London has hotels in every shape and size. Here are 10 where big is best:
The Royal National Hotel
1. The Royal National Hotel: 1,630 bedrooms
The Royal National Hotel is one of the largest hotels in the United Kingdom in terms of bedrooms with 1,630 rooms spread over eight storeys. It is managed by Imperial London Hotels, which owns seven different hotels in the London Bloomsbury area that in total have over 3,000 sqm of meeting space in over 30 different rooms. Known for its budget accommodations, the Royal National is on Belford Way and and is a short walk to the Russell Square underground station, the British Museum and Oxford Street.
Hilton London Metropole
2. Hilton London Metropole: 1,054 bedrooms
The Hilton London Metropole is one of Europe’s largest conference hotels, with 43 meeting and events rooms and space for up to 3,000 people. The property has a 12.5-metre indoor swimming pool, and a 172 car park. On its 23rd floor sits Kojawan restaurant serving a combination of Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese inspired cuisine along with a raw shellfish bar and drinks. Located on Edgware Road, the hotel is close to Hyde Park, Oxford Street and across from the Edgware underground station.
3. The Cumberland: 1,019 bedrooms
Right off the Oxford Street, sits the Cumberland. Managed by Guoman, it has a thousand plus rooms and suites, one of which where Jimmi Hendrix gave his last interview in 1970. The hotel offers 25 meeting rooms including the Ocean Room, which can hold 350 people and a club lounge where guests can get drinks and newspapers. Its Momentus Champagne Bar offers coffee, teas or Champagne cocktails while the Brasserie restaurant serves afternoon tea and European cuisine.
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
4. Park Plaza Westminster Bridge: 1,019 bedrooms
With views of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Park Plaza has 65 suites and penthouses along with more than 500 studio rooms and a 24-hour business centre. Brasserie Joel, a French restaurant is on site along with four other restaurants and entertainment spaces. It also has the first Mandara Spa in Europe. Waterloo and Westminster train stations are also just a five-minute walk away.
Copthorne Tara Hotel
5. Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington: 833 bedrooms
Copthorne Tara’s meeting rooms and facilities can hold up to 500 guests. It also offers a 24-hour business centre. Bugis Street restaurant on site serves Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese food and the hotel also serves afternoon tea with an interesting blend of traditional English, Asian Fusion or Mediterranean tea. High Street Kensington underground station is a two-minute walk away.
The Tower Hotel
6. The Tower Hotel: 801 bedrooms
The Tower Hotel boasts views of either the Thames, Tower Bridge or St. Katharine docks from all of its 801 rooms and suites. Located on St Katharine’s Way, it’s about a nine-minute walk to Tower Hill underground station. The hotel offers nearly 20 meeting rooms that can hold up to 500 guests. Its Brasserie restaurant offers a classic afternoon tea as well as dinner, while its Xi Bar and Lounge serves cocktails and light bites.
The Strand Palace
7. The Strand Palace: 785 bedrooms
Dating from 1909 and refurbished in 2018, the Strand Palace is a five minute walk from Charing Cross underground station. Originally an art deco classic (its original 1920s foyer is on display at the Victoria and Albert Musuem), the historic hotel has nine meeting rooms holdng up to 250 people. The Joe Allen Restaurant is a New York style brasserie that is popular as a pre-theatre dinner located on the ground floor and the hotel’s Gin Palace cocktail bar serves over 30 different gins and a wider range of spirits.
8. Holiday Inn Kensington: 694 bedrooms
Intercontinental Hotel Group recently signed with Holiday Inn Kensington to open in December one of the biggest Holiday Inns in Europe. It has 12 meeting rooms, the largest of which can accommodate 230 people. Intercontinental will be renovating Kensington Close Hotel and keeping their 18-metre swimming pool, the largest pool in Kensington. The Boulevard Restaurant serves European food, afternoon tea and cocktails. It’s about a five-minute walk from High Street Kensington’s shops and High Street Kensington underground station.
9. Melia White House: 693 bedrooms
Built in 1936, Melia White House was originally The White House luxury apartments, it does currently rent apartments, and still preserves its 1930’s architecture. Melia’s Place Restaurant offers a daily international buffet and Dry Martini, which serves signature cocktails. Art has become a major focus for the historic hotel. Le Dame gallery showcases Italian contemporary artists and ARTROOMS has become a product of their partnership with the gallery to create a concept to connect artists, curators and viewers.
Amba Hotel Marble Arch
10. Amba Hotel Marble Arch: 692 bedrooms
A few short minutes from Marble Arch tube stop stands the Amba. From the outside, Amba has an art deco design and inside, is one of the biggest hotels in London. They offer space for meetings, events and weddings, as well as a gym, bar and restaurant. The Grill features a 1930s theme and the exclusive Amba lounge offers breakfast, snacks throughout the day and drinks at night.
Updated on January 29, 2019