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16 most famous hotels in London

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Make your dreams a reality and stay at one of London's most famous hotels, from historic architecture and lavish amenities to some of the best service in the world.

1. Claridge's

Join the royalty and stars that have frequented Claridge's, known for its glamourous interiors and impeccable service. Enjoy an iconic afternoon tea in the beautiful Foyer and Reading Room, and don't miss the magnificent Christmas tree in the hotel lobby from late November, styled by a famous designer every year.

Where: Mayfair (Brook Street, W1K 4HR)

2. The Standard

Sun shines on the rooftop at The Standard with sofa, chairs and plants

Visit The Standard if you're looking for a famous hotel with a twist. The distinct design of the hotel's exterior continues inside the building, with rooms kitted out in designer furniture and quirky artworks. Splash out on a Junior Suite Terrace and enjoy a romantic bath overlooking the city.

Where: King's Cross (10 Argyle Street, WC1H 8EG)

3. Portobello Hotel

Feel like a celebrity during your stay at the boutique Portobello Hotel, a Notting Hill staple with just 21 rooms. Put your feet up and relax in one of the roll top baths that Kate Moss and Johnny Depp are rumoured to have shared a champagne bath in. 

Where: Kensington (22 Stanley Gardens, W11 2NG)

4. The Ritz

A cream chandelier lit dining room with white tables and red chairs at the ritz restaurant in london.

Want to know why The Ritz is so famous? See for yourself and stay overnight, or simply savour afternoon tea, at the famous London hotel in Piccadilly, which holds a Royal Warrant for catering and banqueting. You'll soon understand why The Ritz is known across the world for its impeccable five-star service. 

Where: Mayfair (150 Piccadilly, W1J 9BR)

5. The Goring

Stay the night at The Goring like Catherine, Princess of Wales did before marrying William, Prince of Wales. It stands as the only five-star hotel in London to be owned by the same family that built it, with all the trimmings that come with a famous London hotel, including top-class service, Michelin-starred dining and luxurious rooms. 

Where: Westminster (15 Beeston Place, SW1W 0JW)

6. The Langham, London

Doorman stands in front of the ornate entrance of the Langham Hotel in London.

See true British heritage and modern design intertwine at The Langham, London, one of the oldest hotels in London. Set on the doorstep of the West End, this famous hotel has everything you need, from sumptuous restaurants and atmospheric bars to a quiet sanctuary in the Chuan Spa, where you can while away colder days with a good book and a massage.

Where: Marylebone (1C Portland Place, W1B 1JA)

7. St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London

Enjoy a stay to remember at St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London, one of the finest hotels in the world. The Gothic exterior – which has starred in the Harry Potter films – and features such as the renowned staircase have wowed guests for more than 100 years. Opt for one of The Chambers Suites for a truly exquisite experience.

Where: King's Cross (Euston Road, NW1 2AR)

8. The Savoy

A mixologist creates a cocktail at the american bar at the savoy hotel in london.

Experience a taste of quintessential Britain at The Savoy, with its Edwardian or art deco-style river view rooms. If you're looking for the hotel in London that celebrities stay at, this one has a long-standing history of housing the likes of The Beatles and Marilyn Monroe. Have a top-class experience and enjoy The Savoy's world-famous service for the duration of your stay.

Where: Covent Garden (The Strand, WC2R 0EZ)

9. The Ned

Experience the glamour of The Ned, which has risen in fame since its opening, after the founder fell in love with the unused Grade I-listed building and spent five years repurposing the former bank headquarters. Don't forget to book a table at one of the hotel's restaurants as they are known to get booked up.

Where: City of London (27 Poultry, EC2R 8AJ)

10. Dukes London

Spend your time in the city at Dukes London, a popular retreat for creatives, celebrities and royalty. A stay at the hotel is not complete without a visit to the sophisticated Dukes Bar – a favourite of James Bond author, Ian Fleming, that is said to have inspired the legendary line, "shaken, not stirred".

Where: Westminster (35 St James's Place, SW1A 1NY)

11. Royal Lancaster London

Park Suite at the Royal Lancaster London.

Take in the impressive views from the Royal Lancaster London, famous for its location and mid-century architecture. Flick through the delightful menu at the in-house Park Restaurant with the backdrop of Hyde Park, boasting stunning views during every season.

Where: Hyde Park (Lancaster Terrace, W2 2TY)

12. The Dorchester

Make yourself at home at The Dorchester, which boasts elegant features, impeccable service and a stunning location that gives this hotel its much-loved reputation. Mark a special occasion with a meal at one of the hotel restaurants, including the three Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester.

Where: Mayfair (53 Park Lane, W1K 1QA)

13. Brown’s Hotel

Brown’s Hotel is said to be London’s first hotel, opening its doors in 1832. Celebrated Victorian writers were all regular visitors, the Jungle Book was written here and Agatha Christie is rumoured to have based one of her novels on the hotel. If that's not enough – book a spot at the award-winning afternoon tea and see why this remains one of London's top famous hotels.

Where: Mayfair (33 Albemarle Street, W1S 4BP)

14. Shangri-La The Shard, London

View of London at night from GONG bar inside Shangri-La The Shard

Venture high in the sky to Shangri-La The Shard, London, where the hotel has more to offer than being set inside one of London's most famous buildings. Relax with a swim in the highest hotel pool in Europe, before taking to one of the top-notch restaurants located in the building. Head to Gong bar for a drink to cap off the night with breathtaking views of the city lights. 

Where: Southwark (31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9QU)

15. The Royal Horseguards Hotel

Book a room at The Royal Horseguards Hotel, which shares the same architect as the Natural History Museum. Situated among some of London's top attractions, the hotel is steeped in its own rich history, including its use as the headquarters for Britain's Secret Intelligence Service.

Where: Embankment (2 Whitehall Court, SW1A 2EJ)

16. The Waldorf Hilton, London

Step inside The Waldorf Hilton, London, a historic establishment that was once known for its extravagant dance parties held in the Palm Court. Visit today and experience the combination of grandeur and elegance that still remains in the hotel's design, quality and service.

Where: Covent Garden (Aldwych, WC2B 4DD)

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