best places to stay in london

14 of the best places to stay in London

The best luxury hotels in London London  for its prestigious hotels, and these four are no exception – offering impeccable service in elegant period surroundings.

The Wellesley, Knightsbridge

This is a beautifully restored 1920s art deco townhouse overlooking Hyde Park, and its sumptuous social spaces nod to the era too: the jazz lounge hosts live music at weekends, the restaurant is Italian fine dining at its peak, the walls of the crystal bar are lined with cognacs and there’s a cigar lounge and terrace for relaxing.

Facilities: Restaurant, barDoubles: from £310Contact:

Threadneedles, City of London

Amazing architecture: enjoy afternoon tea under the stained glass dome roof at Threadneedles

Housed in a former Victorian bank, this City hotel nods to its past with original panelled mahogany doors and marble fireplaces in some of the rooms, and a champagne bar that was once a banking counter. Marco Pierre White is behind the menus at Wheeler’s Oyster Bar & Grill Room and, for afternoon tea, there’s a light-filled lounge with a stained glass dome roof.

Facilities: Restaurant, barDoubles: from £587Contact:

Grosvenor House, Mayfair

Elegant: this Mayfair institution has several lauded restaurants, including Corrigan’s Mayfair

This long-established Park Lane hotel has elegant rooms and several excellent restaurants, including the JW Steakhouse and award-winning Corrigan’s Mayfair, where Irish chef Richard Corrigan is at the helm. For pre-dinner cocktails, head to the Red Bar, named after its all-red interior.

Facilities: Restaurant, bar, gym, ballroomDoubles: from £299Contact:

The Westbury, Mayfair

Dine in style: the Michelin-starred Alyn Williams at The Westbury excels at refined French food

Right next to Bond Street’s designer fashion boutiques, this hotel has classic rooms – think panelled rosewood and rich fabrics – and butler-serviced suites. Downstairs, the Michelin-starred Alyn Williams at The Westbury excels at refined French food, and the Swarovski crystal-decorated Polo Bar is renowned for its lengthy cocktail list.

Facilities: Restaurant, bar, gymDoubles: from £436Contact:

The best family hotels in London

A holiday with the family calls for a child-friendly hotel that’s close to plenty of tourist attractions.

London Marriott Hotel Regents Park

Family fortunes: enjoy spacious family suites with London Zoo on the doorstep at Hotel Regents Park

Its re-designed suites are ideal for families and, with London Zoo and Regents Park right on your doorstep, there are plenty of places for little ones to blow off steam. Sign them up for swimming lessons in the pool; afterwards refuel with meatball spaghetti at the on-site Carluccio’s restaurant.

Facilities: Restaurant, gym, spa, poolDoubles: from £264Contact:

Residence Inn London Kensington

Family fun: one and two-bed suites at this contemporary apartment hotel are great for families

The one and two-bed suites at this contemporary apartment hotel each have an open-plan living, dining area and kitchen. Plus, there’s a communal laundry and The Market, a 24-hour shop selling everything from snacks to ready meals – handy for when you want to hunker down with your brood.

Facilities: Bar, gym, laundry, 24-hr convenience storeDoubles: from £193Contact:

St Ermin’s Hotel, Westminster

Family orientated: tucked away in a quiet courtyard, this hotel has a dedicated children’s menu

This chic hotel is tucked away in a quiet courtyard near Buckingham Palace and Green Park. For children, there’s a Buzzy Bees afternoon tea featuring honey from the third-floor hive, a dedicated menu at the Caxton Grill restaurant and a specially-written bedtime story.

Facilities: Restaurant, bar, gym, libraryDoubles: from £510Contact:

The best boutique hotels in London

Come to London, and you’ll also be able to experience a somewhat more stylish, chic way of living, with hotels that are full of character.

Bankside, South Bank

Creative outlet: eclectic artwork and stylish furniture create a cool vibe at Bankside

With interiors that feature eclectic artworks and furniture hand-picked by former film set designer Dayna Lee, this hotel echoes the creativity of its culturally cool setting behind the South Bank. The main social hub is the Art Yard Bar & Kitchen which serves up dishes such as wood-fired chicken, pizzas and a bottomless weekend brunch.

Facilities: Restaurant, bar, gym, libraryDoubles: from £348Contact:

The Dixon, Tower Bridge

Eclectic: this hotel cleverly fuses contemporary design with the building’s Edwardian heritage

Once a magistrates’ court, this hotel cleverly fuses contemporary design with the building’s Edwardian heritage. The funky Provisioners restaurant offers all-day dining (try the own-brand Shakedown coffee); in the wood-panelled Courtroom Bar, staff pour cocktails from behind what was the judge’s bench.

Facilities: Restaurant, barDoubles: from £199Contact:

Moxy London Stratford

Laid-back living: take it easy in the relaxed hang-out space at Moxy London Stratford

The open-plan lobby-cum-living room (which has ping pong, board games and a football table) is the laid-back hang-out space at this affordable, design-first hotel. Rooms are compact but cosy and there is no restaurant: instead, grab coffee from the breakfast bar and snacks from the vending machines.

Facilities: Breakfast bar, bar, lobby loungeDoubles: from £145Contact:

Great Northern Hotel, King’s Cross

Old-school glamour: sleep in sumptuous style at the newly-renovated Great Norther Hotel

Brilliantly positioned in regenerated King’s Cross, this Victorian hotel has been sensitively renovated (the smallest rooms pay homage to a railway sleeper). The Plum + Spilt Milk restaurant celebrates British cooking and the Anthracite Martini Lounge oozes glamour.

Facilities: Restaurant, bar, laundryDoubles: from £249Contact:

The best spa hotels in London

Nestled amid London’s vibrant streets are these havens of tranquility – just the ticket to relax and rewind after a day of sightseeing.

Le Méridien, Piccadilly

Time to relax: Le Méridien’s moden interior is a sanctuary from the outside world

This modern hotel might be in the West End, but The Piccadilly Health Club & Spa feels a world away from the hubbub outside. The treatment menu ranges from holistic massages to reflexology; you can book in for squash lessons with a PSA tour pro; and the swimming pool is one of the largest in London.

Facilities: Restaurant, bar, gym, spa, poolDoubles: from £305Contact:

St Pancras Renaissance, King’s Cross

Sleep in style: this Victorian hotel in the heart of Kings Cross has been sensitively renovated

The original underground kitchens of this historic hotel now house the spa, a Victorian-inspired haven with brick archways and restored tiles. Spa rituals – such as the Journey to Indonesia which encompasses a papaya scrub, Balinese massage and flower facial – take their cues from around the world, and there’s a pool and steam room for unwinding.

Facilities: Restaurant, bar, gym, spa, poolDoubles: from £250Contact:

W London Leicester Square

Serene: get in touch with your inner calm at the W Hotel in Leicester Square

The W hotel brand might be known for its hedonistic party vibe, but the sixth-floor Away spa at this hotel is less bling, more futuristic, with high-gloss white laminate and black walnut floors. Natura Bisse skincare products and Neom organic oils are used in the treatments.

Facilities: Restaurant, bar, gym, spaDoubles: from £350Contact:

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