When it comes to luxury hotels, London is hardly short of worthy candidates. This is a city that’s renowned for it’s excellent selection of venues and for its iconic architecture. When you think of some of the world’s most famous and iconic hotels, there are some names that spring to mind. Almost all of them are in the English capital, which should tell you something. Everyone, from the literary geniuses to the leaders of tomorrow, have stayed in these hallowed halls and enjoy the sheer the opulence of the city’s favourite haunts.

To say that they are a relic of the empire is perhaps a little unfair, but there is an imperial element to them. Stunning, potent and not the least bit bashful, the old British charm lives on in their halls, but now it has a modern twist. Silver service can be a fun indulgence but it’s no longer mandatory. You won’t get turned away at the door for not having shoes shined to a blinding degree, not will you be refused a room if you’re not of suitable significance. The change that the top 5 star hotels in London have undergone has brought them into line with the current age, a perfect blend of past virtue and modern sophistication.

The Ritz

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How could we start the list with anything other than this iconic hotel? Best known for being an incredible hotspot for all of the country’s elite, time has done nothing to dull its considerable charms. The only thing visitors to the Ritz will need to worry about during their stay is whether they want to take a long stroll in the park or enjoy the inclusive spa. Such decisions are hardly troubling now, are they?

The Ritz is located at: 150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR

To find out more please visit: http://www.theritzlondon.com/

The Dorchester

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The Dorchester is a great hotel, but in many ways its overshadowed by others. It’s the little brother of the legendary venues, the one that everyone acknowledges but one that largely goes unappreciated. Unless, of course, we’re talking in terms of food. This hotel boasts not just one but two superb restaurants that serve up innovative banquets on a nightly basis. The Grill is the cheaper of the two, but it’s still an excellent place to grab a perfectly cooked meal.

The Dorchester is located at: 53 Park Ln, London W1K 1QA

To find out more please visit: http://www.dorchestercollection.com/en/london/the-dorchester

The Lanesborough

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The Lanesborough isn’t the place for those afraid of gilded edges. If you’re someone who doesn’t like to kick up a fuss, there are more moderate places to stay, more sensible venues to spend your money on. If you’re looking for luxury in abundance however, this is the place to go. Step inside to experience the life of your average millionaire, with your every will catered for.

To find out more please visit: http://www.lanesborough.com/

One Aldwych

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The hotel itself, whilst gorgeous, plays little part in One Aldwych’s popularity. The real secret is its stunning location. A stones throw from Covent Garden, it really is the perfect central London base for anyone hoping to explore the city. Pretty much everything worth doing is within walking distance, and the stunning atmosphere makes the bustle more than worth it. If anything, it’s a benefit; there’s nothing quite like being in the middle of a city full of life.

One Aldwych is located at: 1 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ

To find out more please visit: http://www.onealdwych.com/home

Claridges

Claridges has a reputation for being the best, and it’s inclusion on this list of the top 10 luxury hotels in London won’t shock anyone. What might shock you is that there’s more to this place than just artifice and reputation. A solid backbone of outstanding service and great architecture supplement all the little perks that they throw in to sweet the deal.

Claridges is located at: 49 Brook St, London W1K 4HR

To find out more please visit: http://www.claridges.co.uk/

The Langham

If you’re thinking of staying at the Langham, you’ve no doubt heard about it’s excellent reputation. It’s a factor that drives many people through the door, and is arguably the hotel’s greatest strength. Don’t get us wrong, it’s a brilliant venue but when you tell someone you’re staying there, their eyes light up. There’s just something about the name that makes people think of great times and a stunning service.

The Langham is located at: 1C Portland Place, Regent Street, London W1B 1JA

To find out more please visit: http://london.langhamhotels.co.uk/

Milestone Hotel

The name gives it all away really. This really is a milestone in the world of luxury hotels, a Kensington staple that will stun even the most seasoned travellers. Built from iconic red brick on the corner of Hyde Park, this gorgeous hotel just gets everything right. An easy inclusion on our list of the top 10 London luxury hotels.

Milestone Hotel is located at: 1 Kensington Ct, London W8 5DL

To find out more please visit: http://www.milestonehotel.com/

Mandarin Hotel

The spa in the Mandarin hotel is legendary, and we named it as part of our selection of the best venues for relaxation in London. It really sets the tone for the whole place: stunningly simple, infused with the orient and utterly indulgent.

Mandarin Hotel is located at: 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA

To find out more please visit: http://www.mandarinoriental.com/london/

The Metropolitan

This modern haunt narrowly made this list of the top 10 five star hotels in London. A newcomer without the reputation of many of the other venues on this list, it found itself a place in our selection due to its incredible commitment to detail. Maybe it’s because they can’t rely on their name like others, but the Metropolitan staff seem to be some of the most considerate and thoughtful in all of the capital. Likewise, every little touch was brilliant, from the bath robes to the cocktail menu.

The Metropolitan is located at: 19 Old Park Ln, London, W1K 1LB

To find out more please visit: http://www.comohotels.com/metropolitanlondon

 

The Chelsea Harbour Hotel

A great location is always a boon to a great hotel, and this place certainly has one. As the name suggests, it overlooks the gorgeous Chelsea harbour and is a favour spot for the oligarchs of this world. Anyone with an interest in taking a luxury yacht out for a spin would struggle to find a more ideal place to step back on to dry land.

To find out more please visit: http://www.millenniumhotels.co.uk/thechelseaharbourhotel/