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The 20 Most Romantic Hotels in London
London is a wonderfully romantic city. Ok, so maybe it doesn’t have Venice’s canals, but you can row on Hyde Park’s Serpentine, past the beautiful Italian Gardens - or horse ride or cycle for that matter. The architecture may not be quite as romantic as Paris, but it certainly has elegance, the quality of the opera rivals Milan, and the theatre and shopping rival Broadway. And the art collections give those of Paris, Rome and Florence a run for their money. As does the restaurant and cafe scene. And our recommendations for the 20 most romantic hotels in London rival the worlds most romantic hotels as well.
London is a great spot for honeymoons, it’s rife with romantic pockets, from the ‘Press for Champagne’ button at Bob Bob Ricard, to the flower markets, the bars with romantic rooftop views, the unusual museums, the wonderfully decadent afternoon teas and the ever present possibility of scenic strolls. So you’ve included London’s best honeymoon hotels on our list of the 20 most romantic hotels in London. Along with the most romantic grand dame hotels and the most romantic hotels in the West End.
Our final list of the most romantic hotels in London is a failsafe collection of beautiful, special and memorable properties all able to offer something a little extra to couples. So why not book in to one of the 20 most romantic hotels in London and let the city, and nature take its course.
The 20 Most Romantic Hotels in London
London’s Best Honeymoon Hotels
The Corinthia Hotel is a beautifully restored grand London hotel with an elegant amount of glamour and sensational service. The original features of the building, built in the 1880s, are magnificent and the modern luxuries, like the marble bathrooms complete with built in televisions at the end of each bath, don’t detract at all from its elegance and there’s a wonderful choice of bars and restaurants to match. It’s a real treat.
The Ritz is all glitz and glamour, from the dapper doorman to the wonderful neoclassical details and the incredible Art Deco Tivoli bar. The decor is luxurious in the classical sense of the word, Louis XVI style with a touch of the Belle Époque about it. It’s world famous for a reason.
The Shangri-La at The Shard is a new bucket-list destination for London, stunning from the inside and out, with five stars worth of Asian influenced luxury and floor to ceiling views. The pool on the 52nd floor is Europe’s highest infinity pool and there are a number of hot tubs, and hot tub suites, plus a luxurious spa with all the trappings.
Blakes is the grandaddy of all boutique hotels, a wonderfully theatrical creation wth 45 individually decorated decadent, themed rooms crammed full of wonderful antiques, interesting artwork and beautiful fabrics. Plus, of course, the restaurant is excellent and you’re peacefully, but well located, on the edge of Chelsea.
Hazlitts, The Rookery and Batty Langley's (sister properties) tick all the romance boxes, though one is located in Soho, the other in Clerkenwell and the third in Spitalfields. Interiors are sumptuous and filled with gorgeous antiques and period pieces. Take your pick...all three make a wonderful post wedding bolthole!
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The Art Deco wonder that is Claridge’s is a pleasure to behold, and offers seamless service, impeccable snd extremely popular dining, a luxurious spa service and a classic London afternoon tea. Its recent refurbishment has only made more of the beautiful original features.
The Goring Hotel is a family-owned hotel - we’re now on to the fourth Mr Goring at the helm - in the heart of Belgravia with an award-winning afternoon tea and a Michelin starred restaurant. You’re close to the Palace, Mayfair, Knightsbridge and the parks, but within the hotel you’ll find private gardens and magnificent breakfasts. Plus The Goring has found new fame as the hotel Kate Middleton chose to stay in on the night before her wedding to Prince William.
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The St. James’s Hotel & Club in Mayfair is a fantastic West End hideaway with 60 rooms, including a couple of really fantastic rooftop suites, and a high end restaurant.
The Dean Street Townhouse in Soho offers sophisticated decor and mouthwatering British cuisine within its peaceful doors. You’re right in the thick of things, both fashionable and cultural and there are plenty of memorable romantic details - like claw-footed tubs and big mahogany fourposter beds.
Romantic London Hotels with Hot Tubs
The Hotel Café Royal is part old timer, part modern marvel. It was wonderfully, and completely, refurbished in 2008 and the reinvention saw all of the properties treasures brought back to life and some new treasures added. There’s a huge range of bars and restaurants and a sumptuous spa with an 18metre lap pool a Vichy shower, a Watsu hydrotherapy pool and of course jacuzzis.
