1 . 41 Hotel

London, England, England

CALL DIRECT: (0) 20 7300 0041

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Although we can think of just as many reasons to stay at our No. 6 Westminster hotel as the number in its name, for the sake of time we’ll only regale you with a few. The first being, of course, that 41 Hotel is the recipient of Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award for 2009.

It’s not difficult to see why guests at 41 were impressed, but it is difficult to stop listing off all the reasons! Immediately you are greeted by 41’s signature colors of black and white paired with rich mahogany wall panels. In each of the 30 individual rooms, diverse blends of the contrasting black and white speak to the ingenuity and attention the hotel pays to every detail. The helpful concierge can direct you to a number of attractions on your list including Buckingham Palace, Royal Mews and Westminster Abbey. When you return, indulge in evening canapés as turndown service places your aromatherapy pillow of choice on your bed and floating candles in your bath. Or, spend the evening striking up conversation and sipping champagne in a plush leather chair with a leopard print pillow at the safari-themed Leopard Bar.

Highlights

Incorporate your surroundings into your workout routine by using the miles of jogging trails in Green Park and St. James’s Park.

Related Onsite Offerings

For an intimate evening meal or a posh afternoon tea, the Executive Lounge in 41 envelopes you in mahogany paneling, twinkling chandeliers and a conservatory-style glass ceiling.

Address

41 Buckingham Palace Rd., Westminster, London, England, U.K. SW1W 0PS

2 . Flemings Mayfair Hotel

London, England, England

CALL DIRECT: +1 (207) 499 - 2964

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Though the House of Hanover has long since ceased to have a “hand over” British government, its influence lives on in our No. 1 London pick. Georgian architecture, derived from the male monarchs’ shared name, is a product of the early 18th century and has luckily lived on into ours.

Flemings Mayfair Hotel complements its Georgian surroundings of Piccadilly with its own unique and tasteful interior design. Symmetry shines through the elegant paneled doors with a colorful half-moon window crowning the entrance to the fully-serviced apartments, and in the checkered headboards, artwork placement and arrangement of bed pillows in the hotel rooms. Ample space and windows create an airy and sunny environment where only contentment can abide. If you can leave the antique rose papered walls or the cream and blue hues of your serene suite, Flemings Mayfair’s high tea is a pleasure for your palate. When you’ve had your fill of clotted cream, scones and tea, mosey over to Piccadilly Circus. If the large TV screens, spouting fountains and iconic statue of the winged archer don’t inspire awe in you then we don’t know what will.

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Dine out, not in one of London’s many fine restaurants, but in Green Park, just a two-minute walk away. Flemings Mayfair will even prepare a picnic for you!

Highlights

Flemings Mayfair adds even more romance to your special occasion with the Honeymoon Package. Along with accommodations, Flemings tailors your package to suit the interests of you and your new spouse!

Address

Half Moon St., London, England, U.K. W1J 7BH

3 . The Strand Palace Hotel

London, England, England

CALL DIRECT: (0)20 7497 4110

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Gaudy flower print covers the curtains and plasters the pillows. Classic antique furnishings look more like your great granny’s hand-me-downs and the accompanying aromatherapy smells just as old. Luckily, our No. 10 pick knows the true definition of luxury, devoid of all the fuss and frill.

The Strand Palace Hotel suits the elegantly simple and simply elegant tastes of discriminating travelers. While you may see some flower print curtains, we assure you that Strand Palace keeps style in check. Fanciful touches such as lime green swivel chairs or a single work of art hanging upon the wall offer a distinguishing flair of character while giving way to the most important amenity, the soft mattress of your spacious bed. The chic urban design flows throughout right up to The Strand’s restaurant tables. If the saffron, cheery tomato and wild mushroom herb risotto from The Strand Carvery, a Johnston’s Brasserie King prawn salad with chili dressing or a Singapore Sling cocktail from Mask Bar don’t put a luxurious cap on your London day, we’re not sure what will!

Related Onsite Offerings

In your Strand Palace Club Room you will find plasma TVs with satellite channels, in-room safes, complimentary mineral water, tea- and coffee-making facilities, a hair dryer and more.

Fun facts

Traveling alone? Avoid the double occupancy price and space in return for a compact, but still elegant single room.

Address

372 Strand, London, U.K. WC2R 0JJ

4 . The Milestone Hotel

London, England

CALL DIRECT: (44) 171 917 1000

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There are many milestones throughout life: getting the lead in the school play, graduation, the first job, marriage, the birth of children and maybe even early retirement. But there is only one milestone you can experience again and again, and that’s our No. 2 spot.

The Milestone Hotel is five-star boutique hotel that lives up to the definition of luxury, and then goes beyond it. Marvel at the book-lined walls of the Park Lounge, the rich mahogany furniture of Cheneston’s restaurant and the vibrant details of your suite as you sip your glass of champagne on a tour given by the butler. Let the butler unpack your bags so that you don’t waste a minute more. Explore the lavish Milestone facilities such as the glass-enclosed resistance pool that gives you a powerful workout as you swim against a constant stream of water. We know it’s hard to walk out through the stately brick archway, but we think that exploring the posh Kensington area by Bentley should make up for it. Visit the famous department store of Harrods in Knightsbridge. Or, leave the high-rise buildings behind in place of open, green grass at the Kensington Gardens.

