Last Updated on May 29, 2024 by Katrina

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London’s version of luxury is, in many ways, the classic definition. Think chandeliers, fine dining, afternoon teas, and staffers in long coats and hats. Many of London’s most indulgent hotels embrace those ideals and some have become legends themselves. Most are also located in central parts of the city, with easy access to big sights such as Covent Garden and London Bridge. These classic properties are the best luxury hotels in London, guaranteed to make you feel like royalty or a nicely spoiled VIP.

The Savoy Hotel (The Strand; 44-20-7836-4343) Covent Garden

This 19th-century hotel set between the Thames and The Strand “has something of a split personality,” writes Condé Nast Traveler. It has one Art Deco side (near the Strand) and an Edwardian side (near the Thames). “Rooms are large and traditional but never frumpy” the magazine adds, “and in a world of shrinking bathtubs, The Savoy’s remain satisfyingly deep.” Make the most of its excellent amenities, from the indoor pool to spa treatments to the Book Butler, who will set you up with a good read. Plan your stay around meals, from the famed afternoon tea to Gordon Ramsey’s two restaurants. “We loved every minute of our three days staying there,” says a Google reviewer. “Steak tartare and Beef Wellington are a must—the food is to die for.” >> Book this hotel for less

The Langham, London (1C Portland Pl.; 44-20-7636-1000) Marylebone

Come to this Marylebone hotel for rich décor—mostly Victorian—and foodie delights, thanks to restaurant Roux at the Landau. “You’ll find plenty of marble in this hotel … stately pillars in the lobby, chandeliers, and tasteful placement of orchids throughout the property,” writes The Telegraph. “Service is expertly slick and attentive, yet warm, and there’s a small spa with pool.” One Tripadvisor user calls it “fit for royalty” while another commends it for being “comfortable, friendly and beautiful. Located in central London but somehow feels calm. A stone’s throw from beautiful Marylebone with its village vibe.” >> Book this hotel for less

Rosewood London (252 High Holborn; 44-20-7781-8888) Midtown/Holborn

This 262-room hotel is located within a restored Edwardian mansion, complete with a courtyard, located near both Covent Garden and the British Museum. The Telegraph calls it“an elegant retreat offering luxurious and stylish interiors with playful touches, a serene spa, solid dining options and a very popular cocktail bar, Scarfes.” A Google reviewer liked its customer service and for being “a stylish place without being pretentious,” while another described it as “lavish opulence and architecturally sensational. I enjoyed an afternoon tea that was ‘Salvador Dali’ themed.” >> Book this hotel for less

Shangri La The Shard (31 St Thomas St.; 44-20-7234-8000) Shard Quarter

This relative newcomer from the Shangri-La brand is housed in 18 floors of The Shard, the Renzo Piano skyscraper that’s the tallest building in Western Europe. “Sumptuous suites, an acclaimed restaurant, and sybaritic spa treatments,” writes Travel+Leisure. “But it’s the impressive views over London that keep travelers hooked.A Google reviewer agrees: “The service is immaculate and the room we had had every modern convenience imaginable. It’s well worth upgrading to a northerly facing room—we chose the Premier City View. Personally, I think this room offers one of the best views of London’s iconic landmarks. Worth every penny.” >> Book this hotel for less

Claridge’s (Brook St.; 44-20-7629-8860) Mayfair

Condé Nast Traveler calls this 1812 hotel with old-world glamour “almost mythical” thanks to its“irresistible hybrid of flapper-tastic Art Deco, grand Victorian flourishes and low-key, streamlined contemporary luxe. To pass through its revolving doors is to pass into another, lovelier world.” Don’t miss its afternoon tea or drinks, the magazine says. “We also drank at the Fumoir and had afternoon tea in the Foyer Room,” says a Tripadvisor user. “Not only are these rooms a treat for the taste buds, but also for the eyes.” >> Book this hotel for less