20 best luxury hotels in London

The Lanesborough Suite

Even for those who often stay in luxury hotels, I believe London offers some truly memorable places to sleep, dine and drink in. I love that the finest 5 star luxury hotels in London offer all sorts of one-off and entirely unforgettable experiences.

You can dine at some of the world’s most innovative restaurants, enjoy unparalleled views over famous landmarks, be pampered at a cutting-edge spa, and explore some of the capital’s most peaceful or lively hidden corners. All before turning in for a night of sumptuous luxury. 

I can’t think of a better way to spend a night in the beating heart of one of the world’s most enthralling capital cities.

Every single one of the top London hotels I’ve selected for this guide provide you with a night or more that I’m sure you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

Given that I spend the majority of my time in London – exploring, working and staying overnight – I’ve been lucky to experience some of the best London hotels.

I’ve combined my personal experience of staying at these hotels with recommendations from fellow travellers to bring you my ultimate list of luxury London boltholes. 

Author Bio: Jessie Moore

Jessie Moore is a luxury travel expert with years of experience travelling the world to find the best destinations, hotels and adventures.

Top luxury hotels in London

1. The Langham

Address: 1C Portland Pl, London W1B 1JA

Best for: Legendary hospitality

The Langham Executive Room

Situated on bustling Regent Street, I love that the location of The Langham is ideal for shoppers, theatre-goers, foodies and sightseers alike. This five star property offers 380 deluxe rooms and suites.

The Langham’s elegant interior is a study in blending the classic and the contemporary in perfect harmony.

A range of food and drink options are available, including afternoon tea, private dining by Roux, elevated pub food at The Wigmore and exclusive venue The Langham Club on the third floor. 

Even if you’re not staying at The Langham, The Wigmore is one of my favourite places for a bit to eat in this part of London.

To cap it all, this iconic and luxurious London property also offers the Chuan Body + Soul spa, along with a 16 metre pool housed in an old bank vault. For me, this is one of the hotel’s best kept secrets!

Plus, beautiful Regent’s Park is just a short hop, skip and jump away. 

Book via Booking.com or benefit from perks like room upgrades when you book with ASMALLWORLD.

2. Mandarin Oriental

Address: 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA

Best for: Prestigious location

Mandarin Oriental Hotel

London’s Mandarin Oriental occupies one of the capital’s most prestigious positions and I love how iconic it is.

Located in Knightsbridge, it is close to Harrods and Harvey Nichols, two of the world’s best loved department stores.

Mandarin Oriental Bedroom

Foodies like me will love Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, which is one of the culinary highlights of this sumptuous property.

I’d really recommend experiencing that bucket list, once-in-a-lifetime kind of tasting menu. All while enjoying unparalleled views over Hyde Park.  

Mandarin Oriental Terrace

The 181 guest rooms and suites, along with the hotel’s shared spaces, are modern yet timeless. Flashes of Asian and art deco style ensure every area is an interior decor enthusiast’s dream.

Do you want VIP benefits, such as late checkouts and room upgrades? Book via the ASMALLWORLD Collection for exclusive perks where available.

3. Bulgari Hotel

Address: 171 Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DW

Best for: All things designer

Bulgari Suite VI Bedroom

Also on Knightsbridge close to designer stores and the sweeping green expanse of Hyde Park is the Bulgari Hotel London.

This is one of the newer luxury hotels in central London. Since its 2012 inception, the Bulgari has been setting the standard for outstanding levels of service.  

Bulgari Deluxe Suite Bathroom

The generous interior spaces are very much designer-led in style and, in my opinion, are breathtakingly beautiful.

While amenities such as butler service to all suites, a cigar lounge, a ballroom, and a private screening room ensure every whim is catered for.

Get VIP treatment when you book with ASMALLWORLD or book via Booking.com.

4. The Goring

Address: 15 Beeston Pl, London SW1W 0JW

Best for: The personal touch

The Goring Hotel Exterior

Unusually among hotels in London, The Goring has now been family owned for over 100 years. And in my opinion, the attention to detail here really reflects this fact.

On Beeston Place in peaceful, leafy Belgravia, The Goring is but a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace.

With 69 rooms, I love that the service at The Goring is a little more personal than that offered at some of the larger 5 star luxury hotels in London.

