The Lanesborough, a St. Regis Hotel Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The Lanesborough, a St. Regis Hotel, is a luxurious property overlooking Hyde Park in Knightsbridge. The 93 rooms have palatial bathrooms, big flat-screen TVs, and free butler service. Stately decor is inspired by the early 19th century, and free Wi-Fi and laptops are available in every room. Other business-friendly features include a Michelin-starred restaurant for impressing clients or unwinding at the end of the day, a fitness center, a spa, a highly attentive staff, and free butler service and fruit in all rooms.
Langham Hotel London Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Luxurious, stately, and composed, this 380-room hotel projects an air of exclusivity. For a certain quintessentially English air of prestige without the usual pretention, and a premier location for West End shopping, this is a good place to be. The hotel offers a business center, 15 meeting rooms, a custom program to help with the planning of meetings and events, a fitness center and pool, and free champagne cocktails.
Royal Garden Hotel Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The Royal Garden Hotel is a busy and vibrant 396-room option located in the heart of Kensington. Sophisticated, contemporary rooms are spacious with big flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, minibars, electric kettles, and (mostly) king-size beds. Hotel features include a fitness center with kickboxing and Latin dance classes, numerous meeting rooms, a spa with a range of treatments, and two restaurants -- the ground-floor Park Terrace restaurant and the 10th-floor gourmet Chinese restaurant, Min Jiang. Plus, the hotel is just a five minute walk from the nearest tube station.
St. James's Hotel and Club Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Before St. James's was a luxurious boutique hotel, it had a distinguished past as an exclusive Gentlemen's Club. Previously owned by Sirs Michael Caine and Sean Connery -- and frequented by Winston Churchill and Gregory Peck -- this striking building on a quiet cul-de-sac in prestigious Mayfair now houses lavish accommodations. A recent multi-million renovation brought in bespoke furnishings, and rooms offer high-tech perks such as free Wi-Fi and iPod docks. An outstanding feature here is the Michelin-star restaurant directed by executive chef William Drabble. Business travelers will also enjoy the four high-style meeting rooms with free Wi-Fi and fruit.
Crowne Plaza London - The City Rating: 4.0 Pearls
With its corporate identity and placement in London's financial district, the upscale London Crowne Plaza is a good fit for business travelers. Its chic modern rooms, meeting rooms, restaurant helmed by a Michelin-starred chef, and unique perks -- such as a special "sleep packet" curated by a New York doctor to aid in a good-night's sleep -- make for a good value.
Apex London Wall Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Apex London Wall Hotel is located in the heart of the business and financial district of London. This 83-room hotel is part of a mid-sized chain that offers quality service and reasonable room rates. All rooms are tastefully decorated with comfortable furnishings, 40-inch flat-screen TVs, and stocked minibars. Room amenities include free Wi-Fi along with separate soaking tubs and walk-in showers in all room categories. Some rooms have balconies while all have an electric kettle and free mineral water. Business-friendly highlights include a modern fitness center, a nice meeting room, and Off The Wall Restaurant and Bar.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Tower of London Rating: 4.0 Pearls
With its edgy architectural themes, dramatic panoramic views, and central location, the Doubletree - Tower of London is a convenient and stylish pick. This 583-room hotel offers sleek, minimalist design with perks like iMac TVs -- both a computer and a TV -- and free Wi-Fi. Beyond the sunny rooms, the most appealing feature here is the Skylounge, a rooftop bar with sweeping views over East London. There are other dining choices too, including the chic City Cafe or 24-hour room service. The hotel also has seven meeting rooms.