Strolling through Trafalgar Square, cozying up in dim pubs, and spinning around the London Eye at night are all wonderfully romantic activities in London. We visited over 700 hotels in England’s capital to find the ones with the comfiest guest rooms, sultriest bars, and most special restaurants. Take a look at the most romantic hotels in London, England and start planning your getaway!
Immaculate, elegant, and packed with amenities, this hotel accommodates the well-heeled clients who can afford it, including corporate guests, leisure travelers, celebrities, and especially couples. The historic Victorian luxury hotel has 380 gorgeous and big-for-London rooms, all with flat-screen TVs and minibars, and some with dining areas and 24-hour butlers. Its elegant Palm Court is said to be the birthplace of the traditional afternoon tea (which it still serves) and its swanky Artesian is widely thought to be the best cocktail bar in the city. Live jazz, a seasonal French/British restaurant, an indoor pool in a former bank vault, and a beautiful spa all add to the incredibly romantic vibe.
Perhaps the most famous boutique hotel in London, the 56-room Milestone Hotel manages to live up to its lofty reputation. This is primarily a result of its truly exceptional level of service (two staff members per guest), but also its exquisitely designed rooms and excellent features. All rooms feature beds feature beds with upscale Savoir mattresses, as well as flat-screen LED TVs and nicely stocked minibars. The hotel's mahogany-walled Cheneston’s serves all meals and high tea (also available in the Park Lounge or the Conservatory) and equine-themed Stables Bar serves wine, Champagne, and cocktails.
The Goring is the only hotel in London with a strong legacy with the royal family. This is where Princess Kate stayed the night before her wedding, and where special Buckingham Palace visitors are regularly accommodated. Each of the Goring's 69 rooms is individually styled, though all feature handmade carpets and damask silk wallpaper. There are no minibars, tea, or coffee facilities in the standard category spaces, as the Goring would prefer to provide its guests with five-star, 24-hour in-room service. Hotel features stick to the luxury boutique basics: a chic bar and lounge with a clubby, stately feel, and an Edwardian dining room serving gourmet British cuisine.
COMO the Halkin, London exudes luxury at every corner. The 41 rooms are spacious, airy, and elegant, with neutral colors, understated furnishings, and rich wood. Sumptuous in-room details include marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and anti-mist mirrors and wall consoles for calling the butler and guest services. In addition to 24-hour room service, the hotel has a Michelin-starred restaurant, Ametsa with Arzak Instruction, serving Spanish cuisine, and the stylish Halkin Bar, which offers wine pairings, traditional afternoon teas, and heartier fare in a space with Georgian arched windows and a black-and-red color scheme. Guests have access to the spa at famed sister hotel Metropolitan by COMO, since the Halkin does lack amenities such as a spa and pool.
Located in the upscale Knightsbridge neighborhood, Egerton House Hotel is an exquisite luxury boutique with just 28 rooms and suites. All are decorated in a rich, luxurious English style, and appointed with marble bathrooms, well-stocked minibars, and free still and sparkling spring waters. The common spaces are just as special, with a gorgeous drawing room for afternoon tea and a notable art collection featuring works by Picasso and Matisse. Guests can expect Champagne on arrival and treats and candles at turndown service.
One of London's most renowned properties, The Lanesborough is a stately luxury hotel styled after an early 19th-century residence. The hotel's 93 rooms and suites are all lavishly decorated with stately Regency-era decor, and come with luxurious details and free services, including 24-hour butlers (services include packing and unpacking), fresh fruit, mineral water, and plush bathrobes and slippers. Bathrooms feature hand-cut Italian marble and shower/tub combos with rainfall showerheads in most rooms. One of the highlights here is the hotel's fine-dining option, Celeste Restaurant, run under the guidance of three-Michelin star chef Eric Frechon. The intimate and atmospheric Library Bar offers a collection of vintage cognacs, as well as bespoke cocktails, while the Garden Room is the hotel's elegant cigar lounge. In 2017, The Lanesborough opened its 18,000-square-foot spa, which includes a hydrotherapy pool, manicure and pedicure stations, four treatment rooms, and a VIP treatment room.
The sophisticated and charming boutique Hotel 41 offers superb service (including champagne on arrival) and a central location near Buckingham Palace. Its 30 black-and-white rooms come with pillow and duvet menus, on-demand butler service, and marble bathrooms with Penhaligon's toiletries. Hotel 41 is too petite for many features of its own, but guests have access its sister hotel next door, The Rubens at the Palace, whose many food and drink options include an upscale Indian restaurant and a leopard-themed Champagne bar.
