Thought hotels were just for snoozing? Think again. From Shoreditch to Shepherd's Bush and everywhere in between, London's sleepover scene is filled with multi-faceted facilities that can cater to your every need. Underground swimming in the West End? Cheap rooms with luxury restaurants? Boutique hotels with pamper-friendly spas? This is your complete guide to the best hotels with pools in London and all the places to eat and drink within them.
Where to eat: Red Rooster and LIDO.
Where to drink: Green Room.
Looking for somewhere slick to swim in London? Ditch the lido, forget the freezing cold ponds and step up your pool game with Manhattan-style The Curtain. Boasting what just might be the most coveted rooftop in Shoreditch, this east London gem is great for weekend brunching at Red Rooster, after-work drinks in the Green Room and summertime sunbathing up top.
Where to eat: Mthr.
Where to drink: MAE.
If you’re searching for an affordable hotel with a swimming pool, it’s time to get to know The Collective. With modern rooms and studios housed alongside a sky pool, gym, spa and stunning restaurant Mthr, you might just want to move in here… and that can be done, with long-term discounts on rooms.
Where to eat: Marcus and Collins Room.
Where to drink: The Snug, Blue Bar and The Berkeley Bar & Terrace.
Bringing a slice of old-school charm to Knightsbridge, The Berkeley’s hotel pool is the place to live la dolce vita. Head to the rooftop for a seventh-floor dip before drying off and checking out The Snug for classic cocktails in a pink-hued space. Hungry? Well, it would be rude not to hit up Marcus Wareing’s self-titled restaurant for a few Michelin-starred mouthfuls.
White House City
Where to eat: House Canteen.
Where to drink: The Allis.
So you managed to sweet-talk your way onto White House City’s plush sky-high pool area? Snaps for you. But that’s not all that Soho House’s west London outpost has going for it. Along with a slick spa, basement gym and 45 mid-century style rooms, there’s also the House Canteen and all-day dining favourite The Allis. Open to non-members, the ground-floor space rustles up classic cocktails with British, Italian and American dishes.
Where to eat: Ting.
Where to drink: Bar 31 and Gong.
Housed within one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks, Shangri-La is the stunning brand that offers unrivalled drinking, dining and room facilities in The Shard. Sleep in style with views of London’s picture-perfect cityscape and check out Ting, Bar 31 and Gong. Only guests are free to dip, dive and splash to their heart’s content, though those of you imbibing at Gong can make the most of swanky sips by the hotel pool.
Where to eat: Sauce, Roux at the Landau and Palm Court.
A luxury hotel in the heart of London, The Langham is known for its swish rooms, impeccable service and upmarket offerings. Where do we even begin? Its restaurants are world-renowned, the bars are award-winning and the rooms are all sorts of deluxe. As for the wellness club, the underground sanctuary is the perfect place for a swim and pamper sesh.
Whether you came to King’s Cross for a glimpse of Platform 9 ¾ or a peek at the iconic staircase that the Spice Girls made famous, no visit would be complete without a stay in the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel. With spacious rooms and impressive suites, hearty breakfasts and romantic dinners, lavish spa massages and a tranquil pool, there’s more than one reason to stay a night… or two.
Where to eat: Cecconi's, Millie's Lounge, The Nickel Bar, Zobler's Deli & Diner, Malibu Kitchen, Kaia, Cafe Sou & Bar, Lutyens Grill and Ned's Feast.
Where to drink: all of the above.
Not one to do things by halves, The Ned boasts a whopping 9 bars and restaurants. Choose from Italian, French, Californian, Asian and beyond. In the bedroom department, it's1920s glamour, with a stay here giving you access to the gym and spa. That means traditional Moroccan hammam and indulgent treatments. You’re welcome.
Where to drink: Green Bar and Ziggy's.
A favourite of notable Londoners from Oscar Wilde to Winston Churchill, Hotel Café Royal is one regal Regent Street pick. Not only can you book a room or suite, but those looking for something extra special can shell out for an exclusive wing. And then there’s the ultra-luxe Akasha spa, not to mention a wealth of premium restaurants and bars like the Champagne-centric Cakes & Bubbles or David Bowie-inspired Ziggy's.
Where to eat: Sette.
Where to drink: Nolita Social.
From the same brand that brings you coveted high fashion pieces, The Bvlgari is an opulent hideaway just minutes from Hyde Park. Food and drink are just as important as comfort, with the spa hotel offering Italian food and drinks in the form of Sette and Nolita Social… perfect for refuelling after a few laps of the grand collonaded pool.
Where to eat: Brumus Bar & Restaurant.
Where to drink: The Honesty Bar Terrace, The Library.
Nestled in Soho, the Haymarket Hotel is a real central London hideout. Rooms aren’t the average, with quirky suites and a townhouse that features mismatched prints and a drawing room. Even the pool isn’t your usual; often booked out for private parties, film premieres and brand launches, the boutique basement area has got a fully stocked bar and dining tables.
Where to eat: Bar Boulud, The Rosebery and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.
Where to drink: Mandarin Bar.
One of London’s most luxurious hotels, the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is bringing a slice of luxe to Knightsbridge… as if SW1 wasn’t slinky enough already. When you’re not living it up in a plush suite or penthouse pad, there’s the spa which has everything from a rasul water temple and crystal steam room to a samarium and vitality pool. And to top it all off? The Rosebery is home to afternoon tea chic while Dinner by Heston Blumenthal’s eccentric menus feature the likes of spiced pigeon and meat fruit.
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