The Best Hotels in London: A Comprehensive Guide

Over the years, Claridge's has acquired an almost mythical aura, making it more than the sum of its parts. As for the word “best” in our headline, with its know-it-all touch of certainty, well, provoking a bit of civilized debate is part of the purpose of lists like these. We hope you'll agree that our idea of what's best is generally based on money. If you don't, you can take comfort in the fact that there are at least 123,000 alternatives available during your stay in London.

Not that there's anything wrong with his pieces: an irresistible hybrid of Art Deco style, grandiose Victorian details and discreet, stylized contemporary luxury. To walk through its revolving doors, which feel strangely fragile, is to move on to another, more beautiful world. The lobby serves one of the best afternoon teas in London and it's a must to have a drink at the bar (or, better yet, in the small fumoir with Lalique panels). Forever on our list of the best hotels in London.

The Berkeley, which is part of the Maybourne Group, which also manages Claridge's and The Connaught, looks a bit like both, but not much like either of them. A boy from the early 1970s has no patrimonial ornaments; on the other hand, he looks cool, discreet, not specifically modern. Relax your sore muscles and achieve a state of serenity at the Blue Bar or in the gym, home to one of the best spas in London. The views over Hyde Park are excellent; the rooftop pool is itself as beautiful as a painting, although too small to be useful for anyone who wants to swim.

As compensation, there's Andre Fu's 288-square-meter Opus Suite, a spectacular space with more impressive views. There have been some changes at The Ritz in recent years. Above all, there was the renovation of the Rivoli Bar (which serves the best presented cocktails in London) and the acquisition of the magnificent William Kent House next door (César Ritz's dream since he built the hotel in 190). However, the main public spaces, including the adored Palm Court and dining room, aligned along the sumptuous gallery that extends across the building, from Arlington Street at one end to Green Park at the other, remain unchanged.

Here you still have the feeling, enhanced by the intense, warm and golden glow of this part of the hotel, of having been found preserved in amber. No famous interior designer has been carried away by the rooms, which retain their original Louis XVI style and a bright palette of pinks, yellows and blues. Designer Tom Dixon went ahead with the maritime theme and transformed Sea Containers House, a large office building on the south bank of the Thames, into a hotel that pretends to look like an ocean liner. However, an ocean liner that also refers to Art Deco, Pop Art and the discotheque, and that makes expressive use of a clearly non-nautical palette (velvet stools in mimosa yellow, closets in bubblegum pink, staff uniforms in light blue). Outside, you'll see the Tate Modern on your left, Shakespeare's Globe on your right and all of London seemingly stretches out before you under the balcony of the hotel's bright and daring rooftop bar 12th Knot. As delicious as the huge piece of cake it looks like when viewed from the right place next to Thames.

No less than 1,001 baccarat crystals illuminate the double-height lobby with Victorian pillars whose parquet floors and an elegant palette of creams candies and charcoal with touches of lime green evoke splendor of afterlife. Guests who have a list of London attractions to visit will find this hotel an ideal starting point just a short distance from Downing Street Trafalgar Square Parliament Buckingham Palace Theatreland and South Bank (if you stay in one of top-floor suites with terrace you can save time and see them all at once). The ESPA Life spa covers four levels with 15 treatment “capsules” a marble and leather spa room glass-clad sauna and steel-clad pool. Apparently its walls were built to withstand just about anything that nature or man could throw at them; The Dorch's reputation is just as strong. Whether it's to your taste or not just take a look at The Promenade right next to lobby to make decision there's no denying its wow factor.

It has two best hotel restaurants in city (Alain Ducasse and recently renovated Grill) one most enduring nightspots (China Tang) and one best waiters (eternal Giuliano Morandin). There's impressive variety between rooms from Oliver Messel's immaculate 1950s time capsule apartments to classic chintz and more contemporary ones and spa inspires fanatical loyalty. The Nobu Hotel Portman Square extends to cool cosmopolitan terrace reminiscent New York (perhaps appropriate considering that Lower Manhattan was where legendary Nobu restaurant first opened its doors 1999) and builds Nobu's legacy Park Lane while adding fresh minimalist rooms spaces relax complete picture. St Martins Lane opened its doors 90s with extravagant theatrical hotel design thanks fun decoration Philippe Starck. The Treehouse Hotel proud its sustainable plastic-free mission while offering high-end stay heart central London. No matter which best hotels in London traveler chooses experience promises be completely English but there are plenty reasons why readers T+L have voted Shangri-La Shard London No Find out what they are below.

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