If the recent Coronation has you dreaming of bedding down somewhere thoroughly regal, it’s time you learnt about London’s royal hotel suites. The capital is filled with luxurious hotels fit for a king or queen, with lavish rooms featuring sweeping terraces, opulent interiors and staggering views. Here’s our edit of the finest royal hotel suites in London to book for a truly extravagant stay.
Royal Hotel Suites in London
There are few hotels that can claim as storied a royal history as Claridge’s, which is why the Art Deco grande dame is often affectionately referred to as the “annexe of Buckingham Palace”. Their Royal Suite underwent a complete design overhaul in 2020 and is now even more spectacular than before. Many of the design touches chosen reflect the Coronation of Her Majesty the Queen in 1953 – you’ll see them in the silk chinoiserie hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper and in the Buckingham blue silk dining chairs, which are finished with gold piping crafted by royal weavers. As a final flourish, the suite even comes with an original Gilbert and Sullivan grand piano.
The Goring, Belgravia
The Royal Suite at the Goring is one of the few in London to have welcomed royalty fairly recently – this room is famously where the Princess of Wales stayed the night before her wedding. It’s hardly surprising that she chose the Goring, given the hotel is the only one with a Royal Warrant for hospitality services. The suite itself occupies the entire top floor of the hotel and was designed by award-winning designer Russell Sage, who’s gone for a slightly more low-key option. There’s no gilded cornicing here – instead, you’ll find Art Deco touches, a hand-carved wooden four-poster bed and a sweeping balcony that overlooks the majestic Goring Gardens, which are planted with some of the Royal Family’s favourite flowers.
The Lanesborough, Hyde Park
Known for being the largest suite in London and measuring a staggering 4,845-square-foot, you could happily move into the Royal Suite at the Lanesborough. With seven bedrooms and bathrooms, two living rooms and a large dining room with space for 12, it’s far bigger than most properties in the capital. Full of the hotel’s signature Regency-era charm – think gold leaf detailing, velvet brocade upholstery and twinkling chandeliers – the suite offers stately views over Buckingham Palace Gardens and Wellington Arch, and comes with its own private butler. The only snag is it’s so sought-after that it’s often booked up by international heads of state, so you’d better act fast if you’re keen to secure a reservation.
The Connaught, Mayfair
You’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to another era as soon as you step into the Prince’s Lodge at the Connaught. Inspired by the exquisite Peacock Palace in Kabul and named after the Duke of Connaught, Prince Arthur, this is one of the most elegant royal suites in all of London. The centrepiece of the room is the vast carved four-poster bed, handcrafted in Kabul, which faces two cosy window seats that overlook the hotel’s secret garden. There’s a marble bathroom with a double bath and a library packed with books hand-chosen for lovers of art and design. The suite also comes with an on-call butler, who’ll be more than happy to cater to your every whim.
The Savoy, West End
High fashion and regal splendour combine at the Savoy, which boasts a royal suite designed by Gucci. The Italian fashion house and the iconic British hotel joined forces on the project in 2021 to celebrate their shared history: the fashion house’s founder Guccio Gucci worked at the hotel as a luggage porter and lift boy when he was a young man, and it’s said it was here that he was inspired by the elegant dress of the hotel’s smart clientele. The resulting Royal Suite is a riot of pattern, colour and Gucci monogrammed cushions, with wallpaper designed by Parisian paper designers Antoinette Poisson and art curated by Christie’s. Best of all, every window offers stunning views over the Thames.
The Langham, Marylebone
The palatial Sterling Suite comes with six bedrooms, a dining room, a drawing room with a piano and a private media lounge, meaning there’s practically everything you need to be able to move in. And after a stay here, you may well want to. Stylishly decked out with a sophisticated neutral colour palette, the regal retreat features grand high ceilings and bay windows offering enchanting views over London, as well as its own personal butler and members’ privileges to the famous Langham Club. That is, if you can tear yourself away from the room long enough to enjoy them.
Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park
There are many things to like about this three-bedroom suite at the Mandarin Oriental, but top of the lot is its enormous balcony, which runs the entire length of the suite and offers unparalleled views over Hyde Park (keep an eye out for the Royal Horse Guards training there first thing in the morning). Running over 70 metres, the terrace is large enough to throw a cocktail party for 40 of your nearest and dearest – quite a way to christen the suite. Inside the stylishly appointed interiors come with custom-designed furniture, Maya Romanoff wallpaper and a bathroom with its own private steam room. If you can drag yourself away, do check out the hotel’s grand ballroom, where it’s believed the late Queen learnt to dance.
The Cadogan, Chelsea
If only the walls could talk at the Cadogan Hotel, we know they’d have some marvellously debauched stories to tell – particularly the walls of the Royal Suite. In its former guise this was room 118, where Oscar Wilde was famously arrested in 1895. The hotel has been entirely renovated since then, but it still carries a trademark touch of decadence befitting its history. Stylishly designed with wood-panelled walls, gleaming chrome and sumptuous fabrics, its crowning glory is its vast marble bathroom. You can just picture Wilde lounging in the tub here, looking out over the enchanting Cadogan Place Gardens below.
Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square, Tower Bridge
It doesn’t get much more regal than waking up to a view over the Tower of London and Tower Bridge – which is precisely what you’ll get if you book the Royal Residence at the Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square. Spread across the sixth and seventh floor of the hotel, this vast four-bedroom retreat feels like the sort of place the Roy family from Succession might book out for a weekend getaway, with its sleek interiors designed by David Linley – think parquet floors, a sweeping monochrome staircase and plush neutrals. Of course, as the cousin of King Charles III, Linley knows a thing or two about catering to royal tastes.
If you’re looking for a hotel within a stone’s throw of a royal palace, the Baglioni is just the ticket. Their Royal Suite comes with a large terrace that offers sweeping views over neighbouring Hyde Park and Kensington Palace, the Prince and Princess of Wales’s London abode. The suite itself is almost as sizeable as any of the apartments in the Palace itself, featuring three bedrooms, four bathrooms and two living rooms. With its dark wood floors and earthy colour scheme (the hotel’s restaurant is called Brunello which is Italian for brown, one of Baglioni’s signature colours) a stay here feels cosy and inviting, while still featuring all the regal flourishes you’d expect like butler service on tap.
Hotel Café Royal, Piccadilly
While the two-bedroom Royal Suite at Piccadilly’s Hotel Café Royal does the reflect the property’s opulent style – there’s just as much rich gilding here as there is in the rest of the hotel – the suite’s sleekly contemporary design also makes a stay here feel like a thoroughly tranquil experience. There’s a zen Carrara marble bathroom which has underfloor heating, a rainfall shower and an oversized tub just made for wallowing in, a separate dining room with a Siena marble table and enormous windows overlooking the hustle and bustle of Regent Street below. If you happen to need even more space, that can easily be arranged – by adding further adjoining rooms the suite can be transformed into its own 13-bedroom Royal Wing.