London is a hub of financial, commercial, and economic activity. After visiting over 700 hotels throughout England’s capital, we evaluated each to see how they stacked up against the competition — from the guest rooms to the meeting areas to the business-oriented extras (hello, Rolls-Royce car service). So if you’re planning a work trip and need a place to start, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at our picks for the best business hotels in London.
Luxurious, stately, and composed, this 380-room hotel projects an air of exclusivity. The hotel has a roomy business center with several computers for guest use and lounge seating, plus a range of meeting and event rooms, including a Grand Ballroom. The hotel offers a vast array of room sizes, including apartments with kitchens and opulent suites, but even the smallest entry-level rooms come in at just over 300 square feet -- big for London. Upgraded rooms add extras, from state-of-the-art in-room technology to bars, dining areas, or 24-hour butlers. Guests in Executive Rooms and some Suites are offered access to the exclusive Langham Club Lounge, which include free breakfast and special concierge service, among other privileges.
Built in 1907 as a newspaper press, this 105-room luxury hotel is now protected by English heritage laws, and considered one of London's most historically important Edwardian buildings. The hotel is located at a very busy crossroads in the Aldwych/ area, a fantastic spot for tourists and business travelers, with a vast number of shops, pubs, and the famous Covent Garden market within a few minutes' walk. Despite the busy location, the hotel stays relatively quiet inside due to triple-glazed windows. The modern air-conditioned rooms have flat-screen TVs, DVD players, bathrobe and slippers, coffee- and tea-making facilities, minibars, and work desks. Suites have the addition of a living area and Nespresso coffeemaker, while some also have a roof terrace, kitchen, and/or private gym. There are eight meeting rooms available for business guests, and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.
Centrally located in Westminster, across the street from the St. James' Park tube station, Conrad London St. James is a sophisticated luxury hotel with modern business vibe. The hotel's 256 rooms have refined, modern decor, luxurious marble bathrooms with separate bathtubs and rainfall showers, and high-end amenities such as Nespresso machines, drink stations, and generously stocked minibars. An Executive Lounge is offered to guests staying in executive-level rooms and above. The hotel's 24-hour business center provides desktop Macs and a printer and scanner, and Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. Seven meeting and event rooms are also on-site. In addition to a 24-hour front desk, the hotel has a dedicated concierge team who can arrange for car service, reservations, tickets, laundry, and dry cleaning.
Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living -- one of the most chic and modern luxury properties in London -- offers swank, five-pearl apartments with the services of a high-end hotel. The 130 stylish units have between one and five bedrooms, and all are equipped with sleek kitchens, spacious dining areas, and top-notch amenities including electric blinds, sound systems, and digital TVs. The hotel’s guest-only restaurant/lounge offers an international menu and afternoon tea service; it's a popular spot for a quiet after-work drink and for casual business meetings. The hotel draws mostly business travelers due to its many business-oriented services, which include free Wi-Fi, printing and copying services, 24-hour room service, butlers, concierges, private cars, grocery shopping, and Heathrow VIP service (for Penthouse guests staying seven nights or more). In-room events can be arranged, and there are also several meeting spaces.
The Lanesborough is a lavish five-pearl hotel with elegant 19th-century interiors. The stately property occupies coveted real estate overlooking Hyde Park -- the Hyde Park Corner Underground station is right outside of the hotel -- between the upscale Belgravia and Mayfair neighborhoods. In the 93 rooms, an emphasis is placed on luxurious details and free services, including 24-hour butlers (services include packing and unpacking), fresh fruit, mineral water, and luxury bathrobes and slippers. Room controls and entertainment systems are operated by Sony tablets, and free unlimited movies and music are available on demand. Tea or coffee is served upon arrival, as well as with daily wake-up calls. Business services include personalized stationery and business cards, as well as calls to U.K., European, and North American numbers. The hotel's Library Bar offers cocktails and cognacs, while the Garden Room is an elegant cigar lounge. The Withdrawing Room is another charming space for a drinks, lunches, or informal meetings. Private rooms are available for meetings or functions, and Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. The hotel's exceptional level of service and attention to detail is also worth noting; besides round-the-clock butler service, there's an excellent concierge team, as well as a fleet of chauffeur-driven cars (included in Lanesborough Suite and Royal Suite rates).
The 306-room Rosewood London is an ultra-luxurious hotel set in ornate Edwardian mansion. Rooms are generally spacious (for London), while some of the signature suites are enormous and have separate lounges and/or dining rooms. Other luxury touches include Nespresso machines, minibars, Italian linens, impressive pillow menus, and (at least) 46-inch flat-screen TVs. Rosewood's two all-day restaurants are both outstanding, and the hotel also has an English garden terrace and a gentleman's club-style bar. Meeting/event spaces and a business center are available, and Wi-Fi is free throughout.
