London: best known for its bustling streets, incredible food, fashion and fruitful history. As for the hotel scene? Well, it's nothing short of one of the best in the world, packed full of new London hotel openings and old favourites that keep tourists returning year after year. It's official: the best hotels in London are among the most imaginative and exciting establishments on the planet.
Though famous London hotels like Claridges and The Ritz will remain firm GLAMOUR Editor favourites forever, some of the best London hotels are spots you might not have even heard of. Well worth adding to your 2022 bucket list. From old Georgian buildings to skyscrapers and renovated pubs, London hotels are a step above the rest and staying in one will only make you want to give them all a try.
As with any world-class city, there’s no shortage of five-star stays in London. In fact, there are over 300 of them on Booking.com alone. With that comes a lot of decision making to be done. There’s an awful lot of reviews to read alongside galleries and information packages to look through when booking a place to stay, so it’s just as well that we’ve narrowed it down to the best hotels in London and done all that (less exciting) stuff for you. Yep: this lot have all been stayed in by GLAMOUR editors, so we know you'll be getting the very best.
For something steeped in history, book a stay at Claridge's. The hotel opened in 1856 and is one of the capital’s most renowned to this day. Spacious, luxurious, and sumptuously furnished with nods to the 1930s, each room at Claridge's boasts a luxury marble bathroom and peaceful views of the courtyard.
Looking for a new hotel? The NoMad London opened its doors in May 2021 and is the company’s fourth and latest addition after its success in New York and places along the West Coast. It’s set inside the former Bow Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station in Covent Garden, a historic building located across the street from the Royal Opera House, and its interiors pay homage to English heritage while exploring the intersection of New York and London’s art scenes.
Whether you’re visiting for the weekend, a week or even longer, The Big Smoke has a lot to offer in terms of what to do. With theatre shows, operas, romantic restaurants, museums and – of course – the iconic stores (Harrods, Selfridges, Liberty and more), it’s safe to say you’ll be kept busy when you travel to the capital. And our edit of the best hotels in London will provide you with somewhere lovely to return to at the end of a long, hard day.
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