Ah, the ol’ Devil’s dance. The beast with two backs. Doing the nasty. Hanky panky. Knocking boots. A bit of crumpet… What were we talking about, again? Oh yeah – the best hotels in London to get well and truly intimate. Well we've got you covered. Whether you're looking in Camberwell to Clerkenwell or Balham to Bow, there are some great places for you to get your freak on so read on, absorb our list of the best hotels for sex, and be glad that you’ll never have the words ‘sex hotel London’ languishing incriminatingly in your search history.
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The best hotels for sex
This charming little hotel might seem unassuming at first – good rates, free wifi, a confusing name – the whole shebang. But it has one special feature that makes it perfect for whirlwind romances: its day stay option. Check in at 10am and check out at 4pm. It’s likely available for photo shoots or to give hurried business folk somewhere to set up base for the day, but let’s not pretend you can’t find a much, much better use for it.
You know the Shangri-La. It’s the one in that big spikey building with the crazy views. The rooms themselves might not exactly be the most romantic around (think sleek rather than sexy), but the novelty of getting it on so high up that you'll receive an honorary membership to the Mile High Club is just too tempting to pass up. And check out the size of those windows! Sure, there’s exhibitionism, but this is something else.
The Rafayel makes the cut for one very particular, 500 square-foot reason: the Emperor Suite. That room comes not only with a glorious view of the Thames and a floor-to-ceiling window to enjoy it with, but also a Jacuzzi bathtub surrounded by mirrors. It’s not too difficult to figure out the intention there, is it?
Each and every room at the W oozes cool. From the decor to the lighting to the undeniably hip cocktail bar overlooking Leicester Square. There’s nowhere better to stay if you’re looking to impress. They’ve also got a ‘Whatever/Whenever’ concierge service that prides itself on how far it’ll go to satisfy the demands of guests. Always worth looking into.
Book in at Sanctum's Junior Suite for a bit of slinky disco sexiness. There are mirrors just about everywhere, so you can admire your beautiful selves from many angles, and the bath tub, which is right by the bed, is uplit, abutted by a mirrored column and flanked by a voyeuristic shimmering silver curtain. Serious fun is the name of the game here. Elsewhere, there’s a rooftop bar and another room (Junior Deluxe) with big round bed.
There’s little more romantic than a roaring fire, and the idea of getting down beside one is so timeless that it borders on cliché. Regardless, finding a hotel room with one can be surprisingly tough. So look no further than the Marylebone – in particular the Terrace suites, which not only include a fire but also a gorgeous wood panelled terrace with views across London. For love as well as lust.
The charming little boutique at 11 Cadogan Gardens will bring a sort of decadent je ne sais quoi to your night of passion. According to the hotel, each room has a different purpose – to charm, to lavish, attract, toindulge or, in the case of the Signature Suites, to relax. We can’t say much for the relaxation aspect, but can guarantee you’ll have never done the deed in a room quite like the ridiculously opulent Red Room.