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Top 10 Hotels With A View In London - Updated 2019

Philip
Updated Apr 08, 2019

The bustling streets of London are crammed with striking architecture, fascinating people and historic cultural wonders, such as the Tower of London, the Palace of Westminster and Trafalgar Square. Visiting London is an experience that tourists from all over the world cherish. And, if you want to carry on experiencing the city after your return to your hotel room, you’ll want to make sure you choose top accommodation with a view to match.

These are the 10 best London hotels if you’re on the lookout for a beautiful view of the city.

1. Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard, London (From 426 GBP (566.24 USD))

If it’s spectacular London cityscape vistas you’re after, then you’ll get no finer than the Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard. The heavenly views at this aptly named hotel are a result of its location, high up in UK’s tallest skyscraper - the iconic 1,016 foot (309.7 meter) tall Shard. All manner of world-famous London landmarks can be viewed from this hotel, which is located between floors 34 and 52 of this 95-story architectural wonder - including the Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral and more.

This five-star luxury hotel’s floor to ceiling windows ensure you will enjoy stunning views from any angle, regardless of your room and, with no fewer than three drinking and dining areas within its glass walls, you’ll be spoilt for choice on where to enjoy a romantic meal for two. Among these options is GŎNG which, as it’s located on the 52nd floor, is the highest cocktail and champagne bar in the capital. The sky really is the limit.

Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard, London

Address: Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, London (see map)

Price: From 426 GBP (566.24 USD)

Star Rating: 5 stars

Travelers Review: Superb 9.4 (from 2,163 reviews)

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2. The Savoy (From 504 GBP (669.92 USD))

One of the most iconic hotels in London, the world-famous Savoy has become almost a byword for luxury - its famous entrance and its Art Deco and Edwardian stylings proving an irresistible lure for the rich and famous. What’s more, it isn’t just its impressive interior that wows its guests. Its location, on the banks of the Thames, means those who pay it a visit will likely spend as much time gazing out at the iconic London riverscape as the opulence within.

The London Eye and the Palace of Westminster - home to the UK parliament and Big Ben - are easily visible.The hotel is also just a short walk from a whole host of theatres, including the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and the Lyceum. The Royal Opera House is also only a fifth of a mile (.3 km) away.

The Savoy

Address: Strand, Westminster Borough, London, WC2R 0EU, United Kingdom (see map)

Price: From 504 GBP (669.92 USD)

Star Rating: 5 stars

Travelers Review: Superb 9.4 (from 981 reviews)

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3. citizenM Tower of London (From 179 GBP (237.96 USD))

If you’re itching for a superbly-rated four-star hotel experience in the heart of London, that guarantees great views, but you simply haven’t the budget for such world-famous digs as the Savoy, then the CitizenM Tower of London is one option you may wish to consider. As its name suggests, it is ideally located near the historic Tower of London, which stands just a short distance away. And, naturally this makes the hotel equally well-placed for the iconic Tower Bridge.

What’s more, the hotel’s rooftop terrace affords great views of these and other landmarks, such as the towering Shard skyscraper. And, if you are eager to get out and explore the city, the hotel’s location on top of the Tower Hill Underground tube station, is ideal.

citizenM Tower of London

Address: 40 Trinity Square, City of London, London, EC3N 4DJ, United Kingdom (see map)

Price: From 179 GBP (237.96 USD)

Star Rating: 5 stars

Travelers Review: Superb 9.1 (from 6,076 reviews)

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4. London Marriott Hotel County Hall (From 228 GBP (303.10 USD))

If you’re after a luxury hotel with a superb location, right next to one of the city’s most popular attractions, then the London Marriott Hotel County Hall is perfect for you. The iconic London Eye - a giant Ferris wheel with large, enclosed passenger pods - sits outside this hotel on the banks of the River Thames. So, not only can you enjoy beautiful river views from your room, you can also hop on board the London Eye and enjoy spectacular vistas across the city, too.

Venture a little further and you’ll find the Palace of Westminster, the London Aquarium and the Cenotaph War Memorial, all less than a third of a mile (.5 km) away. Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace are both less than a mile (1.6 km) away, while the Tower of London is less than two miles (3.2 km) distance - close enough to sate the appetite of even the most eager sightseer. And, after a busy day exploring the city, why not relax in the hotel’s indoor pool and sauna?

London Marriott Hotel County Hall

Address: London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7PB, United Kingdom (see map)

Price: From 228 GBP (303.10 USD)

Star Rating: 5 stars

Travelers Review: Very good 8.5 (from 644 reviews)

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5. The Royal Horseguards (From 267 GBP (354.94 USD))

Another striking five-star hotel, which makes the very most of its riverside location, the Royal Horseguards has delighted many a past guest with its Grade I listed building and excellent location. What’s more, the staff have also been praised by those who have stayed - and are a likely a contributing factor to the Royal Horseguards winning the AA London Hotel of the Year, as recently as 2011.

It is also a double AA Rosette winner for its restaurant - so, if you’re looking for food to rival the beautiful view while dining on the outdoor terrace, you’re in luck. The hotel is also superbly placed for a number of city center attractions, including Trafalgar Square, the theatre district and the National Gallery. And, its name is also a clue as to its proximity to Horseguards Parade - and its ceremonies of royal pomp and circumstance.

