The delicate decor in the suits at the Langham, London

The Vintage Charm of London's Luxury Hotels

9 August 2017

Your exploration of one of the most celebrated, intriguing and entertaining capitals in the world deserves a luxury accommodation base that does it justice. The following London hotels have been chosen for their character, comfort and opulence in a city that has been flaunting these qualities for thousands of years.

Hotel 41's Vintage Exterior. Photo courtesy of Red Carnation Hotels Hotel 41's Vintage Exterior. Photo courtesy of Red Carnation Hotels Hotel 41's Vintage Exterior. Photo courtesy of Red Carnation Hotels

Hotel 41, London

Let your personal butler lead the way through the dark mahogany and black-and-white checked elegance of Hotel 41, situated across the way from Buckingham Palace. The building site boasts a rich and fascinating history, from high profile linen drapers to photographers and coach makers.

This heritage has been embraced in the artful décor of the 30 rooms – no two identical but each resplendent in vintage luxury. Award-winning restaurants are at your doorstep, but complimentary gourmet treats are offered all day. Indulge in designer ice cream for morning tea, enjoy scones and jam with clotted cream for afternoon tea, and ‘Plunder the Pantry’ for a midnight snack of artisan cheese, mini quiches, or freshly baked pastries to die for.

Hotel 41's elegant suite. Photo courtesy of Red Carnation Hotels Hotel 41's elegant suite. Photo courtesy of Red Carnation Hotels Hotel 41's elegant suite. Photo courtesy of Red Carnation Hotels

Egerton House, London

Another five-star historical beauty, Egerton House is situated on a stately, tree-lined street in Knightsbridge, just a short stroll from Harrods. Each room and suite has been individually decorated in a style that takes you on a journey to a time when hospitality was held to a high standard indeed. Egerton House strives to surpass this standard with a dedication towards personalised, preemptive service.  

A charming guest room at Egerton House. Photo courtesy of Red Carnation Hotels A charming guest room at Egerton House. Photo courtesy of Red Carnation Hotels A charming guest room at Egerton House. Photo courtesy of Red Carnation Hotels

Rumour has it that Esley, the talented barman at the Egerton Bar, serves up the best Martini in London, and he is happy to share his expertise. Book into the popular Martini Masterclass and spend a delicious and enjoyable hour learning Esley’s secrets.

The infamous Esley of the Egerton Bar. Photo courtesy of Red Carnation Hotels The infamous Esley of the Egerton Bar. Photo courtesy of Red Carnation Hotels The infamous Esley of the Egerton Bar. Photo courtesy of Red Carnation Hotels

Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt, London

Once the home of the Vanderbilts themselves, this South Kensington hotel has retained its boutique charm and is studded with stunning frescos, stained glass windows, and gracious guest rooms.

Located a stone's throw from Gloucester Road tube station and within walking distance of London’s world-famous museums, this haven of old-world charm is a great pick for those who want to immerse themselves in the ambiance of vintage London town.

Scoff & Banter at the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Venderbuilt - serving up your favourite British cuisine Scoff & Banter at the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Venderbuilt - serving up your favourite British cuisine Scoff & Banter at the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Venderbuilt - serving up your favourite British cuisine

44 Curzon Street by Mansley, London

If you’re seeking the independence of a serviced apartment while discovering London, then the stylish rooms of 44 Curzon Street are for you. Set in the sophisticated streets of Mayfair, these beautifully appointed suites offer the perfect base for the luxury shopaholic, with Oxford Street and Bond Street within easy walking distance.

Take a stroll through iconic Green Park to view Buckingham Palace before returning to your stylish rooms – the subtly attentive service makes easy to tell that Mansley have been hosting discerning guests for over fifty years.

The varied views of the carefully curated hotel The varied views of the carefully curated hotel The varied views of the carefully curated hotel

The Langham, London

The Langham, London, opened its doors in 1865 and immediately charmed the elite of Victorian society with luxuries that surpassed even their lofty expectations.  A recent restoration ensures that this legendary hospitality continues throughout classic, sumptuous rooms and magnificent common areas.

Located in the midst of West End’s shopping and theatre hotspots, the Langham also boasts a range of exquisite dining options. Roux at the Landau is a marvelous, oval shaped restaurant, where father-son duo Albert and Michael Roux Jr bring their Michelin-starred legacy to the plates of lucky diners. 

The gorgeous Palm Court lays claim to being the birthplace of English afternoon tea, and although this fact may be debatable, the Wedgewood High Tea at the Langham, London is agreed by all to be among the best high teas in London. 

The Langham, London has been hosting royalty, dignitaries and celebrities for over 150 years The Langham, London has been hosting royalty, dignitaries and celebrities for over 150 years The Langham, London has been hosting royalty, dignitaries and celebrities for over 150 years

ME London

ME London is nestled in the heart of West End, surrounded by the theatres, restaurants and nightspots and just minutes from Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square.

World-famous architects Foster and Partners have ensured that each guest room is flawlessly chic, and all public spaces are a contemporary feast for the eyes, from the cathedral-shaped atrium to the sleek New York styling of STK London restaurant.

The crowning jewel on this masterpiece is the Radio Rooftop Bar, where you can drink in panoramic views of London Bridge, Trafalgar Square and St Paul’s Cathedral along with a more-ish cocktail from the creative menu.

Sunset from West End's ME London Sunset from West End's ME London Sunset from West End's ME London

Emma Lee

Emma is a travel writer and blogger living in Brisbane, Australia. She followed the snow around the world for many years, and still considers Lake Louise Ski Resort her happy place. Emma's other passion is food; a love that has led her down many sketchy looking alleys in Asia, South America and Europe.
CALL OUR FIRST & BUSINESS CLASS EXPERTS on 1300 038 785

Talk to a First & Business Class Expert

Your trip

1 Traveller
Experts in Business and First Class are ready to help.

Our consultants:

  • Specialise in First & Business Class Airfares
  • Are based in Australia
  • Will tailor itineraries to meet your needs
  • Will do the legwork to save your valuable time
  • Will treat you as VIP ensuring the highest level of service and priority

Your personal details

Phone:
Postcode:
Contact Preference:

By proceeding I agree to Flight Centre's Terms of Use and my personal information being handled in accordance with Flight Centre's Privacy Policy.