Capital Class: The top 10 luxury hotels in London
Choosing a hotel that suits your style is all important and whether you prefer traditional or contemporary, established or newly opened, the hotels below all share a sense of style and luxury combined with a commitment to excellent personal service, and are all centrally located to make the most of your stay in London.
Jumeirah Carlton Tower
This contemporary and stylish hotel in Knightsbridge is famed for it’s exclusive Peak Health Club and Spa which includes a 20m organic indoor pool and state of the art gym.
Close to designer stores Harrods and Harvey Nichols, it offers a choice of 216 rooms including 58 luxury suites, a secure on site car park and a chauffered limousine service.
Guests can enjoy British cuisine at The Rib Room Bar and Restaurant, light meals at Chinoiserie ( including afternoon tea with a resident harpist ) or indulge in healthy bites at The Club Room on the 9th floor with open views across London.
With nine meeting and events spaces, including the Grand Ballroom that can hold 700 guests, the hotel is able to accommodate everything from small business meetings to large scale weddings and social events.
An elegantly restored Victorian boutique hotel located in South Kensington, the Ampersand is only a 5 minute walk from the Science museum, Natural History museum, Victoria and Albert museum and Royal Albert Hall.
These provide the inspiration for all 111 rooms and suites which are decorated with creative and eclectic interiors, involving whimsical elements such as the sheet music wallpaper and cushions of the Superior Rooms.
The intimate Apero restaurant offers a flavour of the Mediterranean for guests and locals alike, serving delicious small plates using only the best ingredients, perfect for sharing. A selection of wines and cocktails from the bar provide the ideal complement.
The Drawing Rooms are the stylish backdrop to afternoon tea and for private dining, The Wine Room can seat 10, with it’s leather chairs around an oak banqueting table and walls lined with the hotels red wine collection lending a sense of atmosphere. The Games Room and The Library are also available to hire for meetings and small private events.
The Landmark London
Living up to it’s name, this impressive Victorian building was originally built as a railway hotel and sits next door to Marylebone station and underground.
With 350 traditionally styled rooms and suites, including the Presidential Suite, it is perfectly placed for visits to nearby Madame Tussauds, Regents Park and the British Museum.
The Winter Garden restaurant set in an eight storey high glass roofed atrium with huge palm trees provides the wow factor, or for a more intimate atmosphere head to the wood panelled twotwentytwo restaurant and bar.
The Spa and Health Club boasts a 15m indoor pool, Sanarium and Monsoon showers and there is also a hair and beauty salon on site.
Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire
As the only hotel with a Leicester Square address, guests will find themselves at the very heart of London’s varied nightlife, with Soho, Chinatown and Covent Garden only a few minutes walk away.
Behind it’s ornate red brick facade the hotel offers 146 rooms and suites individually styled in contemporary elegance, and most of the 23 suites have panaromic views over the city.
Leicester Square Kitchen serves an exquisite selection of contemporary Mexican and Peruvian small plates complemented with fine wines and signature cocktails. Dine either in the sophisticated but informal restaurant setting or take a seat on the outside terrace to soak up the vibrant atmosphere.
The hotel also offers six function rooms that can accommodate up to 100 people. The most impressive of these is the Penthouse Suite with its amazing views over London, which is ideal for a range of events from business meetings to intimate weddings.
This iconic Victorian hotel occupies an enviable site on The Strand, close to the theatres, opera and ballets of Covent Garden, Somerset House and The Courtauld Art Gallery.
The hotels 200 rooms and 67 suites are dressed in either Edwardian or Art Deco style, with many offering panoramic river views along the Thames.
With over a century of fine dining, the tradition continues with Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill serving British food with a French twist, while Kaspar’s at The Savoy offers seafood dining in Art Deco surroundings.
Guests can also indulge in fine wines and cocktails at the award winning American or Beaufort bars and work off the effects at the Beauty and Fitness at The Savoy spa with it’s 10 metre indoor pool and fully equipped gym.
