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Normal luxury versus “special” luxury.

by Rajul on December 6, 2013

London has become one of the globe’s top two five-star destinations (along with Hong Kong) according to the Forbes Travel Guide, with a huge concentration of five-star properties. That makes it more difficult for top hotels to differentiate themselves. Luxurious toiletries, fine furnishings, butler service, concierge and room service facilities and high class restaurants have […]

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As we edge into November and ever closer to Christmas the days are short and the mercury is dropping, but there’s still plenty going on to warm the cockles of London’s many visitors.  Here we take a look at back at what’s been going on in London’s boutique hotel scene in October, and glance forward […]


2012 continues to be an exciting year for London’s boutique hotel sector, whether you’re in the industry or a visitor to the capital.  As well as recent openings, tantalising details of upcoming new hotels continue to emerge and boutique properties across London keep on innovating. One of the more interesting Olympic-oriented stories in July was the arrival […]


Budget backpackers, business travellers and luxury seekers are all catered for in the UK capital, with something to suit all tastes, particularly with new London hotels springing up all the time.  But average prices are perceived as high due to the consistent year-long demand and visitors often complain about the expense of a typical London hotel […]


Happy Birthday to… London’s hotels!

by Holly on September 26, 2011

By strange coincidence, it seems that 2011 is the year of the Big Birthday for London’s hotels.  Join in the party at these favourites… Happy 20th to The Halkin This month marks the 20th birthday of The Halkin and it’s celebrating with a series of events showcasing the ‘Home From Home’ ethic that it has always been […]

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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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The Halkin comes of age in style.

by Jules on August 11, 2011

The Halkin was one of London’s first boutique design hotels with just 41 rooms and is marking its 20th birthday this September.  To celebrate, the hotel has arranged a whole host of events and promotions planned running right up until the end of October – that’s some birthday celebration!  There will be a pop up lounge, […]

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Your 10-step London “luxury hotel crawl”!

by Rajul on February 18, 2010

London Hotels Insight is all about inside information to help you enjoy a great stay in London by securing the best hotel for your budget. But it’s also fun (and cheaper!) to hang out in London’s top hotels even if you’re not actually staying there.  So we’ve crafted our “top 10” list of super London […]


Twitter is currently the scene of a global campaign to “set WiFi free” in hotels.  A fellow blogger has even launched a website around this theme. London Hotels Insight would like to add its voice by making a positive example of London hotels with free WiFi.  I know our findings will be useful to the […]


London shopping part 2: where to stay.

by Rajul on May 18, 2009

We identified London’s main department stores in part one of this double feature.  Here we suggest places to stay to make the most of them. After all, if you’re on a “shopping mission” in London, the last thing you want to do is spend time faffing around getting to those juicy stores! Harvey Nichols and […]