Chelsea, London, England
This 35-room combo of Edwardian townhouses is warm and intimate with a country home feel, and in a great location for exclusive West End shopping. From the quaint -- but glamorous -- library, with a cozy fireplace and antique furniture, to the gorgeous rooms, complete with rich curtains and crystal chandeliers, it has an upscale, traditional vibe that is quintessentially British.
With wonderful boutique perks such as the free English afternoon tea (guests at other hotels will have to pay at least a £15 premium to enjoy such a tradition), free pre-dinner champagne, and free hot chocolate before bed, it's hard to find much at the Draycott to complain about.
Soho, London, England
The Sanderson is an edgy hotel with original and extravagant design by Philippe Starck. Innovative rooms feature a mostly all-white color palette designed without interior walls. There is an emphasis here on texture, seen in the layers of sheer curtains that divide different areas of the room. Design touches include carpets with Voltaire's handwriting and luxurious bathrooms, some with separate walk-in showers and freestanding soaking tubs. But they're not as over-the-top as the lobby, which features a lips-shaped sofa.
There are many hotel highlights beyond the rooms, including an all-white tranquil spa with 14 treatment rooms and meditation beds. A contemporary fitness room has individual TVs at cardio machines, and a billiard room features 1950s stained glass. The restaurant, Suka, serves Malaysian food, and a Mad Hatter's themed afternoon tea is served in the striking courtyard.
The Milestone Hotel
Kensington, London, England
Old meets new
The Milestone is perhaps the most famous boutique hotel in London, and certainly lives up to its expectations, with exquisitely designed rooms and exceptional service. Old meets new in the hotel's decor, particularly in the conservatory. Animal-print pillows and a funky black-and-white scheme adds a pack of punch to the otherwise traditional room, featuring leather chairs and elegant light fixtures.
The service is where the hotel really shines, as each member of staff is superbly trained, which helps ensure guests get the first-rate luxury experience for which The Milestone is known. With ample boutique perks on top of that, and a convenient location for London's most exclusive shopping, it's difficult to find something wrong with this hotel -- just expect to pay a high price for all these luxuries.
The Lanesborough, a St. Regis Hotel
Knightsbridge, London, England
The Lanesborough, a St. Regis Hotel, is a luxurious property overlooking Hyde Park in Knightsbridge. The 93 rooms have palatial bathrooms, big flat-screen TVs, and free butler service. Stately decor -- gorgeous and over-the-top -- is inspired by the early 19th century, and free Wi-Fi and laptops are available in every room.
Some rooms have great views of Hyde Park. Hotel highlights include fine dining at the Michelin-rated restaurant Apsleys, a ground floor piano bar, and traditional afternoon tea. An excellent staff, luxurious touches, and exclusive location on the busiest corner of Hyde Park make the Lanesborough a great luxury pick.
Bloomsbury, London, England
Bright and bold
The 100-room Ambassadors Bloomsbury is located in the historic literary heart of London. Beyond the convenient location near tube stations, this hotel also offers bright rooms with crisp white linens and flat-screen TVs. Bathrooms are sleek and modern -- guests can choose between wet rooms or larger bathrooms with tubs -- and the stylish lobby offers free apples and filtered water.
Number Twelve is the popular on-site bar and restaurant, serving three delicious meals a day along with traditional afternoon tea. This hotel offers good value for the location, especially with free Wi-Fi and a small fitness center.
London has plenty to offer — Big Ben (the Elizabeth Tower), tea time, and plenty of fabulous hotels to boot. Naturally, most luxury properties in the Old Smoke boast attractive rooms and elegant lobbies, but some go above and beyond with chic looks exuding a certain glamour. Check out Oyster.com's picks for the top five high-style London hotels.