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Claridge's Linley Suite, designed by the Queen's nephew

The Guoman Tower Hotel and its iconic view

Mayfair charm of the Connaught

Glittering front hall of Claridge's

Art Deco luxury bathrooms at the Savoy

The gleaming entrance to the Savoy

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London accommodations: the many faces of London luxury

London calls itself a city of villages. From the brassy, colourful West End to the quiet residential squares of Kensington, each neighbourhood has a style of its own and hotels to match.

 

Mayfair and the Grand Hotels

 

Discreet and classy Mayfair, in the heart of London, is where most of London's grand hotels can be found, places with names as famous as the heads of state, captains of industry, film stars and royals who have stayed in them. This area is close to the exclusive shopping, art galleries and museums that appeal to guests of the Dorchester, Claridge's, the Connaught and the Ritz. Of these special hotels, only the raffish Art Deco masterpiece, the Savoy, is outside of Mayfair - and it's only a few miles away on The Strand.

 

Kensington and the Boutique Hotels

 

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is the quiet and mostly residential location of dozens of stylish, small boutique hotels. Established artists, supermodels, fashion designers and rock stars traveling incognito choose the decadent glamour of Blakes, the Italian elegance of the Baglioni, the cool femininity of Number Sixteen. Guests can venture out to shop in Knightsbridge and Notting Hill, to attend a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, or to enjoy the flowers in Kensington Palace Gardens - newly opened to the public.

 

Chic in the Theatre District

 

Nightlife, restaurants, Covent Garden shopping and Chinatown are the key attractions of the West End. Choosing a hotel here takes care and planning because right alongside Soho's quirky boutique hotels and the ultra-chic modernity of the Soho Hotel and One Aldwych, are a fair number of poor quality hotels and even what might be called "flea bags." Media creative, screenwriters, film producers and authors like this edgy district for its 24-hour buzz.

 

Riverside Hotels

 

Until quite recently, almost no London hotels offered rooms with views of the Thames and its historic bridges. But, with the pioneering 21st century success of the London Marriot County Hall, with its iconic views of Parliament and the London Eye, a handful of luxury hoteliers, including the Guoman and Four Seasons groups have ventured toward the river and its ever changing views. The Guoman Tower Hotel has, arguably, the best views of all, with most of its rooms overlooking Tower Bridge.