Boutique suites with in-room hot tubs? Award-winning cocktail bars that serve all the classics? Staycations complete with dishes from famous Michelin star chefs? If you’re looking to treat yourself, London has you covered. From modern luxury hotels that are home to some of the finest restaurants and bars around, to new hotel openings located in the heart of the city, these are my favourite luxury hotels in London that you need to discover.
Situated in the thick of it at Covent Garden, this grand building is one of London’s best new hotel openings in recent years. Taking over the old The Bow Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station, the NoMad London fronts luxurious rooms, a stunning restaurant, multiple cocktail bars and even an underground club where you’ll find drag acts and live DJs until late.
🍴 The Restaurant: breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch
🍸 Side Hustle: Mexican-style cocktails and bar snacks | The Atrium Bar: classic cocktails
💸 Rooms from £350
📍 28 Bow Street, London WC2E 7AW
🚉 Covent Garden station
For one of the more affordable luxury hotels in London? You’ve come to the right place. Fronting plush purple velvet decor and gilded gold accents, L’Oscar is the perfect choice for a couples break in London. Take your pick from deluxe bedrooms and a whole range of suites. Together with it’s boujee interiors, this has got to be the most seductive place to stay a night.
🍴 L’Oscar Restaurant: all-day dining and afternoon tea
🍸 The Baptist Bar: cocktails and fine wines in a pretty setting
💸 Rooms from £495
📍 2-6 Southampton Row, WC1B 4AA
🚉 Holborn station
If you’re after luxury hotels in London with an in-room jacuzzi, then you’re in luck. With views of King’s Cross and St Pancras station, The Standard offers its guests the chance to soak up hot tubs from the comfort of your room or suite. Along with space age-styled retrofuturistic decor, you can take advantage of the rooftop terrace, Mexican restaurant, and various bars that promise live DJs with great drinks.
🍴 Isla: al fresco food and drinks on the terrace | Decimo: Mexican brunches and dinner from Michelin-starred chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias
🍸 The Library Lounge: drinks and DJs in an old library | Double Standard: draft beers and classic cocktails | The Rooftop: drinks with a view | Sweeties: late night cocktails and music
💸 Rooms from £150
📍 10 Argyle Street, London WC1H 8EG
🚉 King’s Cross station
Among the most expensive hotels in London, the Rosewood is hidden in a courtyard just off Holborn. Away from the bustle of the West End, the swanky space features elegant rooms, signature sweets, plus plenty of areas for upscale wining and dining. From chef Calum Franklin’s iconic Pie Room, to whiskey and live music at Scarfes Bar (one of my favourite places for drinks), you’re guaranteed an impressive time here.
🍴 Mirror Room: afternoon tea and all-day dining | Holborn Dining Room: British dishes | The Pie Room: award-winning pies
🍸 Scarfes Bar: live jazz and world-class cocktails
💸 Rooms from £700
📍 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN
🚉 Holborn station
I’m not sure whether it’s the sexy, sexy, SEXY bar Silverleaf, or overall opulent air that surrounds Pan Pacific, but either way… I love it. Much quieter than the busy Liverpool Street station which lies only moments away, this City hotel is found within One Bishopsgate Plaza. Guests can take advantage of an infinity pool, spa and fitness centre, Diptyque toiletries, plus low-key luxe drinking and dining venues.
🍴 Straits Kitchen: Singaporean all-day dining | The Orchid Lounge: afternoon tea and English sparkling wines
🍸 Ginger Lily: Asian-inspired drinks in a deluxe setting | Silverleaf: award-winning cocktails with a gorgeous Tom Dixon-designed interior
💸 Rooms from £400
📍 80 Houndsditch, EC3A 7AB
🚉 Liverpool Street station
A favourite among royals, celebrities, and anyone after 5-star service, Claridge’s is the longstanding hotel situated in prime position near Oxford and Regent Street. Think swanky cocktails, charming meals, and impressive service. My top tip? Book your stay at Christmas to see the legendary tree and light display.
