Our Guru’s list of the Top 5 Luxury London Hotels is a handpicked selection of our favourite classic luxury London hotels. Most of the capital's famous 19th century grande dame luxury hotels – including Claridge's and The Connaught Hotel – are no longer privately owned, which does change their character somewhat and dent their former imperviousness to the vaguaries of fashion.
Others, such as The Ritz, The Goring Hotel and The Capital Hotel, are still in private hands and if you look beneath the surface, you can tell. But we’ve included all the greats on this list of luxury London hotels. The Ritz has been owned since the 1990s by Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay, who also own the Daily and Sunday Telegraph. The Goring has been in the hands of the delightful, and mildly eccentric, Goring family for its entire century long existence, and the Capital is still in the hands of its more recent founder David Levin. And that other great London luxury hotel - The Savoy - has reopened recently after a multi million pound facelift.
The order our top luxury London Hotels appears in is immaterial.
London’s Claridge's is an amazing Art Deco institution in the prime heart of Mayfair. The restaurant and bar are frequently updated, and the glamour of the decor never gets old.
The Connaught Hotel is a super-discreet grand dame of a hotel, the epitome of old fashioned Britishness, with impeccable service and every imaginable traditional comfort.
The Ritz is an experience. As with its international contemporaries this is the kind of place to stay if you want to be clear about how flash you’re being. It’s glitzy and glamorous and right by Green Park.
The Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge, is a lavish, but intimate spot, with just 49 rooms, and a two Michelin starred restaurant.
The Goring Hotel is a sumptuous spot, with plush carpets, antiques, fine dining and every comfort, in the very heart of London, right by Buckingham Palace.
A family-owned luxury hotel in the heart of Belgravia with manicured lawns, award-winning high tea and proximity to some of London's most famous sights. Plush carpets, antiques and designer fabrics make up the rooms. Do not miss fine dining at the newly awarded Michelin star restaurant. Magical stay
Art Deco inspired, luxury-centric hotel in the heart of Mayfair offering seamless service, spa treatments and gym facilities. Large, contemporary rooms exude comfort. Whether it is the famous afternoon tea in the 1930's Reading Room or a gourmet meal at the restaurant, be ready to be spoiled.
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Intimate luxury hotel boasts Michelin star dining, an unrivaled location for shopping and fantastic hospitality for a memorable stay. Elegant rooms house antique furnishings, king sized beds and Egyptian cotten linen. Chef Nathan Outlaw runs the seafood award-wining restaurant, popular across town.
The discreet and understated ‘grande dame’ of Mayfair. This hotel is the epitome of old world Britishness meets contemporary elegance and design. Impeccable service from the fleet of butlers, the ultimate in traditional comforts. Chic restaurants and bars match the world class Aman spa. A must stay.
Glitz and glamour from the dapper doormen to the lavish hallways and Neoclassical features. Large beds and luxurious features make up the classically decorated rooms. The Rivoli Bar is an Art Deco lovers dream, whereas the restaurants houses fine art works and British cuisine. Don't miss High Tea.