We find the best places to stay in the most expensive area of London – and some won’t even bust the bank.
Monopoly was right: this is the most expensive area to stay in London.
It is justified – these are the icons of the hotel world – but not everything is a wallet-buster. Here are our picks…
Brook Street, W1
Underground: Bond St
No. 87 in our 100 Best Hotels and Resorts in the World countdown, the pedigree of this grand dame of historic London hotels is unquestionable.
A favourite with royals including Queen Victoria and many of the exiled heads of state during WW2 (Winston Churchill famously designated room 212 Yugoslavian territory so Crown Prince Alexander II could be born on home soil) through to today’s clan of blue-bloods, the hotel is firmly an indulgent London hotel, with a price tag to match.
150 Piccadilly, W1
Underground: Green Park
Does any other hotel name conjure such grandeur; a hotel so famous that its name was usurped for an expression of sophistication that become a classic song?
Probably not – which is why it’s such a pity that it has fallen from grace with taste-makers and luxury travellers as the standards have dropped a wee bit.
These days most put on their Ritz for high tea.
46 Clarges Street, Mayfair
Underground: Green park
A secret, incredibly well-positioned intimate bolthole that is perfect for those who love being close to the action, and for whom a nightcap at midnight is mandatory.
With just nine rooms, the décor is understated and rooms are London-sized but being mid-priced means the Fox Club is a bit of a gem.
Albemarle St, W1
Underground: Green Park
Take the posh sophistication of Claridge’s and add a dose of literary heritage – Rudyard Kipling finished The Jungle Book at Browns – tone it down and you have Brown’s.
Sometimes mistaken for a poor man’s Ritz, its attention to detail, particularly for kids, is awesome – think mini robes and a gingerbread-man turn-down.
Oh, and try and hitch a ride in the blue 1952 Rolls Royce Solver Wraith if you can.
Portland Place, Regent Street, W1
Underground: Oxford Circus
The Langham has a long and storied history; when the original Langham opened in 1865 it was one of London’s first purpose-built hotels with a grand Edwardian façade and streetscape in the heart of Marylebone.
Past guests include Napoleon III, Oscar Wilde (is there a great London hotel he didn’t visit?) and Arthur Conan Doyle. In recent times, this famous London icon has courted controversy.
After a period of unexceptional management by Hilton, it was acquired by Hong Kong-based hoteliers who overhauled it to corporate tastes, much to the chagrin of Brit-hotel devotees.
It also draws paranormal buffs with the unenviable reputation as one of the most haunted hotels in the world… Room 333 in October apparently.
Park Lane, W1
Underground: Hyde Park Corner
She is a gorgeous Art Deco building opposite the verdant delights of Hyde Park with a stunning set of restaurants and bars and where every room is unique.
It’s very hard not to love the Dorchester, although it surprisingly gets some criticisms from hotel snobs for dated and unfashionable room décor.
Beeston Place, SW1
No. 97 in our 100 Best Hotels and Resorts in the World countdown, the Goring is English from its bootstraps up.
Not only famous for Kate Middleton’s prenuptial slumber, it’s also a royal favourite and a true luxury stay set in a grand and spacious garden.
Carlos Place, W1
Underground: Bond St / Green Park
No. 43 in our 100 Best Hotels and Resorts in the World countdown, The Connaught was extensively overhauled in 2009, turning the country house retreat into a haven for the sleek and understated – some might say a little too unremarkable for such an icon.
The bars are a huge drawcard for a pre-dinner sip and giggle or a nightcap and canoodle.