PRINT PREVIEW
send to printer

Concierge.com

Wedding of Heather and Mike, London England

Wedding of Heather and Mike, London England

By hleigh10
Destinations: 
England,
Europe,
London

No Description Available.

ITEMS

$300-$399
ALT HERE

Hotel

The Egerton House Hotel, England

17–19 Egerton Terrace
London, England
Tel: 44 20 758 92412
Email: infoEG@rchmail.com
Website: www.egertonhousehotel.com

$400 or more
ALT HERE

Hotel

Renaissance London Chancery Court Hotel, England

252 High Holborn
London WC1V 7EN, England
Tel: 44 207 829 9888, Fax: 44 207 829 9889
Website: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/loncc

$400 or more
ALT HERE

Hotel

Milestone Hotel, England

1 Kensington Court
London W8 5DL, England
Tel: 44 207 917 1000
Email: bookms@rchmail.com
Website: www.milestonehotel.com

$200-$299
Editor's Pick
ALT HERE

Hotel

Number Sixteen, England

16 Sumner Place
London, England
Tel: 44 207 589 5232
Email: sixteen@firmdale.com
Website: www.firmdalehotels.com

This exquisite little hotel would not normally qualify for the "Budget" designation, but it's a relative term in London at the best of times, and as budget splurges go, this is tops. Sister to the Soho and the Covent Garden, the 42-bedroom white stucco Victorian town house has benefited from just as much of genius designer Kit Kemp's attention; hence the cool, contemporary chocolate and cream stripes in the bedrooms, plus a suite of glamorous drawing rooms with well-stocked honor bars just as at the pricier siblings. This one lacks a gym, a screening room, and a restaurant, though there is 24-hour room service and afternoon tea. It's true, there isn't room to swing a kitten in some of these rooms, but sweet views from the sash windows over the quiet residential street—which is one convenient minute from the South Kensington tube station—or over the backyards and rooftops make up for that, and you can sit out in the perfect little enclosed garden with a koi pond and a conservatory.

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
ALT HERE

Hotel

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, England

66 Knightsbridge
London, England
Tel: 44 207 235 2000
Email: molon-reservations@mohg.com
Website: www.mandarinoriental.com/london/

The expanding Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is bringing out the best in this Edwardian pile, which now has the amenities to match its splendid location—opposite Knightsbridge Tube station with the park on one side and the favorite store of fashion obsessives, Harvey Nichols, on the other. In the glam Adam Tihany–designed bar, backlit bottles masquerade as stained glass, and the restaurant, Foliage, is one of the city's foodie hits. Downstairs, there's a big, good gym, and one of the best spas (by ESPA) in London. Decor in the 197 rooms is pitched firmly in the traditional camp, in beiges, golds, and maroons, with swagged curtains, button-back wing chairs, and a pinch of orientalism—there are lacquered and bamboo bits and pieces where the chintz should be. Unless you're a shopaholic who needs to gaze continuously on Harvey Nic's, the Hyde Park rooms are the best, with nothing but trees to look at—until the Horse Guards picturesquely parade past for their morning exercise. Service is notably attentive, with a separate guest-room manager assigned to each floor.

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
ALT HERE

Hotel

Haymarket Hotel, England

1 Suffolk Place
London SW1Y 4BP, England
Tel: 44 20 7470 4000
Email: haymarket@firmdale.com
Website: www.firmdale.com/index.php?page_id=8

If style is high on your list of priorities, then look no further than the Haymarket. This 50-room hotel in a landmark building by John Nash, the architect behind most of Regency London, oozes panache with a dash of quirkiness. But that's only to be expected from dynamic husband-and-wife team Tim and Kit Kemp, whose Firmdale Hotels group includes the Soho Hotel, the Covent Garden, and Number Sixteen. From the lobby—where visitors are greeted by a towering stainless-steel sculpture by Tony Cragg and London landscapes by John Virtue—to the bold lighting and gilded columns around the 55-foot swimming pool, every room packs a punch. The bar and restaurant faces London's buzzy Haymarket neighborhood with its theaters and clubs and is a good spot for people-watching. The rooms and suites have painted antique furniture, French windows reminiscent of a Parisian apartment, and understated vases of country flowers. Muted shades serve as a background to a bold stripe or floral pattern in pink, turquoise, or yellow. The luxurious bathrooms are designed in granite, oak, and glass and have flat-screen TVs for tub viewing. Bag a room on the first floor, where there's a wooden-decked terrace overlooking an enormous skylight into a beautiful conservatory, with a large painting of a forest by Paul Winstanley.

