Hotels Luxury hotels Aldwych

Foster + Partners designed this hotel, so expect cutting-edge design. It starts with the sci-fi check-in. On the first floor, you step inside a black pyramid. Inside, you find yourself in an atrium: looking up nine floors, you’ll see a tiny triangle of light. Rooms are modishly luxurious, in black, white and grey, and public spaces are sleek. There’s something faintly James Bond-esque about the curvy white sofas in Marconi Lounge. The rooftop bar is a brilliant asset.


6. One Aldwych

Hotels Boutique hotels Aldwych

This place is a stunner: contemporary style in a grand old structure (formerly the Morning Post offices). The striking double-height white lobby has floor-to-ceiling windows, framed in dark wood, and is home to a popular bar. Eneko Atxa – of the three-Michelin-starred Azurmendi in Billbao – has brought creative Basque cuisine with his restaurant, Eneko. Guest rooms are quietly, comfortably luxurious, with original art, and the tranquil subterranean pool doesn’t only look beautiful, it’s chlorine-free and has an underwater music system, too.


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Hôtel Ritz.jpg
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7. Ritz

Hotels Piccadilly

The Ritz is all about old-school glamour and a storied past. The grandeur of the public rooms is something else: the Michelin-starred Ritz Restaurant is a riot of murals, ceiling frescoes, statues and drapes. The Long Gallery goes further, with chandelier-bearing statues, rococo mirrors, pillars and a lot of gilt. Guest rooms have a much-toned-down version of downstairs’ empire-style furnishings and decor, with relaxing pale colours. Needless to say, they are supremely comfortable. Afternoon tea is legendary.


st pancras renaissance hotel
st pancras renaissance hotel
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8. St Pancras Renaissance

Hotels St Pancras

Restored to its full neo-Gothic glory, the Renaissance St Pancras oozes high Victorian style and imperial confidence with its grand staircase (featured in the Spice Girls’ ‘Wannabe’ video when the place was still a wreck), original arched windows, authentic fleur-de-lys wallpaper, painted ceilings and faux-medieval murals. Most of the guest rooms take a more restrained approach, opting for contemporary luxury. Tiled walls around the blissful underground pool, part of the hotel’s spa facilities, lend a Victorian-Moorish vibe.



9. Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, London

Hotels London Bridge

This hotel really is the Shangri-La of modern luxury. With a location on the 34th to 52nd floors of the Shard, peerless views are a given. Guest rooms – like the public spaces – have wraparound floor-to-ceiling windows (even in the bathrooms) and are furnished in glamorous Asian-international-contemporary style with luxury materials like marble and silks. The indoor Skypool on Level 52 provides a tranquil if surreal spot for a swim, with bar and restaurant Gong next door.


10. 41

Hotels Victoria

With staff outnumbering guests by two to one, Hotel 41 is about all-encompassing service and indulgence. It’s also about privacy: it’s residents-only, with a lift whisking guests from the discreet lobby straight to the fifth floor. At its heart is the clubby executive lounge, with mahogany panelling, glass-domed conservatory ceiling, books and leather armchairs. Here, complimentary snacks are served all day, with scones at teatime and supper-like dishes appearing later on. Luxurious guest rooms are more contemporary, styled in black and white.


Need something more romantic?

Best romantic hotels in London

Choosing the best romantic hotels in London was never going to be an easy task. We defy anyone to walk across Waterloo Bridge with your beloved by your side and not feel your heart glowing. The city really is one of the best places on earth to be loved up, especially if you pick a hotel where there’s champagne on arrival, breakfast is served in bed and the views will make your hearts soar. 

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