Hollywood A-listers, rock stars, literary greats… London hotels have had their fair share of celebrity guests. If you want to spot David Beckham over breakfast or share a lift with Lily Allen, check out our pick of the top 5 London celebrity hotels. Who knows who you’ll bump into!

The May Fair

Where better to spot A-list fashionistas than at the official hotel of London Fashion Week, The May Fair. This 5-star London hotel was first opened by King George V in 1927. Today it is the latest word in glamour, where Fendi sofas sit under the bright lights of Baccarat chandeliers. Stylish guests have included Lady Gaga, Cheryl Cole and Whitney Houston each no doubt attracted by the in-room spa treatments on offer, Amba Bar & Grill gourmet restaurant and award-winning May Fair Bar perfect for those A-list parties. Located in the heart of exclusive Mayfair, this is decadence at its most chic.

K West Hotel & Spa

Cool and chic, K West Hotel & Spa is the London hotel of choice for those in the music biz from Franz Ferdinand and Moby to Kelly Osbourne and Pete Doherty. The Shepherd’s Bush hotel is less than five minutes away from the designer heaven that is Westfield London. Inside, the treats continue with DJs playing the K Lounge on Friday and Saturday nights, the K Spa, and contemporary cuisine in the Kanteen restaurant. Eco-friendly features also make it one of London’s top green hotels, as well as one of its top celebrity hotels.

Blakes Hotel

Blakes Hotel describes itself as “the London base for film stars, musicians and all the top designers” and promises to respect the privacy of guests from the paparazzi. But a little public star-spotting is surely allowed! Small but perfectly formed, this London boutique hotel has welcomed everyone from David and Victoria Beckham to Lindsey Lohan and Quentin Tarantino. Created by acclaimed designer Anoushka Hempel, Blakes Hotel has become known as London’s ‘Couture’ hotel, a name well served by its popular, decorative Chinese Room.


The Dorchester has long been known as one of the top London celebrity hotels. For 75 years it has attracted an elite A-list of celebrities and world leaders, including Nelson Mandela, Woody Allen, Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross. Located on Park Lane in Mayfair, it’s a short walk (or chauffeur-driven drive) from exclusive London shopping spots such as New Bond Street, Old Bond Street and Knightsbridge. Out of your budget? Instead of booking a room, why not enjoy one of The Dorchester’s other famous attractions Afternoon Tea!

The Athenaeum

Dating back to the 19th century, the building that houses The Athenaeum has a rich history. Originally an entertainment spot for MPs and Lords, it went on to become a popular hotel with 70s screen stars filming at London’s famous Pinewood and Ealing Studios. In more recent times, the family-run London hotel has hosted Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford and Sandra Bullock. As one of the top London celebrity hotels, The Athenaeum has all the facilities expected by your average A-lister spa, award-winning restaurant, 5-star rooms but delivers them with a warm, down-to-earth manner.

By Chris Tomkins
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