10 Best Hotels in London

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The best hotels in London take as much inspiration from the city’s proud heritage as from its cutting-edge present day. For sightseers, it’s a good idea to pick a hotel around Covent Garden or Leicester Square, thanks to the central location and abundance of fun things to see and do. 

London hotels take on many forms. You might pick to stay in a swanky Georgian townhouse in SoHo, a hipster-cool boutique in Shoreditch, or an ultra-luxe hotel with worldwide fame. Thankfully, public transport veins its way through pretty much every area of London, so if you choose to stay slightly outside zones 1 to 3, you can still hop about easily enough.

Independent hotel with a champagne lounge near Hyde Park

Shopping galore

Spanning 7 Georgian townhouses, The Arch London is a 5-minute walk from Marble Arch and 10 minutes from Hyde Park. London’s best shops are within easy reach: Designer boutiques of New Bond Street and Oxford Street's department stores, including Selfridges, are a 15-minute walk.

Music and royalty

Music lovers can enjoy a 9-minute cab ride through Hyde Park for a performance at Royal Albert Hall; magnificent Westminster Abbey, with its Sunday organ recitals, is 13 minutes by cab. Those who love royalty can walk about 30 minutes through Hyde Park to Buckingham Palace.

Afternoon tea

At this family-owned hotel, you can dine on stone-baked pizzas or roasted meats at Hunter 486 restaurant before finishing the evening with a glass of bubbly in Le Salon de Champagne. Relax in front of the fireplace in the lobby. The Martini Library, with its books and fireplaces, is a cozy spot for a sumptuous afternoon tea. Concierge services are available onsite and for your next meeting, there are several meeting rooms.

Individual flair

Classic meets cool in the 82 individually styled rooms, all with free WiFi, HDTVs with international channels, and iPod® docks. After you unwind with Malin+Goetz products in the rainfall shower, you can sip a free soft drink from the minibar or coffee from the Nespresso® machine.

Special deal£299£219
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Luxury boutique hotel in Soho with cool, modern vibe

All the fun of Soho
This top-of-the-class boutique hotel puts you right in the heart of Soho. You’ll be surrounded by restaurants and bars, theaters, and nightlife – and yet The Soho Hotel, Firmdale Hotels is on a quiet mews street.

A shopper’s paradise
With Oxford Street, Regent Street, and Covent Garden within a half mile, you’ll hit great shops whichever way you go. Design emporium Liberty is less than a 10-minute walk. If you need to get away from the bustle, leafy Soho Square is just a few blocks from the hotel.

Space to relax
Guests shower praise on The Soho Hotel, Firmdale Hotels – from the flawless service to the cozy common areas and excellent cocktails at Refuel Bar & Restaurant. Throughout the hotel, designer fabrics and splashes of bold color and patterns create a cool, modern vibe. Temple Spa offers a wide range of treatments (reservations required for some).

Attention to detail
Individually designed guestrooms and suites pamper with premium linens, super-comfortable beds, and luxurious Miller Harris bath products. Spacious and light, with floor-to-ceiling windows, the rooms also feature free WiFi, iPod docks, and flat-screen LCD TVs.

Current deal£312
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Luxe boutique hotel in the heart of London’s theater land

Theatrical setting
Housed in a smart Regency building, this ritzy boutique hotel puts you in the heart of London’s theater land. It’s a 5-minute walk to Charing Cross or Piccadilly Circus, giving you a choice of Tube lines. The flagship stores along Regent Street are all within a mile.

Art on your doorstep
You’ll be just a few blocks from the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square, and a 15-minute stroll from both the Royal Academy and the Courtauld Gallery. Need a rest? Rent a deck chair at nearby St James’s Park.

Making an impression
Guests at Haymarket Hotel, Firmdale Hotels rave about pretty much everything, from the staff and impeccable 24-hour room service to the chic fabrics and furniture. You can enjoy a drink from the library’s honor bar or in trendy Brumus Bar & Restaurant.

Comfy beds and linens
Rooms and suites are stylish, spacious,quiet (windows are double glazed). and designed in a contemporary English style. Guests love the comfy beds, Frette linens, and bespoke Miller Harris toiletries. On the entertainment front, you’ll have free WiFi, a LED TV, an iPod dock, and a DVD/CD player.

Current deal£282
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A stay at Ham Yard Hotel, Firmdale Hotels places you in the heart of London, steps from Piccadilly and Regent Street. Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services.

Current deal£360
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Luxury London hotel in the heart of Mayfair

High style in London
This stylish hotel puts you smack in the heart of London. You'll be walking distance from the elegant boutiques of Bond Street, with the Royal Academy of Arts right around the corner.

