These Are the Best New London Hotels to Visit in 2023

When it comes to hotels, visitors to London are spoiled for choice. Here are the best new properties to book this year.

A woman walking past the stone exterior of the Twenty Two hotel in London
The exterior of the Twenty Two. Photo:

Courtesy of The Twenty Two

When it comes to hotels, visitors to London are spoiled for choice. Here, our guide to the city’s best new and spruced-up properties — plus a preview of those we can’t wait to see. 

The Newcomers

Chateau Denmark

The black-and-red bathroom of a guest room at the Chateau Denmark hotel in London
The bathroom in the Townhouse Apartment at the Chateau Denmark.

Mel Yates/Courtesy of Chateau Denmark

Soho’s Denmark Street has a rich musical legacy: the Rolling Stones recorded at Regent Sound Studios at No. 4, the Sex Pistols lived in a flat at No. 6, and, at No. 9, David Bowie and Elton John would hang out at the café La Gioconda. This rock ’n’ roll history lives on at Chateau Denmark, a 55-key property created from 16 old buildings. Each room comes with a rider — before arrival, guests can make a list of requests, the same way that musicians do for venues. Some rooms sit above the former 12 Bar Club — where Adele and the Libertines played some of their earliest sets — and all exude sensual glamour. One unit might have a brooding Victorian aesthetic, with black paisley wallpaper and a red freestanding bathtub; another might feature gold-trimmed bed frames embellished with white graffiti. Chateau Denmark’s cheekily renamed “BTLRs” can help whip up cocktails from the generous in-room bars, or secure reservations for the high-end Chinese restaurant Tattu, above the hotel.

One Hundred Shoreditch 

The bar at a hotel in London's Shoreditch neighborhood
One Hundred Shoreditch’s Rooftop brings California cool to London.

Courtesy of One Hundred Shoreditch

This successor to the Ace Hotel Shoreditch, which closed in 2020, is a grown-up addition to the cool and scrappy East London scene. The building, peppered with installations by local artists, is as much of a social hub as its predecessor, with six restaurants and bars — most notably the Rooftop, a Palm Springs–style hangout, and Seed Library, a basement-level cocktail bar from renowned mixologist Mr. Lyan, a.k.a. Ryan Chetiyawardana.

The Other House South Kensington

The eclectic lobby of the Other House South Kensington hotel in London
The lobby of the Other House South Kensington.

Jack Hardy/Courtesy of The Other House South Kensington

Meant to feel like pied-à-terres in the city, The Other House’s suites, called “Club Flats,” are set up for long-term stays, with full kitchens and spacious sitting areas. Guests can use a handy app to check in and out, make housekeeping requests, sleuth out how busy the gym is, and more. The subterranean level includes a lounge, a screening room, and a wellness wing, all of which are open to guests and members of Other House’s private club. A Covent Garden location will open in 2024.

The Twenty Two

A dog sits on the bed in a London hotel room decorated in blue and white
Dogs can also enjoy a stay at the Twenty Two.

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While the Edwardian façade looks like traditional Mayfair, the interior of The Twenty Two — a 31-key hotel and private member’s club that opened in April — has a lush, maximalist quality. Some rooms are powder blue with red-velvet-wrapped four-poster beds, while others are done up in riotous Pierre Frey wallpaper that exactly matches the furniture. Among the venues open to both members and hotel guests is a ground-floor lounge and basement nightclub.

The Regulars, Refreshed

The Beaumont 

The 18-month makeover of this Art Deco–themed Mayfair property was subtle and considered. The wood-paneled lobby now hosts a piano lounge, Gatsby’s Room, as well as Le Magritte, a 1920s- themed bar. An extended wing of 29 guest rooms and private dining venues will debut in 2023.


This Mayfair icon carved out a massive five-story underground extension to add a Japanese-inspired spa, a pool, a wine store, a shopping center, and more. Aboveground, you’ll find suites reimagined by designer Bryan O’Sullivan, who also created the Painter’s Room, an all-pink cocktail lounge.

The Dorchester

Park Lane’s most storied address unveiled its largest renovation in decades, tapping heavy-hitter designers to bring 1930s glamour into the present. Pierre-Yves Rochon updated the entrance, the Promenade lounge, and guest rooms. He also outfitted the patisserie and florist shop. Take it all in with a drink at the new Vesper Bar, by Martin Brudnizki.

The Ones to Watch

Mandarin Oriental Mayfair 

When it opens next spring, the brand’s second London act, on Mayfair’s Hanover Square, will be a more intimate experience than its princely Hyde Park flagship. It will have just 50 guest rooms and 78 private residences, plus a restaurant and lounge from chef Akira Back and a destination spa with a large indoor swimming pool.

The Peninsula London

Overlooking Hyde Park Corner, The Peninsula’s first U.K. location will welcome guests through a colonnaded entrance that leads to a refined 190-room sanctuary designed by Peter Marino. Opening in early 2023, the hotel will have nine shops, a spa, several dining options, and — if being a permanent guest appeals — 25 serviced residences.

Raffles London at the OWO

Winston Churchill based part of his World War II operations out of the Old War Office, a stately 1,100-room Edwardian building on Whitehall, steps from the U.K.’s center of government. (Non-Britons may recognize it from various James Bond films; Ian Fleming allegedly dreamed up the character while working in the OWO as a naval intelligence officer during the war.) In 2023, the landmark will open as a Raffles hotel, with 120 rooms and suites and 11 restaurants and bars, plus residences.

A version of this story first appeared in the December 2022/January 2023 issue of Travel + Leisure under the headline "Changing of the Guard"

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