From magical views of the skyline or the Thames, to honeymoon suites and sumptuous beds, London hotels have everything you need for a romantic break. Here are 12 of the most luxurious and romantic hotels in the capital.
1.The Berkeley, Knightsbridge
Stunning interiors by A-list designers, afternoon tea with a twist, great service –everything about this luxury hotel is wonderful. The location is excellent too with all the boutiques and treats of Knightsbridge and Belgravia on the doorstep. The food and drink offering at the Berkeley is particularly good from Cédric Grolet’s patisserie and the fashionista Prêt-à-Portea afternoon tea to innovative cocktails in the gorgeous blue bar.
2. 45 Park Lane, Mayfair
Originally designed as an office building by famous Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius, 45 Park Lane remains a landmark of London, and today, a gorgeous boutique hotel. The 45 Art Deco-inspired rooms and suites are by Thierry Despont, an architect, artist and designer who created the hotel as if it were a private residence. Art Deco in style, yet contemporary in attitude, the hotel’s rooms and suites feature clean lines and bold design. Each room and suite overlooks Hyde Park opposite, while the glorious Penthouse Suite features a wraparound terrace with panoramic views across the London skyline. The Spa at 45 Park Lane offers a range of luxurious treatments by Valmont and Aromatherapy Associates alongside a 20 meter indoor swimming pool, a gym, sauna, steam room and relaxation lounge. For dining, CUT at 45 Park Lane is Wolfgang Puck’s first Europe restaurant, where works by Damien Hirst line the walls. Upstairs BAR 45 awaits with a vibrant mix of handcrafted cocktails.
3.Shangri- La, the Shard, London Bridge
Shangri-La The Shard, London is the capital’s highest hotel, located in The Shard, one of the world’s most iconic buildings. It has Western Europe’s highest Sky Pool, gym and sauna as well as a great food and beverage offering from sky high cocktails in GŎNG bar on the 52nd floor to elegant afternoon tea in TĪNG Restaurant and Lounge. Pulling out all the stops for a luxurious getaway in the clouds, guests staying between 6-19 February 2023 can book a “Love Is In The Air’”package in one of the 202 rooms or suites which will be transformed with heart-shaped balloons, bouquets of flowers, hand-made chocolates, caviar and rosé champagne.
4.Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square, Tower Bridge
Set in the heart of the City, overlooking Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, Ten Trinity Square celebrates its 100-year anniversary this year. The historic grade-II listed building features unique accommodations, including a selection of luxury Residences, complemented by top facilities, culinary offerings and service. Dining experiences include two Michelin starred La Dame de Pic London by acclaimed French chef Anne-Sophie Pic; Asian restaurant Mei Ume, offering authentic Chinese and Japanese cuisine and Rotunda Bar and Lounge, an art deco style venue serving afternoon tea with a vibrant bar. The Hotel’s extensive Spa provides a welcome escape from the busy city with a 14m lap pool, vitality pool and thermal facilities.
5.Art’otel, Battersea Power Station
Brand new for winter 2023, this first UK opening for the art’otel brand, is in the Battersea Power Station neighbourhood. Art’otel’s rooftop bar with it heated infinity pool and hot tub is the crowning glory, offering jaw-dropping views of the Power Station and beyond from the 16th floor. The skyline restaurant JOIA by Henrique Sá Pessoa will open on 21 February. The 164-bedroom hotel is located within Battersea Roof Gardens, a new building designed by Foster + Partners, that forms a key part of the new Electric Boulevard. Interiors have been designed by art’otel’s award-winning Signature Artist Jaime Hayon, whose bold, colorful and playful aesthetic style is alive in every corner.
Located in Knightsbridge on the edge of Hyde Park, Bulgari Hotel London is a haven of calm in the centre of the city, just under a minute’s walk from the famous Harrods department store. Elegant, contemporary architecture and Bulgari’s legendary flair for design are matched by top quality service. The 85 rooms and suites feature exquisite detailing throughout, such as custom-made silk curtains with patterns inspired by some of the classic Bulgari jewellery designs and bed side table lamps by Bulgari’s silver candlesticks. The silver theme continues throughout the hotel with handcrafted Italian detailing such as the two stunning handcrafted solid silver Bulgari chandeliers in the Ballroom, creating a dramatic centrepiece. The 2,000 sqm Spa is also fantastic, spread over two floors with 11 private treatment rooms and one double spa suite, complete with its own steam room, hydromassage and private treatment room; a 25m swimming pool, created from Vicenza stone and featuring a shimmering green and gold mosaic; and a 150sqm fitness area with a fully-equipped, state of the art Workshop Gymnasium.
