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Everything You Need to Know About Central and West London Travel

Why Central and West London: Tradition Meets Modern Sophistication

Who Should Visit

London offers it all if you enjoy diverse cultural experiences, vibrant nightlife, and exceptional dining.

When to Visit

Spring and fall provide mild weather and lower tourist crowds. If you don’t mind the dark/cold, the holiday season is also magical.

How Long to Stay

For a comprehensive London experience, we recommend a 5-8 day visit, but 3-4 days can still cover major attractions if time and budget are limited.

Budgetary Considerations

London can be costly, so careful planning and budgeting for accommodation, dining, and entertainment, is recommended. We also suggest exploring affordable or free attractions to manage expenses.
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Getting There

Recommended Hotels in London

Best Overall Hotel in London: Brown’s Hotel

Highlights:

Tips:

Make sure to stop by the Donovan Bar for a drink. It’s great whether you are staying in the hotel or not.

Keep in mind:

Because of its setting in historic townhomes, rooms won’t have the most sweeping city views.
Browns Hotel Exterior
Hotel image courtesy of Brown’s Hotel

Best Vibe: Rosewood London

Highlights:

Tips:

The hotel is quite large and has several different room/suite categories, so availability shouldn’t be a consistent issue.

Keep in mind:

Even though the location can be busy and isn’t London at its most charming, it is very central and is within walking distance to the British Museum and theaters.

Rosewood Hotels
Hotel image courtesy of Rosewood London.

Highlights:

Tips:

The Queen’s Guards pass by on horse every day. If you are traveling with small children, feeding the horses apples and carrots is a fun family activity.

Keep in mind:

Not all of the rooms have amazing views, you should specifically request a room that overlooks Hyde Park.

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
Hotel image courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

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Tips:

You can rent nearby apartments through the hotel – great for those looking for the privacy and comfort of living in an apartment but with the support and services of a hotel.

Keep in mind:

The design of the rooms could use an update, it is very minimalistic and simple.

COMO Metropolitan London
Hotel image courtesy of COMO Metropolitan London.

Highlights:

Tips:

The Cadogan Belmond is connected to a private park that you can only access with keys provided by the hotel.

Keep in mind:

Although it’s right in the heart of Chelsea, the hotel is quiet, calm, and not overly buzzy.
The Cadogan Exterior
Hotel image courtesy of  The Cadogan.

Best for Families: The Berkeley

Highlights:

Tips:

For the car connoisseurs out there – the hotel keeps a rotating collection of high end vehicles at its entrance.

Keep in mind:

The recently renovated heated rooftop pool deck that is open year-round is a great place to keep the kids entertained and take in the breathtaking skyline. There are even designated family hours.

the berkeley hotel london
Hotel image courtesy of Berkeley Hotel London.

Best for Groups: 45 Park Lane

Highlights:

Tips:

The brand-new underground lounge with a heated pool and spa makes for great afternoons of massages and reconnecting with friends on a girls’ trip.

Keep in mind:

The art decorating the hotel is anything but typical. The general manager of the hotel is dedicated to supporting up and coming artists and features a rotating selection from emerging talent, sometimes even launching their careers.

45 Park Lane Exterior
Hotel image courtesy of 45 Park Lane.

Best for houses: Multiple Locations

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Tips:

If you are looking for stand-alone apartments, local suppliers such as onefinestay that rent houses would be a great fit.

Keep in mind:

Another hotel on this list, COMO Metropolitan, rents out apartments to their clients. If you are looking to combine your city stay with another leg in the idyllic countryside just outside of London, ask us for suggestions for the ultimate country home retreats (our favorites include Coworth Park and Heckfield Place).

As your luxury travel agency, we can offer the following perks from these beautiful hotels, at no extra cost to you. Get in touch with us to learn more!

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