London has something for everyone – and for every kind of traveler. There are budget-friendly hostels and vacation rentals, mid-range accommodations in literally every style, and some insanely over-the-top options for people who want to splurge.
I’ll be honest: when I visit London, I’m usually keeping my budget in mind; I like traveling to London and want to have the funds for return trips – so I don’t normally blow my budget on the hotel portion of my trip. However, that’s only one way to visit London; as I mentioned, London caters to all.
For some people, London is a once-in-a-lifetime, bucket list destination. And that means they’re willing to pull out all the stops to have an incredible trip. If that sounds like you, read on to discover the best luxury vacation rentals and penthouses in London – but don’t blame me if you end up unable to choose which one you want to splurge on!
1. Earl’s Court Townhouse
Note: As of August 2022, this Airbnb is no longer available. I’ll update this post soon!
Earl’s Court is an exclusive townhouse that boasts the neighborhood’s iconic Victorian red brick in elegant Kensington.
The house can sleep up to six people and has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. It features a spacious interior living area decorated with contemporary artwork, a gourmet kitchen, and a fantastic alfresco terrace to profit from sunny days. The interiors have a clean and modern style, with hardwood floors, large windows, and uncluttered white surfaces creating a serene atmosphere.
As the name suggests, the townhouse is within walking distance of Earl’s Court and a plethora of fine restaurants, classic pubs, and boutique stores.
2. Hampstead House
This Hampstead House went under a complete makeover that left it looking modern and sleek. Home to two bedrooms and two baths, the house features a living room, fully-equipped kitchen, private outdoor living area, and a lower-level family room. The colorful upholstery and quirky artwork offset the minimalistic style adding a playful touch.
You can still appreciate original Georgian details, such as Bay windows, high ceilings crowned with delicate moldings, and stained glass details. Regarding convenience, the house sits less than 6 miles away from some of the U.K.’s most iconic sights, from Buckingham Palace to Big Ben to St. Paul’s Cathedral.
3. High-Rise Flat in Vauxhall
Located in Vauxhall, this high-rise flat spreads over 2400 sq ft of pure luxury. It features a large Master suite with his and hers bathrooms, two further bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a kitchen dining area, and a lovely “sky garden.” The whole house enjoys panoramic views of the Thames thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows.
For added comfort, the house has impressive high-tech features. You’ll find touch keypads to control lighting, blinds, and temperature. Guests also have access to the building’s sauna, pool, and gym.
4. Knightsbridge House
The Knightsbridge House is one of the best luxury vacation rentals in West London, which obviously ups the wow factor even more. The lovely house features three luxurious bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, an office, and a cinema bedroom. The master ensuite bathroom boasts gorgeous grey marble tiles, which add a dash of sophistication. The property also features bespoke cabinetry with fine wood and fabric detailing, coupled with high ceilings and natural lighting.
Last but not least, this posh residence is in one of London’s most prestigious areas, with Harrods department store as an immediate neighbor.
5. Leicester Square Penthouse
The Leicester Square Penthouse is the perfect place to call home for a weekend getaway with friends. Unlike the previous residences, this luxury vacation rental penthouse has a younger vibe to it. It’s split over two floors with a winding architectural staircase. The living room is luminous, with wooden doors and curved wooden windows that create a wall of glass. There’s also colorful details everywhere, like the stunning rug with a Mondrian-like pattern.
You can enjoy the morning sunshine in the expansive roof terrace overlooking Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus. While the location is excellent, the downside is that it is very noisy.
6. Pembroke (Kensington Townhouse)
Another Kensington Townhouse, Pembroke, is a true piece of English traditional architecture. The entrance showcases a classic Edwardian white front, while the interior combines modern and classic styles.
With three bedrooms and three bathrooms, this house can fit four guests. The cozy living room has creamy walls and two grey-colored built-in bookcases. The exposed-brick fireplace, white and salmon drapes, and pastel cushions bring a tad of freshness to the room. The outdoor common area serves as a little oasis where you can unwind after a long day or enjoy a cuppa tea before starting the day.
7. Prince Luxe (Chelsea Townhouse)
What would you say if I told you that you could stay in one of the bright rainbow-colored homes in the heart of Chelsea? Well, you can, by booking this Prince Luxe townhouse.
Located near Sloane Square, the entrance features a lovely light purple color, scheming fellow pastel houses in the street. It features four bedrooms and bathrooms, a living room, a dining room, and an outdoor space. The residence has fine art spread out and a few bold decor pieces that make the rooms feel cozier.
