There are countless five star hotels in London spread all across the city. But with so many options how do you choose where to stay? We’ve selected the three best luxury five star hotels in London, so you don’t have to. Elegantly appointed, boasting fantastic staff, and in an enviable location, any one of the luxury hotels featured in this post would be perfect for a luxury break in London.
The Milestone Hotel & Residences
Step back in time and immerse yourself in a world of resplendent elegance. From the moment you arrive at The Milestone Hotel & Residences it will be impossible not to be taken aback by the sheer magnificence of this 5* luxury property. Beautiful rich furnishings can be found everywhere you look, the quaint narrow hallways all complete with fresh flowers and marble flooring. Whilst rich fabrics, textures and upholstery add an extra touch of luxury. A stay at The Milestone is the quintessential British luxury hotel experience. The enviable location opposite Kensington Palace – home to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank – means you may even catch a glimpse of the young Royals.
More than just one property, the land the hotel resides on boasts an illustrious history. Back in 1689, the land was first occupied by Foot Onslow, a Commissioner of Excise under King William III of England. The property, as it stands today, came to be in the 1880s, and has been a hotel since the 1920s. The five-floor luxury hotel is named after the old cast-iron milestone standing outside and is comprised of three elegant Victorian townhouses. This rich history undoubtedly sets this luxury hotel apart. And the nods to the past can be found throughout The Milestone Hotel & Residences. The hotel’s intimate oratory, which used to be a private chapel, has been known to inspire marriage proposals and is the perfect place for a romantic dinner. The Stables bar which is now adorned with works of art and a monochrome colour scheme exists in the space that used to contain the carriage house and stables.
The deluxe rooms and luxury suites at the hotel evoke the feeling of an English country manor in the heart of London. Each guest room at The Milestone is a work of art – a grand statement of colour and style – adorned with fine fabrics, fresh flowers, antique furnishings, and rare artworks. No two rooms and suites are the same, with themes ranging from Venetian classicism to art deco design. Any of the 43 deluxe guest rooms, 13 luxury suites and long-stay residences would be perfect for a luxury holiday in London.
With original features showcasing its rich heritage, the hotel has a wealth of stories to tell. Hear them all by booking your stay at The Milestone today.
Rubens At The Palace
Newly renovated, the 5* Rubens at the Palace overlooks the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace. The histories of both historic properties are intrinsically linked, and this adds to the appeal of this spectacular 5* hotel. Perfect for international travellers seeking the ultimate British experience, the Rubens originally formed part of the grounds of the original Buckingham house. In 1761, however, King George III acquired the site as a family residence. It was not until 1912 that Rubens at the Palace, originally called Hotel Rubens, arrived. From the outset it was popular with debutantes, and high society all over the country.
Today, guests at the hotel can still see over the palace’s walls, with a perfect view of the Royal Mews. Housing and maintaining all the glorious carriages and horses (such as the famous Windsor Greys). Other delights include spying on the guardsmen as they prepare for their watch, during afternoon tea.
Following an extensive refurbishment, Rubens at The Palace features fully renovated accommodation. As you would expect in any luxury hotel, the rooms and suites are second to none. Each of the 163 rooms, suites and serviced apartments at Rubens at The Palace boast marble bathrooms, and personal touches that make each room individual and unique.
Downstairs, two elegant new restaurants await. The first restaurant of the two is the English Grill, boasting an open theatre-style kitchen, this brasserie-style restaurant serves delicious British cuisine. The second restaurant is The Curry Room, an authentic Indian dining restaurant, which specialises in authentic Indian cuisine created using the finest ingredients and aromatic spices imported from India. Did we mention the Leopard Bar? Serving an extensive selection of whiskies (over 200!) and 30 delicious champagnes, and a range of delicious cocktails, the Leopard Bar is the perfect place to spend an evening in the company of like-minded individuals as jazz music and swing plays in the background. The iconic Leopard Bars can be found in selected Red Carnation properties around the world – so you should make it your mission to discover them all!
With an incredibly convenient location, just moments away from the Victoria and Albert Museum, Harrods, and Hyde Park, the 5* Egerton Hotel, is an intimate townhouse renowned for its personalised service and homely feel. The 5* Egerton House Hotel is meticulously designed with traditional style and flair. Egerton Hotel is truly a home away from home, and every detail has been carefully curated to enhance the relaxed welcoming atmosphere. The cosy dining room and lounge is the perfect spot for delicious afternoon tea. On an evening, learn the art of making the perfect Martini at the lounge bar, led by experienced head barman Esley Gunaratne.
However, at this luxury London hotel, there are additional quirks and luxuries that only add to its unique charm. A stay here will take you back to a time when service, hospitality, and elegant accommodation were held in high esteem. Each of the 28 bedrooms and 4 studio suites are individually designed and beautifully appointed with the latest modern amenities. The range of luxurious fabrics, rich curtains and antique furniture have been lovingly selected to create the feeling of a home away from home.
Like The Milestone Hotel, and Rubens at the Palace, Egerton House also has a colourful history. The houses of Egerton Terrace first began to appear in the court guides in the early 1820s. In 1824 it was the home of Benjamin Jutsham, who for many years kept the library at Carlton House, the home of the King George IV. By about 1880 it was occupied by a Mrs Emma Formby who sold it on in 1889 to Reginald A. Coleridge, a classics’ tutor and a descendant of the poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge. From 1943 onwards until at least the mid-1980s both were occupied by the London Hostels Association, which provided affordable accommodation for visitors who travelled to London for the Queen’s Coronation, amongst other things! Most recently, in 2009 this five-star boutique hotel was voted ‘London’s Most Excellent Hotel’ by Conde Nast Johansens.
For the quintessential British experience, full of excellent British hospitality, in a home away from home, Egerton House is the perfect choice.
One thing all three of these hotels have in common is that they are part of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection. This family owned collection of luxury 4* and 5* hotels has an outstanding reputation for spectacular hotels that are above and beyond the ordinary, with thoughtful service and generous hospitality. With a range of luxury hotels in London, the UK, and around the world, contact our travel experts to experience the exceptional by booking your stay at a Red Carnation Hotel.
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