Here is a list of what I personally think are the top 5 luxury hotels in London.
Since London is much about private members clubs, these hotels are great to visit if you want to go somewhere elegant for lunch/dinner/afternoon tea or grab a drink with your friends without the hassle of being a member somewhere. The crowd in these hotels is usually very upscale and perfect for people watching.
Owned by the sultan of Brunei and located at Park Lane in Mayfair, The Dorchester is one of London’s most famous and exclusive hotels. I love this hotel because of it’s lavish interior design, when you enter the lobby you feel like you are walking in to someones luxurious and extravagant house.
Many people come here for dining or to have drinks. It’s a social place, easy to meet new people (many arabs & Russians though). I would recommend their restaurant by Alain Ducasse (one of the best michelin starred restaurants in London) and China Tang for food & drinks. Let’s not forget their afternoon tea on the ground floor, which is perfect for people watching.
Rooms: 250 + 49 suites
Restaurants: 5 – The Grill, Alain Ducasse, The Spatisserie, The Promenade, and China Tang.
Bars: 3 – Lobby bar, China Tang, The Promenade.
Location: 53 Park Lane, Mayfair
Cheapest room rate: starting from £480/night
The owner of this hotel owns also my other favourites Claridge’s and Berkeley (see below), but there is something special about The Connaught. It’s much smaller in size than the Dorchester, which makes it feel more intimate. The Connaught is popular for business meetings, afternoon tea and lazy drinks at their popular Coburg bar. It’s actually one of my favourite bars in London, as it’s extremely cozy and brings a good crowd – especially on Sunday afternoons.
Restaurants: 2 – Hélène Darroze at the Connaught, Espelette.
Bars: 2 – The Coburg, The Connaught Bar.
Location: Carlos Place, Mayfair
Cheapest room rate: starting from £567/night
If you haven’t watched the BBC documentary show about the inside world at Claridge´s then I would really recommend to watch it. (It makes you really understand how a luxury hotel of top standard actually functions).
Claridge’s is one of Londons oldest hotels (opened in 1810) and is beautifully designed in true Art Deco style, keeping the classical touches of luxury. This is a hotel popular for weddings, high society events and celebrity spotting. For an outsider, their bars are great for drinks but most famous is their afternoon tea which has been voted as one of the best in London.
Rooms: 203 + 11 suites
Restaurants: 2 – Fera at Claridge’s (Michelin starred), The foayer and reading room
Bars: 2 – The main bar at the ground floor, The Fumoir
Location: Brook street, Mayfair
Cheapest room rate: starting from £504/night
An elegant and popular hotel, situated in a prime location of Knightsbridge – The Berkeley hotel is an important game player for many wealthy visitors (but also celebrities). The hotel is well-known for their rooftop outdoor pool, which is one of the very few non-hotel guests are able to pay a visit (for a fee) during hot summer days in London. For bar-hopping, their Blue Bar is a given choice for any Jetset Babe out there.
Restaurants: 3 – Koffmann’s, Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley (Michelin starred), The caramel room
Bars: 1 – The Blue bar
Location: Wilton place, Knightsbridge
Cheapest room rate: starting from £420/night
Owned by arabs, Wellesley is a luxury townhouse with the inspiration from the 1920’s. This upscale hotel may be small in size, but just intimate enough for those guests who seek an elegant but more private hotel. All of their 36 rooms have butler service and the hotel offer their guests complimentary service with a chauffeur driven Roll Royce.
For cigar lovers I think their heated outdoor terrace bar is great any time of the year to enjoy some of the best cigars in the world. But even better is their Jazz lounge which has got live music every thursday, friday and saturday. Perfect in my eyes when you want to enjoy some elegant fine dining with live entertainment.
Restaurants: 2 – Oval restaurant, Jazz lounge
Bars: 3 – Crystal Bar, Cigar terrace, Jazz Lounge
Location: 11 Knightsbridge
Cheapest room rate: starting from £505/night
Other luxury hotels
If you ever visit London and would like to pop in somewhere classy for food or drinks – then visit any of the hotels I recommend in this post. Here is a list with other hotels worth checking out:
45 Park Lane hotel – Mayfair
The Athenaeum Hotel – Mayfair
Baglioni – High street Kensington
Blake’s hotel – Chelsea
Brown’s hotel – Mayfair
Bulgari hotel – Knightsbridge
Capital hotel – Knightsbridge
Chiltern Firehouse – Marylebone
Four Seasons – Mayfair
Goring Hotel – Belgravia
Grosvenor House – Mayfair
Halkin – Belgravia
Ham Yard – Soho
Hilton Park Lane – Mayfair
Hyatt Regency Churchill – Mayfair
Home House – Mayfair
Intercontinental Park Lane – Mayfair
Jumeirah Carlton Tower – Knightsbridge
Landmark – Marylebone
Lanesborough Hotel – Knightsbridge
Langham hotel – Marylebone
Le Meridien – Mayfair
Mandarin Oriental – Knightsbridge
One Aldwych – The strand
Ritz – Mayfair
Savoy – The strand
Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences – Belgravia