45 Park Lane
Art Deco-inspired luxury hotel 45 Park Lane was renowned as one of the most fashionable hangouts for the rich and famous of 1960s London. Now, guests can expect a relaxing stay in one of 45 rooms designed to resemble private residences. Each room and suite overlooks Hyde Park, but the real wow-factor comes with the Penthouse Suite, where a wraparound terrace promises an unending vista across the London skyline.
Five star luxury with a 360-degree view to match is waiting at ME London, located near the likes of Somerset House and the Lyceum Theatre on the Strand. Check in to the hotel’s Suite ME Penthouse for sweeping views over Trafalgar Square, the River Thames and the London Eye – which are visible from both the comfort of your suite and its private terrace.
Shangri-La The Shard
Unbeatable panoramas are guaranteed at the highest hotel in London. With views overlooking some of the city’s major landmarks, including Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye, booking a room at Shangri-La The Shard will do anything but disappoint. For the full experience, spend time in the bathroom, where large windows make it all too easy to watch the world go by while you relax in the bath.
The Mandarin Oriental
Located right on the doorstep of Hyde Park, this Knightsbridge hotel provides the best seat to watch the Royal Guard parade each morning. The Mandarin Oriental, which offers panoramic views of the royal park from your very own balcony suite, makes for an ideal spot if you want to take in London’s buzzy atmosphere without feeling overwhelmed.
Hotel Café Royal
Sitting proudly by Piccadilly Circus and Regent Street – right where St James’, Mayfair and Soho converge – Hotel Café Royal is a chic, tranquil refuge in the midst of London’s bustle.
The majority of rooms have incredible views, with The Westminster Suites gazing down Regent Street St James and towards Westminster. But there’s nothing quite like the view from the Three-Bedroom Dome Penthouse situated atop the Grade II listed building, with an expansive terrace peering over Piccadilly and Regents Street’s rooftops and Beaux Arts.
Described as ‘a modern oasis’ in the heart of Covent Garden, One Aldwych is the independent London hotel where urban jungle meets the West End. Despite the bustle of the city just a few steps away, guests can build their own private bubble in one of the hotel’s suites – after all, the only company you’ll really need is the view. The Terrace Suite offers vistas overlooking Covent Garden and nearby Somerset House, while the Waterloo Bridge Suite keeps the Thames and Waterloo Bridge close at hand.
Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill
If spending time in the treetops is more your thing, a visit to the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill will not go amiss. Leafy London is within arm’s reach from the hotel’s Churchill Residential Suite and Premium Balcony Suites, which offer stunning views overlooking the city from rooftop terraces and balconies.
Treehouse Hotel London
The eco-oasis of Regent’s Street, Treehouse Hotel London is known for bringing nature indoors, but one look outside from the comfort of your cushioned window seat will have you poised to get out there yourself. As a five-floor hotel designed to resemble a childhood treehouse, it’s only right that the view will diminish you to a state of child-like wonder as well.
Sea Containers London
If quality views of the River Thames is what you seek, look no further than Sea Containers London on the Southbank. The hotel offers 359 guestrooms overlooking the river and urban skyline, as well as an apartment that can offer you and 15 of your closest friends the best seat in the house for city spectating.
The Marylebone‘s collection of suites come with all-weather terraces overlooking the city, from the rooftops of Marylebone and Mayfair all the way to The Shard and beyond. The biggest suite, also called The Marylebone, boasts a 430 square foot terrace with its own fireplace, outdoor TV, and a bespoke retractable roof – meaning you can take in the view anytime, in comfort.
The Lost Poet
Penthouse suites at contemporary guesthouse The Lost Poet offer visitors gorgeous rooftop views over Portobello Road in Notting Hill. Drawing inspiration from the vibrancy of the local area, rooms are packed with modern art, bold wallpapers and bespoke furniture as well as antique trinkets and reclaimed wood panelling created from old school science labs – spilling out seamlessly onto the terrace and street below.
With a postcode straddling Belgravia, Knightsbridge and Mayfair, The Lanesborough does not disappoint when it comes to a good view. The hotel’s seven-bedroom Royal Suite offers grand views of Wellington Arch and Buckingham Palace Garden, and it’s even possible to spot The Old Guard making its way from The Mall into Hyde Park. It doesn’t get more British than that.
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Inspired by Tate Modern artist Bridget Riley’s optical art of the 1980s, Montcalm East hotel brings futurism to the forefront of hospitality. For scenery just as impressive as the décor, make sure to book a stay in the Sky High Junior Suite, which features floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto East London. We’re all for pulling back the curtain on this one.
This Grade II-listed boutique hotel is nestled on the banks of the River Thames, just a stone’s throw from Hampton Court Palace. Such a location entails some truly scenic views of London’s famed waterway, but for the best seat in the house, it has to be the bath. The copper roll top baths in the King Henry and Catherine Parr suites are propped next to large bay windows overlooking Hampton Court Bridge and the river – an ideal position to soak up the sight of boats floating by.
A favourite of the British Royal Family, The Goring is known as one of London’s most beautiful hidden hideaways. For a view as grand as the décor, be sure to book one of the hotel’s garden-facing rooms. The Goring Garden is one of the largest private gardens in the city, and thanks to a redesign in 2019, it houses hundreds of herbs and flowers that are used daily in the kitchens. A slice of nature in the busy capital.