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Top 5 Luxury London Hotels
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 vagaries 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. 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. There’s not room to include all the great London luxury hotels on this list, but we have tried to combine our favourite London luxury hotels, with some historic hotels of London. The order our top luxury London Hotels appears in is immaterial.
The order our top luxury London Hotels appears in is immaterial.
Top 5 Luxury London Hotels
Best Luxury London Hotels for Traditional London
Claridge's is an amazing Art Deco inspired, luxury-centric, institution of a hotel in the heart of Mayfair. The service is impeccable, the afternoon teas are much lauded and accompanied by light, live piano music, the spa and gym are excellent and the lift is manned. The restaurant and bar are frequently updated, but the glamour of the decor never gets old. If one had bottomless bank accounts there would be no reason to ever stay elsewhere.
Best Luxury London Hotels for Discretion
The Connaught Hotel is a super-discreet grand dame of a hotel, the epitome of old fashioned Britishness, with impeccable service from the fleet of butlers, and every imaginable traditional comfort. Though it has recently revamped, adding a beautiful new conservatory for breakfasts and two new bars. One of the restaurants has two Michelin stars.
The Best Luxury London Hotel for Romantics
For A Big London Treat stay at the Corinthia Hotel. An intricately restored grand hotel with a 21st century approach. It is ritzy, glitzy and glamorous in all the right ways; in short - a total class act. The legion staff have been fully drilled at Charm School (on hand just when you need them and engagingly conversational), the flowers are photograph-worthy – banks of glorioso lilies, tumbling displays of pink stocks, full blown roses, white hydrangeas.... The scale of the original 1880’s building is magnificent. Redesigned from scratch and opened as the flagship Corinthia property in 2011, there is simply nothing poky, overbearing or gloomy about it. All the bedrooms are fantastically spacious with high ceilings, big windows and luxurious marble bathrooms complete with deftly built-in television screens at the foot of each bath
Best Luxury London Hotels for Grandeur
The Ritz is a privately-owned and perfectly-reserved dream of 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 glitz and glamour from the dapper doormen to the lavish hallways and Neoclassical features - though the Rivoli Bar is beautifully Art Deco. And it’s right by Green Park.
Best Luxury London Hotels for Foodies
The Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge, is a lavish, but intimate and friendly spot, with just 49 rooms, and a popular restaurant with two Michelin stars. Forget the big five-star hotels: Mere steps away from Harrods in a quiet Knightsbridge backstreet, this upscale five-star boutique hotel offers old-world tradition and personal service that marks it out from corporate mega-chains. Rooms reflect English country house elegance, with antiques, floral wallpapers and luxurious soft furnishings.
Best Luxury London Hotels with a Country House Feel
The Goring Hotel is a sumptuous spot, with plush carpets, antiques, fine dining and every comfort, in the very heart of Belgravia, right by Buckingham Palace. This is family-wend luxury at its finest, and the fourth Mr Goring has kept the lawns manicured, the afternoon tea award-winning and the restaurant Michelin starred. Though tradition and Englishness is at its heart, The Goring always keeps up with the times (it was the first to install en suite bathrooms) but liveried doormen, long-serving staff, private gardens, English dishes and magnificent breakfasts are all at the core of its charm. Kate Middleton chose the Goring to stay in for her and her family the night before her wedding to Prince William - so gaining the hotel instant fame. The room she stayed in, not unnaturally, has been fully booked ever since.
If you haven’t found your idea of the best of London’s luxury lot on our Guru’s list of the Top 5 London Luxury Hotels you could:
- consider our Guru’s list of the best boutique hotels in London,
- or the best Hotels in Knightsbridge,
- or the best Hotels in Kensington
- consult our list of all the best places to stay in London,
- or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
Top 5 Luxury London Hotels
The Goring Hotel 69 rooms from £360London
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 Michelin star restaurant. Magical stay.Sights nearby - Great for Buckingham Palace, Westminster, Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Sloane Street and the Royal Parks.Great walks - Green Park in the summer is a sea of green with deck chairs for people to lounge in and relax.Traditional - The property has a quintessentially English feel.Full of characterRecommended by - Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel, Tablet
Claridge's 197 roomsLondon (Mayfair)
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.Sights nearby - Nestled in the embassy district of town, you will see many old grand buildings.Romantic - Good for couples.Full of characterOutstanding locationRecommended by - Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Michelin Travel
The Capital Hotel, London 49 rooms from £240London (South West)
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-winning restaurant, popular across town.Sights nearby - The Brompton Oratory, V&A, Albert Hall and Natural History Museum are all closeby.Full of characterTraditionalRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel
The Connaught Hotel 121 rooms from £600London (Mayfair)
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.City Style - The last word in luxurious London hotels - a sleek revamp to Mayfair's finest has sharpened the edge of this historic hotel.Spa breaks - World renowned Aman spa offering green-tea foot baths, Oriental oil massages and red clay body wraps with Navajo herbs.Sailing - During the summer months rowing and pedal boats are available for hire in nearby Hyde ParkRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Johansens, Kiwi Collection
The Ritz 136 rooms from £395London (Mayfair)
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 house fine art works and British cuisine. Don't miss High Tea.Romantic Break - From your first Martini at the Art Deco Rivoli, to the final dance in the ballroom this is sure to be a weekend to remember.City Style - Louis XVI-style interiors in the heart of London with Belle Époque furnishings and opulent silk upholstered headboards.FoodiesSights nearby - Just minutes from the famed Picadilly Circus and the shows of the Westend.Recommended by - Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Michelin Travel