8. Suite Me (Me London)
The ME London hotel has an impressive room portfolio. However, their top offer is their Duplex Suite on the 9th and 10th floors. Decorated with Rockett St. George decor and furniture, the Suite Me exudes opulence and indulgence.
The living room is the crowning jewel of the penthouse. It has a magnificent 360-degree panorama over the main tourist attractions in London, so you don’t have to leave the hotel to enjoy views of the Thames or London Bridge. It also offers direct access to the Radio Rooftop Bar so you can carry on partying outside the suite. (If you’re not familiar, Radio Rooftop offers one of the best views in London!)
9. The Crescent Pavilion Penthouse (The Berkeley)
In 2019, prestigious interior architect André Fu designed a room for The Berkeley. As the name suggests, The Crescent Pavilion Penthouse is a stunning glass pavilion sitting on the hotel’s fifth floor. The suite features two terraces, one overlooking Belgravia and Hyde Park, and Knightsbridge. Inside, there are two ultra-spacious living rooms, a bar, and a dining area. You’ll love the dainty decor and details that take this penthouse to another level, like the carved woods and glistening accents of bronze, silver, and gold. Should you book this suite, prepare to enjoy one of the most amazing Penthouses in London.
10. The Dome Penthouse (Hotel Café Royal)
The Dome Penthouse epitomizes luxury and opulence. Perched on top of the Café Royal, the Dome Penthouse is a former lookout transformed into a three-bedroom suite. This penthouse is one of the few penthouses that look at London’s landmarks.
It spans over 3000 sqm and features an open living room, a fantastic marble-encased master bathroom, and a wrap-around terrace. If the suite’s size isn’t enough, you can extend The Dome Penthouse to the Dome Wing and add 12 guest rooms with private access.
11. The Extreme WOW Suite (W London)
The “wow” in The Extreme WOW Suite is well-deserved. One of W hotel’s 192 guest rooms, the suite pushes the boundaries of classic design and flaunts a bold and provocative style. The daring artist in charge of the suite’s interior, Jack Irving, has dressed the room with an eclectic mix.
You’ll have no doubt you’re in London, as the room’s guiding theme is the Union Jack and its colors. Blue, white and red cushions dot the revolving back leather sofa in the living room. The wall’s living room has a huge Union Jack acting as the backdrop. As for rooms, the penthouse features a master bedroom with an in-room Jacuzzi(one of the few in London) and lots of guest rooms: a king guest room, twin guest room, king supreme screening room, and a twin/twin guest room.
12. The Garden House Wing (Rosewood London)
Located on the top floor of Rosewood London, The Garden House Wing boasts five bedrooms – all with fine Italian bed linens–, five bathrooms, a gorgeous garden terrace, and a light-filled sitting room. Everything is tailor-made, with customized furnishing for indoor and outdoor spaces that merge with conversational art pieces. The garden terrace features breathtaking views of the hotel’s courtyard and the London skyline. As a plus, the dining table seats six for hosting al fresco dinners.
13. The Grand Pavilion Penthouse (The Berkeley)
André Fu also gave the Grand Pavilion Penthouse a facelift at The Berkeley when he worked on the Crescent Pavilion Penthouse. (Yes, The Berkeley has multiple penthouses – and they’re not the only hotel in London like that!)
While the concept is pretty similar, this stunning suite represents the pinnacle of urban escapism. Every room features floor-to-ceiling windows that allow the sun to flood the rooms every morning. The Grand Pavilion Penthouse seamlessly combines utmost luxury with simplicity, dressed in tactile fabric, marble coffee tables, and leather-accented furniture.
Now you can understand why both The Grand Pavilion Penthouse and the aforementioned Crescent Pavilion Penthouse have become two of the most sought-after luxury penthouses in London.
14. The Lincoln House Wing (Rosewood London)
The Lincoln House Wing is 517-square meters of pure luxury, also in Rosewood London (like the Garden House Wing). Named in honor of the hotel’s proximity to Lincoln’s Inn Field, the suite sits between the Garden House suite and the famous Manor House.
It features eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms plus a magnificent area for everyday living and in-suite dining. The suite boasts Italian furnishings, like Meridiani and Minotti sofas, Silvera armchairs, and Il Piccolo rugs and tables. They also feature the latest technology, which makes guests’ lives easier during their stay, and panoramic windows that run the length of the entire wall.
