Looking to travel to London this year? Lucky you! Before you finalize your plans, have a look at the plethora of new luxury hotels that have opened in the city this year. Because it might be time for a change of location and your usual routine to make your next trip to London even more magical. Here’s our curated list of the best new luxury hotel openings in London in 2023, including the Peninsula, 1 Hotel, the NoMad and Raffles at the OWO.
new luxury hotel openings in London in 2023
As you may remember from a previous post here on Dandelion Chandelier, London is currently the most popular travel destination in the world. That is, if the enormous number of Google searches for the city are any indication.
And why not? Museums, parks, palaces, great restaurants – it’s a marvelous city to spend time in, even if you have only a short window. If you’re planning a visit, the good news is that London’s buzzy hotel openings have kept up with the pace of its popularity as a tourist destination.
If you’re in the process of booking your tickets to Great Britain, here are twelve London luxury hotel openings in 2023 that you should know about.
best new luxury hotel openings in London in 2023
1. Peninsula London
The Peninsula London has opened its doors, and its already a destination to have on your radar. Mere feet – or meters – from Kensington Gardens, the hotel boasts one of the most coveted locations in all of London. Peninsula hotels are always ultra luxurious; here are some of the amenities you’ll find at this new London location. A luxury spa and wellness space, a 25-metre swimming pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
There are multiple eateries on-site – including a café, a bar, and several restaurants – and 190 exquisite guest rooms. The view is another highlight: the floor-to-ceiling windows look out on Hyde Park Corner and Wellington Arch.
2. One Sloane
Reservations are now open at this new luxury hotel in Chelsea. On a quiet and scenic street in Sloane Square, One Sloane is offering elegant hospitality that fuses “quiet British charm and curated French craftsmanship.” The bespoke aesthetics come from architect and interior designer François-Joseph Graf, and he’s so thoroughly transformed the thirty rooms inside this Victorian mansion that you may never want to leave.
3. The BoTree
The BoTree is all about an ethos of “conscious luxury.” A stylish, comfortable, and carefully curated space to stay – with a twist. Located at the meeting point of Marleybone, Mayfair, and SoHo, this brand-new London hotel strives to be a place where everyone belongs. Here you’ll find 199 rooms – among them 30 luxury suites – fine Italian cuisine, specialty cocktails, and a fun and flavorful atmosphere. We’re adding The BoTree to our roster of London hotels to try very soon.
4. Raffles London at The OWO
The debut of Raffles London at The OWO was one of the world’s most highly anticipated hotel openings this year. The “OWO” stands for the Old War Office – a beautiful London building that has seen the likes of Ian Fleming, Lord Haldane and Winston Churchill as visitors. Within walking distance of Buckingham Palace and St. James’s Park, the hotel is perfectly situated for all kinds of adventures.
Theirry Despont designed the interior, which includes 120 rooms and suites and 85 residences. The complex is also home to London’s first Guerlain Spa. There are nine onsite restaurants, three of which are under the stewardship of award-winning chef Mauro Colagreco.
5. Broadwick Soho
The Broadwick Soho is now accepting reservations for November, so add it to your list of luxury properties to consider. This independent luxury hotel is promising both glamour and panache. The aesthetic influences here are eclectic – among those cited are the Jazz Age, Italy, and “disco fabulousness”. Each colorful room comes with its own personality, as well as all the amenities you know and love – such as soft Italian linens, fluffy bathrobes, and even babysitting services. Make sure to save room for a meal for their on-site Italian restaurant, Dear Jackie.
6. 1 Hotel Mayfair
Located in London’s ultra-luxurious Mayfair district, 1 Hotel Mayfair is an expert in the idea of sustainable luxury. All of their properties are intended to be a natural oasis in the midst of a bustling city. The new London outpost comes complete with pet-friendly rooms, an electric house car, farm-to-table food, and in-room wellness. Those with green thumbs will want to make use of the outdoor events, which include Tree Tapestry Tours and Terrarium Tuesdays, as well as community dog walks and natural wine tastings. who says saving the planet can’t be fun?
7. The Twenty Two
The Twenty Two is a hotel designed “for the creative and the curious.” And since we’re both, we think we’d like to try a night here. You’ll find this boutique hotel in a “storied manor on Grosvenor Square,” where you can choose among thirty-two opulent rooms. “Maximalism” seems to be the reigning aesthetic here, and that’s part of the reason we’re intrigued. If you’d like the place you’re staying to have a little bit of pizzazz, to feel like its own story within the story of your vacation, then we think this might be your new favorite spot. The Twenty Two is a haven for artists and artistic types, but their rooms also offer all of the amenities and luxuries to which we’ve grown accustomed. Win-win!
8. Mandarin Oriental Mayfair
The Mandarin Oriental Mayfair has been a long time coming, and as of this posting it is slated to open in “early 2024” instead of the previous date in 2023. We image it’ll be worth the wait. Adjacent to Mayfair’s Hanover Square, the hotel seems destined to provide a sanctuary for travelers looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Rooms are filled with every modern convenience and amenity, and the hotel is also slated to include four restaurants and a spa. Watch this space for further updates.
9. The Chelsea Townhouse
Don’t let The Chelsea Townhouse slip under your radar screen. Formerly the Draycott Hotel, the property is “nestled in the serene and leafy Cadogan Gardens.” This boutique hotel has just opened for business, and we are already drawn to the wide, sunny windows of their sleek suites. This townhouse hotel offers a surplus of comfort, and it’s only a short step away from Sloan Square. Perfect for those seeking personalized peace and quiet during their stay.
10. Estelle Manor
Though Estelle Manor is not in London (it’s in Oxfordshire), it’s certainly a hotel to know if you’re planning a trip to the United Kingdom anytime soon. Why? Well, the hotel – which opened this summer – received a 10/10 from The Telegraph, the very first from writer Mark C. O’Flaherty. Estelle Manor is one of a kind, and a demonstration of all that is possible when it comes to the world of hospitality. It’s not only the lodgings – a stunning sixty-acre estate, with three thousand surrounding acres of gardens – but the personalized service, the food and wine, the activities, and more. This is one of those rare hotels that is its own destination.
11. The NoMad
The new NoMad Hotel in London is in a lovely part of town: the center of Covent Garden, adjacent to the Royal Opera House. The hotel is located inside the historic, Grade II-listed building famously known as The Bow Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station.
12. The Emory
The Maybourne Hotel Group, which already has three hotels in London (as well as the buzzy Maybourne Riviera), will debut a fourth London property this year. The Emory is being co-created by a team of six designers—Alexandra Champalimaud, André Fu, Pierre Yves Rochon, Rémi Tessier, Rigby & Rigby, and Patricia Urquiola. The restaurant will be helmed by chef Jean Georges Vongerichten, who is bringing his ABC concept to London for the first time.
What are the 10 new luxury hotel openings in London this year 2023?
That’s our curated list of the best new luxury hotel openings in London in 2023, including the Peninsula, 1 Hotel, NoMad and Raffles at the OWO. Which one’s at the top of your list to try, dear reader?