Searching for the best hotels near Buckingham Palace reveals luxurious, not to say pricy, accommodation, but finding a bargain round these parts is more of a challenge. Sightseeing gems include the Queen’s Royal Collection, housed in a nineteenth-century chapel, as well as fabulous parks, including Green Park, and London’s prettiest, St James’s, with its serene boating lake and great bird life. Excellent shopping, including Fortnum & Mason, can be found in Piccadilly and nearby Jermyn Street. Destination restaurants include the grand art deco Wolseley and, for superb cocktails, Dukes Bar. Here are ten of our favourite hotels near Buckingham Palace.
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The best hotels near Buckingham Palace
Five minutes from St James’s Park, boutique Hotel 41 offers a touch of glamour from the moment you step through the black and white marble entrance. Individually designed rooms continue the monochrome theme, and have Savoir beds and marble bathrooms. Some have open fireplaces, while executive suites have their own lounge; indulge in the master suite for its fabulous glass roof. Extras include fresh fruit and flowers, scented candles and welcome glass of Champagne.
Just ten minutes from Buckingham Palace, but close enough to the shops around Sloane Square, this former Georgian house in an elegant street has been restyled into a modern B&B. Rooms are simple and the internal monochrome decor could feel austere, but flowers and photographic prints give it a warm ambience. It’s a good space in which to work too; there’s a bright communal kitchen with workspaces and computers, and a coffee machine in the lobby to keep you going.
This cool contemporary hotel offers boutique accommodation in a lovely Georgian townhouse a short walk from Buckingham Palace. There are 41 modern rooms and suites, decorated in a muted palette of white, beige and cream, with marble bathrooms and complimentary Shambhala products. The hotel benefits from a Michelin-starred Basque restaurant, and the Halkin Bar offers afternoon tea, cocktails and a tapas menu. A gym, plus personal training and yoga instruction, is also available.
A classic grand hotel, still family-owned, and with excellent royal connections dating back to King George VI’s coronation, and forward to the most recent royal nuptials when the Middleton family stayed here. Beyond the grand lobby, public rooms are stately, with wood panelling, chandeliers and handwoven Gainsborough silks. Individually designed rooms are equally elegant, with bespoke furniture, Italian linens and state-of-the-art technology, and bathrooms have delicately stencilled walls and feature deep marble baths. The Goring Gardens are a delight.
Five minutes from Green Park, Dukes is a sophisticated luxury hotel tucked down a Mayfair cul-de-sac. Favoured by the late Queen Mother and Diana, Princess of Wales, it’s also where James Bond’s author, Ian Fleming, enjoyed 007’s favourite tipple. Public areas are furnished with antiques and paintings, while elegant rooms, some overlooking the park, have a muted palette of mainly white, beige and cream. There’s a small gym, on-site restaurant and, of course, cocktail bar.
Favoured by glamorous A-listers and royals alike, Mayfair’s 1920s classic hotel boasts every modern feature, fine service and - for those booking a suite - a dedicated butler. Elegant rooms have en suite marble bathrooms and state-of-the-art technology, while facilities include an excellent cocktail bar, the Michelin-starred restaurant Fera, and a rooftop spa. Afternoon tea in the Foyer and Reading room, which features a Chihuly light sculpture, is recommended.
This boutique Mayfair hotel offers luxury accommodation combining contemporary design with Georgian sensibilities, including bespoke cabinetry and hand-painted wall panelling. Prices start from £185 a night for a little single room with tea- and coffee-making facilities and free wifi. En suite bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and, for a few quid more, you get a Nespresso machine. Studio suites are roomier and benefit from an honesty bar. Other facilities include an Indian-inspired tea room.
A ten-minute stroll across Green Park to Buckingham Palace, the 5-star InterContinental offers excellent views and a Michelin-starred restaurant. Rooms are elegant, though some are small, with desks and free tea- and coffee-making facilities. Suites have lounges, while others benefit from great skyline views. The hotel has a spa, exercise room, business centre and, if the credit card can handle it, a 24-hour butler service. Still, the parking’s free.
This might be as cheap as it gets around here, from £70, and just a ten-minute walk from Buckingham Palace. Smart, modern air-conditioned rooms in a stylishly converted Victorian townhouse have comfortable beds separated from en suite bathrooms by a glass partition. wifi is free, though breakfast in the on-site café, and even windows in your room, push the price up. On the plus side, there’s free cheese and wine between 5 and 7pm.
Celebrating its ninetieth year in 2017, the Sheraton Grand in Mayfair has been newly refurbished, and the Palm Court Lounge and Grade II-listed Ballroom and Silver Gallery are particular art deco stunners. There are 303 lovely rooms which, thanks to a range of offers, can be booked from around £200. Some have original 1920s fireplaces and bathrooms, and others offer superb views over Green Park, but they all share a pleasing aesthetic that draws elegantly on the hotel’s heritage.
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