It’s no secret that London is home to some of the finest five-star hotels in the world. From Knightsbridge to Mayfair to Kensington, you can have your pick of a good night’s sleep in the capital, made all the better when preceded by dinner at the resident Michelin-starred restaurant or a drink in the hotel bar. But it’s not just about catching 40 winks; the best hotels have spectacular interiors, too. Whether you’re seeking Regency splendour or minimalist chic, there’s a suite to suit all tastes in the capital. Here’s our pick of the best.
Suite Terrace, The Standard
In a nod to its origins in West Hollywood, The Standard’s Suite Terrace oozes Californian cool. Housed in the former Camden Town Hall Annex, a Brutalist building in King’s Cross, The Standard, London oepned in 2019 and is the hotel chain’s first venture outside of the US. There are 266 rooms to choose from, catering to a range of budgets and group sizes (the tiny Single rooms are just 13 sq m), but the crème de la crème is the Suite Terrace, the largest, and priciest, of them all.
Shawn Hausman is the brains behind the hotel’s interior design, and in the Suite Terrace, he has gone to town with bright colours, retro furniture and quirky decor (you’ll be sharing your room with two leather sheep sculptures). The main attraction is the large terrace which overlooks King’s Cross and from which you can spot London landmarks such as The Shard, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Walkie Talkie. With the Suite Terrace comes a new level of service; fancy a private spin class? The team will deliver a Peloton bike to your room. Didn’t pack the right gear for London weather? You’ll find a Stutterheim raincoat in your wardrobe.
From £800 per night
The Grand Suite, Artist Residence London
The Artist Residence was founded in Brighton when owner Justin needed help sprucing up the walls of his family B&B, but couldn’t afford a decorator. He appealed to the city’s artists for help and his subsequent hotels across the UK, in places such as Oxford and Penzance, have all embraced a similar style. The London hotel in Pimlico errs more on the side of tasteful gallery than full-blown installation, with artworks confined to picture frames and rooms decorated with eclectic furnishings and antique rugs.
The best room in the house is the Grand Suite, where parquet flooring and exposed brick walls are softened by emerald sofas and powder blue antique rugs. We defy you to resist the tempting cast iron tub, which has space for two and is best enjoyed filled to the brim with the complimentary Organic Bramley toiletries.
From £350 per night
The Royal Suite, The Lanesborough
With nightly rates starting from £20,000, The Lanesborough’s The Royal Suite is one of London’s most expensive hotel rooms, but you can rest assured you’ll be getting a lot of bang for your buck. The seven-bedroom penthouse was redesigned in 2015 when The Lanesborough underwent an £80m renovation, and it seems a lot of the budget has gone into the hotel’s most magnificent of suites.
The late Alberto Pinto is behind the interiors, which sees The Lanesborough’s signature Regency-style design turned up to the max, with giant chandeliers, furniture from No.10 Downing Street designers Restall Brown & Clennell (there’s no “John Lewis furniture nightmare” here) and original 18th-century artworks decorating the walls (look out for three original Reynolds). Those checking in will have a dedicated butler at their disposal round-the-clock, along with a chauffeur-driven car.
From £20,000 per night
The Gallery, The Berkeley
An antidote to the chintz of London’s heritage hotels, The Berkeley in Knightsbridge has always approached its design from a more contemporary standpoint, whether that’s with the fashion-led Prêt-à-Portea afternoon tea or the cool gentleman’s club-style Blue Bar in the basement. The Gallery, one of four penthouse suites, is no exception.
Designed by architect and interior designer John Heah, who is also the brains behind the hotel’s Apartment, Grand Terrace suites and first-floor signature suites, this one-bedroom suite emulates a city loft apartment, with sleek wooden furniture, curved edges and a neutral colour palette. The only splashes of colour come from the contemporary artworks that line the walls and the fresh McQueens flowers balanced on side tables.
From £2,450 per night
Manor House Wing, Rosewood London
Believed to be the only hotel suite in the world with its own postcode, the Manor House Wing at Rosewood London welcomes guests via a private entrance, which makes check in feel like coming home. The floorplan is flexible and can be configured to suit guests’ needs, but at most can accommodate 14 people across seven bedrooms. Tony Chi is behind the design, which in contrast to the main hotel’s more Belle Époque style is modern and sleek, with masculine leather upholstery and portraits of Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix lining the walls.
The Italian marble bathroom is the star feature, with slick black walls and a vast bowl-style bathtub overlooked by marble statues. It’s the little details that make this suite truly stand out – the minibar is stocked with Fortnum & Mason snacks, and guests will find their monogram hand-stitched onto the pillow cases and printed onto complimentary stationary.
Minimum three night stay, from £3,500,
Oak Leaf Suite, Ham Yard Hotel
Named after the 30ft oak trees that are planted in the hotel’s courtyard, Ham Yard Hotel’s Oak Leaf Suite is everything you’d expect a Kit Kemp-designed suite to be. Much like the rest of the hotel, which was also designed by the interiors mogul, the Oak Leaf Suite is a mismatch of prints and bright colours, creating an eclectic space that feels homely rather than cluttered.
Embroidered curtains, wall fabrics and cushions were sought from Casamance, artist Helena Allan and Pierre Frey, while the bespoke dining chairs were designed by Raoul Textiles and artworks painted by Joe Tilson. Sleeping two but with the option to extend to a second bedroom, the suite is home to a kitchenette and en suite bathroom with walk-in shower and freestanding bath tub.
From £2,750 per night