London boasts a plethora of incredible hotels. From luxury stays including the Shangri-la, the Corinthia and The Ritz to boutique picks such as Artist Residence, there are plenty of London hotels to choose from.
If a city break is simply calling your name, then we have the perfect selection of sleek, eccentric and fun hotels for you to peruse. Whether you're after a swanky upmarket getaway, family time together, or an arty wind-down relax, keep scrolling to discover London's best hotels....
Best hotels in London with a view
Shangri-La The Shard
Starting on level 34 at a soaring 125 metres high, the Shangri-La The Shard boasts unparalleled views across London. The incredible hotel occupies eighteen floors of The Shard, Western Europe's tallest building. Guests can soak up the picturesque panoramic skyline views overlooking the River Thames, with beloved landmarks such as the Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe, Borough Market and St Paul's Cathedral within close distance. The hotel is home to London's highest hotel infinity pool, so you can relax with mesmerising views.
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Prices start from £788.50. To book, visit booking.com.
The Royal Lancaster Hotel
The views of Hyde Park from the Royal Lancaster are incredible
Conveniently located just behind Lancaster Gate tube, the Royal Lancaster hotel in London boasts views across Hyde Park and London which are literally to die for.
The extravagant yet elegantly-designed interiors make this hotel feel completely luxurious. Corridors of marble, with the contemporary touches of velvet chairs and sofas, and minimalistic brass and white lamps, give plenty to feast your eyes on inside the hotel. But once shown to your room (the park suites are spectacular - the entire width of one side of the hotel with wrap-around windows), the views outside will really take your breath away.
Directly opposite the majestic trees and lakes of Hyde Park, the Royal Lancaster gives you a central London dwelling (just 15 minutes walk to Oxford Street) with the peace and respite of the awe-inspiring royal park right on your doorstep.
Breakfast was befitting of its 5-star status. All the staff at the Royal Lancaster were faultless; present when needed and discrete when not. Breakfast was no exception - no platters remained empty for more than a second or two, and options for all diets were plentiful. The honeycomb in the centre of the breakfast display comes right from the beehives on the roof of the hotel, and the honey theme plays out across the hotel, with delicious honey cocktails giving a sticky nod to the bee farm that can be seen from the bedrooms.
When we visited, Nipa Thai, which gets a great write up, was closed for a short spell, so we didn't get to taste the food from the all-female kitchen. The bar and lounge outside is available for bar meals though, and again the service was great.
But without a doubt, it's the rooms and suites at the hotel - and those spectacular views - that really make this establishment stand out. The space, the peace and the endless vistas create an oasis of calm in the middle of a wonderfully vibrant city.
Rooms can be booked from £295, via booking.com.
Leonardo Royal Hotel
Did you know it's possible to stay in a hotel room with a breathtaking view of the exact cathedral in which King Charles once married Princess Diana?
Leonardo Royal Hotel St Paul’s is the place to choose if you are looking for an unforgettable stay in England's capital. The hotel is situated just a walk across the river from Tate Modern, National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Borough Market and the London Eye. This luxurious hotel is equipped with an elegant rooftop bar, large swimming pool, five-star spa and offers an exquisite dining experience. Waking up in a beautiful, modern room to the views of the sun shining down the iconic XVI century cathedral is a unique blend of history that Leonardo Royal Hotel St Paul's offers to its guests.
Rooms can be booked from £229, via booking.com.
Best hotels in central London
Page8 Hotel, Trafalgar Square
This supremely stylish hotel is five seconds from Trafalgar Square, less than a minute from Leicester Square and mere footsteps from all of the best theatres the capital has to offer.
The Page8 rooms are chic in deep blue and gold, with floor-to-ceiling marble-style bathrooms with walk-in showers that call your name as soon as you step inside.
Once you're in your room, it's peaceful and quiet - you'd never know you're right by one of London's busiest spots.
On the ground floor there's a super hip coffee spot called Page Common, that stays pleasingly quiet, making it an ideal haven to rest weary feet. Plus, fancy rooftop Japanese restaurant Bisushima is on the top floor.
Prices start from £395 per room. To book, visit booking.com
Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel
If you are a fan of West End shows and want somewhere gorgeous to say after the curtain falls, you need to check out the Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel.
This luxury boutique hotel is nestled in the centre of London's Seven Dials and is a truly charming place. The location is supreme; it's on the doorstep of the capital's most famous theatres.
Relaxed yet totally chic, the rooms are spacious with wonderful views. Pop downstairs for dinner at the Monmouth Kitchen, the hotel's top-notch restaurant, too, if you fancy treating yourself.
