May Paris officially It could be Europe’s most star-studded city, but there are some serious romantic hotels in London too.
The capital has it all for couples, whether you want shows at the top of the London Eye, a great Italian dinner in a secret garden (Clos Maggiore), shopping at Seven Dials, a wild swim at Hampstead Heath or a relaxing stroll through one of the many parks Property.
Romantic hotels in London
At Standard in King’s Cross, some rooms have bathtubs outside on the terrace – and a move to Decimo’s upstairs in the red pill-shaped elevator would be a dreamy start to date night.
Meanwhile, Leicester Square’s most luxurious new space, Londoner, has an underground spa, whiskey bar and floor-to-ceiling windows in the rooms for romantic skyline views.
And for romance with added history, look no further than Batty Langley’s, a lavish Spitalfields stay in a Georgian home – or discover one of the city’s most magical views from the riverfront Sea Containers, which is also home to a superlative spa.
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This much talked about access to the London hotel scene broadens the term “boutique” a bit (there are 350 rooms), but there are plenty of intimate guest-only spaces, right in the middle of Leicester Square. These include a drawing room and a dedicated whiskey room, as well as a library stocked with Assouline books and board games.
At London’s Underground Spa, cabanas line the poolside for post-treatment enjoyment, as with Refuel – not a café, but a superlative F&B clinic that – if you’re not already feeling great – will ensure optimum well-being. And if that sounds too healthy, head to a rooftop izakaya (Japanese pub) for a few things around the fire pit.
Just a few steps off Oxford Street, the London Edition is best known for its Jason Atherton restaurant, Berners Tavern – which packs more paintings onto its walls than is necessary (but looks great) and couldn’t be farther from your regular pub (there are elaborately) ceilings and ornate chandeliers, for starters). Even the lobby is a private place to sit, with its metallic junk hanging from the ceiling and cozy velvet sofas and a fireplace.
Stay in the lobby and enjoy a game of snooker before cocktails (and, of course, a scoop of punches) in the contemporary-style Punch Room – then retreat to your elegant mostly wood suite.
Batty Langley’s is one of the city’s most picturesque hotels, located just outside the old city walls of London. Named after the publisher of the pamphlets that helped people plan their homes and gardens “the Grand Taste” in the 18th century, the hotel has followed suit with four-poster beds, heavy curtains, and antique wardrobes.
Outside among cobbled streets and Georgian buildings, there are some of the capital’s best bars, restaurants, and markets. For guests who want to continue to take their Georgian presence seriously, hop off Folgate Street to Dennis Sievers’ home, which is set up to showcase exactly what life would have been like for a family of silk weavers in Spitalfields.
This comfortable Fitzrovia accommodation is ideally located for trips to Soho, Oxford Street and the whole of the West End. Mandrake’s Jurema Restaurant has a South American terrace to share places with live soundtrack. If that doesn’t make you feel good, select the cabana hidden in the garden for cocktails and private dining, or consult the Spiritual Wellbeing Concierge, who is on hand to organize everything from shamanic rituals and sound healing to energy cleansing and ceremonies involving cocoa.
Guests can take part in crystal singing bowl meditations and gong baths, too. It is also suitable for art lovers, since there is an artist in the house alternately. Adding to the overall good vibes are the three-story flower walls.
The Standard London
King’s Cross’ coolest title The Standard restored Brutal Council building when it opened in 2020. For all you London lovers, the décor features Underground-tiled bathrooms and tube seat upholstery, with St Pancras spiers visible through some windows. The most romantic rooms are those with bathtubs on their balconies.
More amazing views (and mezcal cocktails) await on Decimo’s 10th floor, accessed via the best elevator I’ve ever seen (in the shape of a red capsule). The lounge, formerly a public library, still has its own librarian to preserve the authenticity of things. Staff can assist with night preparations by arranging manicures and blow drying.
sea containers london
This South Bank hotel has potentially the best view of St Paul’s in all of London, not to mention some of the city’s coolest cocktails, thanks to their flock to Lyaness Bar, a regular star of lists of the world’s best bar. Thanks to the chief resident mixologist.
Sea Containers’ riverside terrace is romantic all year round, even in winter thanks to the sheepskin blankets and faux-fur blankets helpfully provided by the staff. At the Agua Spa, Hedgerow’s organic line blends on site, and guests can book beauty treatments, too. The hotel has its own Curzon cinema, ready for couples to select a back seat.
Mondrian London Shoreditch
As chic as the Shoreditch location, the Mondrian has a deck for guests to enjoy a morning swim and breakfast. BiBo transports Andalusia to London, with its bright color scheme of terracotta walls and red tiles that form the backdrop for tapas (classic croquette, oxtail on brioche) and huge pans of paella. The weather may be more British than Spanish, but there’s patio seating, too.
Or settle in to Café Christina for cocktails no matter the time. And Redchurch Street shops and street art tours nearby and all over London’s coolest corner are just around the corner.
The most romantic rooms at this country hotel in Kensington are those with a stand-alone bathtub, closely followed by those with a balcony. Unsurprisingly, everything is so grand at The Kensington, with its sleek white exterior and drawing-room afternoon tea—its star are playful nods to the location: Big Ben biscuits and red telephone box cakes.
Watch the bartenders in action from one of the midnight blue velvet benches at the oak-panelled cocktail bar, or bounce by one of the fireplaces in the drawing room. If you’re a couple that loves to shop together, the capital’s best department stores, including Harrods and Harvey Nix, are just a 20-minute walk away.
London’s Rosewood may be in a massive old building near Holborn, but inside is really very intimate, with cozy spaces like the Mirror Room for relaxing. A cocktail destination in its own right, Scarfes Bar is all dimly lit and wood-paneled, with a fireplace for sipping on cocktails next to it. It also has several hundred types of whiskey to choose from.
Pancakes may not immediately come to mind when you think of a romantic dining, but when they’re as good as they are in a hotel’s pie room, you should be willing to do the passing. Or settle for a banquette in the Holborn dining room for elegant brasserie fare. It’s a short stroll from the West End, perfect for a stay after a night at the theater.
In a townhouse tucked away in the heart of Covent Garden, the hidden Henrietta Hotel has the added bonus of feeling like your address in central London. Bringing you the modern French Friends behind Experimental Cocktail Club, the compact accommodation is close to their original London spot, in Chinatown, perfect for pre-dinner drinks.
There are only 18 rooms, millennial pinks decorating the bathrooms, views of the city’s rooftops and, unsurprisingly, cocktail-making kits in the minibar. The restaurant is a far cry from the packed offerings of tourists abroad – instead, Da Henrietta brings the best flavors of Italy’s west coast to the West End.
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