You ask me all the time - what are the best and highest hotels with views in London? It’s hard to put them all into one bucket though. So this post will be dedicated to actually the highest, tallest, with rooms high up with skyline views. It’s worth mentioning that in a few weeks again I’ll do a second part to this post where I’ll list tall-ish hotels that aren’t neccesarily skyscrapers yet have enought of a great view to quality quality it for a hotel room/penthouse with a view to be considered when planning a trip to London, os without further adieu, the highest hotel in London :
Shangri-La Shard - floors 34-52 of The Shard
With rooms, suites and penthouses, infinity pools and all you’d ever want from a 5* hotel, this is obviously no.1 when you’re after strickt altitude where your room with be. I’ve not yet visited it, but as you know there’s the viewing platform at the top of the Shard and I’ve been there many times. However waking up and seeing a sunrise from your room up there must be beautiful indeed, as is swimming in that infinity pool they have. As you can expect, it will not be the cheapest stay, but I’m sure worth it if money is no object to you. (Photos below taken from View from the Shard)
Novotel Canary Wharf - 124m / 39 floors
New entry this year and straight into no.2 - soon to be opened ( first highest floor 100 suites opening mid-Feb ) . Top floors 37-39 are Bokan London - bar, restaurant and rooftop terrace, so from 36th down, you get room,suites and spectacular views as I visited the Bokan jsut recently, I can tell you that value for money when focusing on being highest possible in Lonodn without breaking the bank - this is the one. I’d recommend west (City) facing rooms but if you go for east one, you’ll get to see the sunrise and you can always go to see the sunset at Bokan.
Hilton on Park Lane - 101m / 28floors
The long raigning king of rooms with views in London, must’ve been the place to stay in London since it got build in 1967 and only got moved to no.2 by Shangri-La in 2012, and now to no.3 by the Novotel. Still … because where it is on Park Lane, because not having anything obstruct the view of any single icon of London from it’s rooms probably even starting only half-way up, and because you can always go up to the 28th floor for a drink at Galvin at Windows bar, or dine at the Michelin start restaurant there… in my personal opinion this is the no.1 hotel with rooms with views in London. I shot last New Years Eve fireworks from the 28th floor there and the view of London Eye was epic, must’ve been the highlight of my career. Make sure you go for 20+ floor, east facing (towards the City ) and you’re going to love it.
Hilton Metropole - 91m / 24 floors
Hilton’s second tall tower hotel, this one the corner of Edgeware Road, I’ve not stayed there, but visited the bar & restaurant on the top 23 floors called Sky Bar 23 and the view is pretty cool, so just assuming the rooms below have equally great views. Look for south facing rooms. ( Photos taken from Sky23 )
Holiday Inn Kensington - 84m / 27 floors
Kensington’s tallest tower, with east facing room being at the perfect angle to pretty much everything in London, this will be a perfect choice if you’re budget is a bit smaller yet you’re after an increadible view. I’ve not yet visited, planning to soon, so will add a photo of the view when I get it, but if you search the hashtag on instagram, you’ll see why I believe it’s a great choice for a room with a view.
Jumeirah Carlton Tower - 57m / 18 floors
In the middle of London’s exclusive Belgravia, this tall tower offers high end rooms and suites, some with south facing balconies even, but if you go for east facing windows, or maybe some south east corner apartments, you’ll be getting the best view this luxury brand hotel can offer. I’ve had the privilage to actually get a private tour of the roof of this building which is otherwise unaccessible to the public, so check out what that’s like too.
Other worthy mentions, again mostly for height:
Knightsbridge Tower - 55m / 17 floors
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge - 49m / 16floors, best view for Big ben
The Grange City Hotel - 39.20m / 13 floors
Leman Locke - ?m / 22 floors,
Pullman Hotel St Pancras - ? m / 15 floors ?
The Tower, Guoman Hotels - ?m / 12+floors ?, best view for Tower Bridge
In a future post I will write about the best hotels with a view in London, not necessarily the highest but where they are located, with at least some elevation view from a penthouse terrace or so is what makes them the best ones.
If you know of any hotels you think I’ve missed, please do let me know in the comments and I will try to visit them and include in another post in the future.