1. The Biltmore, Mayfair
When the Millennium Hotel London Mayfair closed its doors in July 2018, it left a gaping hole in the upmarket district’s hospitality sector. However, after an extensive S$106 million refurbishment and redevelopment, the property has reopened as The Biltmore, Mayfair, and becomes the first in Europe to operate under Hilton’s luxury LXR Hotels & Resorts brand. Located in Mayfair’s prestigious Grosvenor Square, the hotel features 308 opulent rooms, including 57 curated suites.
Jason Atherton (whose restaurant Pollen Street Social was awarded a Michelin star in 2011) is the man charged with overseeing the food and beverage at the property, with his new restaurant, The Betterment, serving up progressive local cuisine and The Pine Bar offering afternoon tea and exquisite cocktails.
2. Belmond Cadogan Hotel
The upmarket London district of Chelsea is hardly short of luxury properties, so in order to stand out from the crowd, a hotel has to do something rather special. That was exactly the aim of the recent upgrade to the Belmond Cadogan Hotel, which took some four years and around S$71 million. Situated on the corner of Sloane Street and Pont Street, the charming property was once a favourite hangout of the likes of Oscar Wilde and Lille Langtry.
Today, the Cadogan comprises 54 rooms and suites, with the most luxurious accommodation being Wilde’s favourite—room 118—which is now known as the hotel’s Royal Suite, complete with an immaculate living and dining space as well as personal butler service.
3. The Dixon Tower Bridge
Occupying a grand former London Magistrates Court and Police station just a stone’s throw from the iconic Tower Bridge (from which the hotel takes its name), when it comes to sightseeing in England’s capital, it doesn’t get much better than The Dixon. Named after John Dixon Butler, who designed the building in 1905, the property comprises 193 rooms, including 14 sumptuous suites.
The hotel features a plethora of clever nods to its judicial past, with various artworks utilising original cell keys that have been restored and interwoven into imaginative design pieces. In terms of food and beverage, the Dixon has the excellent Provisioners restaurant, as well as the atmospheric Courtroom Bar, which serves up imaginative cocktails in a unique setting, where courts proceedings would once have taken place.
4. Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park
The Mandarin Oriental has long been a stalwart of London’s luxury hotel scene, however after a major roof fire forced its closure for almost two years, nobody was sure what would emerge from the ashes. Thankfully, after a top-to-bottom revamp overseen by Hong Kong-based design royalty Joyce Wang, the new and improved Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park is a hotel befitting of its 117-year history.
Taking cues from the hotel’s location on the city’s most beloved park, the interiors are subtly layered yet unashamedly luxurious. As well as 181 rooms and suites, and an underground spa, the hotel has two dining options—one of which just so happens to be Heston Blumenthal’s two Michelin star Dinner.
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5. The Standard, London
Take a look at the brutalist exterior of The Standard, London and you’d never guess at the vibrant interiors that lay inside. Designed by Shawn Hausman, the bold and bright guestrooms and communal areas of the hotel are an uplifting tonic for what the designer calls “the greyness of London”.
Housed in London’s thriving King’s Cross area, The Standard, London has 266 guestrooms in 42 unique styles ranging from Cosy Core rooms to terraced suites with outdoor bathtubs overlooking St Pancras station. The hotel has a carefully curated lobby lounge library, which pays homage to the building’s former use as an annex for Camden Town Hall. There’s also a recording studio, which hosts weekly live music and talks.