Elegant from beginning to end, The Ampersand Hotel is situated in a magnificent white-and-gray Victorian building with wrought-iron balconies and bay windows. Inside, guests will find whimsical decor and an astounding attention to detail. All 111 rooms include individually controlled air-conditioning, coffee and tea service, stocked minibars, bathrobes and slippers, flat-screen TVs with on-demand movies, and laptop safes. The hotel provides twice-daily housekeeping and turndown service. Guests are generally enthusiastic about the rooms, though some complain that they are small for a hotel in this price range (though this compact size is typical of a city hotel). In addition to free Wi-Fi, the hotel also has several meeting and event venues with elegant themed decor. A business area off the lobby includes two Mac desktop computers, a seating area, and printer. The hotel provides 24-hour room service and a 24-hour front desk along with lots of other extras, such as assistance with travel plans, laundry and dry cleaning service, and luggage storage. Valet parking is available, but costs a hefty extra fee.
The 82-room Arch London emphasizes design, luxury, quality, and service. Beyond its boldly sophisticated decor, some attention-grabbers include an excellent restaurant, a trendy Champagne lounge, and the classy Martini Library. The hotel's study is nice place to relax or hold a small business meeting, and flexible event space is ready for meetings, performances, or private dining. All rooms are stocked liberally with luxury amenities such as Nespresso machines, soaking tubs with built-in TVs (in most rooms), free minibar soft drinks, and free Wi-Fi. This is a boutique property, so room square footage is definitely not on the spacious side, and there's no pool or spa on-site.
Located in prestigious Mayfair, Brown's Hotel is a traditional and refined hotel with a distinguished past: this is where Rudyard Kipling wrote "The Jungle Book" and Winston Churchill met with diplomats regularly. The hotel is made up of 11 historic Georgian townhouses and no two of the 117 rooms are the same. Spacious, elegant rooms have a soft, soothing color scheme along with stocked minibars, big flat-screen TVs, and upscale bathrooms (some have a separate soaking tub and walk-in glass shower). Suites include such perks such as full English breakfast, in-room check-in, unpacking and packing service, garment pressing, and Champagne. Hotel highlights include quality dining and drinking venues such as HIX at the Albemarle, the English Tea Room, and the Donovan Bar. Meeting spaces are available, and there is a business center with two computer stations and a printer.
The Ritz London attracts a clientele of moneyed business and leisure travelers along with scores of wide-eyed tourists who come to soak up the glamour. Its 136 rooms come with well-stocked minibars, flat-screen TVs, large desks, BOSE iPod docking stations, and safes -- but some could use a refresh. Some suites have views of Green Park or Piccadilly and separate drawing rooms. The poshest include one Rolls-Royce airport ride and a 24-hour butler. The hotel lacks a business center, but it does have free Wi-Fi throughout, several grand meeting areas and boardrooms, concierge and 24-hour room services, valet parking, and chauffeur service, so guests can tool around town in The Ritz's signature Rolls-Royce Phantom.
Royal Garden Hotel is a busy and vibrant 396-room option attracting diplomats and other high-profile guests. Located in the heart of Kensington (a five minute walk from the nearest tube station), the hotel features include a 24-hour fitness center, a spa, and two superb restaurants -- the ground-floor Park Terrace restaurant and the 10th-floor gourmet Chinese restaurant, Min Jiang, which has sweeping London views. There is also a great hotel bar, Bertie's Bar, which can be hired out for meetings and events. Meeting and board rooms with a wide range of capacities are also available. The hotel's sophisticated, contemporary guest rooms are spacious with big flat-screen TVs, minibars, electric kettles, upscale bathrooms, and (mostly) king-size beds. Upgrading to a suite means a considerable price jump, but guests will get a separate lounge and dining room and beautiful views over Hyde Park.
Before St. James's was a luxurious boutique hotel, it had a distinguished run 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 comdy Hypnos mattresses, desk areas, safes, minibars, and flat-screen TVs. Oddly, rooms don't come standard with coffee/tea service, but room service is available 24 hours. For the length of stay, guests are given smartphones with free Wi-Fi and free local and international calls to US and other countries. An outstanding feature here is the Michelin-star restaurant serving French cuisine. Business travelers will also enjoy the four high-style meeting rooms with free Wi-Fi.
The Montcalm at the Brewery is a stunning five-pearl hotel located at the northern edge of the Square Mile -- London's financial district, with many corporate offices nearby. The hotel is housed in a historically protected building that was once a brewery (and a good one at that). The 236 modern rooms have minibars, coffee/tea facilities, and flat-screen HDTVs, and the extensive features include a fine dining restaurant, a casual, quirky gastropub, and a wellness area. The hotel also has several meeting rooms and a large event space where weddings can be held.