London is a city of the world and as such is jam-packed with world-class hotels. There is a huge choice, and I could blog about all the great hotels in the city for years and still not cover all of them. In this blog, I’m going to focus on just a selection of the very top hotels in the capital.
The Ritz – Mayfair
Probably one of the most famous hotels in the world, The Ritz has been known for its spectacular service since it opened over 110 years ago. With a clientele who read like a who’s who of the 20th Century, the hotel is a favourite of royalty and world leaders and is the only hotel in London to have received a Royal Warrant for Banqueting and Catering Services. The Ritz restaurant was awarded a Michelin star for 2017. The hotel offers ten suites and four types of standard rooms, all kitted out exactly as you’d expect at one of the world’s top hotels.
The Savoy – The Strand
The first luxury hotel that opened in the UK, the Savoy was the first hotel to offer electric lighting and lifts as standard throughout when it opened in 1889. The hotel underwent a £220 million refurbishment in 2010. Situated in Central London, the hotel sits between the Strand and the River Thames with the Strand side in Art Deco style while the embankment side is Edwardian Style. This is reflected in the 268 rooms on each side of the hotel. The Beaufort Bar and the American Bar are among the most bars in the world with the latter winning the title of the World’s Best Bar in 2017. Kaspar’s Restaurant offers informal dining while The Savoy Grill (now run by Gordon Ramsey) offers a British Grill menu with a French touch. Simpson’s in the Strand offers British produce and British beers, gins and wine and is famous for its roast dinners.
Claridge’s – Mayfair
Dating back to 1812, reopening as Claridge’s in 1842 and entirely rebuilt in the 1890s, Claridge’s is a hotel with a long history with guests including Queen Victoria, Winston Churchill and Audrey Hepburn to name a few. With 203 rooms, suites and signature suites, the original art deco features remain and it is regarded as the art deco jewel in London’s crown. Fera, the hotel’s Michelin starred restaurant uses the best seasonal ingredients and they even have their own signature gin. The Foyer and Reading Room offers intimate dining and hosts the famous afternoon teas. Claridge’s bar offers a huge selection of rare drinks including classic champagne vintages, wines and sought-after spirits.
The Goring – Belgravia
Situated across the road from Buckingham Palace, the royal connection doesn’t stop there, with the Duchess of Cambridge stayed here the night before the royal wedding. The Goring opened in 1910 and has been run by the same family since. With an emphasis on service, guests will be made to feel especially at home by the hosts and butlers. The bedrooms are glamorous and are fitted with marble bathrooms. The restaurant, The Dining Room was awarded a Michelin star in 2015 and the food is based on seasonal British produce. The hotel’s sommeliers are always on hand to make sure your wine is perfect for your meal.