The art deco Foyer and Reading Room, with its suede walls and leather banquettes, serve breakfast, light lunch, an award-winning afternoon tea and dinner. Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s Restaurant serves the finest modern French cuisine. Claridge’s Bar offers a convivial and relaxed meeting place, whilst the Fumoir serves fine wines and champagnes served in Lalique crystal. State-of-the-art Claridge’s Beauty and Fitness features a range of luxurious beauty treatments and an impressive gymnasium.
With two terraced penthouses with magnificent views over London, a sumptuous selection of suites by royal designer Linley, and Diane von Furstenburg, Claridge’s is the luxurious art deco jewel of London. In the heart of Mayfair, between Hyde Park and Bond Street, it offers a unique and tranquil base, away from the glare of publicity.
3. The Savoy London
A British icon since 1889, The Savoy has once again taken its place on the world stage after over 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.
Its stand out bar, The American Bar, was one of the first places to offer American cocktails outside of the USA. The Savoy has also recently undergone a major restoration in order to boost standards at the already impeccable hotel where Churchill and co. often wined and dined in the superb surroundings. The top suite available at The Savoy, The Royal Suite, costs £12,000 a night for a stay; the ultimate in luxury!
With an enviable location on the River Thames, the London hotel is literally steps away from some of the world’s finest theatres, museums and opera houses. Its proximity to the City means The Savoy is ideally placed whether you are coming to London for business or pleasure.
4. 45 Park Lane
45 Park Lane is one of the newest 5 star hotels in London having opened in late 2011 as is a member of the exclusive Dorchester Collection. Located just around the corner from its parent hotel, The Dorchester, this luxury hotel is the first in Europe to have a restaurant with the highly decorated chef Wolfgang Puck called “CUT at 45 Park Lane”.
Throughout the hotel, luxurious and contemporary interiors by New York based designer, Thierry Despont, will provide a club-like feel offering the city’s in-crowd and the most seasoned of jetsetters a smart but discreet environment from which to enjoy London.
Each of the spacious 45 rooms and suites will offer views of Hyde Park, as will a spectacular Penthouse with wrap around terrace. A striking central staircase will lead to a mezzanine featuring Bar 45, a library, lounge and a private screening room.
Views of Hyde Park are aplenty from most of the rooms and suites on offer and the largest collection of American wines in the UK are available at Bar 45.
5. The Metropolitan London
The Metropolitan in London is among the capital’s most enduring design phenomena, a hotel that combines cool looks and cosseting service with a contemporary mindset, putting it squarely on the map of travellers seeking to be at the centre of the action.
From floor-to-ceiling windows, look out over a glittering skyline, comfortable in the knowledge you are standing right where it matters – on Park Lane, with the city’s best bar and restaurant in the very same building.
MET BAR – When it first opened in 1997, this sultry night time haunt became a byword for cool, answering a sophisticated need for privacy and energy, in a space reserved for hotel guests and members only. Interiors are clad in decadent red leathers, waiters in custom-made Armani. Bar staff – called ‘mixologists’ at the Met – create bespoke Martinis while headline DJs spin London’s lounge sounds.
The hotel’s sleek yet serene urban image combines soft whites, pear-wood panelling, suede upholstery and pure Egyptian cottons. Colours are subtle, featuring cosseting mauves and warm plum. Carefully selected pieces of antique Asian furniture introduce soft, Eastern accents.