Three of the Best Places to Stay in London

Searching for a luxurious hotel in London?

The UK’s capital boasts some of the most storied and best known hotels in the entire world, with most still being operated by descendants of their original family owners. Edwardian and Victorian splendour vie with modern influences in many of the capital’s most widely known and best-kept places to stay overnight.

Are you looking for a magnificent view? A taste of early last-century glitz and pampering? Or all the modern amenities you’d expect to go along with such sumptuously appointed rooms and facilities?

For special occasions, or when money needs to be less of an object, you’ll be hard pressed to beat these three five-star hotels for sheer breathtaking opulence and grandeur:

1. The Ritz, London

This is probably one of the most well-known hotels in the entire world, and for good reason. The Ritz positively screams old school glamour. Absolutely spotless throughout, this hotel prides itself on faultless service. The neatly uniformed staff can make the idle visitor believe they’ve travelled back in time, but there’s nothing old fashioned about the facilities available to guests…

The rooms themselves are far beyond the merely comfortable, and have been restored to their original range of gentle colours only quite recently. The stunning in-house restaurant is well worth a visit, even if you’re not staying in the Ritz. Either for an evening meal, or for a quintessentially British afternoon tea, which is served five times a day.

The hotel was also the first to be awarded a Royal Warrant by HRH the Prince of Wales for banqueting and catering services. Enough said, really!

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2. The Savoy on the Strand

London is well known for hotels with long-standing reputations and heritage, and the Savoy is no exception. First opening its doors in the late 1800s, the Savoy is still well known for its ideal location close to many of the capital’s largest attractions.

Situated just off of the Strand, the hotel lies close to the National Gallery, the Houses of Parliament, and many more of London’s most famous buildings. Recently refurbished, the Savoy offers magnificently clean rooms in either Art Deco or Edwardian style, depending on the side of the property that you’re staying. The river side offers wondrous views out over the water, especially at night time, and the hotel’s restaurant — The Savoy Grill — is run by the internationally renowned chef Gordon Ramsay.

The Savoy itself is also a good place for entertainment. The American Bar on the ground floor was one of the first in the country to offer cocktails to its patrons, while the Beaufort Bar next door offers live music and dancing. All in all, the Savoy remains one of the most flawless hotels in which to spend a night in London.

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3. Shangri-La at the Shard

If you’ve somehow avoided hearing about or seeing the Shard while in London, simply take a look at the skyline near to London Bridge. The immense Shard — which rises over three hundred metres into the sky above the capital — is the place to go is you want some of the best views out over the top of central London.

There’s more good news for view fans too, because amongst other attractions, the Shard boats the five-star Shangri-La Hotel. This luxurious place to stay offers quite outstanding room service, a small pool, and a cocktail lounge on the 52nd floor that comes highly recommended. Whatever window cleaning company they use must be geniuses to get around up there, but the Shard’s windows always seem to be magnificently polished, adding to the general atmosphere of cleanliness and oriental precision you find wherever you look inside.

For visitors searching for something a little more modern and unusual when planning their stay in the capital, the Shard is a great choice.

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