Exclusive Mayfair
In the exclusive Mayfair district, Rocco Forte Brown's Hotel puts you close to London's top attractions. Piccadilly is just a block away, and a 15-minute stroll through lush Green Park brings you to Buckingham Palace.

The art of sophistication
Refined sophistication merges with hip style in the form of HIX Mayfair, the hotel's art-gallery-esque restaurant. There's also a luxe spa and state-of-the-art gym, open 24 hours. You can hook up to WiFi throughout the hotel free of charge.

Marble and mosaics
Stylish guestrooms indulge with Egyptian cotton sheets and fluffy bathrobes – and bathrooms are adorned with Bisazza mosaics and Carrara marble. You'll also find contemporary perks like digital flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations.

Current deal£545
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With a stay at Batty Langley's, you'll be centrally located in London, just a 5-minute walk from Brick Lane and 7 minutes by foot from Liverpool Street. Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk.

Current deal£179
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9.8Exceptional (135 reviews)

Luxury boutique hotel near Buckingham Palace

A royal neighborhood
This elite hotel puts you in the heart of London – literally steps from Buckingham Palace. You'll be directly opposite the Royal Mews, where the Queen keeps her coach and carriages, and just 5 minutes from Victoria Station, for both Tube and overground rail services. Self parking available (surcharge).

Art and culture
Many top attractions surround 41. Love art and culture? A 2-minute stroll brings you to the Queen's Gallery. From there you can walk to Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey. For some fresh air and exercise, you can take a turn around the lake in St. James's Park.

White-glove service
Guests rave about the white-glove service at 41, where you'll be greeted by name. The chandelier-lit Executive Lounge serves food all day, and there's a complimentary reception every evening. Leopard Champagne Bar offers Bollinger and caviar in a safari-chic setting.

Striking style
Black-and-white guestrooms thrill with rich mahogany furnishings, Egyptian-cotton linens, handmade mattresses, and marble bathrooms. Thoughtful touches include fresh flowers and scented candles. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel, and room service is 24/7.

Current deal£366
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Luxury boutique hotel, in London's Knightsbridge district

Chic Knightsbridge hotel
The Egerton House Hotel gives you a base in London's posh Knightsbridge district, a 2-minute walk from Brompton Oratory church. The nearest tube station is South Kensington, 7 minutes on foot from the hotel. You'll be within 2 miles of Westminster and the Houses of Parliament.

Near Kensington museums
The Victoria and Albert Museum, which is free to visit and has an impressive art and design collection, is a 3-minute walk away. The neighboring building is the Science Museum, free and ideal for family days out. You can also soon be strolling through Hyde Park, 10 minutes away.

Homey boutique luxury
Guests comment on the attentive staff, and the welcoming, homey feel at The Egerton House Hotel. Antiques and artwork help create a stately yet warm tone in this chic hotel. You can dine in the lounge or bar, which guests recommend for its martini cocktails. Business center is open 24 hours.

Classic English decor
Guestrooms are classically decorated, and details such as 200-thread-count Belgian fabrics set a high standard of comfort and quality. You'll have free WiFi and a flat-screen TV in your guestroom. A host of little extras include Bose iPod docks.

Current deal£318
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With a stay at Knightsbridge Hotel, Firmdale Hotels, you'll be centrally located in London, just a 4-minute walk from Harrods and 8 minutes by foot from Victoria and Albert Museum. Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, express check-out, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby.

Special deal£264£238
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Luxury hotel in Mayfair with rooftop spa, near Hyde Park

Luxury in Mayfair
One of the most luxurious hotels in London, Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane places you on the southern tip of Mayfair, sandwiched between Green Park and Hyde Park. You’ll be a 15-minute walk from Buckingham Palace and 4 minutes from Hyde Park Corner Tube Station.

Rolls Royce service
You can stroll in nearby Hyde Park or go splurge at Harrods or Selfridges, both within a 20-minute walk. Need good seats for a show? The theater desk can get you tickets and arrange for a chauffeur to drive you to the West End in one of the hotel’s courtesy Roll Royce Ghosts.

Spa with a view
Guest rave about the full-service spa, fitness center, and lounge on the 10th floor, which commands views of Big Ben. As you’d expect at a Four Seasons, the staff (including 24-hour concierge service) is a big hit with guests. Amaranto Restaurant serves an Italian-inspired menu.

Gorgeous guestrooms
You can expect a room that is both comfy and cutting edge, in which wood panels and rich fabrics cohabit with PlayStations and iPod docks. You can wrap yourself in thick terry bathrobes, order room service day or night, or simply send some emails using the hotel’s free WiFi.

Current deal£720
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