As one of the most famous cities in the world, steeped in history, culture and world-renowned landmarks, it’s no wonder everyone is dying to visit London. From celebrities to highflyers, the world’s elite can be found vacationing in the capital, soaking up the vibrant atmosphere and relaxing in opulence. Whether you are looking to spend some time sightseeing or visiting for retail therapy, you’re going to need somewhere to stay. If luxury is a must on your vacations, then we have just the places for you. We have compiled the best hotels London has to offer. From hipster opulence to regency luxury, we have something for everyone.
Let’s look at some of the ultimate luxury hotels in Central London and see which one takes your fancy.
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“The London EDITION has renovated this beautiful period building and put a modern twist on it. Think Bridgerton meets Charles and Ray Eames.“
EDITION is one of the worlds hottest hotel brands right now, with hotels in major cities such as London, Tokyo and Hollywood. What makes the London EDITION stand out? The beauty of the mix between period and modern design. Staying true to the beauty of this landmark building, EDITION has painstakingly curated an interior that just oozes opulence. Located on the edge of Soho, this hotel is on the doorstep of one of the coolest locations in London. Not that you’ll want to explore when the hotel has so much to offer.
Featuring not one but two bars, EDITION caters for both, those looking for a relaxing drink or a party vibe. The Lobby Bar provides a wide range of options with a relaxing environment, while the Punch Room is more aligned with a traditional London private members club. In the mood for food? The Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton’s restaurant Berners Tavern offers a traditional English dining experience with a modern twist.Check availability
“It’s like being by the seaside… in the middle of the city! The calmness of the blue and the softness of the natural materials creates a very zen-like atmosphere.”
If you are visiting London for sightseeing, then Inhabit is perfectly located. Situated near Paddington station, it’s an ideal spot for those wanting to leave the car behind. Focusing on a healthy mind and body, Inhabit offers a plant-based menu in their café and a gym that offers yoga classes or even organised running routes for those wanting to explore nearby Hyde Park. With a minimalist approach to their décor, this hotel offers rest for the soul as well as an experience for the body. This is the perfect stay for those looking for a less formal hotel and a more person-centred approach to hospitality.Check availability
“Full of theatre and eccentric interiors, Blakes Hotel is bound to leave a lasting impression on anyone who passes through the doors.”
As well as one of London’s best hotels, Blakes is also known as the world’s first boutique hotel. It’s clear to see from the eccentric opulence that Blakes really has championed the boutique look over the decades. Situated in Chelsea, Blakes prides itself in bringing unique theatrical designs into its rooms. When not enjoying the unique décor of the rooms, you can relax in the art deco-inspired restaurant or have some fun in London’s Best Kept Secret, Blakes Below, a private club for residents and members alike. If theatrical overstatements are your vibe, then Blakes is a great fit for you.Check availability
“A little piece of the Mediterranean in the centre of London! This hotel is perfect for families who are travelling to the capital.”
If you want to be in the centre of the Soho nighttime vibe then the Soho Hotel is one of the best hotels in Central London to help cater for this. Only 5 minutes’ walk from Oxford Street, the Soho Hotel has all the mod cons you would expect in a luxury hotel but with a Mediterranean twist. As well as a fully equipped gym, beauty room and screening rooms, the Refuel Terrace and Restaurant offers a modern menu surrounded by quirky interiors. The Soho Hotel is one of the best hotels London has to offer for families with plenty of kid-friendly facilities such as Nintendo Wiis in the rooms, a babysitting service and additional toys in the rooms on request.Check availability
“If your idea of a holiday is watching back-to-back Grand Designs, then you will LOVE St Martins Lane! It’s a perfect example of Philippe Starck’s brilliance as a designer.”
Quoted as one of the most beautifully designed hotels in Central London, St Martins Lane London combines your typical British eccentricity with the genius of a world-renowned interior designer. Not only is this hotel beautiful, but it is one of the best-equipped hotels in London. As well as offering three different eateries and bars, the key selling point of this hotel is its gym facilities. An Olympic-sized boxing ring, laser-lit dance studios and free bicycle hire all feature in this stunning location. One not to be missed for the interior enthusiasts or gym bunnies.Check availability
“Seeing the sights isn’t enough for some people, so what about staying in one?!”
