The best hotels near Houses of Parliament
The Corinthia took a defunct Whitehall office building and transformed it into a grand hotel in elegant, contemporary style, with stunning spaces like the curved white lobby with central glass dome and spherical Baccarat chandelier, the grand Northall Bar, and the circular Northall restaurant, which features floor-to-ceiling windows. Bathrooms are a highlight of the sumptuous rooms; they have underfloor heating, separate rainforest showers and deep oval bathtubs. There’s also a blissful subterranean pool, part of a ‘thermal floor’ that also includes heated loungers.
Set right on the Thames, on the South Bank just across Westminster Bridge, there are great views of the Houses of Parliament from this five-star hotel, once London’s County Hall. The best bits of the old place have been retained, like the library, where afternoon tea is served, and the wood panelled Gillray’s Steakhouse. Rooms have a calm grey palette, with bright splashes of colour and mid century-style furniture. There’s a big pool, sauna and steam room on the sixth floor.
A private drive leads to the entrance of this huge N-shaped former Victorian mansion block, converted into a hotel in 1899. Inside is a wedding cake of a lobby: white, double-height, with a grand staircase, curvy balustrades, and stucco galore. The ballroom continues the Victorian stucco fantasy. Large guestrooms are more modish, with restrained colours and crisp printed fabrics, while the Caxton bar goes for convivial reds and browns. The hotel has a division bell to alert MPs when a vote is due.
Downstairs is a welcoming, traditional British pub, serving old-style British food such as pies alongside the beer (it describes itself as an ‘ale and pie house’). Upstairs are 34 comfortable bedrooms, smartly furnished and decorated in neutral colours, with thick floor-to-ceiling curtains, bathrobes and slippers, and mini-fridges. Larger rooms have king-size beds. Full hotel services are offered, including room service and a 24-hour reception. The Houses of Parliament are just a stone’s throw away.
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