Our capital is flooded with fantastic hotels, and 2019 saw amazing new properties fling open their doors. 2020 is set to be the biggest year yet for the London hotel scene, with 65 new hotels set to open meaning an additional 8,000 rooms for travellers far and wide. We’ve compiled the 10 best hotels that we think you should stay in for 2020.
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Belmond Cadogan Hotel
Best For: Foodies
Nearest Train Station: Sloane Square
After a £39 million refurb, Belmond Cadogan Hotel is back with a bang after opening in March 2019. The 54 rooms and suites feature working fireplaces along with free-standing baths that boast champagne and book holders so you can relax like a VIP after a long day. Guests also receive exclusive access to Cadogan Place gardens and can indulge in traditional cuisine from celebrated chef Adam Handling.
The Stratford Hotel
Best For: Corporate travellers
Nearest Train Station: Stratford International
This design hotel merges Scandi style with an eco-conscious ethos to create a calming environment you’ll never want to leave. The rooms and studios include all the mod-cons you desire but if you’re in need of more, the spectacular sky terrace, secluded Mezzanine bar or 24-hour gym is sure to provide. Oh, and for extended stays check-in to the Stratford Lot, a collection of rental apartments with dramatic skyline views.
The Standard Hotel
Best For: Trendsetters
Nearest Train Station: King’s Cross St. Pancras
A hotel of contradictions, The Standard London is bold – in every wonderful sense of the word. Expect bright colours throughout the former Camden Town Hall Annex where some of the rooms and suites include bathtubs next to sink-into king-size beds or even outside on the terrace! A restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias sits alongside a huge library and sound studio on the hotel’s list of amenities. Quirky!
Vintry & Mercer Hotel London
Best For: Historical Stays
Nearest Train Station: Mansion House
Waking up to the sound of St. Paul’s Cathedral chiming is just one reason why this hotel has made our register. Interiors draw from historic trading guilds so expect lifts with vintage dial indicators and wallpaper with archaic manufacturing images. The rooms and suites are modern in design and hold comfort at their core, however the highlight of the hotel is arguably the roof terrace restaurant… although the Asian tapas eatery is not far behind.
Hard Rock Hotel London
Best For: Rock stars in the making
Nearest Train Station: Marble Arch
Hard Rock Hotel London has flung open its doors on the corner of Oxford Street and Park Lane and it’s certainly making noise. Showcasing memorabilia from music legends including Jimi Hendrix, Diana Ross and Bob Dylan, every corner tells a different story. Why not write your own in the ultimate urban hangout, the Lobby Bar, before retreating to the Rock Royalty Suite, our top pick of accommodation?
Great Scotland Yard
Best For: Interior buffs
Nearest Train Station: Embankment
A recent addition to the capital’s hotel scene, Great Scotland Yard Hotel by Hyatt is a stone’s throw from Covent Garden. Previously the Metropolitan Police HQ, the building enjoys typically British interiors and has a separate town house available for guest stays. There are four dining destinations including The Forty Elephants – named after a female gang of thieves – which serves a range of cocktails and craft beers. Plus, the hotel’s pet friendly.
Nobu Hotel London Portman Square
Best For: Fare Connoisseurs
Nearest Train Station: Marble Arch
Open date: Spring 2020
Designed by London-based design firm David Collins Studio and Make Architects, Nobu Hotel London Portman Square is set to open in spring 2020. Just a five-minute walk from Marble Arch Station, gourmet Japanese cuisine and a choice of 249 rooms and suites are at your fingertips. If you’re planning an event in London then the ballroom is sure to act as the perfect venue, while the meeting spaces are sure to please corporate travellers. If that wasn’t enough, this Nobu addition is perfectly placed in Mayfair, only a short walk to Oxford Street and Regent Street.
The Guardsman Buckingham Gate
Best For: Royal Family fans
Nearest Train Station: St. James’ Park Underground
Open date: June 2020
One for the royalists, and those that want to be in the hubbub of one of London’s most popular tourist attractions, The Guardsman Buckingham Gate is just a five-minute walk from the royal residence of Buckingham Palace. One of the newest members of luxury hotel brand Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the 53 rooms of this property are modern and bespoke in design, with six residences including a penthouse with a wraparound terrace brilliant for longer stays in the British capital. These come with living rooms, dining rooms and up to three bedrooms. Luxury amenities are provided by Noble Isle, and you can also request a preferred brand of drink, your favourite meal and bathroom products before you arrive. Nothing is too much for the staff.
Best For: Film buffs
Nearest Train Station: Leicester Square
Open date: June 2020
There’s never been a luxury hotel quite like The Londoner in the capital. Due to open in June 2020, the property used to be the site of Leicester Square’s Odeon cinema. Self-described as the world’s first super boutique hotel, there are 350 rooms spread across 16 storeys as well as six restaurants, two private cinemas, a gym and a spa. The two cinemas can be found underground along with a ballroom for event hire, as well as a time capsule that the hotel buried for future generations to unearth in years to come.
Pan Pacific London
Best for: Eco-conscious travellers
Nearest Train Station: Liverpool Street Station
Liverpool Street, London
Open date: Late 2020
Pan Pacific London marks the first European property and the brand’s premier zero waste hotel in its back catalogue. Occupying multiple storeys of One Bishopsgate Plaza, 237 keys are on offer with an 18th floor signature suite boasting spectacular views of The Gherkin. What’s more, there’s also an indoor pool accompanied by sprawling views of the capital as well as a three-floor experiential sky garden complete with a rainwater harvesting system and a food composter.
If any of these London hotels have made you want to book a weekend away to the capital, enquire here or call one of our personal travel managers on 0203 816 0985.