London Calling: Behold the Best Hotels in the British Capital

Updated 03/03/18

London is not short on luxury and boutique hotels, making the decision of where to stay at once easy and impossible. After all, Britain's capital is home to some of the world's best and most iconic historic properties, from The Savoy to The Connaught. And because we know there's a room perfect for every type of traveler and budget in the British metropolis, we've crafted a guide to the best hotels in London, from the most extravagant to the simplest. No need to read through endless hotel reviews—we guarantee there are no better places to stay in London than these.

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Shoreditch House

You might not be a Soho House member, but luckily for you, Shoreditch House is one of the few properties of the private club group that allows hotel reservations for non-members. The 26-room hotel in Shoreditch is located in a converted biscuit factory in East London. Hotel guests have access to all the plush member areas and events, including the popular rooftop pool, multiple lounges, restaurants, and Soho House's signature Cowshed Spa. London is the birthplace of Soho House, with seven houses in the British capital alone, so you'll be experiencing the property at its most authentic.

Best Hotels in London — Chiltern Firehouse
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Chiltern Firehouse

André Balazs knows a thing or two about creating coveted properties that attract A-listers from around the world. The hotelier behind L.A.'s Château Marmont and NYC's The Mercer opened Chiltern Firehouse in London in 2014. The 26-room luxury hotel and restaurant is housed in a neo-Gothic building that was formerly used as a fire station, and it's decorated with the historic poise, charm, and attention to detail that Balazs is known for. Within days of its opening, to no one's surprise, it was the hardest dinner reservation to obtain in London.

The buzzy restaurant is designed to the smallest level of detail, and the menu is one to write home about. If you can't stay here, at least go for a meal.

Best Hotels in London — The London Edition
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The London Edition

Ian Schrager is one of the most prolific hoteliers in the business, and The London Edition is a testament to his vision and talent. Located in a row of Georgian townhouses in Soho-adjacent Fitzrovia, the luxury property features showstopping 19th-century stucco cherubs ceilings, gallery walls filled with oil paintings, and dimly lit corners. The bedrooms, though less opulent, are no less impressive. Large globe pendants act as bedside lights, while modern minimalist walnut paneling and clean-lined furniture provide a sense of comfortable and chic simplicity.

Best Hotels in London — The Langham
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The Langham

One of London's most well-established hotel properties alongside The Savoy and The Connaught, The Langham Hotel has been providing unparalleled service since 1865. The historic property is no stranger to notable guests, having housed French emperor Napoleon III, playwright Oscar Wilde, and author Mark Twain, to name just a few. Its restaurant, The Wigmore, a former banking hall turned modern British pub, was impeccably designed by Martin Brudnizki.

Best Hotels in London — The Ned
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The Ned

If you follow luxury hotels, you may already know that London's The Ned created waves when it opened last year. Hyped as one of the most impressive new luxury properties in the world, the hotel and club was founded by Nick Jones, owner of Soho House. Housed in former bank headquarters, the building features green verdite marble pillars and an original bank vault. The hotel and private club hybrid also offers nine restaurants, cafés, and bars, so you'll never run out of places to eat.

Best Hotels in London — The Pilgrm
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The Pilgrm

London is no short of lavish luxury hotels, but it does smaller, more affordable boutique properties very well too. The proof: The Pilgrm, a new hotel, café, and lounge bar in London's Paddington neighborhood. Housed in a Victorian building, the hotel has no on-site check-in—everything is done online. The ground floor is occupied by a quaint coffee shop frequented by locals. Rooms are minimalistic and devoid of minibars, but a lounge and a 24-hour communal pantry keep guests satiated.

Best Hotels in London — Ham Yard Hotel
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The Ham Yard Hotel

Kit Kemp is somewhat of a celebrity on the London hotel scene. Alongside her husband, the British interior designer has opened eight hotels and six restaurants. In New York City, the couple owns two properties, The Crosby Street Hotel and the new Whitby Hotel. Back in England, the Ham Yard Hotel is their latest and buzziest offering. The Soho property houses 91 individually designed rooms in signature Kemp style, along with a restaurant with bar and outdoor dining. The plush common areas include a library, a drawing room, a spa, and a rooftop terrace.

Best Hotels in London — Nobu Hotel Shoreditch
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Nobu Hotel

Out of the famed Nobu restaurants comes a line of upscale hotels peppered around the world from Miami Beach to Malibu and Ibiza. In 2017, Nobu Hotels welcomed its first London property in Shoreditch. This 150-room hotel has a chic raw sophistication, with minimalist rooms, brass accents, and a mix of wood and concrete finishes. Of course, the property houses a restaurant by famed chef Nobu Matsuhisa. If you haven't heard of Nobu hotels yet, it's only a matter of time. The group has several planned openings in Marbella, Los Cabos, Chicago, Toronto, Barcelona, São Paulo, Atlanta, and Bahrain.

Best Hotels in London — Henrietta Hotel
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Henrietta Hotel

After opening the Grand Pigalle Hotel in Paris to much acclaim, Experimental Group ventured to London last year to open Henrietta Hotel, a quaint, stylish property off Convent Garden Market. True to the hotel group's other properties, the rooms have a nod to Italian design, with brass accents and paneled headboards. The hotel, housed in two townhouses, is also home to a modern French-inspired restaurant by chef Ollie Dabbous.

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