A proudly independent five-star hotel in the heart of prestigious Mayfair, The Athenaeum exudes luxury with a nod to its glamorous Art Deco roots (it began in 1850 as the elegant mansion of Henry Pelham-Clinton, sixth Duke of Newcastle, and was restyled in the 1930s). With the designer fashion boutiques of Bond Street and Buckingham Palace all just a stroll away, this is an enviable location to call home – and the perfect base to explore the capital’s best-loved landmarks. Rooms and suites come with all of life’s luxuries and views over Green Park or the characterful surrounding streets. Guests can also choose to stay at the Residences – contemporary serviced apartments that exude English charm set in the Victorian townhouses next to the hotel. The restaurant, 116 at The Athenaeum, is a lovely informal setting for breakfast, lunch, dinner and as well as an award-winning afternoon tea. Elsewhere, you’ll find the bar, the spa, a 24-hour gym and the tenth-floor residents’ lounge, The View, which boasts panoramic views of the London skyline.

Doubles from £305 

+44 (0)20 7499 3464; athenaeumhotel.com 

The Athenaeum