Classic elegance is the theme throughout, and the setting creates an oasis of refined tranquillity in the heart of England’s capital.

I’d recommend booking via ASMALLWORLD for access to benefits like late checkouts and room upgrade where available.

5. 11 Cadogan Gardens

Address: 11 Cadogan Gardens, London SW3 2RJ

Best for: Playful boutique feel

11 Cadogan Sloane Suite

Situated in a redbrick townhouse in fashionable Chelsea, a stay at 11 Cadogan Gardens means experiencing all that this desirable area has to offer.

This luxury boutique hotel in London offers a range of gorgeous rooms and suites plus six apartments.

Each is truly unique and I love that the property is packed with original Victorian features, such as lofty ceilings, ornate detailing, and handsome bay windows.

11 Cadogan Gardens is home to Hans’ Bar and Grill, where I’ve had the pleasure of eating a couple of times.

It’s a chic venue located close to Sloane Square among Pavilion Road’s clutch of independent boutiques and tempting delis.

6. The Dorchester

Address: 53 Park Ln, London W1K 1QA

Best for: A lively and dynamic atmosphere

The Dorchester Oliver Messel Suite

The Hardy-esque name of The Dorchester is undoubtedly up there with the best luxury hotels in London.

I think there is something so special about turning up outside The Dorchester and being warmly welcomed into its grand interiors.

The Park Lane location brings to mind the most sought-after addresses on the Monopoly board.

It’s a property that’s steeped in local history. The prestigious names of some of the suites – such as Mayfair, Belgravia, and Park – reflect this. 

A serious contender for the title of most luxurious hotel in London, the property’s draws include the decadent spa plus an impressive range of eateries and bars.

The Dorchester Suite Terrace

One of my favourites is the Vesper Bar, a spot I’d highly recommend for some post-work cocktails.

Other options include the three Michelin star Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester and The Wine Vault.

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7. Ham Yard Hotel

Address: 1 Ham Yard, London W1D 7DT

Best for: Urban village feel

Ham Yard Hotel Terrace Suite Bedroom

If your idea of a luxury spa hotel in London is something a little more quirky, I’d highly recommend the Ham Yard Hotel in buzzing Soho. 

With a metropolitan yet intimate atmosphere, the property is built around an attractive, tree-lined square with an original bronze sculpture at the centre. As well as rooms, there are 24 well-appointed apartments. 

Decor is refreshingly modern yet quintessentially British. The hotel houses an eclectic collection of amenities such as a bowling alley, theatre, and library.

There is also a bar and restaurant offering al fresco dining, and a rooftop terrace. 

8. The Savoy

Address: The Strand, London WC2R 0EZ

Best for: Iconic afternoon tea

The Savoy Interior

Like some of the other top 10 luxury hotels in London, The Savoy barely needs an introduction.

Situated slap-bang in the centre of theatreland on The Strand, this landmark property is close to both Covent Garden and the Thames.  

Savoy Bedroom Suite River View

Afternoon tea at The Savoy is a daily institution and is, in my opinion, truly unmissable. The hotel also boasts the Savoy Grill by Gordon Ramsay, as well as an award-winning range of cosy, welcoming bars. 

Rooms and suites are styled along art deco or Edwardian lines, and many offer guests superlative views over the ever-changing waters of the river.

Get access to free room upgrades and other perks when you book with ASMALLWORLD.

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9. Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard

Address: 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9QU

Best for: Spectacular views

Since its completion in 2013, The Shard has rapidly become one of London’s best known landmarks, and the Shangri-La occupies 18 of its 87 floors. 

Undoubtedly my favourite part of a stay here is the panoramic view over the London skyline, which is not only pleasing but also gives you a satisfying sense of place.

Shangri-La Shard Infinity Pool

Many must-see London tourist attractions are also close by, including the South Bank, St Paul’s Cathedral, and Shakespeare’s Globe.

Within Western Europe’s most statuesque building, The Shard also boasts London’s uppermost infinity pool. And trust me when I say, it is truly spectacular!

I’d recommend booking with ASMALLWORLD for VIP benefits like free room upgrades, or book via Booking.com.

10. Brown’s Hotel

Address: 33 Albemarle St, London W1S 4BP

Best for: Seamless blend of history and modernity

Browns Hotel Kipling Suite

In chic and central Mayfair you’ll find Brown’s Hotel, an elegant and archetypal townhouse property on smart Albemarle Street.

