London Luxe – our top picks for the Best Luxury Hotels in London
London has always been the Grande Dame of luxury in the world of hotels. From skyscraper dwellings like the Shangri La Hotel at The Shard (which looks like it’s plucked straight from the Hong Kong skyline) to the elegant and quintessentially British Savoy Hotel, steeped in history and with its buzzing American cocktail bar.
As the London DMC with the most experience in the luxury sector and high net worth individual guests, here we look at our handpicked best London luxury hotels for groups this Winter- old and new. Let’s look a little further into what London hotels have to offer in the luxury sector.
After a controversial refurb in 2016 including a futuristic, metal frontage to the historic facade, the Berkeley continues to thrive as one of London’s most luxurious hotels. Marcus Waering keeps their dining offer up to scratch while the blue bar’s cocktail list is an ever evolving masterpiece. Suites are comfortably appointed for their numerous and well-heeled long term clientele who can choose one from a selection overhauled by two renowned international designers; John Heah and his fusion of Asian and British interiors or Robert Angell’s own style that brings references from the great modernists and the masters of the past, . Their famous high-fashion inspired “pret a por-tea” is one of the quirkiest yet high-end high teas in London and the unrivaled rooftop spa and pool provide a tranquil oasis of serenity – all within a stone’s throw of Harrods, Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace.
Where do you place this in your list of London’s best luxury hotels?
Nobu Hotel Shoreditch
A unique concoction of exquisite cuisine, innovation and creativity, the Nobu Hotel Shoreditch is based in the cultural district of East London whilst being on the doorstep of the capital’s financial centre, the City.
Dine in London’s newest Nobu restaurant where you will find all the Nobu classics but also unique dishes inspired by the vibrancy and creativity of the local area. The design is everything you would expect combining Nobu’s trademark understated luxury. Alternatively choose the Nobu Cafe with it’s private booths if offers the opportunity to enjoy a range of dishes, sip cocktails and watch the world go by.
No luxury hotel would be complete without an indulgent spa to offer your guests that all important ‘me time’. The not to be missed Facial Treatments use the award winning Natura Bisse products, with the ultimate being ‘The Mindful Touch‘ which incorporates a virtual reality experience helping you to connect with the here and now, what a wonderful treat for your guests.
Is this your top pick of best London hotels?
Belmond Cadogan Hotel
Among its hotels spread across some of the world’s most interesting and exciting destinations, we take a look at the Belmond Cadogan Hotel , Belmond’s only London based hotel option situated on Sloane Street in the heart of Chelsea. One of the best hotels in London between two of London’s most stylish neighbourhoods; Knightsbridge for high retailers and luxury brands and Chelsea for trendy drinking spots, craft boutiques and artisanal food.
London is the perfect start or end point for a luxury journey aboard one of the iconic Belmond luxury trains which can take you to Venice, via Paris or going further afield as far as Istanbul. Whether heading South or East, you can be sure a Belmond rail experience is one to remember forever.
For luxury hotels in London, does this get your vote?
The Mandarin Oriental
Staying with options in Knightsbridge, the magnificent Mandarin Oriental has just undergone its most extensive restoration since it opened 117 years ago, reopening fully earlier this year.
For hotel London dining, the Madarin Oriental has it all. The 2-Michelin starred and world renowned restaurant “Dinner by Heston Blumenthal” offers a private dining experience for up to 12 guests, or for a smaller group an extra special dining experience can be had a the Chefs Table. Or you could try the phenomenal Daniel Boulud’s Bistro and Wine bar, Bar Boulud for rustic French food enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere. Dine at the Charcuterie Counter to watch the chefs in action. The Mandarin Bar is one of London’s most popular nightspots exuding style with its impressive cocktail list and bar snacks.
For your next special event, what could be more thrilling than the newly renovated Ballroom and Loggia which have been carefully restored to include 24-carat gilding to its original features. Both venues can be accessed from the park via the private Royal entrance.
Does this London hotel make the top spot on your list?
Vintry and Mercer
This luxury boutique hotel in central London is named after the historic trading gilds of the area; Vintry for the London wine merchants and Mercer for the noble textile sellers specialising in luxury silks and damasks. The 92 unique rooms have been specially thought out to include wonderful textiles in homage to the merchant tailors who sold their wares in the surrounding streets.
Vintry Izakaya, an Asian Tapas restaurant caters for groups and private hire. The restaurant is buzzing all day with wonderful Asian flavours served up on small plates perfect for sharing. Also catering for groups and private hire is the Mercer Roof Terrace where guests can enjoy a table al fresco or in the warm soaking up the wonderfully social atmosphere. The restaurant specialises in freshly sourced ingredients from all over the British Isles. If you are looking for a little more dash and daring, enter Do Not Disturb, an underground speakeasy style bar serving a wonderful selection of cocktails in this fabulous setting as well as delicious and far from ordinary bar snacks.
For luxury boutique hotels, it is hard to top this one.
Four Seasons Trinity Square
Long awaited and hotly anticipated, the Four Seasons Trinity Square finally opened its doors in 2017. Ten Trinity Square has long been regarded as one of Britain’s finest architectural landmarks. This Grade II-listed building built in the Beaux-Arts style, possesses a fascinating history originally housing the headquarters of the Port of London Authority which opened in 1922. Overlooking Tower Bridge and the Tower of London the hotel provides a well-needed luxury bolthole in the area, with access to the City and the river as well as easy access to London’s best attractions. As an offering for distinct meeting space look no further than the beautifully restored UN Ballroom (the setting for the inaugural reception of the United Nations General Assembly in 1946).
If you are looking for activities for your guests, this hotel is so well placed in the heart of the city of London there are a whole host of tours and exclusive events on the doorstep. Invite your guests to an exclusive tour of the Tower of London which includes a private evening viewing of the crown jewells followed by aperatifs and canapes on Tower Green.
Ideal for after work drinks, enjoy delicious cocktails crafted by head bartender, Harry Nikolaou and take in the live music sessions every Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm in the Rotunda Bar, along with a selection of complimentary bar items.
Enjoy Michelin starred dining from Anne-Sophie Pic at La Dame de Pic restaurant or try the traditional Chinese and Japanese at Mei Ume. Throughout the day dining is offered in the Rotunda Lounge under the original beautiful glass domed ceiling in the centreal rotunda, created to emulate that of nearby St. Paul’s Cathedral.
With accommodation choices including rooms, suites, specialty suites and residences, you will be sure to find there is the perfect acommodation for everyone. The specialty suites offer ideal accommodation when travelling with family and friends or for extended stays. Whilst the rooms are perfect for business travellers and couples. Will this be your top pick of London luxury hotels?
Shangri La at The Shard
London was very much ready for a luxury skyscraper hotel and the Shangri La does not disappoint. Taking residence on the 34th to 52nd floors of The Shard, this hotel boasts some serious views – none more stunning than those enjoyed from Gong, the bar at the top of the hotel.
Boasting the accolade of the ‘Highest Hotel in London’, Renzo Piano’s iconic building is the only 5-star luxury hotel in London Bridge. With easy access to all London’s main attractions, nothing spells luxury London like a stay at this very special hotel.
If all that isn’t enough, how about a dip in the highest hotel swimming pool in Western Europe. Experience the indoor infinity pool on level 52 enjoying the London sights from the floor to ceiling windows surrounding the pool and fully equipped gym.
If inspirational venues is what you are looking for, you may like to consider one of the 3 function areas at one of the best luxury hotels of London which feature the all important floor to ceiling windows making the most of the views this super luxury hotel has to offer.
Is this the best hotel in London? We leave it to you to make your own mind up…