The stylish Kensington Close Hotel in central London is located in a quiet spot close to the shops of High Street Kensington. Following an extensive £45m refurbishment the hotel boasts 708 modern en-suite guest rooms. The Boulevard Restaurant offers modern European cuisine, and the Lounge Bar is famed for afternoon tea. Facilities include a stunning private garden and The Kensington Close Health Club and Spa - a luxurious and tranquil retreat with an 18m swimming pool, fully equipped gymnasium, fitness suite and treatment rooms.
Insider Tip: Kensington Close hotel is close to major city attractions, with many accessible either by foot, tube, or a short taxi ride.
The Cumberland - A Marble Arch Hotel
The 4-star Cumberland is ideally located on Oxford Street near Marble Arch and boasts a contemporary design. It offers over 1,000 bedrooms including apartments, an array of restaurants and bars, and its very own dedicated meeting space with 26 rooms. The Cumberland is perfectly situated for shopping, sightseeing, or for business.
Insider Tip: The hotel is ideally located next to Hyde Park and Marble Arch, just in the heart of West End - the ultimate shopping district in central London.
Royal Garden Hotel
The 5-star Royal Garden Hotel in leafy Kensington, London, combines the utmost in luxury with an impressive level of service. All 394 stylish rooms, including 17 magnificent suites, boast views over London’s skyline. Be spoilt by 3 bars and 2 award-winning restaurants - from the elegant Park Terrace restaurant offering modern British cuisine to the renowned Chinese restaurant Min Jiang on the 10th floor with views over Hyde Park. If you're looking to relax and unwind, venture to the fitness, health and beauty spa.
Insider Tip: The Royal Garden Hotel is perfectly positioned to experience the London way of life - with excellent transport links to all major London airports, attractions just 10 minutes away, and the shopping districts of Kensington, Mayfair, and Knightsbridge close by.
Andaz Liverpool Street London Hotel
Located in the heart of the City and bordering vibrant East London, the 5-star Andaz Liverpool Street hotel provides the perfect location for business and leisure guests alike. An original London railway hotel, Andaz is housed in a beautiful redbrick building dating back to 1884. Once inside, it transforms into a 21st century masterpiece, with a stunning blend of traditional and contemporary features, 267 modern guest rooms including 15 suites, 7 restaurants and bars, and Health Club with state-of-the-art equipment and treatment rooms. Andaz cements its reputation as one of the most stylish hotels in London.
Insider Tip: With no reception desk or check-in queue, you are invited to relax in the Lounge while the check-in comes to you via handheld iPads – offering the highest level of personal and uncomplicated service. Rates are inclusive of complimentary Wi-Fi, local landline calls, and non-alcoholic mini-bar.
Set in the glamorous area of Knightsbridge, this luxury Art Deco hotel offers an uncompromising service. Each of the 36 suites and bedrooms are individually finished with high-class décor and amenities. The spacious rooms boast original features from the 1920s, Italian marble bathrooms, and original bespoke artwork. Some rooms have a separate lounge and uninterrupted views of Hyde Park. The Oval restaurant offers a fine dining experience, with a menu inspired by Italian cuisine and featuring exquisite dishes.
Insider Tip: Drop by the Jazz Lounge for an evening of live music from Thursday to Saturday, showcasing both established and up-and-coming artists in an intimate style and atmosphere.
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London
After twelve years of renovation and painstaking restoration, the 140-year old former Midland Grand hotel is now the grand 245-roomed St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London. Built by the great British architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, the massive Gothic Revival building – including a grand sweeping staircase and original murals – retains a gentle echo of a bygone era.
Insider Tip: The best rooms overlook the main concourse where you can watch the trains at the busy St Pancras train station the hotel is attached to.
One of London’s newest hotels is housed in a gorgeous 1914 Edwardian Belle Epoque building house. Renovated at a cost of £85m, original features include high airy ceilings and a majestic wrought iron-gated carriageway entrance to a central courtyard with stonework inspired by an Italian Renaissance palazzo. Celebrity interior designer Tony Chi is responsible for the glamorous rooms and public spaces swathed in lacquer, mahogany, rare marble and mirrors.
Insider Tip: At the entrance of the ground floor bar, turn left to marvel at the original seven-storey staircase that is made of rare Italian Pavonazzo marble.
The Seattle-based hotel group chose the perfect location for its first venture outside America when it recently opened in London’s up-and-coming Shoreditch. The comfortably furnished bright rooms with snappy cushions and mismatched armchairs have a retro almost industrial-chic feel about them that fit perfectly with the neighbourhood vibe.
Insider Tip: Like the other Ace hotels in Seattle, Portland, New York and Palm Springs, the lobby is the place for guests and locals alike to hang out, check email, rendezvous and people watch.
Generations of royalty and Hollywood legends have stayed at this legendary hotel. Supermodel Kate Moss held her notorious thirtieth birthday party here. A couple of years ago, fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg refurbished several suites in her signature style. The service is silken, and afternoon tea in the grand salon is a London institution.
Insider Tip: Strike a pose next to the stunning Christmas tree at the foot of the lobby’s grand staircase. This year’s tree and its glittering decorations were designed by Dolce and Gabbana.
Town Hall Hotel
Hipster fans of Singaporean hotelier Loh Lik Peng’s unique brand of modernist meets vintage chic flock to his Town Hall hotel in the trendy East End. It’s a baroque Edwardian building (formerly the town hall, hence the name) where the huge rooms are filled with Scandinavian classic furniture, specially commissioned artwork and original architectural features.
Insider Tip: Within six months of opening, the intimate in-house restaurant Viajante – set in a soothing, light-filled room of blond wood and pastel shades – won a Michelin star for its inventive seasonal menu. Book a table.