🍴 The Foyer & Reading Room: all-day dining and afternoon tea | L’Epicurie: plush meals and private dining
🍸 The Painter’s Room: cocktails and fine wines in a pretty setting | Claridge’s Bar: luxe drinks in an art deco space | The Fumoir: cocktails with 1930s glamour
💸 Rooms from £850
📍 Brook Street, London W1K 4HR
🚉 Bond Street station
Popular among celebs and those in the know, The Mandrake is hidden away in Fitzrovia. Whether you’re here to check out leafy roof terrace in summer or have a sexy sleepover in spring, you’re guaranteed a good time. One of the finest hotels in central London, this one’s great for solo travellers, couples, and anyone in need of after-work drinks that are sure to impress.
🍴 Yopo: South American cuisine, from snacks to dinner
🍸 Jurema Terrace: cocktails and Mexican plates in a gorgeous outdoor terrace | Waeska: ethnobotany-centered cocktail menu
💸 rooms from £400
📍 20-21 Newman Street, W1T 1PG
🚉 Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Road stations
A recent hotel luxury opening, One Hundred Shoreditch has taken over the plot which once housed Ace Hotel. The East London pick combines Shoreditch feels and clean, modern style with a touch of glamour. Goddard & Gibbs brings locally sourced seafood to the table, while Seed Library mixes up easy cocktails from bartender royalty Mr Lyan. For a stunning Shoreditch rooftop, their Palm Springs-inspired venue is looking lush.
🍴 Goddard & Gibbs: British seafood and wine
🍸 The Rooftop: panoramic views with a Palm Spring-style interior | Seed Library: subterranean cocktails by Mr Lyan | Lobby Bar: pizza and drinks
💸 Rooms from £200
📍 100 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JQ
🚉 Old Street station
One of the newest and best luxury hotels in central London, this sprawling staycation spot is touted as the “world’s first super boutique” stay. Expect a range of restaurants, bars, gym, and a slick spa in the form of The Retreat. When you’re not being pampered with a massage or blow-dry, check into your stunning suite and check out the expansive hospitality offering which include East Asian dishes and world-class cocktails.
🍴 Whitcomb’s: upscale French Mediterranean food | 8 At The Londoner: Japanese food and cocktails on the rooftop
🍸 Joshua’s Tavern: gin-focused gastro pub | The Stage: Champagne bar with afternoon tea | Refuel: health bar with detox menu
💸 Rooms from £485
📍 38 Leicester Square, WC2H 7DX
🚉 Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square station
The best hotels in London with a view? They don’t come cheap at The Berkeley. A Knightsbridge mainstay for years, the hotel began as a coffee shop back in the 1700s. Now, it’s offering modern grandeur through stunning rooms and a number of swish bars. For me though, the best time to visit is summer – when the rooftop swimming pool comes into its own and the team transform the space into a seasonal pop-up (previous years have seen beach huts and an Amalfi theme).
🍴 Cedric Grolet: all-day dining and afternoon tea | The Berkeley Cafe: plush meals and private dining | Il Giardino: Italian restaurant | Marcus: contemporary plates from Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing
🍸 Blue Bar: colour-coded cocktails | The Berkeley Bar: classics in a beautiful setting
💸 rooms from £1000
📍 Wilton Place, SW1X 7RL
🚉 Knightsbridge station
A staple for over 130 years, The Savoy is undoubtedly one of the most classic spots around. Located just off The Strand, this legendary hotel is home to deluxe rooms, suites with balconies, an indoor pool, 24 hour gym, and even a butler service. In terms of dining, expect Gordon Ramsay’s cooking, award-winning cocktail bars and more. The Savoy’s drinks list is so famous, that it has it’s own cocktail book and is known as the birthplace of some of the best known tipples.
🍴 River by Gordon Ramsay: seafood with panoramic views of the Thames | Savoy Grill by Gordon Ramsay: British and French-inspired menu
🍸 Beaufort Bar: Champagne and cocktails | American Bar: world-class classics with a twist
💸 rooms from £850
📍 Brook Street, London W1K 4HR
🚉 Bond Street station
Opening later this year, Raffles is one of the most exciting new hotel openings in 2023. Fronting a whopping 11 restaurants and bars, it’s giving The Ned a run for its money. Expect grand interiors, a Guerlain-branded spa, and glamorous rooms in the former office building that was once used by Winston Churchill as headquarters during World War II.
🍴 Paper Moon and restaurants tbc
🍸 bars tbc
💸 price tbc
📍 Whitehall, London SW1A 2EU
🚉 Embankment station