5 hotels to try in London
Ah, London. The Big Smoke. A city that's home to such wondrous sights as Trafalgar Square, Tower of London, and Theresa May. Despite the unrelenting hustle and bustle of the capital, it still remains a great holiday destination for anyone looking to get their fix of arts, culture, and history all in one go. With such a condensed and rich wealth of locations to visit, there's a reason London is one of world's the most visited cities. To make your next London trip even more comfortable, we've recommended five of the best hotels that the city has to offer...
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
The old favourite unveils the first phase of its renovation on August 1st, with the re-opening of the Knightsbridge-facing guest rooms and suites. The details are inspired by the building’s Edwardian heritage and the natural beauty of Hyde Park, and interior designer, Joyce Wang, was commissioned to oversee the design concept, which is influenced by the glamour of the early 20th century’s Golden Age of travel. Located in an area popular with GCC residents, expect there to be a high demand from this region.
Established in 1837, Brown’s lays claim to being London’s very first hotel. It also lays claim to being one of its finest. With a guestbook worthy of the Man Booker prize, merely being able to add your name to this esteemed list of individuals is reason enough to book a stay. Combining history with hospitality, Brown’s has remained a mainstay of London’s competitive hotel scene for a reason. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s conveniently located in Mayfair. If your London geography is a little rusty we’re more than happy to put that into layman’s terms for you: You know the most expensive space on the Monopoly board? It’s there.
Hotel Café Royal
Here’s a package “designed for the discerning GCC elite”, and they’re not messing about. A one week stay starts at a relatively affordable Dhs23,000, going up to a more eye watering Dhs47,000 for the Royal Wing. The package includes everything from tickets to shows and a shisha butler to the use of a Bentley Bentayga with a driver or Lamborghini Huracan Spider for personal use. In other words, a home away from home. Bargain.
Smack bang in the middle of the West End is where you’ll find the ME London. A few minutes from the popular tourist hotspots of Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, and the obvious array of theatres that surround it – the ME London is an ideal location if you’re really looking to immerse yourself in the city. Exquisitely designed with a detached air of avant-garde cool, there’s not many other hotels in the Big Smoke which can hold a candle to the views from the rooftop bar. Just make sure you’re prepared be surrounded by a number of people who consider themselves to be far more hip and trendy than you.
Did you know that Mozart wrote his first symphony whilst living on Ebury Street in Belgravia? Or that The Great Train Robbers planned their heist in The Star Tavern? Or that famous milliner Philip Treacy opened his first store on Elizabeth Street? Well now you do, and there’s plenty more where that came from for guests of Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel. The hotel’s Belgravia Experience package starts from Dhs 1,360 per room and includes breakfast, use of the hotel’s bespoke Belgravia Bikes, a map and guide and a British take-away picnic (that includes scones and clotted cream) to enjoy in Hyde Park. Sounds like a good day out.