Planning a staycation in the city? Some of the best places to check into are the most stylish London hotels with a view.
A perfect way to spend time in our beloved capital, a stay at these London hotels with views is just the ticket to spring or summer bliss in the city.
As we all know, there's nothing worse than checking into a hotel for a luxurious weekend and finding that — upon opening the curtains — the view just doesn't live up to your expectations. Yes, it's about location, but for a really magical stay a view makes all the difference — and especially in a city like London.
That's why we think you'll appreciate our selection of London hotels that are all about the views. From the quirky and cool Treehouse Hotel to the utterly indulgent Corinthia, you'll adore waking up to the buzzing capital at these incredible hotels.
With a wide variety of extraordinary views on offer, from the majestic Houses of Parliament to the world-famous waters of the River Thames and the iconic greenery of Hyde Park, a mini-break in the capital just wouldn't be the same without a room with vistas that do the city justice.
So, if you want to carry on experiencing the city after your return to your hotel room, check out our pick of the best London hotels with a view better than a postcard.
Treehouse Hotel, Marylebone - London hotels with a view
This achingly-cool, eco-friendly hotel has endless views of London that it offers from its Madera Restaurant and Nest bar on the top floor.
The Treehouse Hotel's rooftop space has wooden and tiled floors, bamboo furniture and foliage - which hangs pleasingly from the ceiling - all bathed in natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows.
It’s the sort of place you visit for lunch and end up staying until late into the evening – which brings with it the possibility of capturing beautiful sunsets and staying the night in one of its rooms with a view.
London Marriott Hotel County Hall, South Bank - London hotels with a view
With front row seats to the London Eye, and the Thames beyond, the London Marriott Hotel County Hall is right in the heart of the action.
So, not only can you enjoy beautiful river views from your room, you can also hop on board the iconic wheel and enjoy spectacular vistas across the city, too. Or, enjoy a meander along the South Bank, heading towards the Tate Modern to take in an exhibition.
Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane, Mayfair - London hotels with a view
The perfect place to observe the four seasons? Well, it's the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane, of course. Overlooking two of London’s greatest parks, Hyde Park and Green Park, the two lungs of London are forever changing, so your view will look different from one stay to the next.
And if you can tear yourself away from the view, there's a spa and wellness centre offering a sauna and treatments.
The hotel’s Amaranto restaurant, lounge and bar serves an Italian-inspired menu - with in-room dining also possible in the comfort of your own private space.
Hotel Cafe Royal, Soho - London hotels with a view
Piccadilly Circus is, in many ways, the beating heart of London: a mecca of theatre with shops spanning out six ways and the famous billboards mesmerising tourists with their colourful adverts day-in, day-out.
So it's surprising perhaps that once through the revolving doors of Hotel Cafe Royal, you feel entirely at peace - not to mention privy to a rare view of the renowned junction from above.
Corinthia London, Westminster - London hotels with a view
With a slick underground spa, a restaurant headed up by Tom Kerridge and some of the most welcoming staff you'll find across London, the Corinthia proves it has more than just a glorious view to offer.From this five-star hotel, the London Eye glints at you from across the Thames, which gurgles past just on your doorstep, and some of London's most iconic landmarks can be seen beyond. Plus, the Corinthia has one of the most plush hotel lobbies we've ever seen.
The Tower A Guoman Hotel, Tower Bridge - London hotels with a view
Booking a London hotel with a view does not have to mean splashing out on the fanciest property in town. The endearing, four-star, Tower Hotel has earned itself a fabulous reputation and still boasts one of the best locations for those eager to soak up iconic landmarks from the comfort of their lodgings.
Head for the bar if you want to sip drinks and take in the stunning views of Tower Bridge and the Shard from this London hotel with a view.
Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, London Bridge - London hotels with a view
At 1,016 foot, the Shard towers over the city of London, always glinting in the sun, and those who stay at the Shangri-La Hotel here are privy to some of the most brilliant views available anywhere across the city.
All manner of world-famous London landmarks can be viewed from this hotel, which is located between floors 34 and 52 of the 95-storey architectural wonder - including Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral and more.
Sea Containers London, South Bank - London hotels with a view
Sea Containers London is the hip hotel conversion of the old Brutalist Sea Containers building on the South Bank. Its design now evokes the style of a 1920s ocean liner, with rooms and suites boasting a nautical chic theme and some really fabulous furniture and original art installations.
The views from the riverside rooms are memorable but the view from the rooftop bar and terrace is simply unforgettable.
ME London by Melia, Strand - London hotels with a view
Up on the tenth floor, the Radio Bar at ME London by Melia - a hit with city dwellers and visitors alike - boasts views across the river, and offers a front row seat to the ever-changing skies of London.
The terrace has sleek seating and floor-to-ceiling windows so that even a blustery day can be enjoyed from this vantage point.
Slick, modern rooms still retain a soothing feel, with views of the River Thames, rain showers and monochrome, metallic tones to enjoy at this city centre hotel.
The Chelsea Harbour Hotel, Fulham - London hotels with a view
Overlooking the quaint marina at Chelsea Harbour, the Chelsea Harbour Hotel is out of the bustle of central London and allows you to explore the beautiful, affluent central suburbs with ease.
Harbour view rooms are unsurprisingly the most sought-after, but everyone can soak up the location at the Chelsea Riverside Brasserie, which overlooks the water and has outside terrace seating.
An additional bonus is the size of the bedrooms here: they are unusually spacious, and furnished with sofa, coffee table, desk and broad sideboard for tea- and coffee-making.
Art’Hotel Battersea - London hotels with a view
With a view of the power station (now some of London’s finest real estate), Art’Hotel Battersea has a rooftop with incredible views of the iconic chimneys and beyond. The 16th-floor setting is only enhanced by a heated infinity pool and hot tub.
If you can drag yourself away from those views on the roof, there’s plenty more to look at in the hotel, including lots of artworks as the name hints at. There’s also a Venetian-style restaurant on the ground floor dispensing cicchetti, plus a restaurant with more 360-degree views of London.
The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, Chelsea - London hotels with a view
When you need a reminder that the capital isn’t just an urban jungle, head up to the aptly named Peak fitness club at the Carlton Tower Jumeirah, which was the highest building in London when it opened in 1961, to admire the surrounding greenery. It’s less lush at the indoor pool, which has curving windows framing the neighbouring buildings.
The Chelsea hotel is perfectly placed for trips to Sloane Street, Harrods and Harvey Nichols. The spa has recently joined forces with Tuscan brand Seed to Skin, which has a brilliant line of all-natural products made at its Italian-estate home, the 13th-century Borgo Santo Pietro.
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