Aside from being chock full of things to do, London is known for some of the fantastic views that it offers, as well. From the bustling metropolis to the many ages of architecture represented throughout the city, as well as the parks and riversides, there is no shortage of great vantage points, so here are some of the best hotels in London with a view.
A five-star hotel that’s situated from floors 34 to 52 of the Shard, there are few better places to get a look over some of the key landmarks of the city. The Tower Bridge and the River Thames are both literally right outside the window. Even better, the fantastic Infinity Skypool provides a panoramic view of the whole city while enjoying a relaxing dip.
A gorgeous grand dame hotel situated in the West End, it’s a great spot for some views of the greenery surrounding every side, not to mention the Thames off to one side. Lovely traditional style rooms make the experience feel cosy and iconic, especially with sights like the National Theater and London Eye right outside.
An exceedingly cool hotel in Marylebone that’s built around an eco-friendly ethos and a commitment to a natural feeling environment. Few treehouses offer an endless view of the entire city and it even has a rooftop space with bamboo furniture and hanging greenery that offers quite a surreal contrast between natural feeling surroundings and the sheer urban sprawl just beyond it.
If you like a little variety, then this Riverside Vauxhall hotel has you sorted. There are river view rooms that give you the perfect vantage over the Thames, many of them even offering a balcony. Other views aren’t quite as impressive but the rooms are still very comfortable and chic.
Jin Bo Law is an extremely trendy Asian-inspired destination atop Dorsett City Hotel in Aldgate. The highlight is definitely the rooftop that has views of the Tower Bridge, the Gherkin, and much more, but the terraced rooms offer some delightful sights, too.
It’s rare to get a hotel that both offers a great view while also being quite the sight to behold, itself. If you get tired of gazing at this 19th-century hotel house styled after a French chateau, then you’re guaranteed either a river view or, simply put, the best view of the London Eye you’re likely to find in the city.
Out of all the Hilton hotels in and around London, the Park Lane hotel is perhaps the best known and loved. That’s in part due to the iconic landmarks that it offers excellent views of. If you can get close to the top of those 30 floors, you can enjoy the sights of Mayfair, Hyde Park, and Buckingham Palace, all of which are right on its doorstep.
The Mondrian London is perhaps one of the best centrally located hotels to serve as a base to explore the rest of the city. However, the real highlight is the fact that it offers perhaps the best view of the Thames in the city, being closer to the water’s edge than you’re likely to find in any other highly-rated spot.
One of the coolest and most contemporary spots in the city, this is a luxury pad with an emphasis on style and sophistication. There are rooms with both city and river views. The best views of all, however, might be found on the Radio Rooftop Bar, which overlooks Convent Garden, the Thames, the London Eye, and much more besides.
Hyde Park is, undeniably, one of the most aesthetically pleasing spots in the whole city, and you can do a lot worse than parking right opposite it in this grand dame. Aside from gorgeously decorated rooms overlooking the park, sometimes with terraces, the Berkley also offers a rooftop pool that offers even more expansive views of the park and surrounding area.
Whatever the season, there’s no better place to watch it from than this hotel at Park Lane in Mayfair. Just like the Berkley, it overlooks Hyde Park, but you can also book rooms that give great views of Green Park, as well.
Another one of those rare hotels that is just as much of a beauty as the views that it offers, this gorgeous Victorian building is iconic for its tall windows. From the inside, however, you can get rooms with river views, overlooking the London Eye, across from the Tower of London, and even some views of Buckingham Palace.
If you’re staying in the Trafalgar St. James, then you’re going to want to head up to the Rooftop. At this cocktail bar in the West End, you’re going to be able to enjoy perhaps the most picture-perfect view of the skyline, including The Shard, Big Ben, the London Eye, and more.
If you want a truly royal reception, then what sight is going to be better to wake up to than Buckingham Palace? The best view of this stately landmark is none other than the aptly named Rubens at the Palace, which is very much in the royal fashion itself with Edwardian Style dripping from every corner.
St. Paul’s Cathedral is another of those iconic landmarks that simply is not replicated anywhere else in the world and the terrace on the sixth floor of Grange St. Paul’s Hotel is going to offer an extremely close overhead view that puts you on eye level with the gorgeous domed roof of the Cathedral. It’s also just right by the Underground, making it an excellent place to explore the city.
These are just our pick of the top dozen or so best hotels in London with a view, and there are plenty more to be found. Any spot from this list is sure to delight the eyes and offer a great place to stay. What’s your favourite view of London? Let us know on Insta or tweet us @justhooit!