1. The Portobello Hotel
If you’re looking for a place with personality, then this is it. The Portobello Hotel – which opened back in 1970 – has a bit of rock and roll about it and as such is popular with media folk and models. Indeed Croydon’s most famous export, La Moss, once holed up here with then beaux Johnny Depp, and – legend has it – soaked in a bath filled with bubbly. The supermodel stayed in room 16 (the one with the circular bed), one of the so called 12 ‘special rooms’– each of which has a character of its own. The Japanese room (number one if you’re interested) boasts a small sea shell patio, while the cool, colonial room (number two) has a hint of bohemia about it and number six is pure decadence containing as it does a three foot deep, gilded, gold claw bath.
22 Stanley Gardens, W1
020 7727 2777
2. The Dorchester
Built back in 1931, the first thing you’ll notice on arrival at The Dorchester is the glamorous parking area – there’s always a showy car or two parked outside this plush property. Push through the revolving doors and prepare to be seriously spoilt. An army of smiling staff sweep across marble floors – the hotel is grand without being intimidating – ready to whisk guests off to thrillingly huge accommodation.
Bedrooms are impeccable; there are 196 rooms in total plus no fewer than 50 suites and four rooftop suites. Despite being individually designed –no two rooms are alike – all are English to the core so expect lots of floral fabrics.
Park Lane, Mayfair
020 7629 888
3. The Berkeley
This much loved local icon is the first word in luxury, the last and most of those in between. The Wilton Place property boasts 214 rooms including 65 suites all of which overlook the park or the charming St Paul’s church. If you’re feeling flash plump for the luxury junior suite – a large open plan room with a divine king sized bed and lounge area complete with its own separate flat screen TV should you, heaven forbid, get bored with The Berkeley.
Don’t leave without trying Prêt a Portea – London’s most popular afternoon tea. The quintessentially British ritual has been given a stylish twist; instead of scones expect a collection of canapés, cakes and doll sized taster spoons inspired by the current fashion collections.
Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, SW1
020 7235 6000
4. St Pancras Renaissance
The newly opened St Pancras hotel is being hailed as London’s most romantic building, following years of devoted restoration. Its glorious Gothic Revival metalwork, gold leaf ceilings, hand stencilled wall deisgns and a jaw dropping grand staircase are as dazzling now as the day the hotel opened in 1873. Designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott to receive travellers through St Pancras Station, the former Midland Grand Hotel offered its guests a world of grandeur and fantasy behind its fairytale red façade. Today the hotel remains dedicated to those same ambitions and takes pleasure in transporting guest into another world of luxury and pleasure.
Euston Road, NW1
5. The Savoy
The British icon that is The Savoy reopened on the 10/10/10, after a £100 million restoration. The hotel seamlessly blends elements of the original and the new while the stunning English Edwardian and Art Deco interiors sparkle with timeless elegance and glamour. On the accommodation front, expect 268 guestrooms in addition to nine ‘personality suites’ – styled after some of The Savoy’s most high profile guests – and a newly created two bedroom royal suite is truly a suite fit for a King.
The Strand, WC2
020 7836 4343