Best London Hotels

You may well know of all the popular places to stay in the capital but some of the best London hotels are lesser known, luxurious spots that are tucked away down some of the city’s oldest streets in some of the most revered neighbourhoods. Below you’ll find our pick of the bunch.

Updated on 06 September 2019

London is a city blessed with some of the finest hotels in the world, many of which form an integral part of the city’s history. Aside from offering amazing accommodation and impressive dining rooms, many of the best London hotels offer first class facilities for all kinds of events. To help you find the perfect place to stay while you’re in town, or to assist with that all-important venue choice for your next event, we’ve created a comprehensive list of the best London hotels.

For each one we’ve detailed what sets them apart from the crowd, whether that be extra special touches staff leave in the rooms or if they do great offers for private hire. For each of the best London hotels in our round up we’ve also paid particular attention to the events spaces which should help make choosing the right hotel that little bit easier, including details on capacity and room style. Aside from the obvious (being great places to rest your head) London’s hotels are the perfect venues for all kinds of occasions, from wedding receptions and business conferences through to parties and product launches, and offer that added benefit of overnight accommodation for guests if you’re hiring them for an event.

Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street

Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street

9-13 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3QD

This deluxe, four-star hotel sits snuggly beside the British Museum, which is great if you’re looking to impress colleagues or clients at a work event (or just want somewhere London-centric for yourself to stay). If you’re arranging an event it might be worth noting that the Folio room, with plenty of natural light, can accommodate huge numbers or can be divided up into small sections for more intimate gatherings. For stays the rooms provide a central, modern base to get a good night’s kip in.

Max Meeting 300
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 230
Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street

Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street

20 Mercer Street, London, WC2H 9HD

Fresh, modern rooms are the order of the day at Radisson Blue Edwardian Mercer and it is perfectly setup for a work trip that airs on the side of pleasure with its location in the heart of theatreland. Catch a show before or after your meetings which, if you have to organise, could be at the hotel itself. There’s an entire floor dedicated to entertaining spaces, with various function rooms that are on the more compact side of things. For working lunches try the excellent Italian and Peruvian cooking from the resident restaurant’s menu.

Max Meeting 60
Max Standing 60
Max Banquet 40
Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt

Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt

68-86 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BT

Originally home to the Vanderbilt family, this grand house is well worthy of its former infamous occupants. Recently refurbished the space marries old and new, with spacious modern rooms that include some original detailing. The Grade-II listed hotel also houses plenty of spaces for business opportunities, including meeting rooms that come with the latest AV kit for flawless presenting.

Max Meeting 110
Max Standing 140
Max Banquet 110
The Wesley Hotel

The Wesley Hotel

81-103 Euston Street, London, London, NW1 2EZ

For eco-conscious event planners and holiday makers alike, you can’t find a better London offering than The Wesley Hotel. Having been built on sustainable credentials this central London hostelry is the proud owner of a Gold Green Tourism award and offers functional sleeping spaces alongside a range of practical event spaces just a stone’s throw from Euston station.

Max Meeting 64
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 100
Royal Garden Hotel

Royal Garden Hotel

2-24 Kensington High Street , Kensington, London, W8 4PT

Live in five-star luxury while you’re in town with a room at the Royal Garden Hotel, a sumptuous space in Kensington. Impressive views of the city come as standard with all rooms, and you can pick between a variety of different layouts. For professional meetups there are meeting spaces, private dining rooms and banqueting suites.

Max Meeting 550
Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 430
Great Northern Hotel

Great Northern Hotel

King's Cross St Pancras International Station, Pancras Road, King's Cross, London, N1C 4TB

Multifaceted and exquisitely designed, the Great Northern Hotel is slap bang in the middle of King’s Cross. Rooms are richly decked out with panelled walls, low-hanging lights and plush linens while the events spaces on offer hugely vary. Try the modern British restaurant Plum + Spilt Milk for relaxed group dining or rent the martini lounge for a sophisticated drinks reception.

Max Meeting 91
Max Standing 180
Max Banquet 91
Corinthia Hotel London

Corinthia Hotel London

Whitehall Place, Charing Cross, London, SW1A 2BD

Specialising in luxury accommodation the Corinthia is one of our favourite hotels in London, with rooms that are bedecked in opulent touches and penthouses that feature their own private terraces with view of the Thames. If you’re looking to host an event here we’d suggest going all out with The Ballroom, which has traditional panelled walls, intricate ceiling details and swaged curtains that frame the arched windows.