15. The Manor House Wing (Rosewood London)
Also part of Rosewood’s bedroom collection, the Manor House Wing is one of London’s most exclusive residences. The 585-square-meter is the only suite in the world with its own zip code. It also has its own entrance from Holborn Street and a private elevator.
The Manor House Wing has a homier and unpretentious atmosphere, unlike its sisters. There’s one master bedroom with a stunning Carrera marble soaking tub in the bathroom. For those who bring company, they can have six connecting rooms. The suite’s library is fantastic, with books and sculptures adorning its corners.
16. The Royal Penthouse (Hotel Corinthia)
The Royal Penthouse at Corinthia Hotel London is one of London’s largest suites, spanning 5000 square feet. The hotel attempts to recreate a sense of grandeur and elegance, such as the one guests can find in royal residences. As such, the suite has beautiful architectural details throughout, like the stunning oval 10-seat Macassar-ebony dining table or the imposing marble-clad entrance hall. The suite features 13 rooms, and it also has its own terrace overlooking the London Eye.
17. The Penthouse (The London Edition)
The Penthouse at The London Edition is a popular space for board meetings and exclusive press events, being able to house up to fifty people. It features a wraparound landscaped terrace, which grants 360-degree views of London. The penthouse has its own private dining room, full kitchen, and living room. Every room except for the bedrooms boasts wooden panel walls. Bathrooms feature custom-made Le Labo amenities with a signature, exclusive scent.
18. The Penthouse (The Mandrake)
The Mandrake is an award-winning hotel, and its penthouse is fierce proof of why. The Penthouse has served as a home for actors, musicians, and directors from all over the world.
Most hotels put great effort into designing unique bedrooms. Still, The Mandrake is the only one that has included a vast bed encased in white Veronese Bookend Marble in the master bedroom – by the way, it was so big that the cashmere mattress had to be custom-made. It also has a dining table for eight and a six-person jacuzzi bath with a retractable roof.
19. The Penthouse (The Soho Hotel)
Located on The Soho Hotel’s top floor, The Penthouse is perfect for solo travelers – or maaaaybe a couple if you’re willing to share.
It features an open-plan design with separate sleeping and sitting areas. The interior design is highly provocative; rooms have textured grey wallpaper, yet they don’t lack a dash of boldness. The designers included a splash of color everywhere. The room boasts a floral upholstered headboard, the living room area, a lovely Moroccan carpet, and a blue and white sofa. The bathroom boasts beautiful granite and oak details with a walk-in shower and double basins.
20. The Penthouse (St. James’s Hotel & Club Mayfair)
The St. James’s Hotel & Club Mayfair, a luxury 5-star boutique, has The Penthouse Suite for those who look for ultimate luxury. The exquisite penthouse sprawls over the entire seventh floor of the hotel. Those who call privacy will be glad to see the residence features its own private lift.
Inside, it has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two living rooms plus a dining area. The residence has a private terrace with panoramic views, and stunning antique furniture and contemporary art throughout.
21. The Penthouse Suite (45 Park Lane)
45 Park Lane used to be an office building before it became the exclusive 45-suite hotel it is now, and part of the Dorchester Collection.
Dressed with Art Deco design, The Penthouse Suite features two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It also has a wrap-around terrace with panoramic views of Hyde Park and the city – even the bathrooms have these views! There’s also a separate living and dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows and an exclusive lift granting you private access.
22. The Penthouse Suite (The Mayfair Hotel)
Set on the 9th floor, The Penthouse Suite at The Mayfair Hotel is a two-bedroom and two-bathroom suite. The residence features its own private lift and lobby. Every detail exudes opulence, like the British handcrafted Vispring king mattresses, the provision of sulphate and paraben-free amenities from REN Clean Skincare, and 350 thread count Egyptian cotton bed linen. It also has a wrap-around 100ft balcony and all-glass walls in the living room which bathe the living with sunlight.
23. The Sterling Suite (The Langham)
450 square meters in size, The Sterling Suite is a luxurious six-bedroom suite at The Langham. It is the largest suite in London, featuring a wonderful dining room, its iconic drawing room with an eclectic style, and a private media lounge. The master bedroom has hand-painted handling edged in twenty-two karat moldings; it also has its own witting room area, a changing area, and a master bathroom whose tub can fit up to five people.
Okay, I know, this list is way over-the-top – and frankly, all of these luxury vacation rentals and penthouses are out of my budget too. But a girl can dream, right? If you have any questions about these five-star accommodations in London, let me know in the comments and I’ll refer you my butler, Jeeves.