What’s the best bit about staying in a hotel for you? Lazy room service breakfasts? Crisp white sheets and fluffy towels? Or is it the chance to stay somewhere totally different to where you live and wake up to a new view in the morning?
As far as views go, London’s skyline is pretty iconic. It may not be as dramatic as New York or Tokyo, but a sunset or evening view of the city from the banks of the Thames is hard to beat. So if you’re looking for those postcard-perfect views, here are 10 of the best London hotels for rooms with a view.
There’s a good reason the Shangri-La usually comes out top on these sorts of lists. Perched on floors 34-52 of The Shard – the tallest skyscraper in the EU – you’re guaranteed some of the best views of the city, no matter which room you get. At birds-eye height you can see for miles around, but Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the London Eye are some of the most recognisable landmarks. The rooms offer floor to ceiling windows for the best possible views, but also ensure you make time for a swim in the Skypool on the 52nd floor – Instagram goals!
31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9QU
London Marriott Hotel County Hall is located on the south bank of the Thames and the river view rooms have a fantastic view of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye. If you can’t quite stretch to a stay in one of the rooms, Gillrays Steakhouse & Bar offers the same views while you enjoy dinner or drinks in the evening.
London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London, SE1 7PB
The Hilton on Park Lane in Mayfair offers a different perspective on the London skyline with Hyde Park in the foreground and Big Ben, The Shard, and the London Eye forming their iconic silhouettes at sunset. Opt for a room on one of the upper floors, or head to the restaurant on the 28th floor for some of the best panoramic views in the city.
22 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1BE
The 5-star COMO Metropolitan London is just next door to the Hilton and so you can expect similar views. The newly renovated hotel has been designed to take advantage of the park views with the corner COMO suite offering the most impressive combination of urban interior styling and panoramic views of Hyde Park.
Old Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1LB
The Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge is situated right across the road from Hyde Park and you can even catch a glimpse of the Changing of the Guard while you’re enjoying breakfast. The hotel is currently undergoing refurbishment, but the restaurants, spa, and event spaces will reopen in December 2018. Once the hotel is fully open for business again, the Mandarin Oriental is expected to be one of the most luxurious spaces to stay in London, with the plushest suites offering balconies overlooking the park.
66 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA
6. The Savoy
The Savoy is one of London’s most famous hotels and it offers a view to match. With its location right on the Thames, you can enjoy views of the London Eye and The Palace of Westminster from traditional Edwardian style luxury surroundings. The hotel has only one suite with a balcony – room 828 – which is said to have inspired several famous artists.
Strand, London, WC2R 0EZ
7. ME London
If you’re after a more contemporary hotel that’s right in the centre of the action, the super cool ME London hotel offers an urban retreat with floor to ceiling windows with a view of the iconic London skyline. For the very best experience, book the Suite ME duplex Penthouse, which has a glass dome seating area with 360-degree panoramic views of the London Eye, Tower Bridge, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and the River Thames.
Strand, London, WC2R 1HA
Another luxury 5-star hotel with an impressive view of the London Eye and River Thames. The Royal Horseguards on the banks of the Thames is impressive both inside and out with its castle-like exterior and plush rooms. The best views are from the Tower Suite in its very own turret at the top of the hotel with a 270-degree panoramic river view.
2 Whitehall Court, Westminster, London, SW1A 2EJ
St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the most impressive examples of Baroque style architecture in the city and you can enjoy it up close from the Grange St Paul’s Hotel in the heart of London’s business district. The Penthouse suites have the best views but you can enjoy the same panorama for less cash by stopping in for a drink on the 6th floor terrace bar.
10 Godliman Street, London, EC4V 5AJ
Canary Wharf offers a slightly different perspective on the River Thames and the London skyline, and the Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel has some impressive views from the suites, some of which have interesting half-moon shaped windows. There’s also a swimming pool surrounded by floor to ceiling windows on the top floor so you can take in the views while getting some exercise.
46 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, London, E14 8RS