The Royal Horseguards

Address: 2 Whitehall Court, Westminster Borough, London, SW1A 2EJ, United Kingdom (see map)

Price: From 267 GBP (354.94 USD)

Star Rating: 5 stars

Travelers Review: Fabulous 8.8 (from 1,734 reviews)

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6. ME London by Melia (From 258.30 GBP (343.98 USD))

Panoramic views of London await those who opt for a stay in the Hotel ME London by Melia. This hotel boasts a fine rooftop bar and terrace which offers unparalleled vistas over the rooftops of the city. It is also well placed for those looking to get out and explore the city. The West End and its famous theatre attractions are just a five-minute walk away, while the river is even closer.

Food and drink fans are also well catered for during their stay here, with a good choice on offer in the hotel - from the STK London Steakhouse and the Cucina Asselina with its Tuscan cuisine, to the Radio terrace bar or the Marconi lounge bar.

ME London by Melia

Address: 336-337 Strand, London, Westminster Borough, London, WC2R 1HA, United Kingdom (see map)

Price: From 258.30 GBP (343.98 USD)

Star Rating: 5 stars

Travelers Review: Superb 9.3 (from 1,041 reviews)

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7. Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London (From 169.15 GBP (225.26 USD))

If you’ve always wanted to get a closer look at the iconic Palace of Westminster, then the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London is hard to beat. This plush and modern hotel sits directly opposite this world famous building, on the opposite side of the River Thames and next to Westminster Bridge.

But, if you come for the view, you may wish to stay for the hotel experience. Past guests have raved about the friendly staff and the cleanliness of the interior, while foodies will be able to indulge in the hotel’s restaurants: the prize-winning Brasserie Joël, which offers French cuisine and the Ichi Sushi & Sashimi, with its Japanese dishes. And, those craving a little R&R can luxuriate in the hotel’s steam room, sauna and spa.

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

Address: Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, London, SE1 7UT, United Kingdom (see map)

Price: From 169.15 GBP (225.26 USD)

Star Rating: 5 stars

Travelers Review: Fabulous 8.7 (from 13,088 reviews)

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8. Park Plaza County Hall London (From 152.15 GBP (202.62 USD))

Another hotel superbly located for those looking to explore the riverside and the London Eye, the Park Plaza County Hall London is also one of the most affordable hotels on this list - perfect for those on a budget who don’t wish to scrimp on four-star comfort and highly-praised customer service.

It is also well placed for a number of other iconic London attractions, with Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus and the royal opulence of Buckingham Palace all within about a mile (1.6 km) - or less. An on-site Italian restaurant adds a little added sparkle for those craving scrumptious cuisine, while the steam room, sauna and health club will appeal to those eager to unwind.

Park Plaza County Hall London

Address: 1 Addington Street, Lambeth, London, SE1 7RY, United Kingdom (see map)

Price: From 152.15 GBP (202.62 USD)

Star Rating: 4 stars

Travelers Review: Very good 8.4 (from 6,689 reviews)

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9. The Tower - A Guoman Hotel (From 112 GBP (149.15 USD))

London on a budget does not have to mean you scrimp on the experience. Take the Tower Hotel: despite being far and away the lowest priced entry on this list, this four-star hotel has a fabulous reputation among past guests and still boasts one of the best locations for those eager to soak up iconic landmarks from the comfort of their lodgings.

This hotel offers superb, up-close views of the iconic Tower Bridge and it is located beside this feat of Victorian engineering. Naturally, this also places the Tower of London within easy reach, as well. And, it is well-placed for a number of Underground tube stations, should you wish to venture further afield.

The Tower - A Guoman Hotel

Address: St Katherines’ Way, Tower Hamlets, London, E1W 1LD, United Kingdom (see map)

Price: From 112 GBP (149.15 USD)

Star Rating: 4 stars

Travelers Review: Fabulous 8.6 (from 4,088 reviews)

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10. Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane (From 520 GBP (692.48 USD))

Park Lane: it’s an address which, in London, is almost a byword for wealth and luxury. So, naturally, this hotel was only ever going to be a five-star experience - with a superb rating among past guests to match. What’s more, its location on the edge of Hyde Park ensures lovely green park views, and iconic city landmarks, such as the London Eye and the Shard.

The hotel itself is also handy to Buckingham Palace, while shopaholics, eager to sample the world-famous delights of Oxford Street, will be thrilled to know it is only 15 minutes away, by foot. And, after a rich but tiring day in the city, you’ll enjoy the hotel’s Italian restaurant menu and its spa.

Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

Address: Hamilton Place, Park Lane, Westminster Borough, London, W1J 7DR, United Kingdom (see map)

Price: From 520 GBP (692.48 USD)

Star Rating: 5 stars

Travelers Review: Superb 9.3 (from 335 reviews)

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Rooms with a view

Whatever your budget and whichever landmarks you are most eager to see, there’s a London hotel out there to suit your needs. Take your pick from our top choices above and start planning your exciting trip!

This article was originally published on Dec 12, 2017

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