The Goring Hotel first opened its doors in 1910 and has plenty of period features, from the traditional Edwardian facade to the large floor-to-ceiling windows and floral wallpaper. Still owned and run by the Goring family, this charming hotel also boasts Michelin-star cuisine, a champagne bar and sprawling suites fit for royalty, which is exactly what you’ll feel like.
There are plenty of reasons to stay at this gorgeous hotel, not least Ametsa with Arzak Instruction, with its New Basque dining and its unique twist on afternoon tea. The restaurant gets its unusual name from father-and-daughter duo Juan Mari and Elena Arzak, whose San Sebastian venture has three Michelin stars. Relax in the COMO Shambhala spa, and explore surrounding Hyde Park and Knightsbridge with the help of the hotel concierge.
This boutique hotel is full of thoughtful touches, from the marble fireplaces to the dark wood furnishings. It doesn’t get much better than curling up in the cosy lounge, reading from one of the library’s many books. Service is also exceptional and there’s plenty on offer in terms of entertainment, such as cocktail-making classes at nearby Harvey Nichols and Chelsea Physic Garden – home to over 5,000 medicinal, herbal and edible plant species.
The Berkeley’s spa sets it apart from other London hotels. Its temple-like swimming pool opens onto a secret rooftop garden where guests can enjoy a range of treatments surrounded by lavender. What better way to follow this than with a traditional afternoon tea, or cocktails at the Blue Bar? Service is top-notch – think rooms filled with fresh flowers and Burberry coats available on loan during your stay. Quintessentially English.
The Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel is smaller but no less luxurious than bigger brother the Jumeirah Carlton Tower just around the corner. The rooms are large and tastefully designed and there’s both modern European dining at Lowndes Bar and Kitchen and an outdoor barbecue at The Terrace. Guests also have access to Jumeriah Carlton Tower’s sprawling spa.
The Levin is a stylish home from home with plenty of luxury touches, from hand-stitched bed frames to Savoir mattresses. Each of its 12 bedrooms has been uniquely designed so no two stays are the same, while the restaurant serves classic British fare in a traditional setting. The Levin is perfect for those looking for an authentic British boutique hotel.