Taking the brand across the pond, this 1974 Brutalist building has been meticulously restored and sets the stage for The Standard’s first hotel outside America. The brightly colored interiors bring an upbeat California-modern vibe inside to contrast to London’s greyness outside. Rooms range from Singles – perfect for solo travelers – to the King’s Terrace with its own private terrace fit for royalty.

The hotel’s hotly anticipated restaurants include Isla and Double Standard. The two will have two distinct personalities — Isla, inspired by Britain’s island geography, will offer an approachable seasonal menu and a predominantly natural wine list. The outdoor space will have a retractable awning, allowing guests to enjoy the summer sun. Double Standard, The Standard, London’s bar, will serve hearty fare accompanied by draft beers and classic cocktails. Both restaurants are overseen by Chef Adam Rawson, a rising stars of the London culinary scene.

Well-situated on a quiet street just off one of the most significant thoroughfares in London—Park Lane, the COMO Metropolitan London opens up right onto the landmark Hyde Park Corner. Cool, sophisticated and entirely welcoming, the hotel balances the contemporary and the timeless. Its style is understated and simple. Shopping and attractions of Bond Street, Belgravia, Knightsbridge and Piccadilly are within easy walking distance. Fine dining options include Nobu, an essential experience for any serious food lover. Wellness by COMO SHAMBHALA offers massage therapy, acupuncture and an array of body treatments.

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Widely regarded by regulars as a home away from home, COMO The Halkin promises an elegant and discreet environment in London’s Belgravia. The property’s 41 rooms and suites offer a relaxed aesthetic and surprisingly serene sense of modern simplicity. Light-filled spaces reflect the calm and contemporary atmosphere of the original London boutique hotel with Georgian exterior and arching windows. Award-winning restaurant, Ametsa, pairs the unique techniques of Spain’s Basque Country with the best British seasonal ingredients – creating innovate tapas dishes. Halkin Bar is a welcoming space for a light lunch or evening drink, with a popular afternoon tea menu inspired by the flavors of Spain.

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Ideally located steps from Covent Garden, Rosewood London is one of London’s most fashionable hotels. The elegant guestrooms reflect the style of a British residence and offer privacy, warmth, quality and nobility. Materials in the bedrooms include lacquer, textured wood veneers and prismatic mirrors while the bathrooms feature the finest Italian marble and hand beaten alpaca silver finishes. The hotel’s grandest suite, Manor House, is in fact so grand it is the only suite in the world to have its very own postcode.

The hotel’s seven onsite restaurants highlight the best of British fare in sophisticated atmospheres. Formal afternoon tea is served in the elegant Mirror Room, while The Pie Room is a one-stop destination dedicated to Britain’s most iconic dishes including scotch eggs, sausage rolls and elaborate meat pies encrusted in intricate pastry. Holborn Dining Room offers traditional British dishes in grand brasserie style. Drinks are served at the Scarfeses Bar, and seasonally in the Summer The Botanist gin cocktails are enjoyed in a lush greenhouse in the middle of the hotel’s Edwardian courtyard.

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This luxury hotel in London enjoys an unrivaled setting on Regent Street steps from Piccadilly, where the elegance of Mayfair, energy of Soho and sophistication of St. James combine.

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No hotel in London even begins to approach St. Martin’s in sheer audacity of its design. Much of this is due to the Covent Garden hotel’s lighting scheme. One of-a-kind installations bask guest rooms in purples and yellows. Floor lights in the lobby turn every surface into bright radiance. Philippe Starck, the designer, bears some of the responsibility too. His is the mind behind the double-height yellow plexiglass revolving doors and the lobby full of golden stools that look like teeth, extra long chaise longue and divers sculptures. The fitness center, Gymbox, is half nightclub and half boxing studio. It too is awash in lights. And the restaurant, the perennial celeb hangout Asia de Cuba, basks in its own radiance and ceviches.

But comfort is sacrificed at the altar of design. The rooms are modern and simple, with Eames rockers, Malin+Goetz toiletries, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Some, like the Deluxe Garden, have outdoor spaces overlooking gardens. Others, like the Loft Junior Suite, are modern aeries, bathed in earth tones.

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The Sanderson, like its sister hotel St. Martin’s Lane, is a brightly colored high concept piece of installation art masquerading as a hotel. Thankfully, the avant garde lobby — full of Philippe Starck’s patent menagerie of furniture from Dali’s lips sofa to silver-swanned couch — doesn’t prejudice the comfort of the rooms. Here, the concept is “no-walls” so there are diaphanous curtains that divide the 300 square foot space which contains a queen sized bed and landscape paintings on the ceiling.

And though the rooms are nice, the strength of the Sanderson are in the common areas, like the Long Bar, whose 80-foot length is often fully occupied by hip West Enders and a billiard room encased in stained glass.

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The emerging counterculture neighborhood of East London couldn’t have served as a more fitting location for the new Ace Hotel London. The quiet suburb is the stomping ground for artists, entrepreneurs, creative types and night revelers. Ace Hotel London, the first international outpost for the forward-thinking hotel brand, has quickly become a refuge for the Shoreditch locals, thanks to its “hipster” sensibility and community familiarity. Local pioneers David Waddington and Pablo Flack helm the Hoi Polloi restaurant, bar and event space, and Brit businesses like Square Mile Coffee Roasters provide the java.

As you might expect, the stylish rooms feature British-made Revo radios and Rega turntables. Guests who book in Superior Deluxe Double Double and above get the privilege of rocking out on limited-edition, custom-designed Martin & Co DXMAE guitars provided in the rooms. Ace Hotel London is in the middle of all the gentrified action on Shoreditch High Street with Liverpool Street Station just a short stroll away. We suggest hopping on one of the complimentary tokyobikes, custom-made for the hotel (naturally).

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With the discreet feel of a private club, The Hari Belgravia is a London boutique gem where locals and travelers can unwind. Located in the chic neighborhood of Belgravia, the property is steps from Kings Road and three kilometers from the city center and the upscale shopping of Knightsbridge. Guest rooms are designed with sleek contemporary lines warmed by dark, rich textures with a marble bathrooms fitted with Frette robes and amenities by Ren. Dining options include Il Pampero, which focuses on elegant traditional Italian in an upscale modern setting. Cocktails and light bites are served in the Bar and Garden Terrace, where a retractable roof offers stargazing through all seasons.

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In 1929, renowned British architect Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens designed the Midland Bank Building in the heart of the City of London. Now completely restored, The Ned reflects the glamour of that era: guest rooms feature hand-finished details and bespoke wallpapers based on original 1920’s design, bands perform from the raised stone tellers’ desk in the vast banking hall, and the hotel lounge is hidden behind the metre-thick metal door of the bank’s vault.

Nine restaurants are available on site with cuisines from around the world. Lutyens Grill, a classic prime cut steak house, is exclusive for Ned’s Club members and hotel guests only, so be sure to book in advance. Classic British fare is served along side craft ales and cocktails in Millie’s Lounge while the ever popular Cecconi’s Northern Italian favorites are not to be missed. There’s also American-inspired Malibu Kitchen, Zobler’s Delicatessen and The Nickel Bar as well as Parisian Cafe Sou and Asian-Pacific inspired Kaia.

Amenities are provided by the on-property spa, Cowshed. Ned’s Club Active has a boxing ring and studios for yoga and pilates, and Ned’s Club Relax has hamman, sauna, steam, and spa treatment rooms — all built around a 20 metre indoor pool.

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