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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 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.

Top 5 Luxury London Hotels

Best Luxury London Hotels for Traditional London

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.

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 and every imaginable traditional comfort.

Best Luxury London Hotels for Grandeur

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.

Best Luxury London Hotels for Foodies

The Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge, is a lavish, but intimate spot, with just 49 rooms, and a two Michelin starred restaurant.

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 London, right by Buckingham Palace.

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:

Top 5 Luxury London Hotels

  • The Goring Hotel 69 rooms from £360


    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 character
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel, Tablet
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  • Claridge's 197 rooms

    London (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 character
    Outstanding location
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Michelin Travel
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  • The Capital Hotel, London 49 rooms from £240

    London (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 character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel
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  • The Connaught Hotel 121 rooms from £600

    London (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 Park
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Johansens, Kiwi Collection
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  • The Ritz 136 rooms from £395

    London (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.
    Sights nearby  -  Just minutes from the famed Picadilly Circus and the shows of the Westend.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Michelin Travel
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Written by Fiona Duncan

posted Monday, 19th April 2010
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