Book It: Four luxurious London hotels for a capital city break

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Whether you’re there for Wimbledon, Wireless or a spot of shopping and a West End show, there’s a hotel in the capital with your name on it…

The Hari, Belgravia, SW1

Best for… an upmarket shopping break

Overlooking the leafy Mary Poppins-style squares of Belgravia, the plush rooms of this boutique hotel ooze warmth. We’re talking oak floors, oversized cherry-red sofas, plum walls and beds fit for the king of kings. And did we mention the photography and art works in every nook and cranny? Stroll along the capital’s most chichi shopping areas, from Chelsea to Knightsbridge, before returning for a cocktail or afternoon tea. That’s basically every box ticked for a simply splendid weekend.

Out and about: Known locally as ‘the village,’ the cobbled streets and pretty courtyards of Motcomb Street are a serious shopper’s paradise, with everything from Christian Louboutin to Rococo Chocolates, all just seconds from the hotel. For a spot of culture, the V&A museum is just inder a mile from the hotel.

Stella loves: Afternoon tea – with an Italian twist – at the cosy yet chic hotel restaurant Il Pampero. Oh, the home-baked pastries!

Rooms from £350 a night, b&b; 020 7858 0100; thehari.com

Read the full expert review: The Hari

The Hari

The Hari is a stylish boutique hotel in Belgravia which offers laid-back luxury alongside good access to shopping, museums and

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PHILIP VILE

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The Dixon, Tower Bridge, SE1

Best for… history buffs and hipsters

This new hotel (it opened last December) is housed in a Grade II-listed building that dates back to 1906. Previously a magistrates’ court, its heritage still shines through, from the original marble floor in the lobby to the historic mugshots of people who passed through the dock, displayed in what’s now the bar. Swing by as the barman, stationed behind a judge’s bench, serves a mean espresso martini. Rooms are modern, grey (Tom Dixon-esque), and the elegantly presented breakfast buffet is worth the visit alone.

Out and about: The hotel is a four-minute walk from Tower Bridge, and seven minutes from hip Bermondsey Street, London’s answer to New York’s East Village. Try Village East for Bloody Marys and brunch and check out the Fashion and Textile Museum. Also stop by the Bridge Theatre, a £12.5 million playhouse that opened in 2017. Nicholas Hytner’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (starring Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie) runs there from June 3 until August 31 2019.

Stella loves: The stupendous 20ft glass chandelier in the lobby, with small gold handcuffs woven into the design – another nod to the building’s history.  

Rooms from £199 a night, b&b; thedixon.co.uk

the dixon hotel

The are numerous nods at The Dixon to its previous life as a magistrate’s court, such as the small gold handcuffs woven into the lobby’s 20ft chandelier

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PAUL WINCH-FURNESS

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Cheval Three Quays, City of London, EC3

Best for… wow-factor and jaw-dropping views

This ultra-smart steel-and-glass apartment building, right on the River Thames, is home to serviced apartments with some of the most iconic views of the City. Choose from a one- to three-bedroom apartment, or go large and make the penthouse your home-from-home. Sprawling and glamorous, expect walk-in wardrobes, excellently kitted-out kitchens and beds, and bathrooms stocked with White Company products. It’s a stone’s throw from The Shard, and there are scores of bars and restaurants on the doorstep, but we’d rather order a takeaway and bottle of bubbly – or better still, hire a private chef from La Belle Assiette to rustle up supper in the privacy of our A-list worthy pad.

Out and about: It’s perfectly placed for exploring the City and the vibrant Southbank, plus only 20 minutes by Tube to the West End if you want to take in a show. Indulgent types may like to visit the Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square and enjoy delicious 1920s-inspired cocktails in the Rotunda Bar, which hosts live music from 6pm every Tuesday to Saturday.

Stella loves:The view, the view, the view.

Two-bedroom Tower Penthouse from £1,200 a night; chevalresidences.com

Read the full expert review: Cheval Three Quays 

Cheval Three Quays

Cheval Three Quays’ contemporary apartments boasts some of the finest Square Mile views in London

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Bankside Hotel, Southbank, SE1

Best for… design buffs

This uber-cool design hotel is hip in the friendliest possible way. Alongside an impressive art collection, there is a ‘makers in residence’ programme (for up-and-coming artists and craftsmen), and even the hotel stationery sets are artsy – they come with colouring pencils. Rooms are decidedly grown-up, with relaxed grey, cream and taupe colour schemes and organic bathroom products from Grown Alchemist. Other thoughtful touches include bedtime milk and cookies. Be sure to swing by the free wine hour (Mon-Thurs, 5.30pm-6.30pm), before dinner at buzzy and cool hotel restaurant, ArtYard.

Out and about: Within easy reach of Waterloo, London Bridge or Blackfriars, it’s right by Southbank and 10 minutes from the Young Vic Theatre where Idris Elba’s Tree opens this summer (Jul 29 – Aug 24 2019). For more culture, the Tate Modern is a five minute stroll, and Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre are both close by.

Stella loves: The hotel vending machines stocked with all the essentials: gin, fine French wine and emergency engagement rings for forgetful (or impetuous) romantics.

Rooms from £260 a night, b&b; banksidehotel.com  

Read the full expert review: Bankside Hotel

Bankside Hotel

Bankside is a creative as hotels come, from the ‘melting’ furniture to its artists in residence programme

Edited by: Laura Powell. Reviews by: Marianne Jones, Laura Powell, Chrissy Amer and Natalie Jamieson

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