The capital is chock full of incredible hotels, many of which boast unparalleled views of the city skyline. Whether you want to sip on cocktails with a 360-degree backdrop of skyscrapers or you want to perch on a window seat and watch as the city thrums away below you, there are countless places to stay in London that can cater for all of your cityscape needs. Here’s our list of the top London hotels with amazing views.
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This independently-run hotel boasts epic views across the Thames and over to St Paul’s Cathedral and is also only a short 10-minute walk to some of London’s top attractions, like the Tate Modern and Borough Market. The hotel has been designed with a 1920s transatlantic cruise liner in mind, with rooms that have sweeping river views. The hotel bar Lyaness, voted the World’s Best Bar, has a cocktail menu curated out of seven core ingredients. But if it’s views you’re chasing, head to 12th Knot, the rooftop bar overlooking the Thames with a view of London’s dazzling skyline.
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Shangri-La The Shard
Of course, Shangri-La at The Shard would nab a spot on our list of top London hotels with amazing views, and it’s not just because of the infinity pool overlooking the entire city. The Shard has been a centrepiece in London’s skyline since the early 2010s, primarily because of its unique shape and incredible views. Rooms come equipped with binoculars for close-up city viewing, and a handful of suites come equipped with a telescope. Enjoy a bite to eat on the 34th floor at Sky Lounge before heading for cocktails at the hotel bar, Gong, where the city lights illuminate the streets below.
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Cheval Three Quays
Next up on our list of top London hotels with amazing views is apart-hotel Cheval Three Quays, located right next to the Tower of London, meaning many of the rooms have fantastic views of the historical landmark and undisturbed views of Tower Bridge. It sits right on the banks of the River Thames and is a stone’s throw from Tower Hill and Tower Gateway stations, which are handy for reaching the West End and central parts of the city. Enjoy views of the Thames on your glass balcony and through your floor-to-ceiling windows before strolling to nearby Gunpowder for a top-notch Indian meal.
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Novotel London Canary Wharf
This swanky Canary Wharf hotel has some of the best views in this corner of the capital. The 4-star, high-rise hotel houses an elegant top-floor bar with spectacular views of the city and rooms with vistas of the River Thames and beyond. The BOKAN bar and roof terrace can be found on the top three levels of the hotel, with, you guessed it, even more sweeping city views. You can dine on European dishes and cocktails before retreating to your industrial-style room for a comfortable night’s sleep and more epic views.
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The Savoy, located moments from The Strand, has been around since 1889 and is ideal for those looking to venture into the West End. Aside from its perfect central location, many rooms and suites boast unparalleled views across the River Thames, including some of London’s top landmarks. The hotel offers many options for wining and dining, including Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill, the Thames Foyer (where their iconic afternoon tea is served) and the Foyer for dinner alongside live music sessions.
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London Marriott Hotel Park Lane
The elegant London Marriott Hotel Park Lane, on the prestigious Park Lane, is located a stone’s throw from London’s most famous shopping streets and many Royal Parks. This 5-star hotel is set in a Grade II listed building and features picturesque views over Hyde Park and Marble Arch. Rooms are tastefully decorated and come with luxurious marble bathrooms; many also feature views of the surrounding Hyde Park. The hotel is also home to Park Lane’s only swimming pool, so if you’re partial to a dip during your holidays, this is the place to be.
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This quirky hotel has been designed with nostalgia in mind, specifically to evoke the feeling of climbing a tree as a child. Although it’s located in the top five floors of a bog standard office block, inside, the decor is playful, stylish and tasteful, with plenty of exposed wood, vintage furniture and greenery. The rooms have huge windows with full-length window seats where you can sit and enjoy views of the city skyline below. Their rooftop bar, The Nest, boasts 360-degree views of the capital so that you can enjoy a range of cocktails and bar bites made with local ingredients with the city as your backdrop.
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The Standard in King’s Cross remains one of the more playful London hotels; think geometric shapes, retro seventies-style decor and sleek suites. There are two ground-floor restaurants, but if it’s the views you’ve come for, then you’ll need to head to Decimo on the 10th floor or The Rooftop bar. Up here, you’ll be able to enjoy Mexican and Spanish-inspired dishes and cocktails with views of the surrounding city, namely the impressive Victorian-style King’s Cross Station. If you want a room with a view, opt for a suite with floor-to-ceiling windows where you’ll be treated to spectacular vistas and a freestanding bathtub.