Luxury and London are like wine and cheese: they go together perfectly, and you can never have too much of either! We will London’s most luxurious hotels.
We’ve found 6 hotels that will make your mother feel like a million dollars on Mother’s Day, from incredible interiors to modern spas and fresh-from-the-oven scones served over exquisite Afternoon Tea.
The newly opened Mondrian London is ideal for those who appreciate contemporary design. It is part of the Morgans group and is located in the former Sea Containers House, which has a prime location overlooking the Thames. The entire hotel has a maritime theme, with a massive copper check-in desk, a wall that looks like a ship’s hull, and a submarine suspended from the restaurant’s ceiling.
The interiors were designed by renowned British designer Tom Dixon and his team, and meticulous attention to detail was paid to each and every detail. The Rumpus Room, a fantastic rooftop bar and outdoor terrace, is a must-see.
St James’s Hotel and Club is quintessentially British, and it’s in a fantastic location, right next to Green Park on a quiet street. It’s an opulent private members’ club and hotel with 60 rooms and suites that has hosted celebrities and diplomats. During the 1930s, Sir Winston Churchill frequented the Club, and it was briefly the home of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, during WWII.
We had a fantastic lunch at William Drabble, the hotel’s comfortable restaurant, which has a Michelin star. There are stunning artworks all over the hotel, but don’t miss the two mysterious portraits of twin brothers in the hallway (though some say it’s the same man painted twice). You may never want to leave because the staff is so friendly and this place is such a hidden gem.
Mum’s the word
This hotel is ideal for you and your mother if you enjoy a sense of mystery in your accommodations, with hidden rooms and alcoves just waiting to be discovered. Many of the interiors were inspired by Batty’s handbooks. Batty Langleys is named after an influential Georgian designer and architect. The hotel has the feel of a private member’s club, with guests entering through a doorbell and being greeted by antique furniture and a lush interior.
One of the hotel’s luxurious suites even has a hidden bathroom tucked away behind a bookshelf, providing the perfect respite for tired tourists in need of some pampering. While modern conveniences such as flatscreen TVs are still present, they are carefully hidden behind ornate bespoke cabinets. Three of the suites have rooftop terraces with spectacular views of Spitalfields.
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The world and it’s mum
The opening of the Beaumount in 2014 was one of the most eagerly anticipated hotel openings in years. It’s the first hotel from renowned restaurateurs Corbin & King, the men behind The Wolseley and The Delaunay, and it’s conveniently located just off Oxford Street. The Beaumont, which has an Art Deco vibe with some modern touches, has a stunning restaurant, the Colony Grill Room, as well as a glamorous American bar.
A giant artwork figure created by Turner Prize-winning sculptor Anthony Gormley is also incorporated into the façade. This ROOM sculpture, which is surprisingly spacious inside and beautifully decorated with oak and marble, can actually be used as a sleeping space.
Like mother, like daughter
The Corinthia London, the group’s flagship property, is one of my favorite London hotels. A wonderful place to spend a spa weekend with your mother or to dine in the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant. It has been sympathetically restored to retain and enhance its original features, dating from 1885 and previously used as government offices. In the lobby, there is an incredible Baccarat crystal sculpture with a single red heart in the center.
The Musician’s Penthouse is a true show-stopper, with a Steinway piano in the lounge and a panoramic roof terrace with views of the London Eye, the Thames, and St Paul’s Cathedral. The average size of each guestroom is 45 square meters, and the ESPA Life spa spans four floors.
The Grand Dame
On High Holborn, the Rosewood London is housed in a beautiful Edwardian building. There are 262 comfortable rooms and 44 suites within the Grade II façade. When you arrive at the hotel, you’ll notice quirky touches like a bike parked outside and a weekend Slow Food and Living Market in the courtyard.
The design successfully combines the old and the new, with Tony Chi’s impressive interiors. My husband surprised me with a visit here for their rose-themed afternoon tea on Valentine’s Day, and it was a real treat! If you’re a whiskey connoisseur, Scarfes Bar’s clubby ambiance and 200 single malt whiskeys will appeal to you.