Best for: Classic location, modern style
The lowdown: Minutes from South Kensington’s slew of museums, including the adjacent V&A, and just a pleasant stroll from the high-end department stores of Knightsbridge – Harrods chief among them – the Rembrandt has business-smart interiors behind a reconditioned Edwardian façade.
Stay for: The surprisingly delicious British fare at Palette Restaurant – you may have the world’s best restaurants on your doorstep but it’s worth staying in for.
Know this… Residents get access to the swimming pool, gym and steam rooms at the adjoining, private Aquilla Health and Fitness centre for just £7.50 a day (£2.50 for under-12s).
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Luxury: The Langham
Best for: Old-school luxury
The lowdown: Laying claim to being Europe's first ‘grand hotel’, the Langham has exuded old-fashioned class since it was new fashioned in 1865. It is still one of the capital’s finest hotels, but without the stuffiness of some of its rivals.
Stay for: The hotel bar, Artesian (so named after the 360-foot deep artesian well beneath the hotel), voted the world's best bar by ‘Drinks International’ every year since 2012, or a sumptuous afternoon tea – The Langham's Palm Court kicked off the whole tradition of formal high teas.
Know this… If you’re having trouble getting a dinner reservation at the hotel’s French restaurant, Roux at the Landau – run by Michelin-starred Michel Roux Jr and his father Albert – opt for a weekday lunch (fantastic value at just £37 for three courses; £45 including a half bottle of wine) or an early Sunday supper.
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