Whether you’re headed to London for fun or business, the city offers some of the chicest and most luxurious hotels in the world. What are my favorites? From The Rosewood in Central London to The Connaught, and Soho House’s The Ned, read on for my top picks!
Dating back to 1897, this renowned 5-star luxury hotel in Mayfair is just a short walk from the posh shops on Bond Street and many charming parks, squares and gardens. As a fashion stylist, shopping in London is always at the top of my list, including at boutiques like Browns who carries amazing designers. Some other great shops are Loewe, Chanel, Celine, and Selfridges – the list goes on! Their afternoon tea inside the hotel at the Jean George restaurant is one not to be missed!
This Financial District hotel with historic decor does not disappoint. The Soho House owned hotel isn’t your typical bankers hotel though as this 5 star stylishly decorated space proves. With a nod to 1920’s glamour, the hotel offers a whopping 10 restaurants in this former banking hall, as well as plenty of lounges, a gym, a spa, and much more. Sip on cocktails at Cecconi’s, or dine on appetizers at Millie’s Lounge.
British heritage mixes with contemporary vibes at London’s historic and beautiful Rosewood Hotel. One of the best aspects of this hotel is its proximity to almost anything. Covent Garden, with its charming and shop-filled streets is just a stone’s throw from the hotel, as is Russell Square, The British Museum, and the many theatre’s that line the area. Make sure to experience the Nyetimber Secret Garden, an elegant summer terrace where you will be able to spend your summer sipping sparkling wine beneath colorful wisteria, al fresco style. This timeless and luxurious hotel oozes sophistication and glamour and is historically modern.
Claridge’s in the heart of Mayfair is the epitome of timeless elegance, and one of my favorite 5-star luxury hotels. The art deco hotel has been a mainstay since 1850 and is great for a little afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, freshly-baked scones and pastries. While the outside is art deco in style, the rooms are quite the opposite. Stay in modern and contemporary spaces with views of the beautiful Mayfair neighborhood.
Perfectly positioned between Hyde Park and fashionable Knightsbridge, the 5-star hotel The Berkeley is the epitome of modern British luxury. The hotel is owned and managed by Maybourne Hotel Group, which also owns Claridge’s and The Connaught in Mayfair, London. Designed by British architect Brian O’Rorke, the hotel incorporates restored features from the original building. Make sure to grab a drink at The Berkeley Bar & Terrace, and have afternoon tea in the beautiful Collins Room. Created by acclaimed designer Robert Angell, the charming Collins Room is must visit for food, tea, and cocktails.
Situated in the midst of Soho’s hectic streets is Kit Kemps newer hotels that is a study in opulent English beauty and charm. Like many of the other Firmdale Hotels around England (The Charlotte Street Hotel, Number 16, etc), Kit Kemp does not disappoint in her design of this beautiful space. The hotel revolves around a tree-filled garden with sculptures, and as you walk in, you’ll be charmed by the details of every corner of the lobby. rooms, and other spaces around the hotel. Don’t miss their bowling alley, spa and gym!
As one of Belgravia’s most historic hotel, The Goring, is a 5 star luxury experience unlike any other. Famed for its independent and unique style, and modern British cuisine, the hotel offers traditional English afternoon tea which is a must. Pick from pastries, scones and sandwiches as you sip on the finest blended and fresh teas, or mix it with a glass of Champagne! While the hotel has history, the rooms have been updated with a refined English charm.
The facade of the Charlotte Street Hotel alone is enough to want to make you want to stay there. The Fitzrovia area hotel, another Kit Kemp designed hotel, is perfect to have some tea on their cute terrace and watch the world go by. The massive British flag above the entrance invites guests to guess what is to come as you enter: the elevated and quintessentially British hotel with funky, yet timeless and English decor. See a movie in their screening room, dine at the restaurant on the ground floor, or come for afternoon tea.
Many know Chiltern Firehouse as just a hot London restaurant, but there’s a terrific accompanying hotel. The Andre Balazs luxury hotel features just 26 suites and is located in the heart of Marylebone. Why is this hotel great? It’s one of the first fire stations in London, dating back to 1889 and it was carefully restored to offer guests a unique experience with fine details with historic charm.