Wonderfully old-fashioned Durrants is awash in old-English good taste and sits on a quiet corner, not far from the Wallace Collection, within premises that have served as a hotel since the late 18th century. Oxford Street and the smaller, posher boutiques of Marylebone High Street are just outside the door, so you could hardly be better placed for shopping. Inside, the public areas are all wood paneling, leather armchairs, and patterned carpets, and guest quarters are genteel. Bedrooms at the back of the hotel are smaller than those at the front, but they are also quieter and air-conditioned. Check online for enticing last minute discounts.