Part of the Red Carnation hotel collection, the Chesterfield Mayfair is a 107-room hotel with traditional Victorian decor and a prestigious Mayfair location. Luxuries in the classic rooms include plush linens, bathrobes and slippers, evening turndown, and 24-hour room service. Elsewhere throughout the hotel are a fine-dining restaurant, a conservatory with afternoon tea and garden views, and a terrace bar with live piano music.
From the outside, the seven Georgian townhouses and two mews homes that enclose The Arch London appear stately and traditional. The inside, however, is awash in handsomely modern sex appeal. In the rooms, lush fabrics, bold patterns, and ebony wood furnishings feel almost provocative, and all are stocked liberally with luxury amenities, such as Nespesso machines, plush bathrobes, and even soaking tubs with built-in TVs (in most rooms). The hotel's classy and contemporary Martini Library does a stylish take on English afternoon tea, and its restaurant Hunter 486 mixes classic glamour and timeless hospitality.
The 107-room Stafford London is a polished, five-pearl boutique hotel set in one of central London's swankiest neighborhoods. The property has a rich history, from its 17th-century aristocratic roots to its preserved World War II bomb shelter. Rooms are homey yet refined and the hotel's tucked-away, intimate vibe is a big plus, though spa and pool facilities you'd expect from a five-pearl property are missing.
The Kensington is part of the Doyle Collection, a group of eight luxury hotels around the globe. The 150-room property has a glamorous townhouse in the well-heeled neighborhood after which it’s named. The high-ceilinged guest rooms have large beds (some four-poster) and spacious marble bathrooms with freestanding bathtubs. Flat-screen TVs and Nespresso coffee machines come standard, and rooms with bay windows have views of the London cityscape. Town House, the hotel's elegant all-day restaurant, is dressed up in rosewood and walnut, and K Bar serves wine and cocktails nightly.
From the outset, it's clear that the five-pearl Rosewood London is one seriously upscale establishment. After passing through the spectacular Edwardian mansion's two wrought-iron gates, guests are greeted by doormen dressed in tweed suits and ushered into a dazzling copper-gilded hall with black-and-white marble flooring. The 306 rooms are immaculately finished and spacious for London; all feature Nespresso machines, minibars, Italian linens, impressive pillow menus, and lavish bathrooms. Though the hotel lacks a pool, it still has plenty of luxury amenities on-site. Food-wise, the all-day Holborn Dining Room is a bright brasserie-style eatery with red leather banquettes and antique mirrors, and the elegant Mirror Room restaurant is popular particularly for their Sunday brunch. The Terrace offers alfresco seating, while Scarfes Bar has the feel of a gentleman's club. The Sense Spa offers high-end treatments (which are predictably pricey) alongside amethyst crystal steam rooms and sensory showers.
The corporate face of a landmarked 1950s office building belies the eclectic interiors at this temple of pleasure. Philippe Starck's original, whimsical design -- updated by designer Tim Andreas in 2014 -- is at once extravagant and streamlined. From the 300-square-foot Standard Room to the 2,400-square-foot Penthouse, rooms at Sanderson were compellingly designed with tranquility and urban escapism in mind. Their lack of interior walls and presence of layers of movable sheer curtains results in an environment that's both relaxing and starkly sexy. Sanderson's hotel features range from tranquil to theatrical. There's the 10,000-square-foot, all-white Agua Spa, as well as two bars and a restaurant with a rotating menu of brasserie-inspired items. Guests can either dine inside the Restaurant's contemporary cream-and-black setting or in the courtyard garden, where the hotel's daily Alice in Wonderland-themed afternoon tea is served.
From the tailored suits worn by the staff to the dim and sexy public spaces, South Place Hotel screams style -- and plenty of it. Its 80 rooms are achingly hip and built to pamper. Fresh lemon and lime accompany the drinks in the minibars, mood lighting is controlled by automatic touchpads, and sensual Koibito love kits are available for a fee. If you want to get a party started, head down to the 3 South Place bar and grill, which hosts resident DJs until late into the night. For a little more privacy, the Secret Garden bar is an open-air space for hotel guests only and comes with tropical plants and a waterfall feature. Angler Restaurant is the hotel’s prized Michelin-star restaurant that serves locally sourced seafood. A bright, inviting roof terrace and the sleek and sexy Angler bar are also open to guests