The Landmark was one of the first luxurious Victorian railway properties, a wonderful Gothic Revival building, conveniently located just opposite Marylebone station. The rooms and suites are opulent and stylish, in a classical style, there’s an incredible entrance and a stunning eight storey atrium under which you’ll find the Winter Garden restaurant. There’s also a 15metre pool, spa and jacuzzi.
If you like the idea of a hot tub, check out our Guru's full list of top London Hotels with Hot Tubs.
Hip, Happening and Romantic London Hotels
Sanderson is an 150 room design hotel converted from a Listed former textiles warehouse just north of Oxford Street. There’s a two storey spa and gym plus a very fashionable bar. Expect bespoke furniture and decor, including sleigh beds and ceiling mounted oil paintings.
The Hotel 41 has fantastic views over Buckingham Palace and 28 rooms decorated in an opulent monochrome. You’re close to The Mall, but you don’t need to eat out, there’s 24hr dining and an honesty bar. Full of character.
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The Zetter Hotel in City-adjacent Clerkenwell, is a Victorian warehouse turned trendy boutique hotel. There are plenty of fun details - like vending machines and design-y chairs - and there’s an amazing view from the roof.
Or for something a little cosier try the The Fox Club, romantically tucked away in the heart of Mayfair. This private members club meets boutique hotel is comfortable and classic, and well located for almost everywhere. It’s also romantic, beautifully converted by Kit Kemp from the townhouse belonging to Charles James Fox and his courtesan lover Mrs Armistead.
Twenty Nevern Square is a well located Victorian townhouse in Earl’s Court with 20 generous sized rooms and calm, but stylish decor blending Italian, Asian and colonial influences. The bar has a huge skylight and they offer a breakfast which is worth getting out of bed for.
Romantic Out-of-Town Hotels
The Bingham in green and pleasant Thames-side Richmond, is a great little boutique hotel with 15 rooms, a smart bar which spreads out onto the terrace overlooking the river and a Michelin starred restaurant. Peaceful and relaxing, but still around 30mins from the centre of town.
High Road House is Soho House’s South West outpost, a 14 room contemporary chic property on leafy, yet trendy Chiswick High Road. There’s the same private members club and a popular restaurant and bar. It’s peaceful, yet still London.
Hoxton is hardly ‘out-of-town’ for Londoners these days, but it is a bit of journey from the museums and Oxford Street, so the hip and happening Hoxton Hotel has made it on to this part of the list. There are more than 200 modern, minimalist rooms plus a bar and restaurant trendy Hoxtonites appreciate. Close to the city and Spitalfields.
If you haven’t found your idea of the most romantic hotels in London on our Guru’s list you could:
- Consult our Ultimate Guide to the Most Romantic Hotels in the UK,
- browse through our list of all the best places to stay in London,
- or our Guru’s collection of Top London Hotels with Hot Tubs,
- or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
The 20 Most Romantic Hotels in London
Hazlitt's 27 rooms from £215London (West End)
This charming Georgian boutique is full of character and literary associations since 1718. This townhouse is in thick of it on vibrant Frith Street, home to lively bars and popular restaurants. Elegant wood paneled rooms are the perfect base, relax with a book or explore town as and when you wish.Lively area - In the thick of the action.Full of characterTraditionalRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide
The Rookery 33 rooms from £282London (The City)
Fashionable Clerkenwell is home to this intimate, period charm City bolthole which prides itself on homely atmosphere across three 18th Century houses. Rooms are full of character, classic antiques, open fires and roll top baths. Breakfast in bed or in the garden is the perfect way to start the day.Exclusive offerSights nearby - Barbican is a cultural hub worth checking out for performances, screenings and more.Lively area - In the thick of the action.Full of characterRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet
Batty Langley's 29 rooms from £170London (The City)
Opulent, sumptuous and quirky converted 18th century townhouse in the trendy Spitalfields district. Gorgeous over-the-top rooms and suites offer stunning traditional interiors and equally impressive bathrooms. A romantic bolthole in the city of London perfect for a cosy getaway!Sights nearby - The property is minutes from Liverpool St so there's easy access to all of London's highlights.Local markets - Old Spitalfields market is just round the cornerFull of characterRomantic - Good for couples.
