Chiltern Firehouse has become a big hit with celebrities and London’s affluent party set. The converted 19th-century fire station offers high-end dining from Michelin-starred chef Nuno Mendes with an emphasis on seasonality and healthy eating. Each of the uniquely designed rooms has its own fireplace for extra cosiness while the sumptuously furnished social spaces hum with the chatter of socialites and stars.
The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone channels the eccentric tastes of fictional Victorian patron Uncle Seymour. The extravagantly designed rooms transport guests to a bygone era but the hotel is far from stuck in the past. Social-media friendly Seymour’s Parlour serves delicious, unique cocktails from master mixologist Tony Conigliaro and each month the hotel hosts themed parties which have included Mardi Gras and the Roaring Twenties.
The Landmark London has a show-stopping glass ceilinged atrium that exudes old-world charm. This cinematic, grand hotel is perfect for special occasions and romantic getaways. There’s modern European dining at the Winter Garden Restaurant and a luxurious spa for pampering after a busy day scouring the vintage shops on Marylebone High Street.
Despite its designer interior, The Mandeville Hotel doesn’t take itself too seriously – even though it’s one of the best in London and conveniently located near Bond Street and Selfridges. Hotel bar Reform is often a hive of activity with live vinyl nights and award-winning bartenders. A real gem.
With plenty of rural charm, The Grazing Goat is a country oasis right in the heart of central London. Its rustic, wood-beamed ceilings and stone-floored bathrooms will transport you far from the traffic-laden streets of the capital. The charming gastropub downstairs serves seasonal British cuisine and offers a wide selection of craft beers. Fuss-free with a fine attention to detail, this hotel is perfect for a romantic weekend getaway.
Dorset Square Hotel occupies a beautiful building overlooking a leafy garden square and the original Lord’s cricket ground. This charming boutique hotel has plenty of thoughtful touches, including picnic hampers for a visit to nearby Regent’s Park and popcorn for cosy evenings tucked up in one of its sumptuous beds. There’s high-quality comfort food, afternoon tea and cocktails at The Potting Shed restaurant, and live music on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The extrovert of the bunch, The Arch London offers fine British dining at Hunter 486 Restaurant and Bar and an entire Martini Library dedicated to the classic cocktail. The crisp Egyptian cotton sheets and duck down duvets guarantee a good night’s sleep amidst the sleepy rows of Georgian terraces.
The Amba Hotel Marble Arch is perfect for first-time visitors to the capital. It’s conveniently located close to Marble Arch station and Hyde Park, one of Europe’s most beautiful parks, is on its doorstep. The hotel’s brand of affordable luxury includes a grill house, bar and deli for grabbing snacks on the go. There’s also a gym if traversing the Big Smoke isn’t enough of a workout.