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LIST: SPECIAL PLACES TO STAY IN LONDON

These are individual hotels, boutique hotels,and other 'accommodations' in London that I have come across and think are worth checking out.

For the most part they are hotels in the mid to luxury end of the market representing the new generation of stylish boutique hotels in the city.

Clearly, although subjective, this list is far from comprehensive. As it expands it may be sub-divided down into smaller categories.
Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments 020 7499 3464 Ever popular independent hotel on Piccadily at the Hyde park Corner end (near Buckingham Palace).
Browns Hotel 020 7493 6020 Stylish contemporary hotel in Mayfair comprising of 11 Georgian town houses with a total of 117 bedrooms (including 15 suites). Part of the Rocco Forte group.
Carlton Tower Hotel, The 020 7235 1234 Luxury business hotel on Cadogan Place.
Charlotte Street Hotel 020 7806 2000 Small elegant boutique hotel just north of Soho, with its own gym and film screening room. A *Firmdale hotel (See Notes)
Chesterfield Hotel, The 0845 634 2665 Quiet, sophisticated 4-star in Mayfair
Church Street Hotel   star 'Eclectic' is a word invented for this hotel, hidden away in Camberwell, South London. Some say it is like sleeping in a Mexican/Cuban casita.
Courthouse Hotel 020 7297 5555 starThis boutique style hotel is located just off Regent Street in the former Marlborough Street Magistrates Court building - the second oldest magistrates court in the UK and scene for many famous cases in past years, involving the likes of John Lennon, Oscar Wilde, Johnny Rotten, Christine Keeler, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Now the cells are snugs in the bar, the dining room is in the panelled former court, and it has its own private cinema!
Covent Garden 020 7806 1000 Small (58-rooms) luxury hotel in the theatre district. A *Firmdale hotel (See Notes)
Cumberland, The 0870 333 9280 Large (1,000 rooms) contemporary design hotel at the top of Park Lane.
Dean Street Townhouse 020 7434 1775 Comfortable 39-room 'home-from-home' in the heart of Soho. The small rooms are tiny but the large rooms have space for a classic standalone bathtub in the bedroom.
Dorchester, The 020 7629 8888 One of London's most internationally famous hotels, tucked away just off Park Lane.
Dorset Square Hotel 020 7723 7874 Elegant regency townhouse hotel in Dorset Square near Baker Street.
Egerton House Hotel 020 7589 2412 Elegant small luxury hotel in Knightsbridge.
Gore Hotel, The 020 7584 6601 Sumptuous luxury hotel in Kensington Gore.
Goring, The 020 7396 9000 starLondon’s oldest 5-Star family run hotel, located next door to Buckingham Palace and Belgravia.
Halkin, The 020 7333 1000 Luxury, contemporary design hotel in Belgravia.
Hazlitts 020 7434 1771 starHotel for literary enthusiasts housed in three historic 18th century houses with sumptuous rooms named after writers and artists. One of them (new, summer 2010) has a private roof garden complete with a sliding glass roof!
Haymarket Hotel 020 7470 4000 Elegant modern hotel right in the heart of theatreland. A *Firmdale hotel (See Notes)
Hotel 55 020 8991 4450 Small contemporary chic hotel in unusual location, on Hanger Lane (western outskirts).
Knightsbridge Hotel 020 7584 6300 Small elegant hotel in the heart of Knightsbridge. A *Firmdale hotel (See Notes)
Langham Hotel 020 7973 7504 Classic 5-star grand hotel on Regent Street opposite the BBC.
Leonard, The 020 7935 2010 Small elegant hotel near Marble Arch/Oxford St with rooms, suites and serviced apartments.
Lowndes Hotel, The 0207 235 1234 The Jumeirah Lowndes is an 87-room contemporary design luxury hotel in Belgravia.
Number Sixteen 020 7589 5232 Luxury boutique hotel in mid-Victorian terrace in the heart of South Kensington. A *Firmdale hotel (See Notes).
Montague on the Gardens, The 020 7958 7731 Townhouse hotel near the British Museum. Special rooms for women travellers.
One Aldwych 020 7300 1077 starWell-known luxury design hotel and regular award winner.
Pavilion, The 020 7262 0905 star"Groovy" (eccentric) 30-room hotel near Hyde Park. Read their guest list. It's full of cool celebs from the fashion, music, tv and film industries.
Portobello Hotel 020 7727 2777 starGlamorous hotel and apartments in Notting Hill Gate with an impressive list of celebrity guests.
Queensgate, The 020 7761 4000 Modern boutique hotel in Knightsbride close to the museums.
Rathbone, The 020 7636 2001 Comfortable, intimate, boutique style hotel, that gets good reviews, located close to Oxford Street and the British Museum.
Ritz London, The 020 7493 8181 Landmark London hotel celebrating its centenary this year (2006).
Rookery, The 020 7336 0931 Sophisticated and slightly eccentric small hotel (33 rooms) near the Bank of England, that describes itself as being "more private club than hotel".
Rosewood London 020 7781 8888 Luxury 5-star hotel in a grand historic building. Used to be the Chancery Court Hotel
San Domenico House 020 7581 5757 Ornate luxury boutique hotel with 15 richly decorated rooms in Chelsea.
Savoy, The 0800 7671 7671 One of London's best-known luxury hotels. A Fairmont hotel. Underwent a huge renovation in 2009.
Soho Hotel, The 020 7559 3000 A popular 91-room boutique hotel on Leicester Square with beautiful rooms, but at a price. A *Firmdale hotel (See Notes).
St. Martins Lane 020 7300 5500 starVery stylish luxury design hotel with lots of quirky touches. The 204 rooms are light (floor to ceiling windows) and white, which enables guests to apply whatever mood they like to the room with controllable colour-wash lighting. The confusingly named St Martins' Lane is on St Martins Lane. It was an Ian Schrager brand hotel when it opened in 1999, and he is still the major shareholder.
Sydney House Chelsea 020 7376 7711 Fashionable boutique hotel in Chelsea.
Ten Manchester Street Hotel 020 73175 900 Luxury boutique hotel midway between Oxford Street and Regents Park. It has two unusual aspects: an all-weather humidor & terrace for cigar smokers, and four of its ground floor suites have their own private terrace.
Trafalgar Hilton, The 020 7870 2900 Hard to be more centrally located than this; contemporary design hotel right next to Nelson's column and with an excellent roof garden from which it can all be surveyed.
Twenty Nevern Square, London 020 7565 9555 Stylish Victorian townhouse hotel in the West End.
Westbury, The 020 7629 7755 Contemporary 4-star on Bond Street. Perfect for up-market shopping breaks!
Zetter, The 020 7324 4444 starContemporary design hotel in Clerkenwell. In fact they market it as a 'restaurant with rooms', 59 of them.

Notes

  • Firmdale Hotels are the invention of award-winning husband & wife team, Tim and Kit Kemp, who in a short period of time have launched some of the most stylish hotels in London (6), and now New York (1).

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