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The 10 best 5 star hotels in London

The United Kingdom is home to a wide variety of luxury 5 star hotels with most located in its world famous capital, London. These businesses are crucial to tourism as many of the world’s wealthiest demand the highest standards for their visits to this region. Luckily, London boasts a generous selection of luxury hotels for you to select from, some of which will follow. The Ritz, Piccadilly The Ritz London is an iconic 5 star hotel located in Piccadilly with an impressive 133 rooms. Its reputation extends to the four corners of the world thanks to the industry leading service it provides. The Ritz is often featured in the global media as the standard at which 5 star hotels should be measured against. Many famous names have stayed and played at its Ritz Club where wagers can reach into thousands of pounds. The Ritz The Dorchester, Mayfair As a member of the world famous Dorchester Collection (a group of ten exclusive 5 star hotels worldwide), The Dorchester sits in the middle of Mayfair in Central London and boasts renowned Michelin starred restaurants and bars such as Alain Ducasse and China Tang on site where the finest dining and drinks are to be savoured. Opened in 1931, the hotel is steeped in history and its impressive quality of accommodation is matched only by the level of service provided by its staff. The Dorchester, Mayfair The Savoy, Westminster The Savoy is located in Westminster and was opened in 1889. The front entrance stands out as one of the most striking features in this 5 star hotel, as well as the range of famous bars that accompany this classic accommodation. Its stand out bar, The American Bar, was one of the first places to offer American cocktails outside of the USA. The Savoy has also recently undergone a major restoration in order to boost standards at the already impeccable hotel where Churchill and co. often wined and dined in the superb surroundings. The top suite available at The Savoy, The Royal Suite, costs £12000 a night for a stay; the ultimate in luxury! The Savoy, Westminster The Lanesborough, Knightsbridge The Lanesborough is a central London hotel located in Knightsbridge. It offers the most expensive hotel suite in London “The Lanesborough Suite” which costs a cool £18000 per night! Included of course is a private butler, a chauffeur driven Rolls Royce as well as various other complimentary benefits. The dining isn’t bad at The Lanesborough either; it broke the record for the fastest time to receive a Michelin Star when its flagship restaurant “Apsleys, a Heinz Beck Restaurant” obtained the coveted award in less than 5 months of opening. The hotel itself will close in late December in order to undergo extensive renovations that will last approximately a year. The Lanesborough, Knightsbridge One Aldwych, Covent Garden One Aldwych is a 105 bedroom and suite hotel located in Convent Garden, a bustling tourist area that is always active. The selection of restaurants and bars available at this hotel confirm its place as one of the best hotels London has to offer; it offers delectable afternoon tea as well as original recipe cocktails. With rooms boasting wonderful views of nearby famous attractions such as Waterloo Bridge, One Aldywch is the perfect hotel for a family holiday, spa break or business traveller. One Aldwych, Covent Garden Brown’s Hotel, Mayfair Of many five star hotels in Mayfair, the Rocco Forte owned Brown’s Hotel stands out as it was the first every hotel opened in London. The level of uniqueness in every room and suite has drawn major political figures and authors such as Rudyard Kipling back to this luxury hotel each time he visited the area. A perfect example of authentic British dining in London can be had at HIX Mayfair which is adorned with original works by British Artists. This is complemented well by the Donovan Bar which is aptly covered with iconic prints from the renowned Terence Donovan. Brown’s Hotel, Mayfair 45 Park Lane, Mayfair 45 Park Lane is one of the newest 5 star hotels in London having opened in late 2011 as is a member of the exclusive Dorchester Collection. Located just around the corner from its parent hotel, The Dorchester, this luxury hotel is the first in Europe to have a restaurant with the highly decorated chef Wolfgang Puck called “CUT at 45 Park Lane”. Views of Hyde Park are aplenty from most of the rooms and suites on offer and the largest collection of American wines in the UK are available at Bar 45. 45 Park Lane, Mayfair Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, Knightsbridge The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel underwent a major facelift that was completed in the year 2000 and has since gone on to become one of London’s top hotels. It boasts a Michelin Starred restaurant in “Foliage” as well as a Victorian style decor. With over half of the 173 rooms and 23 suites overlooking Hyde Park, this exquisitely located hotel is ideal for anyone looking for luxury accommodation in Knightsbridge. The spa has exclusive treatments unique to this location and has been voted as the one of the UK’s best spa multiple times. Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, Knightsbridge The Goring, Westminster The Goring was opened over 100 years ago and was the first hotel in the world that had a bathroom and central heating in every room; they have since come a long way! Nowadays, the hotel houses guests like the Royal family who stayed at The Goring in the build up to the Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011. This boutique hotel has a mixture of 69 rooms and suites which provide a quainter feel than some of the larger 5 star hotels in London. The bespoke Swarowski Chandeliers give a wondrous touch of grandeur to guests at The Dining Room restaurant which serves true British cuisine at this London landmark. The Goring, Westminster The Milestone, Kensington Situated in the affluent area of Kensington, The Milestone is a Grade II listed building which was originally built in the 17th century. With 57 rooms and suites and incredible views of Kensington Palace and Gardens, The Milestone, is ranked as one of the best 5 star hotels in the capital and provides 24 hour butler service for all guests. The restaurant and bars on site aren’t bad either; they have over 400 vintage wines to suit any wine connoisseur dining at The Cheneston’s Restaurant. The Milestone Hotel, London Marta Miklinska is Digital Marketing Manager at 5ive Star London. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

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  1. Interesting list, however, definitely missing a few here – instead of The Goring, One Aldwych and The Milesone, I would have put in Claridge’s, The Langham (The Langham was the first purpose built hotel in Europe, dating back to 1865)…even The Connaught should be in that list. Those are true luxury hotels. I understand the Goring has history with the royals and The Milestone is always rated very highly for top service, however, in terms of the hotel product and reputation in London, there were definitely some hotels which were missed. I know in London there are so many and it is difficult to narrow it down to 10, but in my personal opinion there are some key hotels which deserve a mention.

  2. Great list! The Browns Hotel is definitely a favorite, however, you should look into adding The Blakes Hotel and Number 16. Both are fairly recent boutique hotels but are quite exquisite.

  3. Definitely agree about Claridge’s – how can this NOT be in the list?! Seems very odd to omit it.

    What were the requirements for the hotels to make this list?

  4. Any list of worldwide 5 star hotels (not just London) would undoubtedly include Claridge’s so seems very odd the author has not included it here.

  5. Where is the holiday inn, dulwich?? An outstanding fry up, for under a tenner. And a wonderful view of the gas works from the bedroom.

  6. My wife and I will be in London in a few weeks for 4 nights. Should I stay at The Goring or at The Ritz ???

  7. That was excellent article with some great tips for finding best accommodation within your budget. I also recommend to stay in budget while you are visiting and staying outside because you can always get a chance to save something on hotels, using coupons, last minute deals or from online campaigns. I prefer to check reviews from TripAdvisor or country popular reviews websites before booking a hotel, bed and breakfast or hostel.

  8. Did I hear that the Lanesborough is going out of business due to COVID-19…? What a shame if that’s true!

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