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
The Langham, London 380 rooms from £390London (Bayswater)
Historic central London luxury hotel that offers a contemporary edge to its opulent Victorian décor. Classicly styled, spacious and comfortable rooms and suites, dining overseen by the Roux dynasty plus spa and pool. An upscale escape aimed at those in search of high-class pampering.Local exploring - The Langham is the ideal base whether you want to shop, sightsee or enjoy London's buzzing nightlife.Sights nearby - Within two miles of Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben.Lively area - In the thick of the action.Opulent
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
Shangri-La at The Shard 202 rooms from £383London
Bucket list destination property that really has the “Wow” factor. Asian influenced interiors, with five star luxuries as standard. Floor to ceiling windows in both bedrooms and bathrooms to make the most of the spectacular views over London. Everyone must stay here once – despite the price tag!Swimming Pool - Awesome indoor pool on the 52nd Floor. It's Europes highest infinity pool and a must for all guests!Views - The Shard must have some of the best views over the whole of London.Sights nearby - Situated right next door to London Bridge, all of London's best bits are easily accessible.Local markets - Trendy Borough Market is round the corner
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, Tablet
The Landmark 300 rooms from £276London
Luxurious hotel that was originally conceived as one of the great Victorian railway properties. It now boasts large opulent stylishly classic bedrooms and suites, plus a stunning eight storey atrium housing the Winter Garden restaurant.Sights nearby - Just down the road from Madame TussaudsSwimming Pool - Indoor PoolTraditionalSpa
St James's Hotel & Club 60 rooms from £300London (Mayfair)
Super luxurious Mayfair hideaway with a couple of magnificent rooftop suites and a Michelin-starred restaurant. Just a few minutes’ walk from Piccadilly and Jermyn Street where quintessentially British shops include Fortnum & Mason.Foodies - Dine at the hotel's fantastic Michelin-starred restaurant.City Style - The property offers quintessential Mayfair elegance.Great walks - Take a stroll through the leafy St James's Park.Sights nearby - Buckingham Palace is a short walk away.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel
The Fox Club 8 rooms from £170London (Mayfair)
Private club meets charming boutique in the heart of Mayfair. A stones throw from the Westend and the designer shops of Knighsbridge. Comfortable and classic rooms are perfect for lone rangers, business trips or couples wanting a romantic getaway. Cosy and laid back vibes.Hideaway - This members club hotel has distinctly bolthole feel, perfect for those who like to keep to themselves.Value chic - If you love it, join the club- with fantastic rates offered for members.Great walks - Head to Green Park, St James' Park and then you shall find Buckingham Palace on The Mall.Local markets - Head to Berwick Street for a quick bite, home to food stalls throughout the week.
Twenty Nevern Square 20 rooms from £115London (South West)
Chic tranquility meets a West London colonial-style townhouse. Good value. Fantastically well connected by tube, train and bus. A wide range of different rooms and a breakfast worth getting out of bed for.Local markets - Food markets are taking off in the city, so be sure to explore the local ones on the weekends.Full of characterFour poster beds - For romantics.Romantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Dean Street Townhouse 39 rooms from £200London (West End)
Elegant Georgian townhouse in London's vibrant Soho district. Stylish rooms are designed with panache, and focus on the young and fashionable business and leisure traveler. All British food all day at the snazzy restaurant. A true gem in the heart of the UK's capital city.City Style - Grown up and sophisticated style, in a hip part of town- think mahogany fourposters, clawfooted tubs and Farrow & Ball Duck Egg.Foodies - Mouthwatering modern British cuisine, always interesting, varied and au point. Afternoon tea is a London favourite.Great walks - Head south towards Trafalgar Square and to Enbankment where you will find the Thames - the perfect guide to mapping out London.Sights nearby - Picadilly Circus is closeby and a great place to check out what is on at the theatres in the West End.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
The Hoxton Hotel 210 rooms from £119London
