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London hotels

In London, love and scandal are considered the best sweeteners of tea.
- John Osborne

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These are our favorites around town. And don't miss our 10 Best London Family Hotels.

45 Park Lane

One of London's newest hotels, it's small, but destined for greatness. The Thierry Despont-designed rooms are high on Hollywood-style glamour with gorgeous park views. The in-house restaurant Cut is chef Wolfgang Puck's first European restaurant. Though it's a steakhouse, the lobster club is the thing to get.

Andaz Liverpool Street

A hotel to match the new East London, where business meets fashion and tech. Expect every modern amenity, though nothing as obvious as formal check-in desk.

Blakes

Designer Anoushka Hempel isn't one for low-key minimalism. The rooms here are over-the-top, sexy, opulent, and dramatic, with Russian, Turkish, and Oriental themes. Adoring quotes from Gwyneth Paltrow and Mickey Rouke rotate through the home page; you decide whether that's a draw or a turn-off. 

Charlotte Street Hotel

A genteel perch in the center of Soho, full of bright colors, plush and playful furnishings, and a fantastic array of patterns and textures. Oscar, the hotel's bustling bar and brasserie, is always good for a pick-me-up. 

Claridge's

An impossibly posh Art Deco classic that attracts royalty as well as up-and-comers. The rooms are grand; the service is impeccable. Refreshments on site include legendary afternoon tea, a chic and tiny Fumoir bar, and Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's.

Connaught

The Connaught is one of those dream hotels where everything feels pretty and perfect and beautifully appointed. And you feel like a visiting dignitary or generous aristocrat. And everyone is your friend. And money is no object. You almost don't want to leave the premises, and who can blame you when you have the Connaught Bar and Hélène Darroze restaurant and Aman Spa and your amazing room right there.

Dean Street Townhouse

  • Soho, Timeless, $$$$ $$
  • 69-71 Dean St.
  • London, W1D 3SE
  • +44-20-7434-1775
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The Georgian townhouses used to be the home of William Hogarth and the Gargoyle Club, and the hotels continues to draw a creative Soho crowd. There are 39 charming rooms, some of which cost as little as £95, and a buzzy restaurant and bar. Part of the Soho House Group, Dean Street feels clubby in a good way, because you get to stay here.  

Durrants Hotel

  • Marylebone, Timeless, $$$$ $$
  • 26-32 George St.
  • London, W1H 5BJ
  • +44-020-7935-8131
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A charming, cozy, family-run hotel consisting of three townhouses in a row. Hide out in the corner bar with a Scotch by the fireplace, or tuck into a novel in one of the many sitting rooms. Come weekend, the parking lot nearby hosts a lovely greenmarket.

The Goring

  • Knightsbridge, Timeless, $$$$ $$$$
  • Beeston Pl.
  • London, SW1W 0JW
  • +44-020-7396-9000
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Old, grand, and discreet despite its central location near Victoria Station. They are not shy about letting you know that this is the Royal Family's favorite hotel. The Queen Mum used to be a regular.

Grazing Goat

  • Mayfair, Cozy, $$$$ $$
  • 6 New Quebec St.
  • London, W1H 7RQ
  • +44-20-7724-7243
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It's a modern fantasy version of a boarding house. You check in at the gastropub (have a spot of tea while you're there), then a waiter escorts you to one of the eight cozy, well-appointed, Wi-Fi enabled rooms. Convenient to much of Central London, it totally feels like a find.

The Hoxton

  • Shoreditch, Trendy, $$$$ $
  • 81 Great Eastern St.
  • London, EC2A 3HU
  • +44-20-7550-1000
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Young and cool, indie and interesting, inexpensive and industrial. In short, a hotel that reflects its hip East London surroundings. The rate structure reward early planners: The earlier you book, the less you pay. Sometimes as little as £1.

The Sloane Square Hotel

  • Chelsea, Cozy, $$$$ $
  • 7-12 Sloane Square
  • London, SW1W 8EG
  • +44-020-7896-9988
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This one has family rooms — a rarity in the UK and Europe —  where four can fit semi-comfortably. Well-situated to Peter Jones department store and the King's Road. Proximity to the Duke of Yorks Square add to the appeal.

Read More on Fathom: 10 Best Family Hotels in London 

Town Hall

The rooms are sleek and modern or art deco chic, the new restaurant already has a Michelin star, and the mosaic-tiled pool is flooded with light. The lively Bethnal Green neighborhood will provide non-stop diversions, and the cocktails from the Town Hall tea tray will revive you when energies wane.

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