Where are the top places to stay in the capital? We reveal the old favourites and cool, contemporary newcomersLess
Whizz up in the lift to level 34 of the Renzo Piano-designed building to this wow-factor hotel, which is spread across the top 18 floors of The Shard.
Since opening in 1906, princes, politicians and Hollywood stars have all stayed at this five-star hotel on Piccadilly. Palatial suites and Louis XVI-style rooms come with antique furniture and opulent marble bathrooms.
Doormen in top hats greet guests at this art deco masterpiece near Bond Street. Nods to the 1920s can be seen in the geometric lines of the rooms and suites (the hotel has a history of collaborating with designers).
Elevate your stay in the capital with a stay at the cloud-tickling Treehouse. Gorgeously botanical bar The Nest is your perch from which to drink in a 360-degree vista and spot the London Eye, Canary Wharf and Regent’s Park from a wraparound terrace.
Right in the heart of Mayfair, The Connaught has it all: contemporary rooms designed by Guy Oliver and the late David Collins; the chic Aman Spa, with a black granite pool; and a pair of excellent restaurants, Jean-George at The Connaught and the sensational three-Michelin-starred Hélène Darroze at The Connaught.
It’s hard to miss the huge sculpture of a robot-like figure by Antony Gormley on one side of The Beaumont building. It houses ROOM, a one-off suite designed to encourage guests to switch off. The rest of the rooms feel grown-up and masculine with dark wood furniture, black and white artwork and art deco detailing.
Walk into the open-plan bar-cum-lobby and it’s immediately obvious which collection of hotels this slick Holborn outpost belongs to. Fun, laidback, and stylish but never trying too hard — all of the Hoxton trademarks can, happily, be ticked off here.
Designed as a hotel for Midland Railway by 19th-century architect George Gilbert Scott, this Gothic King’s Cross marvel was restored and reopened in 2011. No expense was spared, from the dramatic main staircase with its red fleurs-de-lys wallpaper to the peacock-themed subterranean spa.
Britain’s first luxury hotel, The Savoy, has been a honeypot for A-listers (Marlene Dietrich, Frank Sinatra) since it first opened in 1889. Rooms are decorated in an Edwardian or art deco style; the best come with knockout views of the Thames.
Brilliantly positioned for anyone wanting to tick off seeing some of the capital’s most famous landmarks, including Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, The Corinthia overlooks the Thames at Whitehall.