5 London airports, 5 luxury stays

It’s time to banish those drives down the motorway at the crack of dawn to catch that early morning flight. Here at the Epicurean, we know that you work hard for your holidays and deserve to maximise on every second of that luxury and relaxation. So, why not start your getaway just that little bit earlier and arrive at the airport in plenty of time, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, with one night of luxury shut-eye already in the bag?  We’ve found the perfect hidden treasures for you to stay in before you embark on your journey because there is nothing quite like a luxurious B&B to begin your R&R.

The finest hospitality near Heathrow – Cliveden House, Taplow

If you have nowhere to land your helicopter, Cliveden House has you covered. Spend a night in this grandiose stately home which comes complete with its very own landing pad. Nestled in the National Trust grounds of Berkshire, experience decadent and luxurious hospitality at its finest. Each suite is named after a prominent guest of the Cliveden House and is flourished with elegant furnishings and antiques. Why not treat yourself to a sand jewel scrub massage or take a dip in the Canadian hot tubs? It may only be a 20 minute drive from Heathrow but Cliveden House may be harder to walk away from than you think – don’t let it make you miss your flight.

Cliveden House, Heathrow Airport

Rest your head in Stansted – Linden House, Stansted

Arrive with the ambient lighting accentuating the beautiful black and white Tudor beamed exterior of Linden House. Each guest room is individually designed with its own British flair providing the ultimate in luxury for your home away from home before your trip. Soak away that pre-holiday stress in the pearly white roll top baths before indulging in gourmet British dishes. Your four-poster bed will, without doubt, provide you with sleeping bliss and with Stansted Airport just a 10 minute drive away, your morning will be just as leisurely as your evening.

Linden House, Stansted Airport

Getaway at Gatwick – Old House Inn, Copthorne

Hidden away in the countryside is West Sussex’s hidden pre-holiday treasure. Arrive at the Old House Inn and be greeted by charmingly wonky roof tops and latticed windows that frame this gorgeous countryside inn. Drop off your bags in one of the six en-suite rooms, complete with clawfoot baths, before heading down to the cosy dining area. The restaurant dishes up inventive and seasonally inspired creations using only the finest and most local ingredients. What’s more, after your hearty, home cooked breakfast, you can park your car across the road at Cophall Parking where your vehicle will be kept safe and sound before being whisked seven minutes away to begin your journey from Gatwick Airport.

Old House Inn, Gatwick Airport

A Victorian boutique in Luton – The Leaside Hotel, Luton

Drive up towards this architectural gem and experience quintessentially British comfort and style. The Leaside Hotel offers a boutique stay in a historic Victorian Villa with no two rooms alike. You’ll find Victorian opulence with a contemporary twist in the Huckleby Suite, while the chic and modern Coach House Suite features a Jacuzzi bath for two. Sit back with a local ale from the hotel’s traditional British pub or relax on the spacious terrace surrounded with blooming foliage. For dinner, dine in the Brazzerie Azure restaurant where you will be spoilt for choice from their extensive menu. Your quaint room will play host to the perfect night sleep before your mere 3 mile journey to Luton airport.

Leaside Hotel, Luton Airport

In the heart of London City – Aloft, London

Countryside hospitality may not be available when flying from London City Airport, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some luxury and comfort before your flight. The Aloft provides the perfect bolthole with airy and contemporary suites boasting sweeping views of East London and Canary Wharf. Soak in the view from the indoor pool with floor to ceiling windows and don’t forget to enjoy a cocktail on the elevated terrace amongst the London skyline before jetting off from The London City Airport, just minutes away.

Aloft, City Airport

Nicole Harley is Editor at The Epicurean.

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  1. Wow, luxury stays in London at its best…
    A good list of hotels for luxury travelers….
    Although each of these hotels are cool, I like Old House Inn, Copthorne…

  2. Bob Merrick says:

    All of these stays are well worth visiting. I could be happy in any of them. However, I have to agree with Tajirul Haque that my favorite is the Old House Inn, Copthorne. This one has all the charm and comfort that I would enjoy.

  3. nigel says:

    most people want to get to their destination faster rather than to stay at hotel prior to their journey.. to me if i were to do air travel, id concern much on getting to my destibation faster and enjoy the pleasures there..

  4. Paul Johnson says:

    That’s all well and good, Nigel, but there are plenty of circumstances where this might not be applicable for everyone else. For example, let’s suppose you have a 9am flight (and have to be at the airport at 7am) but don’t live near the airport… or perhaps you have just opted for a few days layover en route somewhere else – London and the surrounding area is a very popular destination in its own right.

  5. Anna Parker says:

    having stayed in the canning suite at Cliveden can I just echo how amazing it is!! Paul – just let me know if you want more content on it. The most incredible place!!

  6. Colin says:

    I agree with Paul, even though the company I work for offer airport transfers if you live far away and its an early flight. Enjoying a day and an evening before you go in London is a great option. There is so much to do and no one likes the stress of having to travel long distances for an early morning flight. Why not put your feet up and start how you want to finish

  7. Ritter Petra says:

    Wow!This one’s amazing. When you are in London, you can’t forget the traditional afternoon tea. I really liked The Berkeley. But apart from this, there are many themed tea rooms, fascinated to search such in the Central London.

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