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Sometimes when you visit London, you just want a base to lay your head at night.
Sometimes the hotel is part of the experience, and you are willing to spend for some excess.
Here we try to represent the range of rooms, finding the fun that fits.
Great Northern Hotel
Close to Kings Cross, this place is an excellent jumping off point for most of the sites of London. Not the cheapest and not the most expensive – but convenient and a great place to fall into a bed after a delayed train journey. This is an elegant London landmark, and although it may look grand, it is a boutique hotel with elegant rooms and a great restaurant called Plum and Spilt Milk.
Such is the criteria for the best hotels – sometimes we want value, and sometimes we want to lap up the luxury.
From a practical leaping off point for a relatively decent room price to the height of glamour. Holborn is within walking distance of the West End one way and the City the other. The king-size beds, the lavish furnishing, butlers, the odd exotic bird hanging in bird cages and the most impressive stairway you can imagine. This is an experience as well as a place to rest. Oh, and there a golden retriever in the lobby to greet you.
Shangri-La at The Shard
Want the views? Want the exclusivity of a hotel created entirely with the mega-rich City types to use as a stop-off point while doing international deals? This Is a smart, sleek, technically amazing – and one of the few vertical hotels in the capital. Sure, it is the most expensive hotel on our list, but you get to tell your friends that you are off to Shangri-La. Do it – just once in your life!
Want a hotel with a talking point? What about staying the hotel used by Kate Middleton on the night before her wedding? This is a gorgeous country house located in a prime, busy street filled with other country houses, with the most amazing Goring gardens – one of the most extensive private gardens in London. You are just around the corner from Westminster Abbey, up close and personal with Buckingham Palace, and just around the corner from some top theatres. This is a small hotel with big hotel prices, but you get a fair old bang for your buck.
Based in Soho, this is a quiet(ish) courtyard but just steps away from Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square. This hotel is owned by interior designers. It is beautiful, and there is also a private, guests-only roof terrace. Really though, the reason we would recommend staying here is that you are likely to see more than a few famous bods wandering in and out. Be prepared to play close to £500 for just bed and breakfast – more than The Savoy!