Prices start from £320 per night. To book, visit Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer St Hotel | Seven Dials London
100 Queen's Gate Hotel
This five-star boutique central London hotel is situated in the heart of Kensington, walking distance from many main attractions including the fabulous Natural History Museum, Science Museum and the V&A.
The hotel is the former home of Victorian aristocrat and explorer William Alexander and the property makes the most of its exciting history, with references to him and his trips to Asia all around. There are origami displays made from law book pages suspended from the ceiling and there are display cabinets full of curiosities such as William’s collections of porcelain, stamps and even medical tools to inspect and investigate during your stay.
The hotel has recently launched its brand new W/A Kensington Restaurant and Bar which services both hotel guests and local diners looking for a really delicious modern Belgium meal.
The moules frites and the steak tartare really stood out when we visited, but in fact the chef shakes up the menu so regularly, bringing influences from around the world, that every time you visit you'll have something new to try.
Upstairs, and the rooms and suites are luxurious and stylish - 10 suites are named after famous Kensington and Chelsea former residents such as Agatha Christie, Alfred Hitchcock, and Lord Robert Baden Powell.
Prices start from £215 per room. To book, visit booking.com.
Sea Containers London
Sea Containers London is a unique and stylish hotel located in the heart of London's Southbank area. The stunning hotel on the Thames offers a range of rooms and suites, each designed with contemporary décor and high-end amenities.
Earlier this year, the place launched its new Ship Shape Suite, a unique space created for those looking for the ultimate private fitness and recovery experience. The spacious suite has been equipped with the latest fitness equipment from renowned premium brands and the ultimate water thermoregulated and digitalised mattress, designed by sleep experts, Eight Sleep.
The hotel continues to meet traveller demand by providing a unique stay experience to achieve wellbeing through fitness and recovery. The Ship Shape Suite, aptly named with a nod to the hotel’s history and heritage, will allow guests to train across diverse genres of fitness.
From cardio with Peloton to strength training with top of the range NoHrD equipment, the Ship Shape Suite will be split into zones of fitness and recovery - both equally important in the pursuit of holistic wellness.
But if this is not for you, fear not as there are plenty of other room options where guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the city skyline and River Thames from their rooms, with feature floor-to-ceiling windows.
One of the standout features of the hotel is its rooftop bar and restaurant, which offers panoramic views of the river and city. The bar serves up a range of cocktails, beers, and wines, while the restaurant offers a menu of delicious dishes.
To book, visit booking.com.
In the heart of theatre district and steps from bustling Covent Garden, staying on The Strand is the perfect position for any tourist. Stellar service, clean rooms and a postcode that’ll make city exploring so easy on foot.
Inside the slick lobby, you'll discover Haxells Restaurant & Bar where they serve up incredible food morning, moon and night. This is not your normal hotel restaurant grub, it's top notch. Don't miss the mojitos and the arancini balls. If you’ve got the time, try their afternoon tea too - and prepare to indulge in incredible chocolate delights from Love Cocoa.
To book, visit booking.com or strandpalacehotel.co.uk
The Hyatt Place London City East
This relative newcomer to the Whitechapel hotel scene, situated just steps away from Aldgate East station, is perfect for art lovers or those wanting a seriously Instagrammable hotel. It features over 225 works of art inside and has fantastic views of the London skyline from the 6th to the 9th floor - including 13 stunning balcony rooms with jaw-dropping vistas. There's also a fantastic restaurant and rooftop bar to enjoy
Prices start from £161 for a king room. To book, visit booking.com
The Standard London
A celeb hotspot, The Standard London has it all - hip design, great food and the perfect location - it's literally a few minutes walk from King's Cross station. Housed in an impressive 1974 white Brutalist building, the former Camden Town Hall Annex, but given a 70s chic refit - it features two restaurants, plus a stunning rooftop restaurant/hangout, Decimo. And there's 24-hour room service on offer if you just want to lounge in your room and enjoy the stunning views of St Pancras.
Prices start from £299 for a standard rate. To book, go to booking.com.
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Holmes Hotel London
Comprised of four beautifully restored Georgian buildings in characterful Marylebone Village, Holmes Hotel London is inspired by Baker Street's most famous resident - Sherlock Holmes. Like the man himself, the hotel is a witty blend of heritage and playfulness, with 118 guest rooms and luxurious loft suites, a sumptuous lounge, tranquil library, ten meeting and event spaces and a gym. Guests will also enjoy seeing the Holmes-inspired collectors items, artwork, sculptures and other curiosities.
