London is a city filled with great hotels, many of them with stunning views. With a rich history and culture, the UK capital is an eclectic mix of historical buildings, gleaming skyscrapers, green parks and secret passages to explore. So when choosing a hotel for your stay, you’re going to want to a) be in a fabulous location, and b) be able to see many iconic sights from your window.
The following are 7 of the city’s top hotels, each with views to die for.
1. The Shangri-La at the Shard
When it comes to truly jaw-dropping views, look no further than one of London’s newest buildings – The Shard. Reaching up towards the stratosphere, this has to be one of the most talked about buildings in the city. Loved by many for its unique design, the building also had its fair share of critics during planning and building. But now, having been open since February 2013, this is a building that’s come to be revered by virtually everyone who sees or steps foot in it.
At 306 metres in height, it’s the tallest building in the city, and as you can imagine, the views are pretty tremendous. The location of the building means that on a clear day you can see for miles. Look down upon the River Thames meandering through the metropolis, see Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, The London Eye, The Gherkin… The list is endless. Add in the fact that this is a top quality, 5 star hotel with all the luxury you’d expect, and by all accounts this really is a pretty awesome place in which to stay.
2. The Metropolitan by COMO, London
Located in the fashionable Park Lane, in the City of Westminster, this luxury hotel gives wonderful views over the city. The London Eye and Big Ben are just two of the landmarks you can expect to see from your window. And with beautiful, oversized rooms you can be sure of a comfortable stay. In addition, the hotel has the award winning Nobu restaurant that serves delicious Peruvian-Japanese Cuisine
3. Plaza on the River Club and Residence
This 5 star delight has only suites for rooms. And as it’s name suggests, is located on the banks of the scenic River Thames. Enjoy the evening sun on your private balcony, overlooking Big Ben, the London Eye, The Houses of Parliament and of course, all the boats making their way up and down the river that meanders through the heart of the capital. The hotel is easy to get to, well served by various tube stations, buses and, of course the famous London Black Cabs.
4. Me London
Located near the infamous Covent Garden, Me London is a 5 star luxury hotel that provides guests with a choice of views from their room; gaze out over a panoramic view of the metropolis, or perhaps enjoy a river view, with all the delights that has to offer. The hotel also boasts a wonderful rooftop bar – the perfect place to relax with friends or loved ones, and enjoy a cocktail or two as the sun sets.
5. The Four Seasons at Park Lane
If you’re looking for a hotel with an amazing view of London, then look no further than The Four Seasons at Park Lane. This world-renowned hotel chain needs no introduction – the quality of the name simply speaks for itself. But when it comes to some of the more stunning locations in the world, this has to be one of them. You can gaze out over the delights of Green Park and Buckingham Palace, not to mention many other of the iconic London landmarks.
6. The Trafalgar Hilton, London
It may ‘only’ have a four star rating, but the location of The Trafalgar Hilton, London can only rate 5 stars plus. Where else in the world can you enjoy views of Nelson’s Column, and the hustle and bustle of the very epicentre of this exciting city? Being slap bang in the middle of town, this is the perfect location to explore all that the British capital has to offer. From the National Gallery to Leicester Square, every landmark that you’ve ever dreamed of visiting really is in easy reach.
7. The Guoman Royal Horseguards
Boasting a prime position looking over the River Thames, the Guoman Royal Horseguards Hotel is perfectly situated for both the views and the proximity to all the major tourist attractions. Close to Covent Garden, choosing this hotel as your London base allows for easy access to pretty much any attraction you wish to visit. Commended in travel magazine, Conde Naste Traveller as one of the top 35 hotels in the whole of the UK, the residence also won TripAdvisor’s certificate of excellence.
Expect modern luxury combined with Victorian style – this was the location of the headquarters of the Secret Service during the First World War. If you’re looking for elegance with a touch of historical interest, then this hotel honestly does have it all.
As you can probably imagine, narrowing down London’s hotels to a top 7 with the best views was not an easy task. All of the above provide guests with the ultimate in luxury, combined with some of the best views in the whole of the city.