5 Hotels That Showcase Historic London With a Modern Twist

By Alyssa Recoon

 Wear We Went rounds up the top five hotels in London that mix the best of historic and modern London culture. Take a deeper look inside some of the most stunning establishments the royal city has to offer.


1. The Wellesley Hotel

The Wellesley is a 1920’s townhouse that was restored with a modern take on the Art Deco style. Originally built as the home of iconic jazz and cabaret venue, Pizza on the Park, it reopened as an intimate luxury hotel in 2012. It mixes modern luxury with traditional glamour in one of London’s most notable locations. Each room has a contemporary touch with artwork that represents the building’s Art Deco past. All of the spacious suites offer a city view or Hyde Park view with a lounge and work station. The ultimate luxury lies in The Penthouse, on the sixth and seventh floors of the hotel. This option includes four bedrooms, a private terrace offering rooftop views, a spacious lounge that can fit up to 8 guests for a seated dinner, and a state-of-the-art private bar. Additional features of this extraordinary hotel include a Jazz Lounge with live music, Cigar Terrace and private dining area. Looking to treat yourself to a classy and refined stay in London? The Wellesley is our go to.

2. The Corinthia

The Corinthia is located right in the heart of London, just steps from Trafalgar Square, Westminster and Covent Garden. Built in 1885, this grand Victorian building features fine stylish rooms and suites with state-of-the-art modern luxury. Rooms and suites include either a city view or balcony view looking over the beautiful courtyard.  The Corinthia offers several package options that are guaranteed to enhance your stay and overall trip. Need to relax and unwind? ESPA Life includes four floors of spa treatment rooms, a fitness center, café and more. This 5-star hotel was even named the “Ultratravel Collection Hotel of the Year” at the 2016 ULTRA Awards in May.

3. Browns Hotel

Browns first opened in 1837 in Mayfair and is just moments away from the Bond Street boutiques, The Royal Academy of Arts and several independent art galleries. All rooms were designed by Olga Polizzi and feature interactive entertainment, bathrooms in Bush hammered limestone, Bisazza mosaic and Carrara marble. There are several suite options, but if you are looking for a historic experience, the new Kipling Suite is named after Rudyard Kipling who stayed at Brown’s and wrote the Jungle Book here. It includes a large elegant sitting room and floor to ceiling windows. Browns has an elegant spa and sophisticated restaurants and bars to make any day or night special. Whether you are traveling as a family, a couple or on your own, this hotel has something for everyone.

4. Claridges

Claridges is located in the heart of Mayfair and started as a single house that was transformed into an Art Deco luxury hotel that stays true to its incredible historic background. It opened in the 19th century and since has been a favorite among royal guests and some of the most famous figures of every generation. Designer Diane Von Furstenberg worked with Claridges on designing 20 rooms and suites and designer David Linley completed his work on the 25 contemporary suites in 2012. The hotel interior features bold designs of the 1920’s and 1930’s. All rooms and suites are beautifully furnished, with luxury marble bathrooms. The hotel has a long list of restaurants and bars, including Fera, the Michelin-starred modern and innovative restaurant, by renowned chef Simon Rogan.

5. The London EDITION Hotel

The London EDITION Hotel is a five-star boutique design hotel located in London’s Soho neighborhood. Some of the London’s best fashion, art and dining are just moments away. Rooms are sophisticated with a yacht cabin-like feel complete with oak floors and walnut wood panels.  Lofts and suites include a spacious living area and select rooms including the Penthouse Suite, offer a wrap-around terrace with 360 views of London. The hotel is home to Berner’s Tavern, one of the most popular restaurants in London, under the direction of Michelin-starred Executive Chef Jason Atherton.  The hotel’s bar, The Punch Room, is inspired by nineteenth century London’s private clubs, with one-of-a-kind crafted cocktails and live music.