Samuel Johnston was right: If you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life. It’s the city that set the mold for countless others across the globe in terms of structure, commerce and law. It’s a city of of art, of culture, of music and some of the world’s most recognisable and desired fashion brands. It is, in a word, iconic.  Some think it is the greatest city in the world. Agree? You’ll have to explore to find out!

Where to go
You know the usual tourist faves, so let’s go beyond that. Take time to investigate the city’s distinct neighbourhoods, from the resurgent and hip East End, to the chic and fashionable West End. Venture south of the river, beyond the Globe Theatre to the Southwark Borough Market here you can sample foodie delights from across the globe. Explore Spitalfields and Shoreditch for up and coming designer fashion. Have high tea at a grand hotel. Go on a walking tour of street art or the seamier side of the city’s history. Head down to Greenwich for a unique view of the city and some fantastic shops and restaurants. Pick an area and wander it, discovering a thousand hidden gems. 

Food & Drink
It’s London - you can get almost any food you can imagine at any hour of the day.  That said, the capital does hide a few foodie nirvana worth seeking out. For some of the most spectacular views, you might like to try Hutong (The Shard, 31 St Thomas St) or Searcy’s (30 St Mary Axe). For something more down to earth, Ember (1A, Pudding Lane) delivers delightfully spicy pan-Asian cooking on the street the Great Fire of London began. However for something truly London, head on over to Paternoster Chop House (1, Warwick Court, Paternoster Row), with views over St Paul’s Cathedral, for a terrific steak. 

Nightlife
Where to begin? London has some of the best nightlife in the world. From huge iconic nightclubs like Fabric and Ministry of Sound to small, intimate bars, there’s something for everybody’s speed. We’re going to recommend Scarfe’s (Rosewood London, 252 High Holborn) for a night of gin-soaked fun - seriously, you have to see the gorgeous interior - or The Connaught (Carlos Place) for glitzy glamour, seemingly straight out of the 1930s. Of course, one of the great joys of London is discovering your own hidden gems, so pick a neighbourhood and explore!  

Where to stay
We think that the Portobello Hotel in Notting Hill is one of the most romantic boutique hotels in London and the ideal base for exploring the capital, close to many great restaurants and shopping districts - Marylebone High Street is nearby with high-end boutiques and artisanal food-sellers. Cocktails at the nearby Chiltern Firehouse Hotel are also a fun way to spend an afternoon  Expect discreet, personal service at the Portobello - they've been in the business since 1921. Over in Knightsbridge, just a hop and a skip from Harvey Nichols and Harrods, The Levin is perfect for shoppers - you can have all of your shopping delivered back to the hotel! Otherwise, this is a wonderful boutique hotel with a terrific restaurant. Finally, the Royal Park Hotel, near Marylebone High Street is a slice of bygone elegance suitable for all kinds of discerning guests. Again, impeccable service is the order of the day here, extending to helping you discover the best that London has to offer. 

How to get there 
There are direct flights to London from almost every major city in Europe and the east coast of the United States. From Europe, London can be reached by Eurostar rail services. 

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CRANLEY HOTEL

london, united kingdom

Cranley Hotel is a small luxury hotel in fashionable South Kensington, London. The stylish rooms have a chic English style befitting the renovated 19th-century townhouses - in a prime location for the city's best sights, museums & shopping.

THE GORE HOTEL

south kensington, united kingdom

The Gore Hotel is one of the most romantic boutique hotels in London. Just a hop and skip from the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, it also boasts one of the best locations, opposite the Queen's Gate of Hyde Park.

THE LEVIN HOTEL

london, united kingdom

The discreet entrance of The Levin hides a grand scale luxury hotel within the size of a boutique hotel. Situated in the heart of Knightsbridge, a hop and a skip from Harrods, this 12 room luxury boutique hotel defines luxury on a smaller scale.

THE ROCKWELL

london, united kingdom

The Rockwell Hotel in Kensington is a London boutique hotel set in 2 restored Victorian terraces, popular with those who want a luxury stay for a reasonable price. An added bonus to this stylish retreat is the location and gourmet menu.

THE ROYAL PARK HOTEL

london, united kingdom

The Royal Park Hotel is a 48 room boutique hotel in London that is stone's throw from Hyde Park withint walking distance of some of London's most popular sights and sounds.

YORK AND ALBANY

london, united kingdom

Gordon Ramsay's first venture into the boutique hotel arena has been a resounding success. Situated near Regent's Park, York & Albany has 10 enchanting rooms and a dining room with bar serving a fragrant Mediterranean menu.

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THE PORTOBELLO HOTEL

london, united kingdom

The Portobello Hotel, one of the most romantic boutique hotels in London, is a Notting Hill institution popular with the music, entertainment and fashion crowds. A real haven, this luxury hotel is right in the heart of West London, walking distance from some great shops, restaurants & bars.

DEAN STREET TOWNHOUSE

london, united kingdom

Dean Street Townhouse is a stunning boutique hotel in the heart of Soho, London. Former home of the Gargoyle club, this 4-storey Georgian townhouse has been newly opened as a Chic Retreat with a great British restaurant.

EUROPA HOUSE APARTMENTS

london, united kingdom

Europe House Apartments 'are the top serviced apartments in London for families' - Frommer's London with Kids. Situated in the heart of Little Venice and with no minimum stay attached these luxury apartments are the ideal alternative to a boutique hotel.

HIGH ROAD HOUSE

london, united kingdom

High Road House is a small boutique hotel in Chiswick, West London and has recently undergone extensive refurbishment making it the boutique hotel to stay in in London. Relax in Ilse Crawford's fresh interiors with their mix of retro and hi-tech finishings and enjoy use of the members' bar, lounge, restaurant and terrace brasserie.

MONTAGU PLACE HOTEL

london, united kingdom

Montagu Place Hotel is a small chic hotel in the heart of Marylebone, London. These grade-II-listed town houses have been stylishly renovated melding contemporary design with period features and the welcoming staff make this a real home-from-home.

NO. 5 MADDOX STREET

london, united kingdom

Just a hop and a skip from Regent Street and Bond Street, the spacious 12 hotel suites at No. 5 Maddox Street are some of the best alternatives to a luxury boutique hotel in London. 'The epitome of London cool' - The Daily Telegraph.

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