The May Fair
Situated just off Berkeley Street, in the heart of the West End, this elegant hotel is just a short stroll to the shops, theatres, galleries and museums of the capital.
The May Fair has 404 luxury rooms and suites to choose from, including 12 stunning signature suites. The two bedroom rooftop Penthouse Suite has a large living room with floor to ceiling windows that lead onto the 100ft terrace with stunning views over London.
A tasty selection of Spanish and Italian small plate cuisine is served in the May Fair Kitchen, the blue lit May Fair bar is renowned for it’s signature cocktails, and the May Fair Terrace is an alfresco spot perfect for indulging in a fine hand rolled cigar from the hotels collection.
The May Fair Spa offers a range of treatments, a 24 hour gym and a personal training suite. The hotel is also home to the Palm Beach Casino which is located in the former Grand Art Deco Ballroom, and has one of the largest gaming rooms in London.
The Capital Hotel
Just minutes from the Royal Parks and Buckingham Palace, this stylish boutique hotel in Knightsbridge is only a one minute walk from Piccadilly tube station, opening up the capital for you to explore.
There are 49 plush bedrooms and suites, decorated in classic English style, and also a selection of luxury apartments adjoining the hotel which are ideal for self catering and longer stays.
The Michelin starred Outlaw’s at The Capital showcases a fine dining menu of unique seafood dishes, whilst Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen serves small seafood plates in a sharing style. Working closely with Cornish fishermen, the menus are based around the daily catch.
The Capital Bar offers a fine selection of cocktails and a whisky collection to rival any in London. Light meals are also available and afternoon tea is served from 2pm.
Royal Lancaster London
Overlooking Hyde Park and only a 2 minute walk to Lancaster Gate tube station, the Royal Lancaster London is perfectly placed to explore the nearby shops, museums and galleries or to hop on a train to explore the rest of the capital.
A recent 50th birthday makeover included the refurbishment of all 411 rooms and suites, all of which have outstanding views over Hyde Park and across the city.
The brand new Hyde Lobby Bar offers light meals and a chance to sample cocktails, including The Great Gats-bee which includes honey syrup from the hotels rooftop honey farm.
Other eateries at the hotel include Nipa Thai, the hotel’s world renowned Thai restaurant, and the more informal Island Grill, which serves daily lunch and dinner and does a weekend brunch and Sunday lunch.
There is no in-house spa but working with partners Viva Therapies, the hotel can provide a wide range of in room services including massages, pedicures, hairdressing and makeup. They can also offer private yoga classes and one to one personal trainer sessions in the 24 hour fully equipped gym.
From it’s Park Lane address to a who’s who of famous guests, The Dorchester oozes history and class and since opening in 1931, the concierge team have enjoyed a reputation for their ability to conjure up whatever you desire from your stay.
Over 300 rooms and suites are decorated in sumptious style, including the two bedroomed Harlequin Penthouse which boasts a pink marble bathroom installed for Elizabeth Taylor.
Three Michelin starred fine dining comes courtesy of Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, guests can also indulge in afternoon tea at The Promenade or be transported back to 1930’s Shanghai at China Tang for some dim sum delights.
The Dorchester Spa has nine treatment rooms and a fitness studio, with barber and hairdressing facilites on site.
This newly opened boutique hotel on the Southbank is the perfect base from which to explore the many attractions of the area, from The Tower of London to HMS Belfast, the Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern.
Formerly the Lambeth College, the history of the building is reflected in the 70 rooms and suites, some with 30ft high ceilings and with names such as the Senior Classroom.
The Baluchi restaurant serves fine Indian cuisine against the grandeur of the Great Hall, while The Gallery tea lounge offers afternoon tea and snacks. For al fresco dining try The Terrace, or repair to the two well stocked bars, The Teacher’s Room and The Headmaster’s Room.
Rejuve is the hotels luxury spa, combining Eastern and Western therapies using herbal infusions. There is also a 24/7 state of the art gym if you are feeling a little more energetic.