Refined, relaxing decor is livened up by touches of modern chintz, bold stripes, twinkling chandeliers, and beautifully preserved original features. I simply adore the interiors here.

This intimate property offers a glorious range of spacious rooms and suites.

There’s also Charlie’s, a restaurant with a romantic vibe and a dash of theatricality, and The Drawing Room, where Queen Victoria herself was once seated to be served a lavish afternoon tea.

11. Andaz Hotel

Address: 40 Liverpool St, London EC2M 7QN

Best for: Contemporary design

Andaz Bedroom

Close to trendy Shoreditch, as well as Liverpool Street Station, Andaz was once one of the capital’s original railway hotels.

The vast redbrick building now houses a range of accommodation, bars and eateries – and even an English pub.

The brainchild of the Hyatt hotel group, I love that Andaz hotels are designed to blend seamlessly into the locale, imbibing each guest with a firm sense of place. 

Attractions include a complimentary mini bar and five restaurants.

While proximity to the East End offers the opportunity to discover local cafe culture, vibrant street art, bustling markets, lively nightlife, and fabulous ethnic food.

Book via Booking.com or access perks like free room upgrades and complimentary breakfast when you book via ASMALLWORLD.

12. Rosewood London

Address: 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN

Best for: Grandeur and sophistication

A haven of luxury and tranquillity in Holborn, the Rosewood’s imposing facade surely makes it one of the most grand luxury hotels in London.

The venue’s dining options centre on the finest British cuisine, and range from the laid-back Pie Room to the colourful Art Afternoon Tea – which I’d really recommend.

Rosewood Luxury Hotel London

If you like the idea of combining London traditions with innovative ideas and more than a dash of artistic flair, I know your going to love Rosewood’s range of rooms and suites.

This hotel could just be the perfect place to stay during your sojourn. I’d recommend booking with ASMALLWORLD to get VIP benefits and exclusive perks.

13. Claridge’s

Address: Brook Street, London W1K 4HR

Best for: An art deco icon

Claridges Lobby

Also in upmarket Mayfair is Claridge’s, another property that I simply could not miss off my list of the top London luxury hotels.

Graceful in the extreme, the interior is a splendid mix of sinuous curves, soothing colour palettes, and dignified grandeur.

A selection of elegant eateries and bars is complemented by superlative service. This Grand Dame of a hotel also boasts its own art space, shop, and wine cellar. 

There is also a spa and wellness centre, and afternoon tea served in The Foyer and Reading Room is an indulgent experience not to be missed.

Book via Booking.com or get access to perks like free room upgrades and late checkouts when you book with ASMALLWORLD.

14. The Connaught

Address: 16 Carlos Pl, London W1K 2AL

Best for: Michelin starred dining

Connaught Bar

Yet another of Mayfair’s most impressive properties is The Connaught.

Tucked away on quiet Carlos Place, this popular choice among luxury five star hotels in London is perfectly primed to provide guests with plush accommodation, superb service, and fabulous facilities. 

A clutch of accolades pays testament to the standards guests can expect. For starters, there is a triple Michelin starred eatery plus the World’s Best Bar 2021 to savour. I’m not sure it gets much better than that!

The Connaught is also home to the world’s first Aman Spa found outside the prestigious chain’s upmarket resorts. While The Connaught Shop offers some incredibly covetable signature bar ware.  

Get VIP benefits when you book and make the most of free room upgrades and late check-outs.

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15. The Lanesborough

Address: Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA

Best for: Elegant luxury

Close to the designer stores of Knightsbridge, South Kensington’s finest museums, and iconic Hyde Park is The Lanesborough. A majestic hotel occupying an imposing pillared and white-fronted building. 

The interior has been subject to a recent overhaul courtesy of Alberto Pinto. It features a Michelin starred restaurant, the buzzing Library Bar, a magnificent spa, and the gorgeous Garden Room. 

The Lanesborough Suite

With 93 delightful rooms and suites, I think The Lanesborough makes the ideal London base for any shoppers, foodies, or history and culture buffs who appreciate life’s finest pleasures.

Book via Booking.com or get VIP benefits like room upgrades when you book with ASMALLWORLD.

