London’s calling and this time it’s rolled out the red carpet. From dedicated champagne rooms to suites featuring private saunas and grand pianos, when it comes to luxury no city in the world combines traditional glamour with modern opulence quite like London.
Based on our data for the average hotel prices in London, we’ve found that Westminster is the most luxurious neighbourhood to stay in. So, as part of our London Neighbourhoods project, we’ve picked our top five Westminster-based hotels that each offer a unique experience that’s sure to be a cut above the rest…
Check out our luxury guide to Westminster here.
The Savoy is located on the north bank of the River Thames, just a stone’s throw away from Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Mayfair. In short, it’s near the best that London has to offer. A major highlight of the Savoy is the American Bar, London’s oldest surviving cocktail bar which takes its name from when cocktails were still considered to be an American fashion.
Fine dining also takes centre stage with Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill, which offers an informal dining experience in a decadent art-deco setting, whilst Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill presents a British grill menu with a French touch.
A peek inside the Royal Suite…
A procession of elegant stately rooms, the Royal Suite has recently been refurbished so that the Edwardian interior is perfectly blended with state-of-the-art amenities. Guests enter through a marble-floored foyer that opens out onto the study, living room and spacious dining room. The master bedroom features a spacious walk-in dressing room and an en-suite bathroom with a deep pool Jacuzzi and invigorating steam shower.
One of Mayfair’s finest hotels, Connaught is a world apart from top to bottom. The attention to detail, neutral tones and Victorian architecture make it a uniquely luxurious place to stay.
Whilst you’re there be sure to take a dip in the Aman Spa pool, sip on champagne in the exclusive Champagne Bar or taste one of the 6000 wines stored in the cool limestone cellar beneath the kitchens.
A peek inside the Connaught Suite…
Designed by Guy Oliver, the interiors evoke a home away from home atmosphere, with plush furnishings in rich fabrics, plenty of open space and Victorian stone fireplaces garnished with fresh flowers. Enjoy a bottle of chilled Laurent Perrier on arrival whilst taking in the views from the window seats overlooking Mayfair.
One of London’s most well-established Mayfair hotels, Brown’s has made its mark on history in several ways. The hotel considers itself to be one of the originators of Afternoon Tea and Queen Victoria regularly came to call. Additionally, Alexander Graham, the inventor of the telephone, made the first ever telephone call from the hotel and Rudyard Kipling wrote the Jungle Book here.
Brown’s is probably one of the more traditional hotels in London, from the tinkling piano playing in their tea rooms to the oak panelled entrance hall and deep stone fireplaces. The modern restaurant serves British cuisine, created by English chef, Mark Hix.
A peek inside the Kipling Suite…
Named after the illustrious author Rudyard Kipling, this is a spacious and light-filled suite with pale yellows accented by animal sketches and a hint of the Orient. Complimentary to the suite are two half hour spa treatments, airport transfer, unpacking and packing service, in-house movies and the option to have breakfast in bed.
The Berkeley is at the tail end of a multimillion architectural revamp that sees the hotel’s façade glide effortlessly into the 21st century. Once inside, you can enjoy the Berkeley’s laid-back atmosphere and luxurious modern interiors designed for comfort and relaxation.
One of the best features of the Berkeley is the gorgeous rooftop pool with a retractable roof, so on sunny days you can top up your tan whilst lazing by the water. The perfect way to escape the city simply by taking the lift to the seventh floor.
A peek inside the Wellington Suite…
One of our favourite features of this suite is the expansive outdoor roof terrace that looks over the red brick mansions of Knightsbridge. The roof terrace also features a covered conservatory housing an impressive dining table: the perfect space for entertaining your guests. The suite also includes its own sauna, open fireplaces and complimentary airport transfer.
Just off Bond Street, Claridge’s is centrally located in Mayfair and is one of London’s most famous luxury hotels. The art-deco interiors would put Gatsby to shame and the Afternoon Tea is so good it has won multiple awards. The Fumoir is an alcove of glamour off the main bar, inspired by the 1930s, it’s not to be missed for a spot of relaxation and the opportunity to drink in the atmosphere.
When it comes to dining at Claridge’s, choose between Fera, Claridge’s Michelin starred restaurant serving a modern take on British cuisine, and Aulis, a unique development kitchen for chefs to explore their creative side and experiment with new techniques. The six-seat dining room gives guests an intimate look into the innovation process behind each delicious dish.
A peek inside the Grand Piano Suite…
Designed by legendry New York fashion designer Diane Von Furstenburg, the Grand Piano suite combines the glamour of Claridge’s with a pop of colour, decadent prints and sumptuous fabrics. And of course there is a beautiful grand piano in the living room, which combined with the marble stone fireplace, black-leather topped bar and full personal butler service, makes this suite, ideal for entertaining guests.