This luxury bothole, near Baker Street, is located in one of the city's most sought-after addresses and is just a stone's throw from Regent's Park, The British Museum, Oxford Circus and Madame Tussards - so you are left rarely short of things to do when the beating heart of London's attractions are within walking distance. There is also an all-day dining option. Casual dining is enjoyed in the seasonally inspired restaurant, Kitchen at Holmes, where London's melting pot of culinary cultures can be explored at every meal.
To book, visit booking.com.
Best arty hotels in London
The Hoxton Hotel, Shepherds Bush
Located on the north end of Shepherd’s Bush Green and designed by AIME Studios, the hotel boasts 237 retro-inspired bedrooms, Thai-Americana restaurant Chet’s serving up fiery flavours, spicy shakes and natural wines, a secluded terrace, a huge open lobby featuring an eclectic mix of mid-century and vintage 70s furniture, and a show stopping central bar. To the right of the lobby is The Apartment meeting and events space, while a standalone retail unit plays host to eco-brand Plastic Freedom’s first brick-and-mortar store.
Prices start from £199 per night. To book, visit booking.com.
Town Hall Hotel, Bethnal Green
As the name would suggest, this ultra-spacious hotel is set inside a former town hall, complete with hugely high ceilings, impossibly chic furnishings and grand, imposing staircases. It’s an incredibly stylish space, and you'll find yourself dreaming up ways to copy the décor at home.
Another huge positive point of East London's Town Hall Hotel is how large the rooms are. Far from a tiny space, the rooms come complete with a kitchen (with a washing machine!), a living room and a dining space too – as well as a beautifully designed tiled bathroom, with a bath and shower too. You could easily stay for a week with these facilities – plus, there's a swimming pool and gym, with skylights so you can gaze at the stars from the comfort of your hotel robe.
Prices start from £210 per night. To book, visit booking.com.
Nhow London, East London
Fun, vibrant and always something to see and do. That's how best to describe East London - and that's also an accurate depiction of nhow London. From the outside, it's a seemingly standard glass-fronted hotel, but step into the lobby and a sea of colour hits you. Their entrance (as well as the rest of the hotel) has been carefully curated by a team of artists and interior designers. Spot iconic London themes and icons as you explore the stand-out hotel equipped with a bar, restaurant area and a gym.
The penthouse is reserved for those looking for the ultimate wow factor. The top-floor views are epic - that is if you can take your eyes off the zany interiors. With a bed and a bath of dreams, exploring the city can always wait for another day…
Prices start from £174 for a standard room with breakfast and the penthouse starts from £546 per night. To book, go to booking.com.
TRIBE, Canary Wharf
This edgy design-led hotel has perfected the art of luxury without the frills. Where industrial elements meet tropical bohemian touches, this TRIBE is both functional and fun, comfortable yet cool. You won't struggle to sleep in their dream-like beds, while rainfall showers laden with luxury toiletries will lull you into relaxation.
The hotel’s free-flowing, 24-hour 'Social Hub' has spaces to suit everyone, whether guests are there to work, play, eat, meet, or just kill time. Flooded with natural light and opening up onto the hotel’s sun-soaked terrace, it’s open not only to those staying at the hotel, but inclusive to all. Comfortable and functional by design, guests can be as connected or disconnected as you like.
Canary Wharf was once a grey and glum business district best enjoyed from a distance purely to marvel at its iconic skyline, now it is home to a vibrant collection of artisan restaurants, independent coffee shops, vibey rooftop bars, enticing arts and culture, and upmarket hotels like TRIBE that transcend this London Borough far from the financial hub it was always known as. Don't miss the hotel's resident restaurant Feels Like June, which serves up Californian-inspired cuisine that transports you well away from any rainy London day.
New for 2023, guests can level up their stay with a restorative session at London's most luxury gym group, Canary Wharf Third Space health club, which provides complimentary access for each guest. And for those looking for a boost, Third Space's new partnership with Get A Drip offers hotel guests the chance to get either the Energy or Detox IV Drip from Get A Drip during their stay, promoting the rebalance of the body’s natural vitamin levels helping to cleanse it of toxins, boost the immune system, replenish energy levels, and optimise day-to- day wellbeing, all from the privacy of their hotel rooms.
Prices start from £169 per night. To book, visit booking.com.
