Destination Spotlight: London

July 27, 2017 By:Rachael Weir, Five Star Alliance

Destination Spotlight: London

Set along the River Thames, London is full of historic sites, royal parks, world-class museums, sophisticated shopping, and endless neighborhoods to discover. From the iconic Big Ben and Parliament to Buckingham Palace, there's iconic vistas around every bend. Founded in 50 AD by the Romans, the original City of London still has original Medieval walls.

Today, Great Britain's capital city provides visitors with a mix of contemporary and classic. The Royal Parks are ideal for strolling, and Afternoon Tea makes for an ideal time to relax and partake in a quintessential British tradition. The London Eye provides a bird's eye observation of the city, and the Tate Modern on the South Bank has an extensive collection of modern art. Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral offer centuries of history and breathtaking architecture, while Knightsbridge has upscale shopping such as Harrod's and Harvey Nichols. 

For dining, London offers an array of Michelin-starred restaurants, chic cafes, gastropubs, and classic British Pubs. The West End has a collection of theaters with major musicals and touring productions. While Soho, Shoreditch, Hoxton, and Dalston offer a variety of nightlife options including cabaret and Charleston revival parties, burlesque, and undergound bingo. 

As one of the world's top cities, London hosts a variety of events throughout the year including Wimbledon (July 3 to July 16, 2017), RideLondon festival of cycling (July 28 to July 30, 2017), Londinium festival where participants travel back in time to Roman London (July 28 to October 29, 2017),  BBC Proms 2017 classical music festival (July 14 to September 9, 2017), IAAF Marathon (August 6, 2017), Gladiator Games (August 25 to August 28, 2017), Fashion Week (September 21 to September 24, 2017), and the NFL Ravens v. Jaguar game at Wembley Stadium September 24, 2017. There's also Halloween events in late October, Hogwarts in the Snow (November 18, 2017 to February 3, 2018), as well as Holiday Markets in November and December, and New Year's Eve Fireworks. 

To compliment London's activities and cultural options, Five Star Alliance offers a selection of luxury hotels that will appeal to a range of travelers including Regal Properties, Designer Boutiques, and Creative Retreats. 

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Regal Properties

The Langham London

Exterior of The Langham London

Welcoming royals, dignitaries, and celebrities for more than 150 years, The Langham London is located in the heart of the West End.  Since 1865, the hotel's Palm Court has been a reknowned destination for its bespoke version of Afternoon Tea, and the recently unveiled Langham Club Lounge provides guests with an ultra-exclusive setting with complimentary breakfast, chef-created menus, modern conveniences, and attentive service. Plus, the Artesian was awarded "World's Best Bar" and Roux at the Landau provides an elegant atmosphere for classic cuisine with a modern touch. 

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The Goring Hotel

The Goring Exterior

Adjacent to Buckingham Palace, The Goring Hotel is a family-owned luxury hotel known for service and hospitality. Favored by the Queen for Afternoon Tea, this hotel offers sophisticated decor and The Dining Room received a Michelin Star in 2015. Located in the opulent Belgravia neighborhood, the family-friendly hotel is close to major attractions, and provides a number of family guest rooms as well as amenities for young travelers. 

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The Savoy London

The Savoy London Fountain

A British icon since opening in 1889, The Savoy London underwent a £100 million restoration, restoring its English Edwardian and Art Deco interiors while seamlessly blending modern amenities and discreet technology with timeless elegance. Set along the River Thames, the Fairmont managed hotel is offering a variety of culinary events and master classes throughout 2017, including Historical Tours with The Savoy's Archivist that concludes with a glass of Champagne, a Dinner Dance, and a Chocolate Master Class. 

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Designer Boutiques

The Ned

Guest room at The Ned

Set within the former Midland Bank Building, The Ned is a recently opened boutique hotel close to the Tower of London and St. Paul's Cathedral. The private Ned's Club offers  an exclusive rooftop pool, Canopy Bar & Restaurant, Princes Street and Poultry Domes lounges, along with panoramic London views. Within the lower levels of the building is the original vault, which is home to Vault Room lounge bar, plus the Ned's Club Active with cardio and strength training equipment, as well as the spa. 

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St. Ermin's Hotel London

 

Exterior courtyard of St. Ermin's Hotel London

Nestled along a tree-lined courtyard, St. Ermin's Hotel London is located in the heart of Westminster on the site of a 15th century chapel dedicated to St. Ermin. In 1889, the property was expanded into townhomes, and transformed into a hotel in 1899. Winston Churchill held a historic meeting at the property in 1940, and today the boutique hotel offers guests the opportunity to step into history, while experiencing luxury amenities such as marble bathrooms, state-of-the-art entertainment systems, and White Company products. The St. Ermin's Tea Lounge offers a stylish Afternoon Tea with honey and produce sourced from the hotel's rooftop garden and bee hives, Caxton Grill serves Modern European cuisine, while the Caxton Bar has signature flights and a warm, historic atmosphere. 

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The Wellesley

Bathroom at The Wellesley London

Overlooking Hyde Park, The Wellesley, a Luxury Collection Hotel is set within a historic townhouse. Offering discreet elegance steps from Buckingham Palace, guest rooms and suite provide a modern take on Art Deco styling with tufted headboards, original artwork, sleek wood furniture, and Hermes bathroom amenities. The Crystal Bar has a chic and stylish setting with live music and crafted cocktails, the Oval Restaurant serves elegant Italian cuisine, and the hotel is home to one of the largest cigar humidors in Europe. 

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Creative Retreats

 

The Beaumont

The Colony Grill at The Beaumont

Featuring views of Brown Hart Gardens, The Beaumont is a luxury boutique property in the city's Mayfair district. Situated within a historic 1926 building, the property features classic styling infused with Art Deco touches. One of the hotel's highlights is ROOM, an experiential work of art commissioned from Turner Prize-winning British sculptor, Antony Gormeley. The massive, modular piece forms part of a suite with stainless steel and fumed oak. The Colony Grill Room (shown in the image above) offers upscale dining seven days a week, and the American Bar serves casual snacks and classic cocktails. 

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Taj 51 Buckingham Gate

Two Bedroom Suite at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate

Providing the privacy of a private home with the expertise and service of a luxury hotel, Taj 51 Buckingham Gate offers a discreet setting with butler service, contemporary bathrooms, and suites with modern kitchens. Housed in a Victorian building, there is 24-hour in-room dining, and award-winning southwest coastal Indian cuisine at the Michelin-starred Quilon restaurant. There's an outdoor courtyard with Afternoon Tea in the summer, and Bank Westminster serves classic British fare with a modern twist. Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance receive full English breakfast at the Kona Restaurant, 50 GBP food and beverage credit, and complimentary wifi, plus subject to availability, a room upgrade, early check-in, or late check-out. Guestst staying four or more nights receive a one way airport transfer. 

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Mondrian London

Guest suite at the Mondrian London

Perched along the River Thames in the Sea Containers building, Mondrian London has river view balcony suites directly along the river. Under the direction of renowned British designer Tom Dixon, the property mingles 1920s cruise ship glamour with the building's original style and infused with modern twists. For dining and socializing, the Rumpus Room has a rooftop bar with an outdoor terrace and glass box structure, Dandelyan offers an iconic green marble bar with innovative cocktails, and the Sea Containers Restaurant serves locally-sourced cuisine with indoor and outdoor river walk seating. 

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The properties mentioned in this post are just a few of the Five Star luxury hotels in London. 

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