$199 or less
Editor's Pick
ALT HERE

Hotel

The Hoxton, England

81 Great Eastern Street
London, England
Tel: 44 20 7550 1000
Email: info@thehox.co.uk
Website: www.hoxtonhotels.com

For those who thrive on Hoxton's galleries, garment wholesalers, hip clubs, and swank bar-restos (and can handle blighted, traffic-heavy Great Eastern Street), this is a second home. Wood fires blaze at either end of the glass-fronted, bare-brick-walled, polished-concrete-floored lobby. A flock of papier mâché bird lights hovers overhead. A ruckus spills from Hoxton Grille, the groovy brasserie. Under the glass check-in desk is a small snack shop. This lodge is, in short, for the young. Compact though they are, the 205 rooms are a nice surprise, with Frette sheets and duck-down duvets, flat-screen TVs, AC, and Wi-Fi. Fridges are stocked with free milk and mineral water, and the coffeemakers are for use with the banana, OJ, and yogurt delivered in a brown bag every morning. Bathrooms have showers, Pears soap, and lots of white towels. A sign says: “Hotels ask you to reuse your towels to save the environment (their money more like). So why don't they give you enough room to hang them up (we do). P.S. It's good to save the planet”: Urban Lodge in a nutshell. It's all the brainchild of a Pret à Manger sandwich shop cofounder, Sinclair Beecham, and he plans more. The further ahead you book—via the website—the lower the room rate goes.

$200-$299
ALT HERE

Hotel

Guesthouse West, England

163-165 Westbourne Grove
London, England
Tel: 44 207 792 9800
Website: www.guesthousewest.com

$200-$299
ALT HERE

Hotel

Grosvenor House, England

Park Lane
London W1K7TN, England
Tel: 44 207 499 6363
Website: www.londongrosvenorhouse.co.uk

$200-$299
Editor's Pick
ALT HERE

Hotel

Dean Street Townhouse, England

69–71 Dean Street, Soho
London W1D 3SE, England
Tel: 44 207 434 1775
Email: info@deanstreettownhouse.com
Website: www.deanstreettownhouse.com/

Dean Street Townhouse, which opened its doors in November 2009, is a four-story hotel housed in two connecting Georgian buildings in buzzing Soho. The property's 39 guest rooms are wood-paneled and/or wallpapered in hand-painted florals, with pretty shuttered windows and super-soft carpets. The decor is traditional—many of the huge, pillow-strewn beds are four-poster, and there are period-style taps in the black-and-white–tiled bathrooms (some of the larger bedrooms also have roll top tubs). For those looking for a hip and central bolt-hole on a budget, Dean Street's "Tiny" rooms are a bargain, with the same attractive decor as the larger rooms (opt for the cute room 6, up a winding spiral staircase, decorated in shades of blue). If you are staying for a while, book larger rooms 32, 15, or 10. The hotel's excellent brasserie-style restaurant (with banker's lamps at the bar, red leather banquettes and cheeky Brit art on the walls by the likes of Peter Blake and Tracey Emin) serves updated British staples like roast chicken with sage and onion stuffing and luscious treacle pudding. There's also a laid-back parlor with rich wine wallpaper and comfy armchairs—it's no surprise that this place is owned and run by the same people as Soho House.—Giovanna Dunmall

$300-$399
Editor's Pick
ALT HERE

Hotel

Covent Garden Hotel, England

10 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden
London WC2H 9HB, England
Tel: 44 20 7806 1000
Email: covent@firmdale.com
Website: www.firmdale.com

There are two types of luxury hotel in London: Grand old hotels like Claridge's and the Dorchester make bold gestures, lavishing posh bars, celebrity-designed rooms, and liveried doormen on guests. Then there's the quiet, intimate luxury of the Covent Garden Hotel, a 58-room bolt-hole in the West End, whose only extravagance is its uncanny grasp of what its guests want: to be left at peace and in great comfort. The flagship of the stylish Firmdale Group of hotels, the Covent Garden has a more traditional demeanor than its contemporary cousins the Soho Hotel and the Haymarket, but the English country decor never feels stuffy. The lobby is understated, offering only a smattering of seats; instead, there's a good all-day brasserie and, upstairs, a cozy "drawing room" where guests can have tea, read the newspaper, or entertain friends in a setting of plush sofas, fireplaces, and an honesty bar. With the exception of the least-expensive category (queen rooms, which are only 118 square feet; the next category up is 205 square feet), rooms are large and extraordinarily comfortable, each individually designed with brightly patterned textiles and wall coverings, original artwork, and a mix of traditional and contemporary furniture. There's also a well-edited minibar, flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi, and a large marble bathroom with dual sinks, a tub, and a shower stall with terrific water pressure. Huge windows overlook the street (either Monmouth Street or Shaftsbury Avenue), providing plenty of daylight and, despite soundproofed windows, a not insignificant amount of hubbub. Well, you're in the city, after all—and a damn near perfect location at that, with theater, shopping, restaurants, and nightlife just out the door.—Peter J. Frank