One Hundred, Shoreditch
One Hundred Shoreditch is a seriously impressive hotel and should be at the top of your list! Prominently located on Shoreditch High Street, the design led, independent hotel offers a vibrant and social programme of events encompassing music, art, fashion, design and wellbeing, which run throughout the year. With a relaxed cocktail bar downstairs and a brand new rooftop bar and terrace, this is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the panoramic views of East London. Just be sure to try their restaurant Goodard & Gibbs which excels at Simply British seafood. Be warned though, you must save room to try their doughnuts - life changing! All the staff are simply wonderful and will make sure you are properly looked after with whatever you need. A true experience hotel that is a must for your bucket-list.
Prices start from £297 per night, to book visit booking.com.
Best boutique hotels in London
A hidden colour-packed gem in the quieter area of Pimlico, Artist Residence is a homely townhouse ideally located between the upmarket Chelsea, the Tate Britain and the grand sights of Westminster. Each of the 10 bedrooms is unique – lined with fun artworks and quirky furnishings.
Downstairs you'll find a relaxed neighborhood hangout, boasting walls peppered with pop art and neon lighting. Upstairs, small and medium-sized rooms make for a comfortable stay. Limited edition art prints and vintage & reclaimed furniture elevate the unique feel of the boutique (and dog-friendly) hotel.
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Prices start from £215 for a small double room. To book, visit booking.com.
Bingham Riverhouse - Richmond
Talk about a room with a view - and just about everything else you could ask for. The Bingham Riverhouse is a stunning riverside, boutique hotel and private members club situated in beautiful Richmond.
The 15 guestroom property boasts stunning views of the river and puts luxury at your fingertips. Their rooms are stylish, comfortable and unique and you're almost guaranteed a quality night's sleep.
The Terrace Bar serves up an impressive array of cocktails and small dishes which you can sample as the world goes by. For something more substantial, the 3 AA Rosettes and Michilin plate award winner, Steve Edwards Riverhouse restaurant won't disappoint and offers a new flexible tasting menu.
The Bingham Riverhouse's superb location means you're only five minutes from the town centre, but you may just find you don't want to leave.
To book, visit booking.com.
The Great Northern Hotel
A beautiful hotel in the heart of King's Cross St Pancras! The Great Northern Hotel is London's oldest railway hotel and boasts spacious, comfortable and stylish rooms while maintaining the archicture and heritage of the building.
Grab a drink and a casual meal at the GNH Bar and Terrace or pop to the popular Plum + Spilt Milk restaurant - named after the Flying Scotsman's dining cars - for modern cuisine and seasonal menus.
It's enviable location also helps makes The Great Northern Hotel a fantastic spot to stop, dine, stay and play.
Prices from £329 a night for a Couchette Room, based on two people sharing (room only). To book, visit booking.com.
Hilton London Bankside
Situated in the vibrant cultural hub of London’s Bankside, moments from iconic London attractions, including the Tate Modern, The Shard, Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, and foodie favourite Borough Market, Hilton Bankside is in the perfect location to explore the city. The unique design references the rich history of its neighbourhood, with a modern industrial aesthetic that nods back to the history of the area in 1800, when the site was home to the famous Stevenson & Howell Fragrance Factory. Our stand-out part? The food: OXBO Bankside serves up breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, but it's their bottomless brunch that will have guests back for more. Four courses washed down with good quality cava, with a starter buffet and a very fun dessert station!
Prices start from £164 a night, book here: hilton.com.
Best luxury hotels in London
Pan Pacific London
Located just a stone's throw away from Liverpool Street station, Pan Pacific London marks Pan Pacific Hotels Group's first opening in Europe. Combining Singaporean hospitality with contemporary London design, the five-star hotel just oozes luxury.
Boasting 237 rooms including 42 suites, the hotel also has a range of dining options. Enjoy afternoon tea in The Orchid Lounge, a serene drawing room, or have the best of South East Asian cuisine at Straits Kitchen restaurant, which is open all day. SHIOK! is where you'll find some delicious grab-and-go, Singaporean-influenced pastries while Silverleaf is the destination for cocktails.
Guests can also make use of the calm wellbeing floor, which has a stunning infinity pool, relaxation pods, mindfulness studio, a 24-hour gym, and various treatment rooms. The hotel has also launched a Baby-Bloom package in partnership with French Bloom for expectant mothers, where they'll be treated to a delightful 60-minute pregnancy massage, a bottle of non-alcoholic French Bloom (sparkling rose), an overnight stay plus breakfast and late checkout among other benefits. The package is running until April 2023.
Prices for the Baby-Bloom package start from £545. To book, visit booking.com
From breakfast to bedtime with remote working, dinner, cocktails, and karaoke in between, Mama Shelter is the one size fits all destination in East London. On entering through the matt black façade, guests can relax in the living area, which shifts through the day from meeting and working spaces to destination drinks and dancing by the open fireplace.
