With British Champions Day just a few short weeks away, its time to book a place to stay in London. Here’s an insider's guide to the best boutique hotels in London, featuring the top places to stay for period charm, hip cocktail bars, cool design, sumptuous interiors and great breakfasts in London’s vibrant neighbourhoods. Regular Royal Ascotians would have also booked their helicopter rides to the racecourse.
Café Royal has always been the haunt of famed patrons, from royalty and celebrity, to the creative and the notorious, has been an established and iconic landmark on the British capital’s social scene for a century and a half. In its recent reincarnation as the luxurious Hotel Café Royal, it remains an established favourite for locals, while becoming a global destination.
Hotel Café Royal has seven signature suites, offering the ultimate guest experience. Each suite is a masterpiece of contemporary design mixed with architectural heritage, with bespoke furniture and luxurious marble bathrooms set against restored original elements such as mirrors supported by ornate gilded griffins, golden-hued walls and grand windows overlooking Regent Street.
While the Royal Suite is designed to feel like a private residence, the Presidential Suite weaves together the past and present to become a luxurious and private residence with large windows overlooking central London to give a true sense of place. Not to be out done, the three bedroom Dome Penthouse, within a Grade II listed section of the building, however has been created as the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll residence.
Every suite gloriously embodies the hotels glorious past while holding open the doorway to the future.
The Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell is a 13 bedroom Georgian located just across the cobbles of St John’s Square. With sumptuous interiors by Russell Sage, it’s like the private home of an eccentric ancestor they call to call Aunt Wilhelmina. The hotel is crammed full of collectibles, taxidermy and ‘Victoriana’ from Aunt Wilhelmina’s travels.
The Townhouse Suite is a luxurious pied-a-terre with a private bedroom suite and a separate living room. It can also be connect the room with the Townhouse Apartment and convert it into the Grand Suite.
With personal luxury touches include bespoke Gainsborough upholstery, hand-picked novels, fluffy bathrobes and Egyptian cotton linen, a short stay becomes a step into heaven.
The Soho Hotel is the first luxury hotel to in the heart of Soho. There are four spectacular fifth floor penthouse suites each with wrap around tree-lined terraces and views stretching across London. Interiors by Kit Kemp reflect her personal attention to detail. The style is a contemporary London look – every room is different. The rooms are some of the largest you will find in central London and are characterised by dramatic oversized bed heads, sleek modern furniture and specially designed lighting. Kit Kemp is well known for her collection of modern art which is strikingly evident at The Soho with a ten foot tall Botero of a cat stands guard in the lobby.
Corinthia Hotel is rated amongst London’s finest 5-star luxury hotels. Combining traditional grandeur with modern freshness, this intricately restored grand hotel with a 21st century approach boasts outstanding craftsmanship and contemporary art, mirroring the energy, style and history of the area. The Corinthia is bedecked with a unique collection of specially commissioned artworks by predominantly British artists. Adorning the walls and public spaces throughout the Hotel, distinctive pieces bringing the historic building into the 21st century.
This intricately restored grand hotel has seven penthouses, a spectacular collection of exclusive two-storey penthouse hotel suites which have transformed the city’s luxury market, setting new standards for the hospitality world.
The penthouses, built within the soaring turrets of the grand Victorian building are themed around personalities typically found living in an affluent London street – royalty, high society, explorers, actors, musicians, writers and politicians. They evoke an elegant residential style, all appointed with expansive outside terraces complete with exceptional and previously unseen views across the capital.
Dating from 1885, it was built by grand hotel developer of the time Frederick Gordon and designed by commissioned architects F. and H. Francis and J.E. Saunders, the unique exterior style was borrowed from Parisian apartment blocks with decorative swirls and motifs carved into its golden sand stone exterior. Inside, the opulent Victorian architecture of the time is highly evident through generous ornate detail and sumptuous materials.
David Collins Studio designed Massimo Restaurant offering modern Italian cuisine, and the musically inspired Bassoon Bar. A seven-metre long piano forms the bar top, surrounded by a 1920’s inspired Art Deco music room, with smoky glass doors, sound waves on the ceiling and jazz inspired art by William H Johnson adorning the walls.