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
ALT HERE

Hotel

Claridge's, England

Brook Street
London, England
Tel: 44 207 629 8860
Email: info@claridges.co.uk
Website: www.claridges.co.uk

Claridge's hotel is a 203-room Victorian classic with a number of high-profile collaborations under its belt. Most recently, it's been cozying up to fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, who in June 2010 enlivened five of the hotel's rooms and suites with her signature bold florals and animal prints. Previously, NYC über-decorator Thierry Despont created the Deco foyer with its giant Murano glass Medusa head chandelier; London über-decorator David Collins did the rock-and-fashion–hangout cocktail bar with its adjunct Macanudo Fumoir; and the Queen's nephew, David Linley, designed two suites (one Art Deco; one traditional late 19th-century). The other rooms are Mae West meets Louis XV, with Hollywood brocades and straight-up English country chintz, or wood-paneled-and-tartan Scottish castle, their formality softened by a faint but distinct aura of decadence. There's also Gordon Ramsay restaurant, a La Prairie spa-ette, and a ton of extra services on request—because hip as it may be (Kate Moss celebrated her 30th birthday here), Claridge's remains one of this city's exemplary grand hotels.

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
ALT HERE

Hotel

Brown's Hotel, England

Albemarle Street
London, England
Tel: 44 207 493 6020
Website: www.brownshotel.com

This genteel hotel, established in 1837 by Lord Byron's valet and then bought by James Ford, is famous for hosting the first-ever phone call, when Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated his invention, and for being Mowgli's birthplace—Kipling wrote The Jungle Book here. Reopened in December 2005 after a $30 million–plus overhaul, its future is now as bright as its past. Credit Sir Rocco Forte, whose generally divine group of luxury properties benefits from his designer sister Olga Polizzi's eye. Though choice fittings like oak paneling, stained glass, and gilt mirrors have been preserved, the musty Victoriana has disappeared. The 117 guest rooms are handsome in shades of tobacco, wine, and cream (this always was a gentleman's retreat), with clean-lined custom furniture and some mid–20th-century vintage pieces. The Donovan Bar—riffing off Berlin's Helmut Newton Bar—has Brit photographer Terence Donovan's work on the walls and a leather bar by Bill Amberg. Even the Grill has gone contemporary, dropping its stuffy dress code, but still offering a daily roast. A gym and spa (now open to nonresidents) are there to work off scones from the famous Brown's tea. That's progress.

$200-$299
Editor's Pick
ALT HERE

Hotel

Boundary, England

2–4 Boundary Street
London E2 7JE, England
Tel: 44 20 7729 1051
Email: info@theboundary.co.uk
Website: www.theboundary.co.uk

Terence Conran's Boundary hotel follows hot on the heels of a slew of bars, galleries, and private members' clubs that have settled into the painfully cool Shoreditch neighborhood in east London. This Victorian red-brick warehouse has been transformed into 12 stylish rooms and five suites as well as an eponymous subterranean bar and restaurant serving classic British and French dishes; an upscale version of a typical English "caff" called Albion, offering fish and chips, pies, and puddings; and a rooftop terrace with an open fireplace for those hardy enough to brave the British climate. Boundary's lodgings strike an excellent balance between top-line design and homey city chic. Each room is inspired by a great designer, complete with signature pieces such as the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman or David Tang's near-psychedelic chinoiserie (his suite will have you either basking in Oriental reverie or climbing the walls, depending on your aesthetics). Choose from Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand, Bauhaus, and, of course, Conran himself. The rooms are surprisingly spacious for an urban hotel (from 334 to 393 square feet), while the duplex suites are positively palatial (from 470 to 662 square feet). We suggest an upgrade to any of the corner rooms, which have no less than six sash windows and are well worth the extra 30 quid ($50). No-nonsense details like discounts for Sunday nights and long stays, free Wi-Fi, eco-friendly climate control, and underfloor heating in the bathrooms push the envelope, making Boundary a most appealing alternative high-ender for style-conscious travelers focused on visiting the galleries, bars, and shops of Shoreditch—or for those who have appointments in the City but can't bear the idea of staying somewhere business-boring.—Vanessa Able

$200-$299
Editor's Pick
ALT HERE

Hotel

Bermondsey Square Hotel, England

Bermondsey Square, Tower Bridge Road
London SE1 3UN, England
Tel: 44 870 111 2525, Fax: 44 870 111 2526
Website: www.bermondseysquarehotel.co.uk