The restaurant serves up something for everyone (the chicken popcorn, salmon spring rolls, and the flaming pecan pie get our thumbs up) and leads into an outdoor courtyard with a retractable glass roof - the perfect setting for a cocktail al fresco. Downstairs, Japanese-style karaoke rooms are decked out with pinball machines, retro video games, and classic 50s-style microphones and are available to hire for groups.
Once you check in for the night, its 195 rooms focus on simplicity with style, with king size beds and ultra-luxe linen alongside cutting-edge design elements by up and coming French designer Dion & Arles.
Rooms from £109. To book, visit booking.com.
Sunborn Hotel Yacht Hotel
A sleek yacht moored in one of the world's most exciting cities, Sunborn London creates a memorable destination for a first-class stay with excellent dining and entertainment.
The impressive 108-metre floating hotel incorporates 138 spacious guest rooms – all with bespoke furnishings - plus a swanky restaurant, lounge bar and events suite offering expansive views of Canary Wharf. Designed to provide light and spacious accommodation, Sunborn London's rooms offer guests a luxurious retreat with indulgent furnishings, pristine bathrooms and stunning views that lead onto a private terrace or balcony.
Prices start from £112.59 For a classic dock view room. To book, visit booking.com.
One of the top luxury hotels in London, The Corinthia London sits in prime location moments from Trafalgar Square and Whitehall. The hotel boasts elegant restaurants, two bars, a florist, London's largest spa and the world's first hotel concession for Harrods.
Spacious, air-conditioned rooms have luxurious décor blending the hotel’s 1885 character with state-of-the-art amenities. With city views, a luxury hair salon and renowned Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge's first London restaurant, Kerridge's Bar & Grill, the hotel is truly a special stay.
Prices start from £918 for a deluxe king room. To book, visit booking.com.
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Situated in the heart of upscale Marylebone, The Landmark London is a deluxe stay famous for its striking glass-roofed eight-story atrium with towering palm trees, an award-winning restaurant, luxurious bedrooms and an indoor pool and spa.
Beautiful Regents Park and Lords Cricket Ground are both less than ten minutes’ walk away. Marylebone underground and train station are just fifty yards away, providing excellent access to all London’s attractions from outside of the city.
Prices start from £405 for a double room. To book, visit booking.com.
Perhaps London's most famous hotel, The Ritz is renowned for its incredible catering, Grade II listed building and unfailing 5-star service. Located in Piccadilly, the hotel is moments away from Green Park and is recognised for its close association with high society guests. The mesmerising hotel is known for hosting politicians, socialites, writers and actors - making it the most glamorous stay in London
Prices start from £639. To book, visit booking.com.
Best family hotels in London
The Lensbury Hotel in Teddington
Situated on the bank of the river Thames in Teddington, The Lensbury really is London’s riverside resort. If you fancy an activity filled getaway, this beautiful hotel has it all. With activities for both children and adults, whether it be kayaking, canoeing, rowing or sailing - the’ve got you covered! But it’s not just their superb water sports centre that makes this hotel so incredible, the resort has 22 first-class tennis courts, two elite level sports pitches, a gym, studios and an indoor pool - so it’s no surprise that The Lionesses had the hotel as their base during the EURO tournaments this year!
But the magic of this resort really goes beyond it’s amazing facilities, the incredible staff make this hotel the haven it is. We’d recommend heading down to the Lounge Restaurant and Terrace within the grounds, where if you’re lucky, you’ll be served by the fabulous Graciano Diniz, an experienced member of the team. Graciano recommended the Thai Green Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry and we were not disappointed - what a dish! The perfect part of this choice? We had just enough room to try desserts, and it was the Chocolate and Orange Tart that made this dinner even more spectacular - don’t miss out on trying this sweet treat!
To book, visit booking.com.
Offering unbelievable views of London and luxury for all the family, the Park Plaza at London Riverbank, is the perfect getaway. The central hotel is home to the ultimate family suite which was the capital's first hotel room designed by families for families - and it doesn't disappoint. The children have their very own bedroom complete with chalkboard walls, neon lights, and personalised experiences. Books, games and so much more are included... not to mention the amazing breakfast.
Adults have a sleek, comfortable bedroom too meaning everybody is happy. The hotel also boasts an indoor heated pool for some added entertainment. Just a stone's throw from Big Ben, Parliament and the London Eye - all visible from the luxury suite - the hotel has everything you need for a city break with the kids.
The Ultimate Family Suite is available from £179 per night. For more information and to book, visit booking.com.
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