Best Luxury Hotels in London

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Seeped in history, with wonderful tourist sites at every turn, London is one of the most popular travel destinations for a reason. Home to Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and Shakespeare's Globe, to name a few, you'll have countless options for places to visit. Sure the weather can be dreary and it's a pricier destination, London is a must-see city. After visiting over 300 hotels in London, Oyster evaluated how each one stacked up against the competition, from the rooms to the pools to the restaurants. So if you're planning a posh trip and need a place to start, you've come to the right place. Take a look at our picks for the best luxury hotels in London and get inspired!

  1. The Milestone Hotel

    The Milestone is perhaps the most famous boutique hotel in London, and certainly lives up to its expectations, with exquisitely designed rooms and exceptional service. The service is where the hotel really shines, as each member of staff is superbly trained, which helps ensure guests get the first-rate luxury experience for which The Milestone is known. With a health club complete with spa, fitness center, resistance pool, and sauna, and a convenient location for London's most exclusive shopping, it's difficult to find something wrong with this hotel.

  2. 41 Hotel London

    This 30-room luxury boutique, a member of the Red Carnation Group, offers superb service and a central location near Buckingham Palace. Chic rooms have a black and white color palette along with marble bathrooms stocked with Penhaligon's toiletries. There is free champagne on arrival and free snacks/evening canapés in the plush lounge. With the feel of a private club and attentive service, this boutique is an excellent upscale pick.

  3. Egerton House Hotel

    This exquisite luxury boutique hotel with just 28 rooms offers the elegance of a different time in England's history. Located in the upscale Knightsbridge neighborhood, Egerton House Hotel is a short walk from the famous Harrods Department store and renowned London museums. Rooms in this historic townhouse are individually decorated in rich fabrics, and have opulent bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, champagne on arrival, and candles at turndown. The common spaces are just as special, with a notable art collection -- including works by Picasso and Matisse -- and a gorgeous drawing room for afternoon tea.

  4. Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences

    Built at the turn of the 20th century, 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences is a historic, luxury property with a prime Westminster location and 85 stunning suites. This beautifully restored hotel with stunning architecture offers a Michelin-starred restaurant, an opulent afternoon tea service, and a spa with bespoke treatments. Spread over three individually styled Victorian townhouses, suites have kitchens and living rooms as well as butler service. The hotel is well-situated for business travelers, and sits a five-minute walk from Buckingham Palace and other popular tourist sights. However, the atmosphere can be a bit stuffy. 

  5. The Arch London

    Emphasizing design and luxury without sacrificing quality or service, this 82-room boutique hotel’s bold sophistication, classy personality, and ample luxury amenities enable it to stand out from the masses. Beyond the overall sexy decor, some attention-grabbers include an excellent restaurant, free minibar drinks, and even soaking tubs with built-in TVs (in most rooms). It is a boutique property, though, so room square footage is definitely not on the spacious side, and there's no pool or spa on-site.

  6. The Goring

    The Goring is a classic English boutique hotel with ample royal heritage. Opened in 1910, the property has intricate sculpted details and unusually wide hallways -- said to have been designed to allow free passage of ladies’ ball gowns. The Goring offers five-star hospitality with abundant luxury, and its refined elegance is demonstrated through details such as the original Edwardian architecture and bespoke silk wallpaper. Buckingham Palace tours are available in the summer and nearby underground Tube access allows for travel to other parts of London.

  7. South Place Hotel

    This hip boutique hotel owned by the high-profile D+D restaurant group exudes stylish luxury, with impeccable design elements and dark, sexy public spaces. The boutique's interiors, which were designed by the prestigious Conran + Partners, offer unique touches such as edgy artwork created specifically for the hotel. With its professional and friendly service and Michelin-star restaurant, it’s hard to find fault with South Place Hotel -- except maybe the hefty price tag.

  8. Langham Hotel London

    Luxurious, stately, and composed, this 380-room hotel projects an air of exclusivity. Certain amenities seem meager for a five-pearl luxury brand, however -- even the "complimentary" evening champagne is offered in conservative amounts and presented with a full champagne menu, presumably to encourage extra spending. But for a certain quintessentially English air of prestige without the usual pretension, and a premier location for West End shopping, this is a good place to be. The ultra-luxurious Chuan Spa, 16-meter pool, and salt sauna don't hurt its high-end credentials either.

  9. Sanderson

    The Sanderson is an edgy hotel with original and extravagant design by Philippe Starck. Innovative rooms feature a mostly all-white color palette designed without interior walls. There is an emphasis here on texture, seen in the layers of sheer curtains that divide different areas of the room. Design touches include carpets with Voltaire's handwriting and luxurious bathrooms, some with separate walk-in showers and freestanding soaking tubs. There are many hotel highlights beyond the rooms, including an all-white tranquil spa with 14 treatment rooms and meditation beds. A contemporary fitness room has individual TVs at cardio machines, and a billiard room features 1950s stained glass. The restaurant, Suka, serves Malaysian food, and a Mad Hatter's themed afternoon tea is served in the striking courtyard.

  10. The Ampersand Hotel

    The Ampersand Hotel is a five-pearl, 111-room Central London hotel with elegant and whimsical decor and an astounding attention to detail. Each room is designed around a theme of Victorian discovery, such as ornithology, music, or astronomy. Rooms are small (though typically sized for a city hotel), but elegantly decorated and have free Wi-Fi, bathrobes, slippers, luxury toiletries, and umbrellas for rainy-day sightseeing. Facilities include a charming tea room, an on-site restaurant and bar serving Mediterranean-inspired dishes, a 24-hour fitness area with Wi-Fi-enabled cardio equipment, and elegant themed meeting and event venues.

  11. Adria Boutique Hotel

    This luxury boutique hotel is situated in a 19th century Victorian townhouse, and offers elegant, bespoke decor that blends classic English style with Middle Eastern influences. The 24 rooms each have a different name and stylistic theme, though all are gorgeous and have marble bathrooms with rainfall showerheads. With butler service, a small spa with sauna, tailored fine dining menus, and a series of intimate lounges on the ground floor, the hotel manages to deliver a personalized experience that feels truly decadent -- even by London standards. The South Kensington location is within walking distance of the Victoria and Albert Museum and Kensington Gardens. Just note that no alcohol or pork are served on the premises out of respect for Muslim traditions (the owner is Qatari).

  12. Baglioni Hotel London

    This boutique hotel offers an excellent location on the southwest tip of Hyde Park overlooking Kensington Gardens. The individually decorated, luxe 67 rooms all showcase classic Italian touches as well as dramatic contemporary design. Perks include free Wi-Fi and Illy espresso machines, as well as extra hotel features like the spa and fitness center, and the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, Brunello, is a destination in itself. For an extra touch of exclusivity, this hotel also offers free chauffeur service in a Jaguar within a 1.5-mile radius. Without a pool or a Michelin-starred restaurant, it's just a step behind the Langham and the Lanesborough but is nonetheless one of the most luxurious hotels in the city.

  13. The Kensington Hotel

    The Kensington is part of the Doyle Collection, a group of eight luxury hotels around the globe. A classy, four-and-a-half pearl property that has 150 rooms, this hotel is comfortable and contemporary with a chic location in the well-heeled neighborhood after which it’s named. Guest rooms are beautifully decorated with plump chairs for relaxing and four-poster beds. Some of the rooms only have baths, but you can opt for a shower/bath combination when booking. Where the Kensington falls short is in its lack of extensive spa facilities.

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