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The Biltmore Mayfair | London
The building was designed by architect Richard Seifert and constructed from 1967 to 1969 by Grand Metropolitan Hotels as the Britannia Hotel. It has a classical red-brick facade facing Grosvenor Square, and a modern concrete, brick and glass facade facing Adam's Row, which is the main entrance. From 1981 it was the Britannia InterContinental London, from 1996 Millennium Britannia, from 2000 Millennium London Mayfair and in its recent incarnation (2019) it is part of Hilton's LXR brand.
The Bloomsbury Hotel | London
One of London's most significant relaunches. The designer behind so many celebrated hotel and restaurant interiors worldwide, Martin Brudnizki, has refashioned the 1920s Bloomsbury with a jazz-age pink cocktail bar and patio restaurant, to winning effect.
The Ampersand | London
Charming and whimsical, The Ampersand hotel is set in a historical 1888 Victorian property. A quintessential London Hotel it is located in a fashionable location. The pillared foyer and grand staircase lit by a cascading chandelier lead to a gourmet Mediterranean restaurant, games room with table tennis, classic hotel bar with sophisticated urban feel, and several drawing rooms where a patisserie and tea menu is available.
Claridge's | London
The hotel dates back to 1812, became known as Claridges in 1854 and was entirely rebuilt in the 1890s. Interiors largely remain true to a 1920s Art Deco refurbishment with The Reading Room and Foyer opening onto the reception lobby, and used for snacks and meals throughout the day. Afternoon tea is an institution here. The sultry, aubergine-coloured Fumoir cocktail bar has a cosy allure while the bigger Claridge’s bar is a sophisticated, street-side rendezvous.
The Mayfair Townhouse | London
The Half Moon Street address pays tribute to the frilly artistic folk of the 19th century. There’s a playful dose of Alice-in-Wonderland-meets-Oscar-Wilde, with nods to the flamboyance of characters from The Importance of Being Earnest, and quirky colored graphic art playing with motifs from down the rabbit hole. It could all add up to something distinctly gimmicky but a sense of restraint and a Claridges-esque appreciation for Art Deco has resulted in rooms that are moody, masculine and smart.
The Connaught | London
The hotel first opened in 1815 as the Prince of Saxe Coburg Hotel, an offshoot of a hotel opened by Alexander Grillon in Albemarle Street, Mayfair, and was originally a pair of Georgian houses in Charles Street, near Grosvenor Square. The 1st Duke of Westminster decided to redevelop the area, and the street was changed, becoming Carlos Place. In 1892 Scorrier, the owner, applied to rebuild the hotel, although work did not start until two years later, when the original houses were demolished.
The Londoner | London
It takes some confidence to replace the old Odeon Cinema West End with a hotel that towers eight floors above Leicester Square, with a further six levels below ground. It’s conceived as a “super-boutique” hotel, which aims to marry the character and personalized service of a boutique with the large scale and extreme comforts of a high-end luxury operation.
Reassuringly old-fashioned – the hotel dates from 1908 and heritage is key to the hotel’s success, but the recent makeover has continued to cleverly nudge the hotel into the modern era – GBR restaurant being a fine example. Oil paintings line the walls of the lobby and in the bar; make sure to take a ride in the wood panelled lift – one of the many original features. The façade has been refreshed and arriving in the small courtyard feels like coming back home for many guests.
The Grand Hotel | Eastbourne, England
Built in 1875, this chalk-white Victorian sprawl is fondly known as the 'white palace' and was a favourite of Victorian high society, who would come to imbibe lungfuls of health-boosting sea air. The only five-star hotel on the British coastline, it's unashamedly posh with its huge marble columns, grand ancestral portraits and polished antique furnishings.
The Mitre | Kingston upon Thames, England
With a stunning new look from interior designer Nicola Harding, the property combines quirky British sensibility with elegant authentic luxury. Sheltered within a Grade II-listed property dating back to 1665, the now hotel was originally used as ancillary accommodation for guests of King Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace. Set on the banks of the River Thames, the 36-key hotel includes a riverside all day dining and wine bar, a brasserie and bar, an Orangery, and a large riverside terrace.
The Pig at Bridge Place | Bridge, Canterbury | England
The hotel features a red brick façade and ornate Jacobean interior including large fireplaces, secret stairways and panelled rooms. Outside the main building a new coach house will accommodate 12 further bedrooms to the existing 7, while seven fitting Hop Pickers’ Huts will be created from reclaimed materials and will sit within the grounds.
