Valentine’s Day gift guide: the best luxury hotels in London


From magical skyline or Thames views to honeymoon suites and sumptuous beds, London hotels have everything you need for a romantic getaway. Here are 12 of the most luxurious and romantic hotels in the capital.

1.The BerkleyKnight’s Bridge

Stunning interiors by A-list designers, afternoon tea with a twist, great service – everything about this luxury hotel is amazing. The location is also excellent with all the boutiques and delights of Knightsbridge and Belgravia on your doorstep. Berkeley’s food and drink offerings are particularly good, from Cédric Grolet’s patisserie and fashionista Prêt-à-Portea afternoon tea to innovative cocktails in the beautiful blue bar.

2. Park avenue 45Mayfair

Originally designed as an office building by famed Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius, 45 Park Lane remains a London landmark and today a beautiful 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. The hotel’s rooms and suites have an Art Deco style, yet a contemporary feel. They have clean lines and a bold design. Each room and suite overlooks Hyde Park opposite, while the glorious Penthouse Suite has a wrap-around terrace with panoramic views across the London skyline. The spa at 45 Park Lane offers a range of luxury treatments by Valmont and Aromatherapy Associates in addition to a 20-metre indoor pool, gym, sauna, steam room and relaxation lounge. For dining, CUT at 45 Park Lane is Wolfgang Puck’s first European restaurant, with works by Damien Hirst hanging along the walls. Upstairs, BAR 45 awaits with a lively mix of handcrafted cocktails.

3.Shangri-La, the Shard, Londonbridge

Shangri-La The Shard, London is the capital’s tallest 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 range of food and drink, from soaring cocktails at GŎNG Bar on the 52nd floor to elegant afternoon tea at TĪNG Restaurant and Lounge. Guests staying between February 6 and February 19, 2023 can pull out all the stops for a luxurious getaway in the clouds and can book a “Love Is In The Air” package in one of the 202 rooms or suites that will be decorated with heart-shaped balloons. bouquets of flowers, handmade chocolates, caviar and rosé champagne.

4.Four Seasons Ten Trinity SquareTower Bridge

Located in the heart of the city, overlooking Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, Ten Trinity Square celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. The historic monumental building has unique accommodations, including a selection of luxury Residences, supplemented with top facilities, culinary offerings and service. Dining experiences include two Michelin-starred La Dame de Pic London by acclaimed French chef Anne-Sophie Pic; Mei Ume Asian Restaurant, which serves authentic Chinese and Japanese cuisine, and Rotunda Bar and Lounge, an Art Deco-style venue serving afternoon tea with a lively bar. The hotel’s extensive spa offers a welcome escape from the busy city with a 14-metre 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 located in the Battersea Power Station area. Art’otel’s rooftop bar with its heated infinity pool and hot tub is the crowning glory, offering breathtaking views of the Power Station and beyond from the 16e floor. Henrique Sá Pessoa’s skyline restaurant JOIA will open on February 21. The 164-room hotel is located in Battersea Roof Gardens, a new building designed by Foster + Partners, which forms an important part of the new Electric Boulevard. The interiors are designed by art’otel’s award-winning Signature Artist Jaime Hayon, whose bold, colorful and playful aesthetic comes to life in every corner.

6.Bulgarian, Knight Bridge

Located in Knightsbridge on the edge of Hyde Park, Bulgari Hotel London is an oasis of tranquility in the center 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 combined with top quality service. The 85 rooms and suites have exquisite details throughout, such as custom patterned silk curtains inspired by some of Bulgari’s classic jewelry designs and Bulgari silver candelabra bedside tables. The silver theme is continued throughout the hotel with handmade Italian details, such as the two beautiful handmade solid silver Bulgari chandeliers in the ballroom, which provide a dramatic centerpiece. The 2,000 sqm spa is also fantastic, spread over two floors with 11 private treatment rooms and a double spa suite, complete with its own steam room, hydromassage and private treatment room; a 25-meter swimming pool, made of Vicenza stone and with a shimmering green and gold mosaic; and a 150 sqm gym with a fully equipped, state-of-the-art Workshop Gymnasium.

7.The ConnaughtMayfair

In the heart of Mayfair, The Connaught is loved for its winning combination of elegance and world-renowned service, including individual butlers for each suite. Experience culinary creativity under Hélène Darroze’s restaurant with three Michelin stars. Or discover seasonal cocktails and market fresh flavors at Jean-Georges at The Connaught. Cocktails in the award-winning Connaught Bar are also essential for a Valentine’s Day stay.

8.Claridge’s, mayfair

Since the 1850s, Claridge’s has excelled at the finer things in life: glamorous design, inspiring dining, impeccable service. The hotel started life in 1856 and quickly attracted royal attention. In 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 international dignitaries. The restaurants and bars are also legendary from Claridge’s Bar, The Painter’s Room, or the iconic Afternoon Tea rooms, The Foyer and Reading Room. And opened last fall, the hotel’s first spa is an oasis of wellness and tranquility with its first-ever swimming pool, steam rooms, sauna and seven treatment rooms.

9.The Savoythe beach

Another historic luxury hotel, The Savoy right on the River Thames. The 267 rooms and suites are accompanied by some of London’s most renowned restaurants and bars. 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 centenary in 2021. The Savoy Grill is led by Executive Chef Gordon Ramsay and offers an exceptional wine list alongside an iconic British and French inspired menu.

10.Hotel on the CharlottestraatFitzrovia

Part of Tim and Kit Kemp’s Firmdale Hotel group, Charlotte Street Hotel reflects the duo’s modern, quintessentially British aesthetic. Housed in a former dental warehouse in the media district just north of Soho, this elegant boutique hotel has 52 individually designed rooms and suites, a spacious lobby, two lounges, a bar and brasserie, a gym and an art cinema room. Designer Kit Kemp has used a “Bloomsbury Group” theme throughout the hotel with original art from the period. The top floor is occupied by a large, open-plan suite with stunning views over the London skyline, a spacious bathroom beautifully designed in granite and oak with an oversized walk-in shower/steam bath. There are three one-bedroom suites, each with views of Charlotte Street and the rooftops of London. Each room features a stylish parlor and a separate bedroom with a king-size bed.

11.Mandarin OrientalHyde Park

Nestled between glorious Royal Parkland and chic Knightsbridge, this hotel’s lavish rooms and suites have been reimagined by designer Joyce Wang to reflect the natural beauty of Hyde Park. An award-winning spa and inspired dining, including a two-Michelin-starred dinner by Heston Blumenthal, a Japanese izakaya and the famous Afternoon Tea room. Between 11 and 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 relax together, The Spa has put together a Valentine’s Day themed package, perfect for lovers, featuring a London Aromatherapy Infused Rasul Ritual, a therapy that uses steam and natural mud for purification and detox.

12.Hotel Cafe Royal, Piccadilly Circus

One of the most historic names in London, Hotel Café Royal is a five-star luxury hotel on the corner of elegant Regent Street and bustling Piccadilly Circus. With 154 rooms and suites, plus five signature suites, including the Dome Penthouse with a wrap-around terrace, the hotel is the prestigious base for guests seeking a stylish city break. 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 Oscar Wilde’s favorite haunt. Akasha is the hotel’s exclusive spa and wellness center that provides an urban wellness retreat where guests can relax and retreat.



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