London visitors are certainly spoiled when it comes to hotels. If you want a historic Mayfair outpost or a trendy East London hangout or a West London classic, the biggest challenge will be narrowing down the options. From celebrity haunts and under-the-radar gems, to Michelin-starred chefs and bustling coffee shops, it’s easy to see why the UK’s capital attracts a surfeit of tourists each year. And there are always new properties continually cropping up—while older hotels go under the knife to keep up with the demands of the modern traveler. But whether you’re in town for business or pleasure, London will always have the perfect property on offer.
A hidden gem in Mayfair, The Beaumont offers 73 perfectly proportioned rooms and suites alongside Art Deco-inspired interiors. Throughout the polished mahogany-colored walls, guests will find a covetable collection of vintage furniture, rare books, objets d’art and more than 1,500 pieces of specially commissioned artwork. The Colony Grill is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner—serving decadent 1920s classics.
The Hoxton, Shoreditch
Retro telephones, exposed brick, and low-slung lighting are featured front-and-center at the Hoxton Hotel in Shoreditch. With rooms available in Shoebox, Cosy, and Roomy size, the atmosphere throughout is fun and fresh. The bar is heaving most evenings and the Hoxton Grill serves American-style diner food all day and night until late.
With its neoclassical facade, London Edition finds a perfect harmony between elegant and galvanic. The dark-paneled Punch Room bar lives up to its name serving over 30 punches and Jason Atherton’s Berners Tavern is a delight for the eyes with its high ceilings, baroque finishes, and reams of colorful artwork. The rooms and suites are simple with minimal decor, save a faux fur throw here and a pop of colors from a painting there. There is no spa but there’s a well-designed gym and eclectic downstairs event space that used to be a night club.
Four Seasons 10 Trinity Square
What is now the Four Seasons 10 Trinity Square was once the Port of London Authority headquarters, a vital landmark amidst Tower Hill—a Grade II-listed building dating back to the 1920s. There are 100 rooms, as well as residences, and a private members club. If budget permits, book an executive room: It’s three times the size of the standard room. Anne-Sophie Pic operates an outstanding eponymous three-Michelin-starred restaurant from the hotel. And Mei Ume serves Chinese and Japanese cuisine with a contemporary edge—while The Rotunda serves snacks and light meals throughout the day.
The property is a playful and refined central London hotel with an Edwardian courtyard, an eccentric cocktail bar, a serene spa offering treatments from Maison Caulières, and a Face Place—as well as a dramatic brasserie restaurant. (Look out for the tartan-trouser-wearing waiters.) Each of the 262 rooms are well sized with decor that is both grand and cozy. It’s also worth noting that the fully-stocked mini bars are complimentary—minus the alcoholic beverages.
Brown’s Hotel is certainly a London luminary. Set moments from Green Park station it is widely considered the oldest hotel in London. Esteemed names line this hotel’s history: It’s where Rudyard Kipling completed The Jungle Book, what Agatha Christie based her book At Bertram’s Hotel on, and it’s even where Alexander Graham Bell placed London’s first telephone call. Rooms at this Rocco Forte hotel are elegant with special touches like hand-painted wallpaper. The Donovan Bar is outrageously chic with its velvet furnishings and flirty fashion photography on the walls. And Beck, the pared-down Italian fine-dining restaurant by Heinz Beck, is divine.
The Connaught’s marmalade-colored facade is a London icon. The hotel is the ideal merging of old and new—from butlers who fold and unfold your clothes to the divine Aman spa to the two-Michelin-starred restaurant by Hélène Darroze, and 30,000 pieces of original artwork lining the hallways. The 121 rooms all have a contemporary feel and sweeping views of Adams Row, Carlos Place, or the leafy inner courtyard. The marble-clad bathrooms deserve a special mention, with their heated loo seats, built-in television sets, and bespoke range of Cowshed products.
The Mandarin Oriental
This luxurious Edwardian hotel overlooking Hyde Park has undergone a recent renovation—lightening, brightening, and modernizing the rooms and common spaces. Designer Joyce Wang has brought a sense of clarity and fun into the hotel. An added bonus: the colossal nature photographs from Mary McCartney decorating the hotel hallways and corridors. Make time to take a dip in the subterranean 17-meter pool.
Ham Yard Hotel
It’s almost more time efficient to list the amenities the Ham Yard Hotel does not have. The hotel’s has a bowling alley, a spa, a cinema, and even a rooftop terrace with a blooming kitchen garden. Eccentric, elegant, and full of fun, the interiors were designed by owner Kit Kemp and feature no shortage of colors, patterns, and textures. Each of the 91 rooms and suites (plus 24 apartments) delights the senses.
Not far from Harro