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London’s hotels aren’t just some of the best in the world – many are tourist attractions in their own right

Rydges Kensington London
For £120 pound price tag you’re not just getting a top location (across the street from the Gloucester Road tube, two stops to Notting Hill Gate and three to Green Park). You can also expect renovated, stylish rooms and a very decent brekky off the lobby at the Jam Cupboard. 61 Gloucester Rd, London. +44 (0)20 7584 8100. Tube: Gloucester Rd.

Town Hall Hotel, Bethnal Green
Converted from the formerly scruffy suburb's town hall, this 98-room Art Deco hotel can take credit for instigating a gentrification of this East London neighbourhood. Former councillors' chambers and offices have been turned into guest rooms with the latest technology. 2 Patriot Sq, London. +44(0)20 7871 0460. Tube: Bethnal Green.

Dorset Square Hotel, Marylebone
This stunning 38-room property has just undergone an overhaul, emerging as one of the best boutique hotels in the capital, courtesy of one-off furniture pieces and unique artworks hand-picked by designer-owner Kit Kemp. Rooms overlook the site of Thomas Lord's first cricket ground. 39-40 Dorset Sq, London. +44 (0)20 7723 7874. Tube: Marylebone.

The Langham, London
A short stroll from Oxford Circus, the grand Langham London is the place to stay for the legendary cocktails in the Artesian Bar and central shopping location. Here, the rooms are classically stylish and a steal for the £244 pound rate you’ll find during the off-season. The day spa is amongst the best in the capital. 1c Portland Pl, London. +44 (0)20 7636 1000. Tube: Oxford Circus.

The Savoy
Those seeking a quintessential British stay will love the Savoy, one of the few hotels in the world that is truly ‘iconic’. There’s the grand entrance off the Strand; classic drinks den the American Bar, which takes inspiration from the roaring 20s cocktail days; and the rooms, decorated in Edwardian or Art Deco, and let you know you are in the heart of England. The Strand, London. +44 (0)20 7836 4343. Tube: Covent Garden.

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Updated on 10 Jul 2014.

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