11 of the Most Luxurious Hotels in LondonLast Updated: January 1, 2020
When you’re lining up your next business or vacation trip to London, be sure to check out this list of the 11 most luxurious hotels the city has to offer.
Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, it’s important to include the finest hotels in the destination when planning, to ensure you’re in the very best accommodation. London, one of the world’s most exciting cities, has a wealth of the most luxurious hotels, featuring great dining, facilities and incredible suites. Before booking your next trip to London, check out AGENT’s list of the 11 most luxurious hotels London has to offer.
1. The Dorchester
The Dorchester is well known as one of the most luxurious hotels on the planet. Located between Hyde Park and Mayfair, the hotel houses a Michelin-starred restaurant, and among its notable offerings is an award-winning afternoon tea. China Tang claims to create the most authentic Cantonese food outside of China, as well as boasting a beautiful art-deco inspired bar (pictured).
2. The Ritz
For 110 years, The Ritz has been a London landmark, reflecting and welcoming the best of society at its location between Mayfair and St James. The hotel has a fabulous array of bars and restaurants, including Afternoon Tea in The Palm Court, The Ritz Restaurant, founded by master chef Auguste Escoffier, and the classy Rivoli Bar. When it comes to accommodation, The Royal Suite is amongst the most lavish hotel rooms in the world, occupying a two-storey 18th Century mansion adjoining the hotel.
3. The Savoy
Since opening in 1889, The Savoy has provided luxury accommodation on London’s Strand, largely catering to American guests and those involved in the theatre and film industries. Today, it’s perfect for those who want to stay in an important historical institution while still having access to modern conveniences such as a spa, pool and 24-hour gym. The Thames Foyer (pictured) is especially stunning, hosting Afternoon Tea under a huge glass dome.
4. Brown’s Hotel
Located in the heart of Mayfair, Brown’s Hotel has been hosting the most sophisticated of guests since 1837. Their award-winning English Tea Room serves the most delectable of afternoon teas, while modern British cuisine is celebrated at Hix Mayfair, led by Mark Hix and with British artists such as Tracey Emin adorning the walls. The Kipling Suite (pictured) is particularly stylish with its jungle-inspired interior, celebrating Rudyard Kipling who wrote The Jungle Book while staying at the hotel.
This art deco gem in Mayfair is graced by some of the most beautiful design from the 1920s and 30s, and the hotel remains a favourite with the most stylish members of high society. Claridge’s boasts a beautiful spa and gym, with a variety of excellent bars and restaurants. The Royal Suite provides the most luxurious of accommodation, with original Edwardian furniture, a grand piano and dining room which seats 10.
6. The Goring
As the only luxury hotel in London to be run and owned by the family that built it, The Goring has a strong connection to classic English hospitality. The hotel provides the best of food and drink, in the Michelin-starred restaurant, the Bar and Lounge where afternoon tea is served or the quintessentially English Gin Garden. Accommodation in the Royal Suite is nothing if not lavish, designed in 2011 by Russell Sage featuring two marble bathrooms, a grand piano, a four-poster bed and a life-size portrait of Queen Victoria.
7. Bulgari Hotel
Opened in 2012, The Bulgari Hotel is the most contemporary on our list, but that doesn’t make it any less extravagant. The hotel has incredible facilities, including a 47 seat cinema, a 25-metre swimming pool, a Cigar Shop, a Ballroom, a full gym and a large spa treatment centre. In terms of food and drink, Il Bar is perhaps the classiest watering-hole in Knightsbridge, featuring a beautiful hammered silver bar inspired by the designs of Sortiro Bulgari.
8. St James’ Court
Ideally located between Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament, St James’ Court Hotel has been providing luxurious hospitality since 1902. Owned by the Taj Hotel Group since 2010, the hotel now features Indian-inspired color schemes and interior design as well as modern conveniences like a wellness centre and complimentary wifi.
9. Four Seasons Hotel
The Four Seasons Hotel in London is located on Park Lane, on the corner of Hyde Park. The hotel features beautiful rooms and suites with high-tech en-suite bathrooms and a state of the art fitness centre and spa on the tenth floor. The Amaranto Restaurant, Bar and Lounge (pictured) provides an incredible dining experience with its bold red decor and Italian-inspired cuisine.
10. The Lanesborough
Also located on Hyde Park Corner, The Lanesborough is recognised as one of London’s most luxurious hotels, due to choice of fine dining options and 24 hour butler service. The hotel occupies a Regency London building often compared to The National Gallery, and features original Georgian features, recently refurbished. The library bar (pictured), has an intimate, cosy atmosphere, with an open fire and bookcases of leather-bound volumes.
11. Mandarin Oriental London
With its iconic turreted exterior and opulent rooms and suites, the Mandarin Oriental is a jewel conveniently located in Hyde Park. There’s no shortage of great food and drink in the hotel, with the Eastern-inspired Mandarin Bar, Heston Blumenthal’s experimental restaurant and the fresh Roseberry Lounge (pictured) which serves the perfect afternoon tea.