With its cosy pubs, historic wine bars, beautiful streets and gastronomic delights, London has to be one of the world’s best cities for a couple’s break. Culture Trip has picked the best romantic hotels in the capital for your loved-up weekend away.
The Rookery Hotel
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The Rookery Hotel sits in a trendy area with lots of restaurants and bars nearby | Courtesy of The Rookery Hotel / Booking.com
Oversized roll-top bathtubs, velvet curtains and four-poster beds all make for a romantic atmosphere at The Rookery Hotel in Farringdon. Each of the rooms at this boutique Georgian townhouse are individually designed with period charm. For a truly intimate stay, book the Mary Lane room. The seductive red theme and four-poster bed will make it difficult to leave. It’s location is just right for a romantic stroll through Clerkenwell – and if you go in the winter you can look forward to roaring fires and great cocktails upon your return.
What makes The Mandrake so special is its truly immersive atmosphere – guests enter through a dark tunnel and emerge into a rainforest lobby complete with a vaulted ceiling and dramatic chandelier. Book into a room at The Mandrake for an experience that will tantalise the senses with its rich colour palette. Enjoy the lounge and bar with a signature cocktail in hand – the White Witch (a riff on the Negroni) is particularly potent.
Thanks to interior designer Anouska Hempel the rooms at Blakes have taken on an oriental elegance unrivalled by any other London hotel. It would be almost impossible not to have a romantic stay here – particularly in one of the signature suites, which are decked in white muslin and bleached wood. Book a corner table at the eponymous restaurant for an evening of gastronomic decadence or pop into partnered South Kensington Club for a couple’s massage.
Claridge’s remains unparalleled for its timeless style, rich history and five-star service. Right on Bond Street, it’s nestled among the best shops, restaurants and tourist spots that London has to offer, though you’d be forgiven for never making it past the top-hat-clad doormen at the entrance – even the standard rooms are divinely decorated in a timeless style. The world-famous afternoon tea and extensive spa menu are enough to keep you occupied for a whole weekend. No wonder it’s a royal favourite!
This cosy hotel in the heart of London is perfect for social media mavens looking for a romantic getaway. Choose the Henrietta room and you’ll be rewarded with chocolate-box charming interiors, from the velvet armchairs to the brass lamps dotted about. There are plenty of excuses to enjoy a bath together, too – marble and soft pink, the bathrooms are the stuff of Instagram legend. When you’re all dressed up, we’d recommend heading down to the bar to sample the literary-inspired cocktails that pay tribute to the building’s former incarnation as a publishing house.
Instantly recognisable thanks to its red and white candy-striped awnings, Artist Residence London is a name that’s become synonymous with cosy boutique charm. Wooden floorboards, brick fire places and old leather armchairs perfectly complement the array of impressive local artwork throughout the hotel, which feels like the perfect couple’s bolthole.
It seems strange that having a bathtub in the bedroom could feel so decadent and yet, at The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone, it does. A boutique hotel on the doorstep of London’s best theatres, it’s well placed for a cultural weekend in the capital and comes with several romantic touches, including the aformentioned bathtub and seductive decor. The magic is in the details here – channelling the personality of the fictional Victorian ‘owner’, Uncle Seymour, you’ll find eccentric and wonderful touches throughout, from the outdoor copper bathtub in Lear’s Loft to the cocktail-making sets in each room.
Everything about The Kensington seems romantic – in the bar you’ll find midnight-blue velvet stools propping up the leather bound bar and, up in the bedrooms, small vases of red roses brighten up each surface. Head down to the Viva Therapies’ spa for a relaxing massage before slipping into one of the armchairs at the Town House restaurant for a long conversation over a supper of seasonal dishes.