Rubens at the Palace
London, SW1W 0PS, United Kingdom
Looking to stay near Buckingham Palace? The Rubens—situated directly across the Royal Mews—is the closest you’ll get. Formerly occupied by everything from a 19th-century apothecary to a court dressmaker, this hotel was a favorite of debutantes and other attendees of functions at Buckingham Palace. Today, it houses 161 old-meets-new rooms and suites, a tea lounge serving sweet and savory scones, and a 3,767-square-foot Living Wall with buttercups and strawberries in bloom.
Room to Book:
Try the Royal Wing—each of its eight rooms is decorated to reflect a different monarch (think crystal chandeliers and canopied beds).
If you have kids in tow, ask the dedicated Director of Fun and Adventure (a.k.a. John) to arrange everything from theater tickets to a day at the London Zoo.