This stylish City hotel fits right in to the vibrant East London scene, with the perfect mix of style and attitude. Modern minimalist rooms with garden views and unique touches. The Hoxton Grill, a local favourite is well worth checking out. Unbeatable location.Local exploring - Check out the buzzy restaurants and bars, vintage shops and yummy food markets of East London.City Style - A understated yet chic hotel in hip Hoxton- home to artists, city slickers and students.Sights nearby - Nearby Liverpool Street is where you will find the Gherkin, the Shard and other skyscrapers that make up The City's skyline.Local markets - Spitalfields Market is a great place for food stalls, boutique shops and the early risers might catch the flower market.Recommended by - Fodors, Frommers
Hotel 41 30 rooms from £395London
There's a clubby feel to this top floor 'eyrie' with views over Buckingham Palace. Opulent rooms in monochrome tones are laced with all the most up to date high tech mod cons and every indulgence you can think of. Eat around the clock and make the most of the honesty bar. A real treat of a hotel.City Style - An exclusive hotel mixing tradition with high tech mod cons and unbeatable service, right in heart of London.Sights nearby - This hotel boasts a wonderful location opposite Buckingham Palace and close to The Mall.OpulentFull of characterRecommended by - Fodors, Frommers, Michelin Travel
Hotel Café Royal 160 rooms from £440London (West End)
A luxurious reinvention of a London institution. Spacious rooms and suites whose interiors perfectly blend the modern and contemporary with beautiful period features and bathrooms of sheer indulgence, carved from stunning Carrera marble. Good dining options and a seriously cool spa and pool.Local exploring - Perfectly situated in the heart of London with easy access to all the best sights and nightlifeSpa - Stunning subterranean spa with surely the coolest pool in townSights nearby - You can easily get to all of London's top attractions either on foot or by tubeSwimming Pool - Fabulous 18m indoor pool
Sanderson 150 rooms from £335London (West End)
Ian Schrager's second design hotel in London, in a former textiles building in the rag trade area north of Oxford Street. Great spa and gym, and a fashionable bar.Spa - Two storey spaLively - Hip and happening.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Michelin Travel
The Zetter Hotel 59 rooms from £135London
In the heart of trendy Clerkenwell, this ultra-stylish hotel appeals to wannabe hipsters looking for a design-conscious cocoon in the heart of London's coolest quarter.Local markets - Borough Market is a great place to go in the weekend to browse the food stalls.Sights nearby - Tower of London next to the famous Tower Bridge is a memorable day trip.Views - Great views from hotelFull of characterRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide
The Bingham 15 rooms from £143Richmond, Surrey
A spectacular boutique hotel on the banks of the Thames and surrounded by Richmond Park. Beautiful Farrow & Ball painted rooms have elegant four poster beds, sumptuous furnishings, and all the mod cons. Stunning river views from the garden, terraces, and Michelin star British restaurant.Boutique - Floor to ceiling French windows, four poster beds, immaculately painted Farrow and Ball walls, chandeliers.Views - Wonderful views over the river offer peace and a sense of restfulness.Foodies - Michelin star restaurant, Modern British.City StyleRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
K West 219 rooms from £119London (Shepherds Bush)
Cool modern hotel just a credit card’s throw from Westfield shopping centre. Spacious rooms in classy muted tones, a compact subterranean spa, and recently refurbished public rooms, including a buzzing bar and lounge, make it perfect for out-of-town shoppers and those craving an urban spa break.Spa - Subterranean spa with wide range of therapies and pampering on offer. The hotel also has its own Nail Bar.Sights nearby - Hop on the tube at Shepherds Bush for easy access to all major attractionsSwimming Pool - Indoor hydrotherapy poolLively - Hip and happening.
High Road House 14 rooms from £140London
Soho House's Chiswick outpost brings the contemporary-chic of their other properties to this leafy residential area in West London. Crisp white and wood make up the guest rooms, add a splash of vibrant colour, a buzzy bar and restaurant and you have the perfect stay.City Style - Oozing city style with a private members club, effortlessly chic interiors, lively bar and a wonderful location.Local markets - Chiswick is its own town within the city of London and there is a market on the common every weekend.Great walks - Enjoy a stroll along south-side of the Thames Embankment for some of London's most notable views.Designer - Ilse Crawford was the original designer.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Kiwi Collection