15 Best London Hotels

London is one of the world’s global cities, and that’s absolutely true. With centuries of history, famous attractions, world-class dining, great nightlife and plenty of iconic attractions, you’ll find that you won’t be bored in London.

From the West End to the East End, the places to gain a foothold in London are practically endless; add in some of the best hotels in the world, and potential visitors are spoilt for choice. To help narrow it down, here’s a more curated selection of London’s best and brightest hotels.

1. The Shard Shangri-La Hotel

Shangri-La hotel

Shangri-La is actually housed within London’s iconic The Shard – floors 34 to 52 to be exact – Shangri-La is a 5-star hotel with stunning views of the British capital’s skyline.

The rooms here are stylishly decorated and individually designed, with floor-to-ceiling windows, so the views of London really take centre stage. With a dizzying array of facilities – including three restaurants, London’s highest bar and a swimming pool on the 52nd floor – guests won’t love it.

Location: Its setting within the Shard means it’s on St Thomas Street, just a few minutes’ walk from nearby landmarks such as Borough Market and London Bridge Underground Station.

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2. The Langham, London

The Langham, London

As London’s famous classic hotel, The Langham has long been a part of London’s luxury landscape. First opened in 1865, it has hosted foreign dignitaries, royalty and celebrities throughout its 150-year history.

Inside, it’s as luxurious as you can imagine – from the comfortably furnished rooms, to the award-winning bar and restaurant. There’s even a delightful Palm Pavilion to indulge in afternoon tea. The on-site spa and health club features a 20-yard swimming pool, well-equipped gym and steam room.

Location: On Regent Street, close to Oxford Circus, all shopping and entertainment in Soho, and West End jewels like The Palladium.

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3. Ace Hotel Shoreditch, London

Ace Hotel London Shoreditch

Ace Hotel London Shoreditch is a stylish, stylish hotel with a cheerful atmosphere. Throughout, its design pays homage to punk, with bold graphic tastes the main theme of the day; each room is also uniquely decorated, making it an absolutely cool place to stay.

Enjoy a meal at the Ace Hotel’s restaurant (catering for all dietary needs), or enjoy a variety of refreshments at the on-site juice bar – but juices aside, there’s also a rooftop bar for some fun.

Location: Located in trendy Shoreditch, less than a 10-minute walk from Brick Lane, nearby Old Street Metro Station provides easy access to all parts of the city.

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4. Ned

Ned

The Ned is housed in a former bank with a long history. Designed by Sir Edwin “Ned” Lutyens in 1924, this Grade I listed building today incorporates vintage furniture from the 20’s and 30’s, adding a luxurious touch to modern luxury.

The former Great Bank Hall now houses eight restaurants, so guests are never stuck eating at The Ned. Other great facilities here include a spa, gym and swimming pool, while some suites even have their own terrace.

Location: Located in the City of London, a stone’s throw from St Paul’s Cathedral and a 15-minute walk to Oxford Street, Soho and the West End.

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5. Ventry and Mercer

Ventry and Mercer

Vintry & Mercer is known for its barrel style. Black and white tiles, indoor plants, curated details, and a selection of mid-century modern furniture are like living on the pages of a luxury design magazine.

Designed in a minimalist boutique style, the rooms are sleek and stylish, while all the facilities throughout the hotel have a high-end feel, especially the on-site restaurant, which serves a delicious variety of British and Asian cuisine.

Location: Less than a kilometer from Sao Paulo and near the Mansion House subway station. From here it’s easy to stroll along the legendary River Thames into central London.

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6. Leonardo Royal London St Paul

Leonardo Royal London St Paul

This 5-star hotel is a marvel of modern hotels, with its lobby featuring a huge glass atrium, where guests can find no less than four restaurants to satisfy their appetites. The rooms here are clean and quiet, with nice furniture and large windows – allowing the view of St Paul’s Cathedral to steal the show.

Elsewhere, there’s a health and fitness club to take advantage of, including taking fitness classes and even an on-site personal trainer.

Location: Situated next to St Paul’s Cathedral, living here means being within walking distance of the Blackfriars, Millennium Bridge, the London Stock Exchange and other magnificent sights of London’s business district.

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7. Melia’s ME London

Melia London ME

Another contemporary luxury hotel in London, ME London by Melia is certainly a designer choice. Described as having a “cosmopolitan vibe”, the hotel has chic rooms with integrated technology, Balinese showers and floor-to-ceiling windows.

The lounge bar has a more contemporary design and serves evening drinks, or you might want to opt for the rooftop cocktail bar – also a go-to spot for breakfast.

Location: Overlooking Somerset House (home of London Fashion Week) on the Strand, from here you’ll be close to the Lyceum Theatre, London Transport Museum and bustling Covent Garden.