Fun facts

Not only does The Milestone welcome your family pet, they also provide a tailor made hamper with a toy, treat and clean-up bags. There are even special services such as a “Do Not Disturb/Pet Sleeping” card and a Pet Menu.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Conservatory may only use black and white décor but the elegant blend creates a chic atmosphere perfect for catching a pre-show cocktail before heading to the West End’s theater scene.

Related activities

After perusing London’s exclusive, upscale shops and boutiques, the Milestone Hotel’s Spa massage is a rewarding end to a day well spent.

5 . Sanderson London

London, England, England

CALL DIRECT: (0) 20 7300 1400

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Full red lips await you in the lobby of our No. 3 London Luxury Hotel. No, they don’t belong to your secret admirer; they are Salvador Dali-inspired. This curvy piece of modernist furniture not only smiles at you through the glass doors, but also invites you to take a seat.

Sanderson London is a visibly contemporary hotel and urban spa for art lovers or those seeking to experience a new style of accommodation. More like a museum than a lodging establishment, typical walls are replaced with layers of curtains and halls are dotted with single hanging pictures or a silky sitting chair with swans for armrests. You’ve heard of having eyes in the back of your head, but at Long Bar, individual eyes on the back of your high top stool keep a lookout while you sip your London libation. Go all the way to the top – the eighth floor Penthouse, that is. Taking up the entire floor and true to the dreamlike-ambiance evoked throughout, you’ll find hand-woven rugs of Filippino Lippi’s paintings, artwork on the ceiling and something more familiar: plasma TVs. Take your nightcap in the courtyard garden, amidst mosaics, blooming flowers and a reflecting pool.

Highlights

While the magical décor of Sanderson is escape enough from the conventional world, banish all cares at agua spa. The milk and honey agua body treatment gently massages a blend of milk, warm honey and sesame oil into your skin for hydrating and softening effects.

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You don’t have to be a pool shark to partake in Sanderson’s billiard room. Sit back in antler-festooned furniture and take your shot on the silver-leafed billiard table in the light of an original John Piper 1950s stained glass wall.

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Taste a fusion as unique as your surroundings at Sanderson’s Suka. Authentic Malaysian cuisine using both fresh British and Malaysian ingredients prepared with French cooking techniques produces an unforgettable and diverse culinary experience.

6 . The Montague on the Gardens

London, England, England

CALL DIRECT: (0) 207 637 1001

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The London bridges may not be falling down, but you’ll be falling head over heels for The Montague on the Gardens. Our No. 4 London lodging takes a page or two from its literary-influenced location of Bloomsbury to create a fairytale world poised between buzzing city life and serene English gardens.

Children will delight in their own personal bathrobe and slipper set, along with towels folded in the likeness of an elephant or swan. Parents will pleasure in a different kind of magic – the tranquil dining atmosphere of The Terrace and Wood Deck. The open-air dining area overlooks the lush gardens and statues of the Bedford Estate accompanied by succulent barbeque meals. All will enjoy the Bloomsbury casual elegance that adorns your Montague room or suite. Right outside the Montague’s doors are London must-sees including the British Museum, the London Zoo and Covent Gardens. When you return to The Montague, just ask for a pot of fresh tea, put up your feet and rest in front of your fireplace.

Related Onsite Offerings

Pet amenities, DVD/CD players, music and movie library, complimentary mineral water, coffee and tea, evening turndown service, baby kit with moisturizing cream, wipes, talc and a ducked shaped sponge, a pillow menu and more.

Fun facts

Females traveling alone and looking for an extra sense of security and womanly amenities will appreciate rooms that specifically accommodate solo female guests.

Address

15 Montague St., Bloomsbury, London, U.K. WC1B 5BJ

7 . The Athenaeum

London, England

CALL DIRECT: +44 (0) 171 499 3464

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By definition, the name of our No. 5 hotel in the heart of Piccadilly is a place for the promotion of literary and scientific learning. While The Athenaeum certainly doesn’t force you to crack open a book, they do give a lesson or two in luxury.

When we say that The Athenaeum will treat you like a celebrity, we’re not just using making use of an old cliché. In 1971, The Athenaeum was actually host to all the filming stars of Rank Organisation when the crew was filming at London’s Pinewood and Ealing Studios. Decades later, the resident celebrity is you! Before you even set foot in the lobby, you’ll be able to tell that The Athenaeum is both witty and innovative. The Living Wall is an outside corner of the hotel covered in native plants and flowers, reflecting the many famous parks in the area. Inside, art ranging from sophisticated to kitschy will guide you to your suite. Ample space, views of Mayfair or Parkview from your Juliet balcony, walk-in double showers and free mini-bar snacks and beverages – along with ice cream in the freezer – are just the beginning.

Fun facts

Rumor has it that the sixth Duke of Newcastle sold The Athenaeum to pay off his gambling debt.