Max Meeting 250
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 180
Ace Hotel London Shoreditch

Ace Hotel London Shoreditch

100 Shoreditch High Street , Shoreditch, London, E1 6JQ

At the forefront of East London’s trendy scene, the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch is packed with possibilities when it comes to events or overnight stays. Rooms have chic furnishings, and some include outdoor terraces and living rooms. The standout events space here is the 100 Room, which is shielded by two glass walls overlooking the sprawling city below. With an in-house florist you’ll also not be left short for stylish ways to dress your party, conference or meeting.

Max Meeting 30
Max Theatre 100
Max Standing 236
Max Banquet 48
Claridge

Claridge's

Brook Street , Mayfair, London, W1K 4HR

Synonymous with old-world glamour there’s nowhere in London that does traditional British hospitality like Claridge’s. As might be expected of such a long-standing five-star hotel the rooms are plush and decked out with traditional furnishings. Venue spaces range from the French Salon – an atmospheric panelled room with original detailing – to the Ballroom which can accommodate up to 500 guests.

Max Meeting 260
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 240
The Marylebone Hotel

The Marylebone Hotel

47 Welbeck Street , London, London, W1G 8DN

Designed to feel like a private members’ club, this boutique space in the centre of Marylebone village combines contemporary design with classic high-end hospitality. Rooms are uniquely kitted out with premium touches, and some even have terraces overlooking the rooftops of London. For events there are meeting rooms, private bars and full suites available to hire.

Max Meeting 84
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 88
Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow

Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow

140 Bath Road, Hayes, Harlington, Middlesex, UB3 5AW

Sometimes it’s nice to not have to travel too far after a flight, and the Radisson Blu Edwardian at Heathrow offers the perfect place to pitstop while in town. The rooms are functional and fresh, with bright white linens and neutral details. Elsewhere there is a whole host of spaces, including one of Europe’s largest conference centres.

Max Meeting 700
Max Standing 700
Max Banquet 550
CitizenM Tower of London

CitizenM Tower of London

40 Trinity Square, London, London, EC3N 4DJ

Where better to base yourself in London than somewhere like CitizenM, which has stunning views of the Tower of London, one of the city’s most striking historical landmarks. Rooms here are stripped back and modern, while the event spaces range from simple meeting rooms to the double-height CloudM bar which has huge windows overlooking the city outside.

Max Meeting 60
Max Standing 300
The Stafford London

The Stafford London

16-18 St James's Place, St. James's, London, SW1A 1NJ

This stately five-star hotel offers classically appointed bedrooms that have been given a quirky touch through unusual pieces of furniture and artworks. When it comes to event options there’s no shortage of style either, with the hotel housing private dining rooms, wine cellars and reception spaces that can cater to a number of party sizes. Plus, there is of course the legendary American Bar, the perfect spot to a grab a drink pre- or post- work or play.

Max Meeting 44
Max Standing 60
Max Banquet 44
Bulgari Hotel, London

Bulgari Hotel, London

171 Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1DW

As with many of the best London Hotels, the Bulgari Hotel is a five-star residence. Located right in the middle of Knightsbridge, it couldn’t be in a handier location for exploring the high-end west-end and makes a great central meeting point if you’re looking to host an event. Choose between a casual get together in the hotel’s basement bar or go all out with a luxurious drinks reception in The Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 280 standing guests.

Max Meeting 80
Max Standing 280
Max Banquet 140
The Hari

The Hari

20 Chesham Place, London, SW1X 8HQ

With cosy snugs that feel like private members’ club spaces to vast modern rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, The Hari houses all kinds of options that make event planning simple and straightforward, no matter what your requirements are. If you’re planning on staying, you’ll be pleased to know the rooms are as luxurious as the larger spaces – decked out with high-end furnishings and special touches like interesting coffee books and cowhide rugs.  

Max Meeting 24
Max Standing 180
Max Banquet 70
Danubius Hotel Regents Park

Danubius Hotel Regents Park

18 Lodge Road, London, NW8 7JT

If when you think of London the city’s green spaces spring to mind, you’re going to want to stay close by to one while you’re in town. This four-star hotel boasts an address that is right on the corner of Regent’s Park and has a number of events options, perfect if you need to plan any kinds of get-togethers. There are various sizes of suites to use, but our favourite is the Trueman room which has floor-to-ceiling windows and plenty of space for talks, meetings and more. Rooms here are contemporary and spacious, offering a place to work and rest.

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 120
The Berkeley

The Berkeley

Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RL

With its five-star credentials The Berkeley pulls a well-heeled crowd of those in the know. The bedrooms epitomise British luxury with chic paired-back interiors, while the meeting and event spaces seem almost endless. With capacity for up to 600 people this is the place to hire if you’re looking to throw a big party or host a large conference.

