The Savoy, Strand, Charring Cross WC2R OEU +44 20 7836 4343 (see map)
After a 100 million pound restoration, The Savoy’s original Edwardian features are now blended with a brand new art deco style glamour. Located on the river Thames, the picturesque hotel boasts a list of historic clientele, including Winston Churchill, Katherine Hepburn, and Claude Monet. Just as impressive are the pick of food and beverage establishments; have an aperitif in the American Bar, followed by a champagne in Beaufort Bar, and dinner at Gordon Ramsay’s The Savoy Grill.
Dean Street Townhouse, 71 Dean Street, Soho W1D 3SE +44 20 7434 1775 (see map)
Once home to Hogarth, Dean Street Townhouse has all the drama and decadence of the painter’s pictures, along with cosmopolitan cool and a British brasserie. Various artists have passed through the 18th-century doors, and in its recent re-incarnation as a Soho House-owned hip hotel, the restaurant, bar and bedrooms still lure in a creative crowd.
The Soho Hotel, 4 Richmond Mews, Soho W1D 3DH +44 20 7559 3000 (see map)
This boutique hotel is sister to the Covent Garden Hotel, and is located in a prime position right near Soho Square. The Soho Hotel possesses quirky features that separate it from the other hotels in the neighborhood; the 10 foot Botero cat sculpture on the porch and clashing interiors throughout the hotel breath some modern life back into old British charm. Check out the Refuel bar and restaurant for high tea, and the screening rooms where they host the Sunday Film Club.
Haymarket Hotel, 1 Suffolk Place, Piccadilly Circus SW1Y 4BP +44 20 7470 4000 (see map)
Country-house charm meets London sophistication at this centrally located boutique hotel right on Piccadilly Circus. Kit Kemp’s quirkily colourful interiors, an eye-popping indoor pool-cum-bar and a made-for-peoplewatching restaurant make the Haymarket Hotel a lavish and relaxing base from which to explore the city’s world-class theatres, shops and galleries.
The Arch, 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch W1H 7FD +44 20 7724 4700 (see map)
A grand Georgian pad, spread over seven former townhouses and two old mews houses. Walls are covered in hand-made Italian wallpaper and artwork by rising British talents, and bedrooms are kitted out with all the technology you could wish for. If you’re looking to be wined and dined, you won’t even have to leave the hotel. Have afternoon tea and martinis at The Martini Library, then continue to the Le Salon de Champagne and finally, dinner at HUNter 486.
York and Albany, 127-129 Parkway, Regent’s Park NW1 7PS +44 20 7388 3344 (see map)
There are just nine rooms at this North London hotel, situated above Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant of the same name. Rooms start at 140 pounds, so it’s a good option if you are looking to turn a dinner into even more of a special occasion. Great bar with a live jazz pianist a few nights a week, and an excellent location, across from Regent’s Park and close walking distance to Camden Town.
Sanderson, 50 Berners Street, Oxford Circus W1T 3NG +44 20 7300 1400 (see map)
Designed by Ian Schrager and Philippe Starck, this 150-room hotel is one of London’s original boutique hotels. Since 2000, it has remained as one of the city’s coolest places to stay, the unique interior making it a fun, lively environment while still maintaining a strong sophistication. The hotel boasts two bars, Suka Restaurant, a flowering courtyard garden, a stained glassed billiard room, and the famous Agua spa.
St Martins Lane, 45 St Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden WC2N 4HX +44 20 7300 5500 (see map)
Just like Sanderson, Morgan’s second London property is modern luxury at every turn. Asia de Cuba has great Asian/Cuban share food, and the Light Bar is perfect for a pre-dinner or pre-outing drink. The rooms are fitted out with Phillipe Starck pieces which can all be purchased, including the bed, which is so comfortable you might actually consider it.
Shoreditch House, Ebor Street, Shoreditch E1 6AW +44 20 7739 5040 (see map)
Another one from the Soho House group. In the same building as the member’s club, the Shoreditch Rooms are a one stop shop if you like being East. The bright, comfortable rooms are reasonably priced and give you access to all of the member’s facilities – pool, Cowshed Spa, gym, two great restaurants, bars and a lounge.
St. John Hotel, 1 Leicester Street, Leicester Square WC2H 7BL +44 20 3301 8020 (see map)
Minimal white rooms with pops of green, these rooms are simple, tasteful and well designed, just like the menu at the St. John restaurant. Situated above the restaurant, one of London’s finest, you can book a room to coincide with your dinner, or spontaneously decide on a ‘post-supper room’ after dessert if you’re feeling too full/drunk/lazy to stagger home.
The Egerton House Hotel, 17-19 Egerton Terrace, Knightsbridge SW3 2BX +44 20 7589 2412 (see map)
If you like all things English then this is your place. Situated in Knightsbridge, it’s close to some of the best shopping in London. Each room is individually designed, adorned with a mixture of old art, wallpaper and matching bed throws. Equally as impressive as the interiors is the 5-star service – this is a hotel where you are looked after from the minute you walk through the door.
San Domenico House, 31 Draycott Place, Chelsea SW3 2SH +44 20 7581 5757 (see map)
A family owned Italian boutique hotel located just down the road from Sloane Square. Rooms are reasonable priced, starting from 140 pounds per night. There’s no restaurant but a 24 hour room service menu and a breakfast room. Set inside red-brick town houses with original balconies and window boxes, this little hotel will make you feel right at home.
Bulgari Hotel, 171 Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge SW7 1DW +44 20 7151 1010 (see map)
A new 5 star hotel from the Bulgari Hotels group, situated in the heart of the Knightsbridge shopping district. As you could only expect, the hotel is dripping in luxurious features, including an incredible swimming pool and a bar and three dining spaces. If you’ve got a spare few million pounds lying around, there’s penthouse residences for sale on the 7th floor.
Town Hall Hotel and Apartments, Patriot Square, Bethnal Green E2 9NF +44 20 7871 0460 (see map)
With rooms starting at 159 pounds, you are getting loads more than just great value at this hotel. Set inside an Edwardian building with marble floors, high ornate ceilings and grand staircases, the one of a kind rooms range from Edwardian, to 30s art deco, to modern lofts. There’s also a Michelin star restaurant, swimming pool, and a ‘Town Hall Tea Lady’, who brings trolley service cocktails right to the door of your bedroom – you won’t be using the Do Not Disturb sign on your door here.
High Road House, 162 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick W4 1PR +44 20 8742 1717 (see map)
The western outpost of member’s club Soho House. 14 rooms starting from just 112 pounds, this hotel is located in a quieter part of the city for those looking for a more relaxed stay, plus you have the added bonus of entry to the member’s bar, restaurant and club downstairs.