4 Romantic London Hotels
Whether housed in historic spaces or cutting-edge skyscrapers, these hotels are the perfect backdrop for romance.
With its mix of history, gorgeous parks and gardens and eclectic neighborhoods, London is the perfect stage set for romance. It's hard not to be inspired by this vibrant, international city where a theater date or dinner at a top-flight restaurant lays the ground work for a memorable evening. And a beautiful hotel room with the kind of unique, special touches that make a trip, is the perfect nightcap. These luxurious hotels are ideal for honeymoons, proposals, anniversaries, special occasions and any time when romance is on your mind.
St. Ermin's Hotel
Old-school luxury defines the historic Autograph Collection St. Ermin’s 1889 London hotel in central London. The hotel immediately sets a romantic mood with its entryway drive flanked by a typically gorgeous English garden filled with hydrangeas, roses and poppies. The hotel has a secret hideaway flavor, tucked away from the main road by that lovely entrance allée even though the St. Ermin's is, in fact, conveniently located to a host of London sites like Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss the hotel's lovely bee-garden and hives on the third floor terrace and try a cocktail featuring the house-made honey, preferably sipped on this pretty hotel’s front porch. Or canoodle in the exquisite lobby with its wedding cake plasterwork created by Victorian theater designer J.P. Briggs. Loaded with history and charm, the St. Ermin’s was a hangout for the likes of Winston Churchill, Ian Fleming and Noel Coward.
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Shangrai-La at the Shard
Feel like you own the skyline in this ultra-glamorous skyscraper hotel in a Renzo Piano-designed building that puts a premium on impeccable service and jet-set calibre luxury. Beautiful flower arrangements are swapped out regularly in the common areas and hundreds of couples have proposed in the Shangrai-La's sumptuous rooms since it opened in 2014. Nab a window table at the exquisitely appointed Ting restaurant or enjoy a craft cocktail at the highest cocktail bar in London, the Gong Bar, on the 52nd floor. At either spot you can savor a view of the Thames and all of London spread out before you as exquisite as any beach or mountain range.
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The Rosewood London
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The haute London florist McQueens creates the gorgeous floral displays that define the elegant public spaces of the Rosewood hotel.
Every detail at this exquisite, eccentric Covent Garden hotel has been thought out, from the gorgeous Edwardian courtyard to the dozens of boxwood planters that set the tone for this hotel centered on high-design, cheeky British wit (winking art fills the lobby and the valets wear Harris tweed coats and jaunty caps that would not be out of place on a Wes Anderson set) and an appreciation for all things bespoke and exotic, like bird cages in the lobby featuring finches and budgies. Stop into this incomparably stylish hotel for a romantic rendez-vous and don't forget to check out the hotel's romantic, glorious flower arrangements (the hotel's signature white hydrangeas are featured in every room) from the brand McQueens, designer for the Vanity Fair post-Oscars party and high society London events.
You’ll know you’ve made the right lodging decision the second you walk into the buzzing, glam lobby of this hip 5-star London hotel in the Covent Garden theater district. Be sure and grab a curated cocktail in the scene-y Lobby Bar frequented by everyone who’s anyone from BBC journalists to glamorous fashionistas. Rooms are a great blend of coziness and high-end swankiness. Don’t miss a trip to the spa and the sexy swimming pool with your significant other. The pool is one of the most unique in the city with underwater music and a screen featuring changing views of clouds, sea life and other visual delights.