Max Meeting 250
Max Theatre 250
Max Standing 600
Max Banquet 250
Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

10-50 Willow Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4BH

The Nobu group expertly bring modern Japanese interior design to London with its eponymous hotel. Rooms are stripped back but still luxurious and there’s even a three-tiered courtyard that you can hire on a private basis. Of course, a huge draw here, whether staying over or organising an event, is the food – expect top quality cooking and legendary dishes such as the restaurant’s miso black cod. 

Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 240
Corus Hotel Hyde Park

Corus Hotel Hyde Park

1-7 Lancaster Gate , Bayswater, London, W2 3LG

If you’re going to be working while in London, you’ll love the rooms on offer at the Corus Hotel, which all feature ample living space and include desks to be productive at during the day, with sofas to flop on at night once the graft is over. If you have clients or colleagues to meet during your time in town then it might be handy to know that there are three meeting spaces which can host up to 20 delegates.

Max Meeting 20
The Curtain

The Curtain

45 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3PT

If it’s exclusivity you’re after then The Curtain has it in spadesfuls, being a members’ club first and foremost. This impressive space in the heart of Shoreditch houses industrial-style bedrooms, a southern soul food restaurant and multiple event spaces which include a ballroom, screening room and live performances room.

Max Meeting 140
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 130
The LaLiT London

The LaLiT London

181 Tooley Street, Southwark, London, SE1 2RJ

As part of the Lalit Suri Group, this is the first of the company’s hotels outside of Asia and they’ve gone to town ensuring it is wall-to-wall class. The boutique-style rooms are beautifully appointed with luxurious interiors and soft furnishings, and each one is different with some boasting 30-feet high ceilings. The event spaces here are incredible and come bathed in natural light with colonial-style touches and plenty of configuration options.

Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 120
The Goring

The Goring

15 Beeston Place, Westminster, London, SW1W 0JW

If being treated like royalty sounds up your street then you’re going to love The Goring, where staff go out of their way to make every guest feel truly special. If you’re staying over choose between rooms with their classic British design or go all out on a luxurious suite, that are completed by velvet sofas and full fireplaces. For work functions there is a multitude of spaces. All are charmingly decorated but our favourite is The Drawing Room with its handwoven wallpaper, perfect for private dinners.

Max Meeting 50
Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 44
Rosewood London

Rosewood London

252 High Holborn, Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN

Guests at the Rosewood hotels are always treated as just that, guests. You’ll receive a warm, personal welcome from staff and if you choose to stay over, you’ll enjoy some of the most beautiful spaces in London. Rooms are luxuriously appointed and feature the finest bedding and linens for a serene night’s sleep. There are four ballrooms to host events in, as well as dining rooms, foyers, salons and more – so let’s just say, if you’re planning a function, you won’t be short of spaces to choose from.

Max Meeting 430
Max Standing 450
Max Banquet 340
Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London

Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London

31 St Thomas Street, London, London, SE1 9QU

You don’t get much more wow-factor than bagging a room at The Shard for your stay in London. The Shangri-La’s rooms differ, but all have one thing in common: a view of the city’s impressive skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows. From a chef’s table to a ballroom, there’s something for every kind of occasion if it’s an event space you’re after. 

Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 140
Max Banquet 100
The Connaught

The Connaught

Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL

The Connaught deserves its place in the list of the best London hotels for its butler service alone, which comes with some of its very top-level rooms. The accommodation is classic luxury down to its core with gilt mirrors and swagged curtains decorating the sleeping spaces. On the events side of things the headlining Mayfair Room makes the perfect backdrop for grand dinners or awards ceremonies with its art deco interiors, and elsewhere there’s a Sommelier’s private dining room, which is stocked with thousands of bottles of vintage wine.

Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 120
Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf

Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf

5 Fairmont Avenue, London, E14 9PQ

Facing the iconic O2 building, and just down from Towel Hill, this Radisson hotel provides a great base for exploring East London from. Rooms are spacious, and some have river views, while the meeting spaces are made up of vast conference suites and smaller natural-lit syndicate rooms.

Max Meeting 250
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 170
Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire

Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire

31-36 Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7LH

Housed in an impressive redbrick building right in the beating heart of Leicester Square, this London hotel is a city breaker’s dream. Just a stone’s throw from major attractions like The National Gallery and China town, it’s the perfect place to explore from. Rooms are decked out in warm, neutral tones and there are various compact meeting and event spaces to choose from if you’re arranging a work do or party on the smaller side of things.

Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 120
Max Banquet 72
Sofitel London St James

Sofitel London St James

6 Waterloo Place , St. James's, London, SW1Y 4AN

This grand London hotel combines British design with the best of French elegance. Depending on which you choose, rooms are either bold and moody or bright and light with a subtle vintage feel. On the events side of things, the hotel offers a whole range of options, from board meeting spaces to banqueting rooms.

Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 130

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