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With the film adaption of 50 Shades of Grey due to be released on February 13, Valentine’s Day this year is set to be sexier than ever. So for couples who want to add a little va va voom into their relationship like Christian and Anastasia, we’ve compiled our list of London’s sexiest hotel rooms… […]


A-list London: the Beckhams’ favourite London hotspots.

by Elizabeth Hands on October 29, 2014

With the opening of Victoria Beckham’s very first shop, the Spice-Girl-turned-fashion-designer and her uber-attractive family are sure to be spending much more time in London. So, in honour of Victoria’s new venture, we’ve rounded up some of the Beckhams’ favourite haunts in the city: The Savoy Victoria is a busy career woman but she always […]


Sitting outside on a warm summer’s day is one of the great pleasures of the season. Many hotels have terraces, balconies, gardens and outdoor seating for their restaurants but fewer have courtyards. A courtyard offers a level of privacy and intimacy and usually affords you some shade from heat of the sun, without having to […]


It’s that time of year again when everyone’s frantically buying Christmas presents and making plans for the festive period.  London’s boutique hotels meanwhile are gearing up for December, and will no doubt pull out all the stops to get guests into the festive spirit this Christmas. November was tainted by the sad news of Ace […]


London boutique hotels round-up – Dec. 2011.

by Timea on December 30, 2011

It’s been a packed year of developments, openings and promotions for London boutique hotels in 2011 and December was no exception. With the New Year almost upon us, we take a look at some of the most newsworthy items to emerge in the past month, as well as some exciting prospects for 2012 and beyond. […]


London has world-class boutique hotels, offering the perfect antidote to high-rise sterility and big-brand anonymity.  To help you keep up with the ever-changing scene, we proudly present our monthly round-up of all the latest news from the very best London boutique hotels. The family-owned Goring Hotel is certainly no stranger to famous guests, so staff were no doubt […]

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Welcome to the latest London Hotels Insight round-up from the thriving London boutique hotels scene.  The city is home to some of the world’s best boutique hotels and this summary reviews the most recent news. London is set to gain a new boutique hotel as planning permission has now been given for a property in […]

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Which London hotel suits your style?

by Andrea on April 19, 2011

While some London boutique hotels like the Hempel are totally Zen – cool minimalism, white space, almost austere in design – others are at the opposite end: crammed full of antiques, upholstery and vibrant colour. And what’s in fashion seems to swing from one pole to the other from year to year.  Then each of […]


Anouska Hempel and boutique London hotels.

by Andrea on April 12, 2011

In the 1970s there was no such thing as a ’boutique hotel’.  In fact there was hardly any such thing as ‘hotel design’ – most hotels were highly conservative.  This was still the era of place mats with stagecoach and hunting scenes on them and menus with upholstered red plastic covers. Then Anouska Hempel brought […]


London hotel toiletries: what should you get?

by Andrea on November 24, 2010

I know I really should be judging hotels on other features.  Nonetheless, as soon as I get inside a hotel room, one of the first things I want to know is – what toiletries am I going to get? Getting the toiletries right can help a hotel establish its values and brand.  Sometimes you need […]


Four more top London celebrity hotels.

by Rajul on January 15, 2010

This article will round up our look at London’s top “celebrity hotels”. Though our list is not exhaustive, we’ve already featured Blakes, The Dorchester and The May Fair in this special series of blog posts. Claridge’s and the Lanesborough also get their share of celebrity guests but are generally far too discreet to publicise this […]


London celebrity hotels: Blake’s.

by Rajul on January 14, 2010

Blakes is more off the beaten track than other celebrity hotels we’ve featured: it’s a tad west of the centre in expensive yet discreet Kensington.  That’s why it’s favoured by celebs seeking refuge and privacy. The hotel is apparently frequented by the Beckhams, Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo di Caprio and Lindsay Lohan among others.  They all […]