7.The Connaught, Mayfair
In the heart of Mayfair, The Connaught is loved for its winning combination of elegance and world-famous service, including individual butlers for each suite. Experience culinary creativity under the three Michelin starred restaurant by Hélène Darroze. Or discover seasonal cocktails and market-fresh flavours at Jean-Georges at The Connaught. Cocktails in the award-winning Connaught Bar are also essential for a Valentine’s Day stay.
Since the 1850s, Claridge’s has excelled at the finer things in life: glamorous design, inspiring dining, impeccable service. The hotel began life in 1856 and soon attracted royal notice. During the 1920s it became an English institution; an art deco landmark with elegant rooms and suites loved by movie stars and statesmen, fashion designers and global dignitaries. The restaurants and bars are also legendary from the Claridge’s Bar, The Painter’s Room, or the iconic Afternoon Tea rooms, The Foyer and Reading Room. And just opened last fall, the hotel’s first spa is a haven of wellness and tranquillity featuring its first ever swimming pool, steam rooms, sauna and seven treatments rooms.
9.The Savoy, the Strand
Another historic luxury hotel, The Savoy right on the River Thames. The 267 rooms and suites are accompanied by some of the most well-known restaurants and bars in London. The top suite, the Royal Suite was transformed with furniture, furnishings, and decorative items from the Gucci Décor collection in celebration of the House’s centennial in 2021. The Savoy Grill is helmed by chef Gordon Ramsay offering an iconic British and French-inspired menu alongside an exceptional wine list.
10.Charlotte Street Hotel, Fitzrovia
Part of Tim and Kit Kemp’s Firmdale Hotel group, Charlotte Street Hotel reflects the duo’s modern, quintessentially British aesthetic. In a former dental warehouse situated in the media neighbourhood just north of Soho, this elegant boutique hotel has 52 individually designed bedrooms and suites, a spacious lobby, two drawing rooms, a bar and brasserie, a gym and private state-of-the-art screening room. Designer Kit Kemp has used a “Bloomsbury Group” theme throughout the hotel which features original art from the period. The top floor is occupied by a vast, open plan suite with great views across the London skyline, a spacious bathroom beautifully designed in granite and oak with an oversize walk-in shower/steam room. There are three, One Bedroom Suites each with views overlooking Charlotte Street and the London rooftops. Each features a stylish drawing room and separate bedroom with king size bed.
11.Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park
Sitting between glorious Royal Parkland and chic Knightsbridge, this hotel’s opulent rooms and suites have been redesigned by designer Joyce Wang, to reflect the natural beauty of Hyde Park. An award-winning spa and inspired dining including two-Michelin starred Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, a Japanese izakaya and the famous Afternoon Tea room. Between the 11 – 14 February, guests can enjoy a Valentine’s Day themed afternoon tea, featuring an edible red rose and heart shaped scones. For those looking to unwind together, The Spa has put together a Valentine’s Day themed package perfect for lovers featuring a London Aromatherapy Infused Rasul Ritual, a therapy which uses steam and natural muds for purification and detox.
12.Hotel Café Royal, Piccadilly Circus
One of the most historic names in London, Hotel Café Royal is a luxury five-star hotel at the corner of elegant Regent Street and buzzy Piccadilly Circus. With 154 guest rooms and suites, plus five signature suites, including the Dome Penthouse with a wraparound terrace, the hotel is the prestigious base for guests looking for a stylish city getaway. The hotel offers multiple dining options including Cakes & Bubbles led by chef Albert Adrià, Brasserie Saint-Germain and The Grill Room for Afternoon Tea, once the preferred haunt of Oscar Wilde. Akasha is the hotel’s exclusive Spa and wellbeing centre that offers an urban wellness sanctuary for guests to relax and retreat to.