Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, Knightsbridge
Stay here, and the three greats of Knightsbridge—Hyde Park, Harrods, and Harvey Nichols—are on your doorstep. (photo, right)
The Portobello, Notting Hill
One of London’s most famous hotels, the little Portobello is seriously hip, attracting as many celebrities as ordinary folk, and garnering a stellar reputation in the process.
Miller’s Residence, Notting Hill
Run by Martin Miller of Miller’s Antique Price Guides fame, this town house serves as his home, gallery, and B&B.
Portobello Gold, Notting Hill
Larger parties scramble to reserve this no-frills B&B’s lone split-level apartment with roof terrace, small kitchen, and soothing aquariuma
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Arosfa Hotel, Bloomsbury
The friendly owners set this B&B apart from the Gower Street hotel pack—that, and the fact that this was once the home of pre-Raphaelite painter Sir John Everett Millais.
One Aldwych, Covent Garden
Flawlessly designed inside an Edwardian building, One Aldwych is coolly eclectic, with an artsy lobby, feather duvets, Italian linen sheets, and quirky touches. (photo, right)
St. Margaret’s, Bloomsbury
A popular hotel near the British Museum and on a street full of budget hotels, St. Margaret’s has well-lighted rooms with high ceilings in a Georgian-era building.
The Lanesborough, Belgravia
Royally proportioned public rooms distinguish this multimillion-pound, American-run conversion of St. George’s Hospital.
The Dorchester, Mayfair
Few hotels this opulent manage to be quite so charming. The glamour level is off the scale: 1,500 square yards of gold leaf and 1,100 square yards of marble.
Covent Garden Hotel, Covent Garden
In the midst of boisterous Covent Garden, this hotel is now the London home-away-from-home for a mélange of off-duty celebrities, actors, and style mavens.
Zetter Rooms, Holborn
The dizzying five-story atrium, art deco staircase, and slick restaurant are your first indications of what to expect at this converted warehouse: a breath of fresh air (and a little space) in London’s mostly Victorian hotel scene. (photo, right)
Soho Hotel, Soho
This redbrick, loftlike building opened its doors in 2004, making it the first upscale hotel in gritty Soho.
Premier Travel Inn County Hall, South Bank
There’s nothing fancy about this cookie cutter chain hotel, but for families on a budget the rates are just right. Most rooms have foldout beds that can accommodate up to two kids at no extra charge.