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Get an authentic taste of England at The Athenaeum’s luxury restaurant. From Yorkshire pudding to roasted halibut with chervil risotto, mouthwatering meals are served thrice daily. And don’t forget the traditional afternoon tea with cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches on pesto bread!

Related Onsite Offerings

The Athenaeum’s Spa is the perfect antidote for sore sightseeing soles. The bubbling Jacuzzi, cleansing steam room and warming sauna will have you ready for another day of London sights in no time.

8 . The Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel

London, England, England

CALL DIRECT: (0) 20 7491 2622

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Giraffes gracefully graze in the African savannah… Roses bloom outside the cottage window and all you hear is birdsong as you sip a cup of tea… Our No. 7 pick’s themed lodging may inspire dreams of far-off places, but the reality of its London locale is worth staying awake for.

The Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel lays claim to not only tastefully-themed accommodations, but a spectacular location. Girlfriend getaways will squeal with delight at the coveted Bond Street, Regent Street and Piccadilly shops that are mere minutes from the Chesterfield’s doors. The nearby Janet Ginnings Hair and Beauty Salon completes the London makeover with a Caviar Smoothie to moisturize your hair. Even men with an aversion to the term “spa” will welcome a Traveler Signature Massage from Gentleman’s Tonic. Families will find endless entertainment like the London Eye, Hamleys toy shop and various museums to satisfy a day’s itinerary. Returning to your whimsical deluxe guest room or suite is a treat in and of itself. Slip into your soft-as-a-feather bathrobe and slippers and call 24-hour room service for an evening bubbly or use the room’s bubbly – the Jacuzzi, that is.

Related activities

Take your afternoon tea in The Conservatory at Chesterfield Mayfair. Soak in the warm sunshine and look out over the emerald lawn and trickling fountain as you enjoy the Chocolate Lovers Afternoon Tea which includes chocolate scones and pastries.

Fun facts

Pair your gourmet dinner with a flight of wine from Chesterfield’s very own cellar and receive excellent recommendations from the hotel’s sommelier.

Address

35 Charles St., Mayfair, London, England, U.K. W1J 5EB

9 . The Langham, London

London, England, England

CALL DIRECT: (0) 20 7636 1000

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We need only give a few descriptors of our No. 8 spot to put it beyond the simple classification of London luxury hotels and into the league of hotels as works of art. With historic features such as Regent Street and Palm Court, The Langham, London bears a sophistication all its own.

Only a street as famous as Regent could earn a place on the U.K. edition of Monopoly, on the list of millions shopping for the world’s top designer digs and serve as the address for London’s Langham. Opening its doors for more than 140 years to those seeking the highest quality London getaway, Langham puts its impeccable taste to work in the Infinity Suite. Its namesake, the infinity bath, is the centerpiece of the bathroom and uses its spa qualities of soothing water and color to relax the senses. Feel like royalty upon your velvet pouf at Palm Court, the famed birthplace of the tradition of afternoon tea. Nibble on hen’s eggs with mustard cress and pistachio and raspberry fruit delice with a spot o’ tea alongside the grand piano.

Fun facts

The Langham’s indoor pool is located in a former bank vault.

Related Onsite Offerings

Enjoy Langham’s state of the art workout facilities including the sauna, steam rooms, TechnoGym equipment, free weights and more.

Highlights

Your special day should have a fairytale setting, and that’s where The Langham’s Grand Ballroom comes in. Hold your reception amidst floor to ceiling windows, gold trimmed pillars and dazzling chandeliers hanging from intricate ceilings.

10 . The Dorchester

London, England

CALL DIRECT: (44-20) 7629-8888

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You may have wanted to see Big Ben, but once you set foot in our No. 10 London luxury hotel, you will lose all track of time. Overlooking Hyde Park, and adorning itself with several flowering terraces, The Dorchester is an oasis of antique elegance and daring modern design.

Though the 1930s classical style and futuristic twist of modern styles don’t appear to be compatible, the Roof Suites exemplify the harmony that can be found in marrying the two. American walnut floors, living room walls upholstered in ivory silk, a crystal chandelier over the dining table and French doors curtained in Thailand gold silk are just a sampling of the Harlequin Suite’s exquisiteness. Equally tantalizing is The Dorchester Spa. Pass beneath the glow of a pearl chandelier into the Art Deco treatment rooms for a Rose Cocoon body treatment. As if The Dorchester could read your stomach – err, mind, The Dorchester’s onsite restaurants please cravings for worldwide fare. Alain Ducasse has won two Michelin stars for contemporary French cuisine like angus beef filet and seared foie gras Rossini. If your tastebuds are guiding you more east than west, head to China Tang for authentic Cantonese cuisine.

Related activities

If you’re looking for a good, hearty British Isles dining experience, The Grill at The Dorchester uses organic produce to create favorites such as grilled Dover sole and Rhug Estates Salt March lamb loin.

Related Onsite Offerings

Your comfort is top priority at The Dorchester, which is why the hotels offers services like 24-hour room service, E-Butler service, turndown service, laundry service, high speed Internet, dual-voltage power supply, plasma TVs, heated towel rails in the bathroom and more.

Address

Park Lane, London, England, U.K. W1K 1QA

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