While the rest of London’s hotels have to focus on their interiors and aesthetics, the Shangri-La doesn’t have to worry, not when each room has a floor-to-ceiling view across the whole of London. Located in The Shard, one of London’s most renowned buildings, the spectacular views are combined with an oriental twist on each room, so when you aren’t admiring the view (binoculars are available in each room), you can relax in luxury. Being 35 floors up, this hotel is not for the faint-hearted! But if you are made of stern stuff, then why not try one of the restaurants, such as the Sky Lounge, which offers a bottomless Champagne experience!Check availability
“For the traditionalists among us, NoMad respects and honours the heritage of this beautiful building while providing a luxurious environment.”
If you are looking for a traditional stay in London and want to soak up all the history and heritage that goes with the area, then the NoMad is one of the best hotels in Central London to visit. This hotel could easily be confused for a turn-of-the-century Gentlemen’s club with its dark oak panelling and huge sash windows. The hotel has both a restaurant and a smaller “pub-style” bar open all day, while the library is reserved solely for guests after 4 pm for cocktails. Situated near the theatre district and Covent Garden, this is the ideal place to stay for the theatre buffs among us.Check availability
“Love celebrity spotting? Then try out the Treehouse Hotel. You’ll be sure to spot one or two on their way to work at the BBC offices or heading off for a meeting on Bond Street.”
Named such because of its lofty location, the Treehouse Hotel London is where the elite like to unwind. Perfectly situated between Regents and Bond Street, you will find a much more sophisticated vibe to this hotel in Central London. As well as the beautiful views, you’ll also find comforting bedrooms and quirky main spaces. The Nest, their rooftop bar with 360-degree views of London’s skyline offers Mexican cuisine and a fun environment.Check availability
“Small but mighty, the Boundary may only have 17 rooms, but it certainly makes an impact!”
If you want to sample the bohemian area of Shoreditch on your stay in London, then the Boundary is perfect for you. Each individually designed room sits snugly within a converted warehouse and just oozes British boho. There is a classic British café (with a bit of added luxury), two bars and even a grocery complete with organic local produce. The Rooftop Bar is a beautiful glass top extension that offers amazing views. Boundary is the ideal location for those in search of the boho vibe encased in the best hotels London provides.Check availability
“It’s like something out of a Jane Austen novel, only with more class! Move over Bridgerton, we’re coming to stay!”
The Knightsbridge Hotel is where class resides, with a clash of modern! Opulent furnishings, mismatching patterns, more is definitely more in this hotel. Located just a short walk away from the infamous Harrods and a short journey from the museum district, this hotel is ideally located for tourists. Full of mod cons, the Knightsbridge Hotel really does put a luxurious spin on classic British hospitality.Check availability
“Period dramas, not your thing? What about a sprinkle of Britpop instead? This hotel is styled like a backdrop of a Spice Girls music video!”
There is no escaping the fact that you are in Britain when you stay at the W London in Leicester Square. With each suite carefully designed with a brit-pop aesthetic in mind, this hotel really will immerse you into the British culture. Being positioned perfectly for the West End, this hotel has many additional facilities such as “the hottest bar in town” The Perception Bar, private screening rooms and a spa with tailor-made treatments.Check availability
“Want English culture away from the traditional tourists? Shoreditch is the place to go! Boho, quirky and definitely everyone’s “go-to” trendsetting location.”
While many boasts they are the best hotels London has to offer, the Mondrian is definitely one of the coolest. Nestled in Shoreditch, this hotel boasts a high-end Mediterranean design. With a palette of natural materials, calming colours and vast paintings, you know you’re in the creative capital of London! The Mondrian is home to Christina’s, a bar that focuses heavily on local produce and only works with companies that promote social impact. Its restaurant, BiBo Shoreditch is a Spanish Kitchen with a luxury twist of star chef Dani Garcia. Overall a beautiful, culturally immersive space.Check availability
So, there you have the top hotels in Central London. Whether you want a Britpop culture shock or you want to re-enact your favourite Jane Austen novel, each of these hotels have something that will cater for everyone’s tastes.