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8. Bloomsbury Hotel

Bloomsbury Hotels

The magnificent Bloomsbury Hotel offers top service by attentive, professional staff, beautifully appointed rooms and a relaxing guest lounge with a cosy fireplace.

Living here doesn’t even feel like you’re in a hotel – it’s a good way to go. The cosy Bloomsbury Club bar and restaurant offers a world-class London experience with classic food and drinks. You can also choose to have dinner in the Dalloway Lounge with terrace.

Location: On Great Russell Street, The Bloomsbury is surrounded by entertainment in the West End – think numerous theatres, Leicester Square within a 10-minute walk, all the shops of Oxford Street and Soho for eating and drinking.

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9. Hotel & Numbers

Ampersand Hotel

The Ampersand Hotel is set in a Victorian building that has been carefully refurbished to suit the modern style. This is a cosmopolitan modern hotel with a luxurious overall style, with original Victorian features including a spacious chandelier-lit spiral staircase.

Rooms here are classically decorated with bold wallpaper and period features for a stylish stay. Guests can use the games room, work out in the gym or grab a bite to eat in one of the hotel’s living rooms.

Location: In upscale Kensington and Chelsea, the world-famous Natural History Museum is a two-minute walk away, as is the Victoria and Albert Museum (aka V&A).

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10. Academy

College

Sultry interiors combine with the Academy’s classic design to bring the ultimate in sophistication and relaxation to London. Designed by an award-winning team, rooms feature marble bathrooms and custom furniture.

Housed in a row of Georgian townhouses, The Academy serves a daily continental buffet, as well as a bar with a terrace and afternoon tea for a quintessential high-end British experience.

Location: Located in Bloomsbury, the West End is within easy reach. Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Piccadilly Circus are just a short walk from here; the British Museum is almost on the doorstep.

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11. Rosewood London

Rosewood London

A stay at Rosewood London is a regal experience—from its grand façade to its spacious, stylish guestrooms. This place is undoubtedly one of the best hotels in London with excellent service.

The luxurious Mirror Room is open all day until late, and the elegant Holborn Dining Room serves breakfast. In addition to eating and drinking, you can choose to unwind at the incredible Rosewood Spa.

Location: Covent Garden is a 5-minute walk from the hotel’s Holborn and High Holborn is just a stone’s throw away. Many theatres in the West End are also easily walkable from here.

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12. Dorchester

Dorchester

With a Michelin-starred restaurant and a 5-star certificate, The Dorchester is one of London’s top luxury hotels. Housed in a beautiful historic building, the rooms here have been carefully designed with boutique décor and period features.

Guests can work out in the fitness center or relax in the Dorchester Spa; even that’s ultra-luxurious, with chandeliers made from South Pacific pearls. Throughout the hotel, fresh flowers are arranged every day and it feels well taken care of.

Where: In Westminster, between Marble Arch and Hyde Park Corner, high-end Knightsbridge (home to Harrods) is a ten-minute walk away, and Buckingham Palace is just over half a mile away.

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13. Andaz Liverpool Street London

Andaz London Liverpool Street

Combining sleek modernity with Victorian decor, Andaz London Liverpool Street boasts 267 rooms, seven restaurants and bars and a 24-hour health club.

Everything has been thought out for guests’ comfort, including yukata robes and complimentary wine and snacks in the lobby. It’s a chunk of luxury.

Location: Right next to Liverpool Street Station, there are many transport links and Old Spitalfields Market is just a 5-minute walk away. Brick Lane is also easy to walk.

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14. Kensington Hotel

Kensington Hotel

Simple and stylish, Kensington offers guests a peaceful setting to relax and unwind, with elegant features – think chandeliers and four-poster beds – found throughout the hotel. Some suites are designed for families, while others have private balconies overlooking London.

The quaint living room houses the hotel’s dining room, along with a fitness center to while away all afternoon tea.

Location: In the heart of South Kensington, the area’s tube station is just 500 yards away, but the ‘Musem Mile’ – including the V&A, Natural History Museum and Science Museum – is just a 5-minute walk away. Harrods is just a 20-minute walk away.

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15. Royal Cafe Hotel

Royal Cafe Hotel

With a 5-star name, Hotel Cafe Royal has 160 rooms of the highest specification; they are ultra-modern, with clean lines and neutral colours, creating a bright, airy space for you to relax and unwind after exploring London.

Guests can take advantage of many amenities here. There is a holistic wellness centre with a state-of-the-art gym, swimming pool and hammam. A range of restaurants and bars will amaze any visitor – including the stunning Louis XVI-style Oscar Wilde Lounge.

Where: Cafe Royal is located in the upscale Mayfair area of ​​Regent Street, just a mile from the Theatre District (West End). It is also easy to walk to Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the British Museum.

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