Looking to make some plans for a last-minute Christmas trip? Whether you’re looking for a place to stay to avoid in-laws or to take tea in a winter wonderland, these hotels will definitely make you feel like your life is your new favourite Christmas film.
The Most Festive Hotels in London at Christmas
This festive season, The Savoy celebrates ‘All the Fun of the Fair’, with decorations inspired by the spectacle, experience and illusion of traditional British fairgrounds. A talented team of Savoy colleagues across the florist, carpentry and engineering teams have been working hard (and in secret) over the past three months, finally bringing everything together throughout the night to transform the entire hotel into a festive fairground on Christmas Day. Guests will wake up to ‘All the Fun of the Fair’, with the highlight being an interactive Helter Skelter standing 15ft tall in the Front Hall in place of a more traditional tree.
Sushi may not scream festive, but Nobu have pulled out all the stops to create a unique seasonal afternoon tea. Served in Nobu Cafe in the hotel’s elegant Lobby Lounge, diners can begin with a range of savoury bites including snow crab tempura, tofu buns with truffle tofu cream and pickled tomato and a beef tenderloin on multigrain, doused in shichimi miso mustard. You can then satisfy your sweet tooth with desserts such as a Maraschino cherry & chocolate Christmas tree, Santa Claus whisky macaroon and a snow flake yuzu tart. Top it all off with your choice of tea, coffee, or a glass of prosecco. Perfect if you’re after something a little different! Available daily from 12pm-5pm, £30 per person
This iconic British hotel oozes a sense of self: it’s fun, magic and deliciously opulent yet manages to keep a tie with the past while seamlessly keeping pace with the changing times. It is magnificent during the festive season, when The Promenade comes alive with glittering Christmas trees.
It was 60 years ago this year, in 1958, that Peter Herbert opened this Elizabethan manor and its famous gardens as a hotel. A classic of its kind, it’s now in the caring hands of Jeremy and Elizabeth Hosking, who have kept its integrity intact while beautifully renovating and subtly modernising. The house is cosy and beautifully decorated during December, making for a festive lunch or dinner in the Michelin starred restaurant. Holiday stays are still available for booking over New Years Eve!
If you lean toward staying in homes rather than hotels, and warm to ‘boho chic but professional’, then head for Askham Hall. It stands in a magnificent corner of the Lake District, between Ullswater and the Eden Valley. The mighty yet approachable manor house, Grade I listed, was the family home of Charlie Lowther and his parents, the Earl and Countess of Lonsdale. Roaring log fires, delicious food, fine wine and a festive atmosphere in sumptuous surroundings make the award-winning George and Dragon perfect for Christmas parties of up to 40 people. This renovated coaching inn exudes a relaxed, informal country pub feel, together with contemporary style and luxury.
Overlooking the rooftops of Knightsbridge and Hyde Park, The Berkeley’s Health Club will once again transform its secret garden into a festive forest cinema this winter, accommodating just eight guests per viewing. Adding a stylish sprinkle of rustic chic are four handmade wooden chalet-inspired cabins, custom made to cosily fit two guests. Wrapped up in heated blankets, guests will be sheltered from the cold whilst watching festive classics such as the black and white original ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ and ‘The Nutcracker’. Homemade hot chocolate, mulled wine and mince pies make the magical atmosphere complete with twinkling lights and lanterns. Screenings at the Rooftop Winter Cinema will take place from 1st ~ 31st December 2018. The Winter Cinema will offer two viewings daily at 5:15pm and 7.30pm available at £75 per person. Call The Berkeley Health Club on 0207 201 1699 or email [email protected]
Grey Goose has transformed the courtyard at The Langham in Marylebone into a winter paradise, with a dash of French alpine style. Guests can sip on hot and cold Grey Goose cocktails underneath a Christmas tree adorned with lights or get cosy under blankets in the chic rustic hideaways. Menu highlights include a warming Chocolat Chaud’ à L’orange, a festive Grey Goose Le Poire Mulled Wine and the Grey Goose La Vanille Espresso Martini. Guests will be able to enjoy a selection of festive food straight from the woodfire, including Pomme De Terre Au Four and a delicious warmed Vacherin Mont d’Or – perfect for sharing with friends. 21 November – February. langhamhotels.com
Worth a visit purely for the Instagram opportunities, this beautiful terrace is currently in its Autumnal iteration, but soon will be transformed into a winter wonderland for the festive period by Nikki Tibbles at Wild at Heart. Enjoy a menu filled with cheese fondue, cosy cauliflower cheese, mulled cocktails and Pierre Marcolini boozy hot chocolates, for a festive tipple or two. You’ll need to get in there quick, as they are booking up fast… Book here. 16-22 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3NN.
This winter, Rosewood London will collaborate with the definitive Speyside Single Malt. Scotch whisky brand The Glenlivet, to transform the hotel’s iconic courtyard into a magical woodland glade. Tucked away from the Christmas crowds, guests will discover The Glenlivet Glade, an immersive winter terrace, where they can settle in for the evening and enjoy a selection of The Glenlivet cocktails and comforting dishes, all while sitting under a spectacular starry ‘night sky’. 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN