Wayfarer TV: Top London boutique and luxury hotels

by James Wilkinson

London is home to some top-notch boutique and luxury hotels, found in modern skyscrapers, classic buildings and quaint townhouses.

WAYFARER looks at several of the best for business travellers right now from Kensington to Shoreditch.



Wayfarer TV Host and Editor-In-Chief James Wilkinson looks at some of the best hotels in London in the video above

For a real London townhouse experience, stay at Number Sixteen in South Kensington, which features 41 rooms, alongside a courtyard restaurant called The Orangery that’s one of the picturesque in the city.

Number Sixteen is part of the Firmdale Hotels collection and each room has been individually designed by owner Kit Kemp in her fresh, modern English style.

Number Sixteen in London offers a brilliant townhouse-style stay

Another Firmdale Hotel to book a room at is the Soho Hotel, a property tucked away in one of the city’s most vibrant neighbourhoods that’s well known for its eclectic nightlife and great restaurants.

The Soho Hotel features 96 rooms and suites all individually designed by Kit Kemp, alongside one of the neighbourhood’s top eateries, called Refuel Bar and Restaurant.

The Soho Hotel has a top location in London’s West End

Down the street and close to Trafalgar Square is the uber-cool St Martins Lane Hotel, which was designed by one of the hotel industry’s most eclectic designers, Philippe Starck, and originally opened by the enigmatic Ian Schrager.

At St Martin’s Lane you’ll find 204 rooms and suites, as well as the brilliant Asia De Cuba restaurant off the lobby, which serves up a fusion of Asian and Cuban cuisines.

Designer luxury: St Martins Lane Hotel in London

And if you can find it, there’s also a hidden bar in the lobby called Blind Spot, which on Monday nights is dedicated to the brilliant Manhattan cocktail.

Over in Shoreditch, the team behind the stylish and fun Gansevoort Hotels chain from New York have opened a property called The Curtain.

Here, you’ll find 120 impeccably designed rooms and suites, some with wrap-around balconies.

The Curtain Hotel has one of the only rooftop pools in London

There’s a rooftop pool and brasserie with great views of the neighbourhood, while downstairs is the London outpost of famed Harlem eatery Red Rooster, which on Sundays plays host to the best brunches in town featuring the Gospel House Choir in an experience not to be missed.

In Knightsbridge, the Jumeirah Carlton Tower is popular for business travellers thanks to its location on Sloane Street, which is a 30-minute drive from Heathrow.

It’s also popular for its 270 spacious rooms and suites, alongside a brilliant health club, pool and spa, as well as the food and drinks on offer at The Rib Room restaurant.

Here you’ll find some great regular specials, including a true power lunch where if you don’t two courses in 60 minutes its free. You’ll also find a Royal Roast Sunday lunch, which features beef from Donald Russell, a royal warrant holder and supplier to Her Majesty The Queen.

Luxurious: inside the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge

At The Marylebone Hotel, which is fast becoming one of the most sought-after hotels in West London, you’ll find some of the city’s most spectacular suites.

Atop the stylish hotel are the London Suites, which come complete with retractable roofs, outdoor fireplaces, open-plan lounge and dining areas, comfortable beds, marble bathrooms and fantastic views of the city.

Find brilliant rooftop suites at the Marylebone Hotel

The Marlybone Hotel also features 108 Brasserie, where you will find great modern British cuisine morning, noon and night.

Right around the corner from Paddington Station is a great bang-for-buck hotel in London called The Pilgrm.

The Pilgrm is a great bang-for-buck hotel in London

Here, the rooms might be small, but they are spacious and they are some of the most well designed compact rooms we have seen for some time.

The hotel also features a cool restaurant and bar that serves up cocktails in collaboration with some of the world’s best bartenders, alongside the best coffee in Paddington.

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