16. Corinthia Hotel

Address: Whitehall Pl, London SW1A 2BD

Best for: A sumptuous spa

Corinthia London

Nestled between Charing Cross station and the Houses of Parliament, the Corinthia is close to the glimmering waters of the Thames as well as some of London’s best-loved landmarks like Big Ben.

Decor is elegant and contemporary, while I love that the service benefits from a refreshing lack of stuffiness.

Corinthia London Northall Restaurant

The hotel is also home to Kerridge’s Bar and Grill, the brainchild of one of Britain’s most inventive yet down-to-earth chefs. 

The Corinthia’s exquisite Penthouses really are something incredibly special, offering facilities like butler service, outdoor terraces, walk-in-wardrobes, and exclusive cellar access.

Plus, there’s the groundbreaking ESPA Life spa that is designed to support both physical and mental wellbeing – that’s where you’ll find me!

I’d recommend booking with ASMALLWORLD to access exclusive members benefits.

17. The Londoner

Address: 38 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7DX

Best for: Innovative wellness facilities

The Londoner Deluxe King

For indulgent five star luxury in the heart of London’s West End, I’d highly recommend booking into The Londoner.

Describing themselves as the world’s first super boutique hotel, you can expect a truly special stay. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be greeted with an attentive team to take care of all your needs.

Relax in your sumptuous suite complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, a Handcrafted Vispring mattress, 400 thread count Irish linen, a velvet chaise longue and curated artwork.

Plus all the small but important details like a Dyson hairdryer, Roberts Bluetooth radio, Miller Harris bath amenities and tea from The East India Company.

The Londoner Pool

The Londoner also boasts stunning wellness facilities at The Retreat. Wile away the hours in the swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam room. Count me in!

Before heading to one of the bars and eateries, such as the superfood bar, rooftop lounge bar or French Mediterranean restaurant.

18. The Berkeley

Address: Wilton Pl, London SW1X 7RL

Best for: Modern British luxury

More contemporary in style than other Knightsbridge properties, The Berkeley has certainly earned its place among the top luxury hotels in central London.

I love that The Berkeley’s dining and drinking options also offer something a little different from the norm, with cosy, hygge style wooden cabins and the colourful Prêt-à-Portea afternoon tea featuring couture style cakes.

Berkeley Grand Pavilion Penthouse

You can buy the signature Prêt-à-Portea china, as well as bar and homeware at the hotel shop.

While rooms and suites are characterised by tactile fabrics, marble bathrooms, and one-off artworks.

Book via Booking.com or get access to perks like free room upgrades and late checkouts when you book with ASMALLWORLD.

19. The Beaumont

Address: 8 Balderton St, Brown Hart Gardens, London W1K 6TF

Best for: Old-world luxury

Tucked away on a serene Mayfair square, I’d recommend The Beaumont as one of the top luxury hotels in London for those who value traditional, old school charm.

Think top hats, polished wood panelling and gleaming, monochrome tiled floors.

Beaumont Hotel Bathroom

The location is unbeatable for shoppers, with the stylish shops of Bond Street nearby as well as Selfridge’s.

The proximity of the latter is very apt, given The Beaumont’s Anglo-American heritage. Afternoon tea is served daily in The Gatsby Room – which I’d highly recommend!

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20. Vintry & Mercer

Address: 19-20 Garlick Hill, London EC4V 2AU

Best for: A celebration of The City

Vintry and Mercer Hotel

Close to the City of London and Cannon Street station, Vintry & Mercer is an establishment created to echo the area’s rich history as a trading area for merchants who specialised in luxury goods such as fine wines and exquisite fabrics.

I love that plump beds, velvet-clad headboards and crested cushions are typical features of accommodation at Vintry & Mercer. As are contemporary touches like Marshall speakers and Nespresso machines.

Vintry and Mercer Deluxe Studio

Since its opening in 2019, the Mercer roof terrace has quickly become incredibly popular, and I’d highly recommend stopping by.

Here, guests can dine and sip as they admire the London skyline, spotting St Pauls’ famous dome or The Shard.

Trust me when I say it was difficult narrowing down this list of luxury London hotels! Despite the difficulty, these are certainly my personal favourites in terms of interiors, service, dining and experience.

Let me know any of your favourites in the comments or get in touch on social media!

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