Hotel Pelirocco | Brighton, England
On Brighton's seafront Regency Square is Pelirocco, Brighton's original "rock-and-roll" hotel. It is set in a Regency style townhouse hotel featuring boutique-style themed rooms, inspired by pop culture, glamour and music. There is the Soul Supreme room which is all Motown retro, decked out in high-shine red and gold, and complete with record player and microphone, while Fancy Pants features bedside tables made from lingerie-clad mannequins.
Monkey Island Estate | Bray, England
Monkey Island was bought by the 3rd Duke of Marlborough as a fishing retreat in the Thames in 1723. Since then, it has been a popular place for visitors to dine and stay since the 19th century. Now expensively revamped, it has become the latest hotel in the Malaysian-owned YTL group
The Olde Bell | Hurley-on-Thames, England
Though there’s a rambling, 12th century Main Inn, with inglenook fireplaces, sloping floorboards and rocking chairs, at the heart of this hotel, there are five separate buildings of varied character and vintage, as well as six acres of lovely gardens.
The Roseate Reading | England
Built in 1911 in grand Queen Anne style as the Shire Hall for the Berkshire County Council, it is now an opulent repository of good living where the tone is set by a chandelier made from 86,000 Italian glass beads that cascades from the top of the building. There’s specially commissioned art and sculpture throughout, huge arrangements of flowers, bold colours, dramatic fabrics and wallpapers.
Artist Residence Brighton | England
Groovy yet grown up, Artist Residence is easily one of Brighton's most stylish boutique hotels. With the feel of a cosy boho club, its look mixes retro furnishings with densely pigmented colours and hip artwork. Come here for clever cocktails, on-trend tasting menus and dreamy bedside sea views.
Beaverbrook | Leatherhead, England
As owner of the Daily Express newspaper, Lord Beaverbrood wooed the world’s luminaries at his fanciful wedding-cake of a home, set within the Surrey Hills. Rooms nod to past guests – Elizabeth Taylor, Rudyard Kipling and Ian Fleming – and as a minister to Winston Churchill, Lord Beaverbrook also hosted key wartime conclaves here. And yet, it doesn’t languish in the past: interiors are by Susie Atkinson, of Soho House fame, and the Japanese restaurant is run by an ex-Nobu chef.
Hotel Una | Brighton, England
Situated on Regency Square, boutique Hotel Una is ideally situated to explore Brighton’s sights. Modern and stylish, rooms are individually decorated with contrasting textures, natural wood and modern artwork. The bar serves an extensive range of cocktails, whiskeys, cognacs, gins, cognacs and champagnes. Plenty of bars, restaurants and shops are found right at the doorstep.
Star Inn | Alfriston, England
Originally a religious hostel built in 1345 and used to accommodate monks and pilgrims en route from Battle Abbey to the shrine of St Richard, patron saint of Sussex, at Chichester Cathedral, it became an inn in the 16th century. Wooden figures grace the upper part of the building, whilst in the front is a one-time ship's figurehead representing a red lion. The latter is connected with the Alfriston smuggling gang who used the inn as a base; their leader was transported to Australia in 1830.
The Grand Brighton | England
Opened in 1864, this is Brighton’s grandest dame among the city’s plethora of seafront hotels. The Grand is looking as graciously fresh as she did in her heyday. Interior work has vastly improved the look of both bedrooms and public areas; so gone is the dated chintzy fuss of a few years back – in its place, a softer palette, modern air conditioning, contemporary statement furniture and glossy Art Deco-inspired accents.
Selina Brighton | England
Designed to reflect Brighton’s iconic ocean-front location and the city’s creative spirit, interior designer Tola Ojuolape collaborated closely with Selina’s workshop team, using materials that represent and embrace the community, and each of the rooms has been given a quirky and whimsical twist.
Oakley Court | Windsor, Egland
A recent make-over is effortlessly eclectic: There are plush Eagle & Hodges couches, with oriental rugs set snugly beneath mid-century chairs. The beds are big and comfy, dressed in the kind of big, bold, stripy bed linen that evokes long, lazy summer days. Elsewhere, there’s a gym and pool area with infrared saunas, and a restaurant and terrace set along the river. In the summertime, you can play tennis at the on-site courts, or follow one of the nature trails that wind around the grounds.