With its winning combination of English heritage and contemporary sophistication, Rosewood London sits firmly in the highest echelons of the capital’s luxury hotels. The Grade II-listed Belle Époque building has the feel of a stylish London residence; guests enter a grand, wrought iron gated former carriage arch, leading to the hotel’s historic central courtyard with its majestic stone façades, while the Grand Pavonazzo marble staircase soars to a dizzying 166-foot cupola. Inside, the hotel is the work of two designers: Tony Chi created the 263 glamorous rooms and 45 suites, splendid Rose Bronze Gallery entrance and the jewel box Mirror Room, which serves an innovative Art Afternoon Tea inspired by London’s latest exhibitions. Meanwhile, Martin Brudnizki designed both Holborn Dining Room – a bustling British brasserie with a trendy gin bar – and the popular Scarfes Bar, its walls decorated with paintings by satirical artist Gerald Scarfe. Don’t miss Holborn Dining Room’s Pie Room, run by Head Pie Maker Nokx Majozi, who was also named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Hospitality. Suites come with a dedicated butler, and service is faultless.

Doubles from £500

+44 (0)20 7781 8888; rosewoodhotels.com/london

Rosewood London exterior