Despite the little skirmish called the "Revolutionary War," Americans have always had a love affair with London, which continues to this day. Sharing a common language, albeit with different accents, London is a safe, welcoming, navigatable city with a swath of 5-star hotels catering to the well-to-do.
Whether you are traveling to the United Kingdom's capital for business or to take in its world-famous museums and galleries, London has something for everyone. Given its standing in the world and the serious money created in the business sector, it will be no surprise to learn that London is home to some of the globe's finest hotels. With this in mind, we have compiled a list of the top five hotels to consider staying at when you visit London.
Immortalized in the 1927 Irvin Berlin song Puttin' On the Ritz, this Piccadilly landmark is one of London's most iconic hotels. During its early years, the hotel enjoyed the patronage of the Prince of Wales and future King Edward VII. During the city's darkest hours of World War Two, the Ritz was where Winston Churchill would meet with Charles de Gaulle and Eisenhower to discuss the war. Renowned for its stylish afternoon tea, former First Lady Jackie Onassis described The Ritz as being "like paradise." Today, the Ritz Hotel in London continues to treat its guests like royalty and is renowned for its stalwart service that caters to its guests every whim.
First opened in 1889 by theater impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte, the Savoy Hotel set a new standard for luxury, comfort, and service. Since its inception, the Savoy has been a magnet to the wealthy, famous, glamorous, and even the notorious. Over the years, the Savoy has welcomed the movers and shakers of the world, along with famous artists and performers like Charles Chaplin.
A standout and something not to miss even if you are not staying at the Savoy is its iconic American Bar. Serving classic cocktails with a unique twist, the American Bar at the Savoy and its grill have welcomed numerous Hollywood stars and legendary authors like Earnest Hemmingway.
If you want an under-the-radar hotel with unrivaled 5-star luxury, The Langham offers the perfect mix of British heritage and modern elegance in the Heart of the West End. Located in London's fancy Marylebone neighborhood, The Langham is ideal for shopaholics, foodies, and sightseers. It is also close to Oxford Circus Tube Station from which you can travel to all parts of London. Besides its elegant Palm Court, the Langham is famous for its fine dining overseen by award-winning chefs.
Once the London headquarters of the Midland Bank, the Ned has been transformed into a luxury 250-room hotel and gastronomic hub with 12 eateries and bars. Ozing 1920s glamour and sophistication, The Ned is now a party palace in the heart of London's financial district.
When The Ned opened in 2017, it made headlines worldwide, praising its ability to keep its character while offering 21st-century amenities.
While The Bank of England, located next door, may have hundreds of gold bars in its vault, The Ned measures its value in the quality of its food offerings. The Ned has eight restaurants offering everything from traditional British pub grub to fine dining.
The Shangri-La at the Shard
Housed in the United Kingdom's tallest building, the Renzo Piano-designed 95-story skyscraper was constructed using 11,000 glass panels. While primarily comprised of office space and residential apartments, the Shangri-La Hotel is the building's standout feature.
Occupying 18 building floors, the Shangri-La at the Shard is the Hong Kong hotels group's second European property after the 5-star Shangri-La Paris. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, the Shangri-La at the Shard offers unrivaled views of London and beyond.
Highlights at the Shangri-La at the Shard include the highest cocktail bar in Europe and an incredible infinity pool located on the 52nd floor. Add a fully equipped gym and a Finnish sauna; you have the perfect hotel for any London business trip or vacation.
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