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Where design enthusiasts should stay in London

Luxury London hotels

When traveling across the pond, bed down in one of these design-centric hotels

London is a hub of history and tradition, boasting a roll call of distinguished landmarks—Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, among many others. It’s a city of great pageantry, where kings and queens wave, and horses and guards march with fanfare. But underneath the ceremonial rites lies a modern and worldly London, where contemporary art, avant-garde fashion, and a theatrical flair show a diversified city that’s anything but stodgy. We’ve rounded up a selection of hotels that proves London is a city of such varied pursuits, from a 100-year-old institution that never misses teatime to a see-and-be-seen celebrity enclave.

When this hotel opened in 2012, it was the Thompson Hotel chain’s first introduction to the European market. British designer Tara Bernerd’s chic and urban interiors proved successful, as the outpost has become one of the city’s most sought-after stays. The loftlike lobby features a large fireplace, perfect for breaking the chill of London’s temperamental clime, with a stocked library and cozy nooks outfitted with an eclectic collection of contemporary art. Each of the 85 guest rooms feature an earthy color palette and ashen wood floors throughout, and all are equipped with elegant marble baths. From $213/night; thompsonhotels.com Photo: Courtesy of Belgraves, A Thompson Hotel

Belgraves, A Thompson Hotel

When this hotel opened in 2012, it was the Thompson Hotel chain’s first introduction to the European market. British designer Tara Bernerd’s chic and urban interiors proved successful, as the outpost has become one of the city’s most sought-after stays. The loftlike lobby features a large fireplace, perfect for breaking the chill of London’s temperamental clime, with a stocked library and cozy nooks outfitted with an eclectic collection of contemporary art. Each of the 85 guest rooms feature an earthy color palette and ashen wood floors throughout, and all are equipped with elegant marble baths. From $213/night; thompsonhotels.com

The Goring stands as one of the Grande Dames of England, and in celebration of its centennial, the iconic estate was dressed to the nines with a full-scale redesign. Four acclaimed English designers (Nina Campbell, Tim Gosling, David Linley, and Russell Sage) took on various parts of the property, including the Dining Room at the Goring, which was recently awarded its first Michelin star. The royal family has always had a connection with the Goring, as it’s across the street from Buckingham Palace; the Duchess of Cambridge stayed there the night before her wedding and added the finishing touches to a hand-painted Fromental mural that graces the Front Hall. From $426/night; thegoring.com Photo: Courtesy of the Goring

The Goring

The Goring stands as one of the Grande Dames of England, and in celebration of its centennial, the iconic estate was dressed to the nines with a full-scale redesign. Four acclaimed English designers (Nina Campbell, Tim Gosling, David Linley, and Russell Sage) took on various parts of the property, including the Dining Room at the Goring, which was recently awarded its first Michelin star. The royal family has always had a connection with the Goring, as it’s across the street from Buckingham Palace; the Duchess of Cambridge stayed there the night before her wedding and added the finishing touches to a hand-painted Fromental mural that graces the Front Hall. From $426/night; thegoring.com

The walls within 69 and 70 Dean Street have some tales to tell. The Georgian residences were first erected in the early 1700s, and throughout their history housed aristocratic families, mistresses of kings, and a club that hosted prominent artists, politicians, and royalty—think Fred Astaire and Dylan Thomas. When the Soho House Group acquired the property, they introduced a boutique hotel with 39 bedrooms that keep with tradition in Georgian-period details and vintage furnishings, and plenty of British flair. The dining room, designed by Martin Brudnizki, serves traditional British fare. From $163/night; deanstreettownhouse.com Photo: Courtesy of Soho House

Dean Street Townhouse

The walls within 69 and 70 Dean Street have some tales to tell. The Georgian residences were first erected in the early 1700s, and throughout their history housed aristocratic families, mistresses of kings, and a club that hosted prominent artists, politicians, and royalty—think Fred Astaire and Dylan Thomas. When the Soho House Group acquired the property, they introduced a boutique hotel with 39 bedrooms that keep with tradition in Georgian-period details and vintage furnishings, and plenty of British flair. The dining room, designed by Martin Brudnizki, serves traditional British fare. From $163/night; deanstreettownhouse.com

Fresh off a multimillion-dollar and nearly two-year makeover, the Lanesborough is poised to reign as the ultimate in London luxury. The refurbishment was overseen by designer Alberto Pinto and has resulted in some elegant design details like book-matched marble, sheets of hand-painted gold leaf, and custom gildery. The 93 guestrooms, 43 of which are suites, feature the utmost in Regency-style elegance: plush floor-to-ceiling drapes, crystal chandeliers, and hand-cut Italian marble bathrooms. From $653/night; lanesborough.com Photo: Courtesy of the Lanesborough

The Lanesborough

Fresh off a multimillion-dollar and nearly two-year makeover, the Lanesborough is poised to reign as the ultimate in London luxury. The refurbishment was overseen by designer Alberto Pinto and has resulted in some elegant design details like book-matched marble, sheets of hand-painted gold leaf, and custom gildery. The 93 guestrooms, 43 of which are suites, feature the utmost in Regency-style elegance: plush floor-to-ceiling drapes, crystal chandeliers, and hand-cut Italian marble bathrooms…

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