The best hotels for a city break in London

Inspiration for your central London staycation

London is home to some of the world’s most amazing hotels and we believe the best of these are right in the very centre. There’s nowhere better way to soak up the culture of the city than by waking up in the heart of it in the Regent Street and St James’s neighbourhood. With restaurants, bars, galleries, museums, theatres, shops, boutiques and parks on your doorstep, read on to find out where to book from 17th May.

Hotel Café Royal

Moments from Piccadilly Circus, Hotel Café Royal commands sweeping views over Regent Street’s curve. This is an iconic haunt frequented by literary heroes such as Oscar Wilde and Virginia Woolf, Hollywood legends such as Elizabeth Taylor, Mick Jagger and David Bowie, and even boxer Muhammad Ali. We love the stunning art deco interiors and choice of alfresco dining terraces.

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The Langham

Set at the Marylebone end of Regent Street, The Langham is a 5-star hotel that promises a truly luxurious stay. Their claim to fame is Artesian – awarded the world’s best bar – so trying their mixologist’s incredible cocktail creations is a must for any guest.

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Treehouse Hotel London

Situated directly across the road from the BBC’s Television Centre, perhaps your stay at Treehouse Hotel will afford you a glimpse of television royalty? What is guaranteed is unbeatable views over the West End. We bet you will be drawn to The Nest’s 360-degree views of the London skyline, or Madera’s spicy Mexican dishes.

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DUKES London

DUKES London is the hotel where James Bond author Ian Fleming was said to have coined the phrase ‘Shaken, not stirred’. Remaining iconic today, the hotel’s sophisticated setting in the heart of historic St James’s means it remains a favourite for all who stay. We recommend a martini in the legendary DUKES Bar.

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Haymarket Hotel

A Firmdale Hotel gem, if the striking Kit Kemp interiors aren’t enough to persuade you to stay here perhaps the proximity to London’s cultural institutions will. The famous Haymarket Theatre Royal is just next door, whilst the National Gallery is around the corner. If you are here to shop, the brilliant boutiques of St James’s Jermyn Street, as well as Regent Street and Mayfair, are all also a short walk away.

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The Trafalgar St James

A sanctuary of work, rest and play, The Trafalgar St James’s features modern British design and bold interiors. We love the celebration of London’s music idols on the walls, and the rock and roll views from the Trafalgar St James’s rooftop restaurant and bar. However, the best part is its dog friendly, so bring your four-legged friend along with you.

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Le Méridien Piccadilly

Le Méridien Piccadilly is a hotel surrounded by vibrant culture of one of London’s most well-known streets. After the Restoration of the English monarchy in 1660, Piccadilly emerged as one of the most fashionable locales in London, and today remains a hub not just for tourists, but for Londoners too. A stay here will offer you the chance to experience a new perspective on a cherished London landmark – whether that’s breakfast at The Wolseley or picking up a rescue remedy at D.R Harris.

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St James’s Hotel & Club

Described as the ‘best kept secret’ in Mayfair, St. James’s Hotel & Club, is tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac. Its prestigious location affords guests a direct entrance to Green Park for an afternoon stroll, as well as Michelin-star dining at Seven Park Place, run by Executive Head Chef William Drabble.

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The Ritz

The Ritz promises an unforgettable stay. Synonymous with luxury, The Ritz is an obvious choice if you are looking for a post-lockdown staycation to remember. Treat yourself this summer, and book their celebrated Afternoon Tea, served in the Palm Court, before going for a drink in the glamorous Rivoli Bar and settling down to a night in your signature suite.

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The Stafford

The Stafford is a historic haven in the middle of St James’s. A cluster of buildings, it compromises the Victorian Main House, Mews Suites, Carriage House and The Gatehouse Suite (which is the epitome of a chic stay, with three private floors to oneself). The American Bar is a secluded courtyard for drinking and dining, which feels a million miles away from its central London location.

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Sofitel St James’s

The magnificent architecture, the buzz of the West End, and British service all come together harmoniously at the Sofitel St James’s. Set in Waterloo Place, after a day of shopping, sightseeing or business meetings in London, you can relax and unwind in the award-winning wellness spa.

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The Cavendish

Whether you are staying for business or for pleasure, The Cavendish London, on the corner of Duke Street and Jermyn Street is an excellent hotel from which to explore. It sits within easy reach of the capital’s iconic landmarks – such as Buckingham Palace and Big Ben, as well as Fortnum & Mason and the Royal Academy of Arts even closer. There is the added benefit of being able to park your car if you plan to drive to the city, with a 50% parking discount for green technology vehicles with C02 emission below 80g/km.

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If you’re looking to spend a weekend or couple of days in central London, we also recommend reading our guide to alfresco dining to soak up the summer sun.

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