Comfy, funky, affordable, and cool, the Bermondsey Square Hotel is yet another sign of encroaching trendiness in the up-and-coming Bermondsey neighborhood south of the Thames. The hotel's design aesthetic is winkingly Pop-mod, with 1960s references showing up everywhere: plastic bubble chairs in the lobby, suites named for popular Beatles-era songs, and a buzzing restaurant called Alfie's Bar and Kitchen after the cult 1966 Michael Caine film. Retro influences aside, the hotel's 80 rooms offer forward-thinking amenities, including Apple televisions, free Wi-Fi, seriously plush Mattison beds, and luxe bathrooms with rain showers. Be sure to request a room far from the elevators, which can be distinctly audible when the hotel is busy. Or spring for one of the four loft suites with terraces overlooking the London cityscape (one even boasts a private outdoor hot tub); they are surprising affordable at about $340 per night. Bermondsey's increasingly hip zone of shops, restaurants, and pubs compensates for the hotel's being a bit out of the way (the West End is a 15-minute Tube ride), and the Southbank Centre and Globe Theatre are within a comfortable walk. Make sure to hit Alfie's for a seafood, cheese, or savory-pie "board," sourced at nearby Borough Market and ideal for an afternoon bite with a cocktail or coffee. Weekends, one of the city's largest flea markets moves into the square right outside the hotel for your browsing pleasure.—Siobhan Adcock

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
ALT HERE

Hotel

The Berkeley, England

Wilton Place, Knightsbridge
London SW1X 7RL, England
Tel: 44 20 7235 6000
Email: reservations@the-berkeley.co.uk
Website: www.the-berkeley.com

The Berkeley's Knightsbridge location—home to Harrods, Harvey Nichols, and every luxury brand known to man or woman—has firmly established it as one of the most fashionable hotel addresses in London. The 214 rooms (60 of them suites) were each inspired by a top designer; for example, the Chelsea Suite, with a decor of mahogany wood and deep browns, tips its hat to David Collins. A recent refurb by interior designer Helen Green has leant a dramatic air to some of the rooms, with dark reds, monochrome, and objets d'art, while others are traditional with a modern twist, in shades of green and silver paired with mahogany and crystal-patterned mirrors. The top and second floors have terraces and balconies overlooking a church rather than bustling Knightsbridge. Our favorites include room 415, for its exquisite green color scheme and traditional hand-crafted English furniture; and room 110 for its spacious balcony (fresh air for a fraction of the price of a terrace suite). The accommodations vary in size: Rooms start at 264 square feet, and suites start at 431square feet. Other winning touches are the top-floor pool—it has a retractable roof that opens in fine weather—with stunning views across Hyde Park and beyond; two famed chefs in eponymous restaurants (Marcus Wareing and Pierre Koffmann); and the Blue Bar, with its "Lutyens blue" palette (a lavender shade) by designer David Collins. And while we concede it's a mere fashionista gimmick, we love the Prêt-à-Portea, a chic high tea service that includes tiny cookies and sweets intricately decorated to resemble designer pieces, such as a Louboutin stiletto.

$200-$299
ALT HERE

Hotel

Base2Stay, England

25 Courtfield Gardens
London, England
Tel: 44 20 7244 2255
Website: base2stay.com

$200-$299
Editor's Pick
ALT HERE

Hotel

B+B Belgravia, England

64–66 Ebury Street
London, England
Tel: 44 207 259 8570
Email: info@bb-belgravia.com
Website: www.bb-belgravia.com

The cost of real estate in this upmarket neighborhood doesn't bear thinking about, but at B+B Belgravia—a duo of Georgian townhouses on a residential street—you could convince yourself that you're at home, and a fine one at that. Belgravia's 21st-century makeover of the bed-and-breakfast concept stripped away chintzy assaults on lodgers' senses—and that uneasy feeling of being charged to stay in some old lady's spare room—in favor of the most minimal of decor. A small lounge area, with checkered floor, black leather sofas, and white chairs, has a flat-screen TV and a complimentary-coffee machine that whips up a passable latte. Breakfast is cooked-to-order in an open kitchen, adding a touch of domesticity. The 17 guest rooms are done in shades of mushroom, cream, and white, with flat-screen TVs and free Internet access. Attic rooms don't have the tall floor-to-ceiling windows of the ground floor, but they do have a cottage-like look and lovely views. It's quieter up there, too—light sleepers on the lower floors should request the rear suites, as the hotel is situated on a sometimes bustling street.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.