If you’re a tourist, Westminster is one of the best spots from which to explore London’s famous landmarks, with Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace all within a stone’s throw of each other. Situated just north of the River Thames, this neighbourhood is home to some of the city’s best places to stay. Here’s our pick of the best hotels to stay at in Westminster.
The Goring Hotel
The Goring is still owned by the family who built it | Courtesy of The Goring / Hotels.com
First opened in 1910, this hotel was one of the last of the Edwardian era and has plenty of period features such as large windows, floral wallpaper and feminine colours found throughout. Despite the obvious draws to this luxury property – the Michelin-starred dining room, extensive champagne bar list and mansion-like suites – it’s the fact that it’s still owned and run by the Goring family that makes this hotel so charming.
Reasonably priced and well-situated, the Nadler Victoria is kitted out practically and you can tell they’ve really thought about the needs of their patrons. Each room comes with a mini kitchen kitted out with a microwave, kettle and fridge, as well as Nespresso machines and ghd hair-straighteners in the bathrooms. You can order in using the food delivery service of your choice and breakfast can be provided in handy paper bags, so you can eat on the go. There’s also a 24-hour reception and you can even choose what type of pillow to sleep on. A great spot for both business and leisure trips, it’s right across the road from Buckingham Palace.
It can be difficult to find peace and quiet in central London, but nestled among the trees of Vincent Square, the Grange Wellington has somehow managed it. Each of the 84 luxurious rooms has been decorated in muted tones and lush fabrics, offering a sense of luxury without costing a fortune. In the apartment suites you’ll now find fully-equipped kitchenettes (great for those looking to save a few pennies) and down in the restaurant you can enjoy an Italian menu of pizza and pasta. There’s a simple gym too, for those who can manage a workout after a day of sightseeing around London.
If we could stay in the lobby of this hotel, we would. Complete with chandeliers, marble floors and a sweeping staircase leading to the mezzanine level, it really is a sight to behold. Beyond that, this independent hotel caters to those with an eye for style, with rooms featuring eclectic prints and mismatched furniture. In winter, the roaring fires of the Caxton Bar will appeal, while in summer you can head out onto the Terrace for G&Ts in the sun. One of its most unique aspects is the Caxton Grill, which serves up award-winning, seasonal food that’s grown in the rooftop kitchen garden. Last but not least, don’t forget to book the afternoon tea, which serves up themed treats such as the chocolate and salted caramel ‘soil’ pot as well as gluten-free and child-friendly options.
A stay at Hotel 41 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Winner of several awards, its monochromatic art-deco decor is achingly cool, with each room featuring mahogany sleigh beds, velvet soft furnishings and black and white checked carpets. On arrival, guests are greeted with a glass of bubbly from the champagne trolley and there are sweets, ice cream and snacks available throughout the day. Each room includes a Bose music system and Penhaligon toiletries, while dog owners can request a pet-friendly bed for their pooch. Best of all, after 8pm you can ‘Plunder the Pantry’ for breads, cheeses and other late-night snacks perfect for satisfying those midnight munchies.