Gay London • Luxury Hotels

Want to be impressed in bed? Then one of London’s fabulous 5-star hotels is for you. Our top luxury London hotels for 2018 are sorted by area:

Soho / Central London

near the Soho gay village, the West End and Theatreland

Vauxhall / South Bank

south of the River Thames from the Vauxhall gay village to the Tate Modern

West London

great shopping areas - Knightsbridge, King's Road etc.

East London

home of St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London, Tower Bridge

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Soho / Central London

The heart of gay London. Soho is home to many of London’s best gay bars and is close to the West End theatres, Covent Garden, Oxford Street, Chinatown and Trafalgar Square.

WOW factor.

10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London | map | distance

8.15 Excellent
based on 3336 reviews

W London – Leicester Square5 stars

Why this hotel? WOW factor. 2 min. walk to Soho. Luxury choice.

The utterly cool W London has a stunning location in the very heart of London’s West End, just moments from The Yard, the VILLAGE Bar and other gay bars in Soho. Hooking up is much easier if you drop this hotel’s name into the conversation.

The funky, modern rooms have an innovative design that maximises the use of space and feature all the usual W amenities. We love the signature feather top mattress and cutting-edge technology.

Don’t forget to check out the hotel bars – great destinations of their own.

features: bar, music, dancing, cafe, restaurant, internet access, swimming pool, jacuzzi / hot pool, gym, spa

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Great location.

336-337 Strand, London | map | distance

9.01 Exceptional
based on 4280 reviews

ME London by Melia5 stars

Why this hotel? Great location. Modern rooms. Close to gay scene & shopping area. Free WiFi.

The ME London is located within what used to Marconi House where the BBC made its first broadcast in 1922. A stunning glass and stone extension was added, and the building transformed into a cutting-edge luxury hotel.

Individually styled guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies with city views, soundproofing, climate control, media hubs, Nespresso coffee machine, fabulous beds and large luxurious bathrooms.

Nearby, there’s a huge range of shops and restaurants in Covent Garden and some of the best theatres. A 1-minute walk can get you to Soho gay bars, The SaunaBar and G-A-Y party @ Heaven etc. The Vauxhall gay village can be reached by taxi in about 15 minutes.

features: bar, restaurant, free wifi, gym

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Chic in Soho.

4 Richmond Mews, Dean St, London | map | distance

9.86 Exceptional
based on 2441 reviews

The Soho Hotel5 stars

Why this hotel? Chic in Soho. Celeb hangout. In the gay village. Free WiFi.

It does not get much better than this in central London. This default hotel of choice for many A-List celebrities is located in a surprisingly quiet street in the middle of Soho. The main gay bars in Soho, The Village, Yard, Shadow Lounge are all just moments away.

The Soho boasts both style and substance with elegant rooms and suites, all with large bathrooms and super comfy beds. A well-equipped gym, chic cocktail bar, fabulous restaurant and impressive concierge make The Soho stand out from the pack.

features: bar, restaurant, free wi-fi, massage, gym, spa

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Haymarket Hotel London
London glam.

1 Suffolk Place, London | map | distance

Haymarket Hotel5 stars

Why this hotel? London glam. Classic boutique hotel. Top-rated.

Hotel glamour at its best. This landmark Regency building has been transformed into a stunning boutique hotel by the same team that developed The Soho Hotel.

Check into one of the individually-styled bedrooms and suites, sip a cocktail in the stylish bar and take dip in the fabulous 19-metre swimming pool.

The Haymarket is in the heart of the theatre district and just a few minutes’ walk from the Soho gay bars. Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden and the shops on Regent and Oxford Street are all within walking distance.

features: bar, restaurant, internet access, swimming pool, gym, spa

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Great location in Soho.

6 Frith Street, Soho Square, London | map | distance

8.86 Excellent
based on 1740 reviews

Hazlitt’s4 stars

Why this hotel? Great location in Soho. Stunning rooms. Fabulous service. Free WiFi.

There is a good chance that even the most regular visitor to London will not have heard of Hazlitt’s. Comprised of interconnecting historic Georgian houses just off Soho Square, most of the hotel’s business is from personal recommendation.

Hazlitt’s philosophy is to offer exceptional hospitality and a friendly, efficient service. If you need a few strings pulled to book a table or ticket to a show, they will try their best to get what you want.

The stunning guest rooms are adorned with pictures and antiques, but are still air-conditioned and feature free WiFi and a LCD TV. Hazlitt’s is across the road from the stylish CIRCA Soho gay bar and not much further from all the other gay bars in Soho.

features: bar, restaurant, free wi-fi

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Classic luxury.

6 Waterloo Place, London | map | distance

9.2 Exceptional
based on 6991 reviews

Sofitel St James London5 stars

Why this hotel? Classic luxury. Fabulous location. Near Soho gay village. Free WiFi.

It is impossible not to be impressed by the fabulous Sofitel St James. This former bank building has English Heritage Grade II listed status and an enviable position on Pall Mall.

Walk north up Waterloo Place and in just a couple of minutes you will be in the Soho gay district. Walk south, across Pall Mall, and you will be looking towards Buckingham Place.

The combination of British design with the luxurious contemporary French styling works very well. We love the richly-decorated, sophisticated state-of-the-art guest rooms and suites. The hotel has a fabulous spa and gym, and there is free WiFi for all.

features: bar, restaurant, massage, sauna, gym, spa, free wi-fi

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Next to Sweatbox Sauna.

19-21 Great Marlborough St, London | map | distance

7.59 Very Good
based on 2849 reviews

Courthouse Hotel London5 stars

Why this hotel? Next to Sweatbox Sauna. Great for shopping & gay scene.

This luxury London hotel is located within a building that used to be a court house, just a few minutes’ walk from the gay bars in Soho and steps from Sweatbox Sauna, one of the most popular gay saunas in London.

Shopping queens will love being close to the boutiques on Carnaby Street and nearby Regents and Oxford Street (two of the best shopping areas in London).

Fine dining, a fantastic bar, rooftop terrace, indoor pool and well-equipped gym all add to the appeal. The ground floor bar is very interesting as it was the jail area. Today, you can sip a cocktail in your own private cell.

features: bar, cafe, restaurant, internet access, swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi / hot pool, gym

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Excellent value.

65-73 Shaftesbury Avenue, London | map | distance

8.1 Excellent
based on 2172 reviews

The Piccadilly London West End5 stars

Why this hotel? Excellent value. Very close to Soho. Free WiFi.

Located on Shaftesbury Avenue, just a 2-minute walk from some of the best Soho gay bars like The VillageRupert Street and The Yard, this value-for-money hotel is ideal for those who want a very central location.

Guest rooms come complete with all the essentials including satellite TV and free WiFi.

The hotel has its own restaurant and bar; however, there is an endless choice of cafés and restaurants just moments from the hotel.

features: bar, restaurant, free wi-fi

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Covent Garden Hotel
British Chic.

10 Monmouth Street, London | map | distance

9.87 Exceptional
based on 1024 reviews

Covent Garden Hotel5 stars

Why this hotel? British Chic. Style and substance. Great Location. Free WiFi.

Just a 5-minute walk from the Soho gay village, the ultra-chic Covent Garden Hotel is surrounded by fine restaurants, boutiques and nightlife.

Guest rooms feature free WiFi, flat screen TV and fully stocked minibar. Many rooms have views over London’s rooftops.

The hotel has a superb restaurant, stylish bar, fabulous spa and a gym, although the nearby Soho Gyms has a lot more eye candy, or the equally close The Stable sauna offers more fun.

features: bar, restaurant, massage, gym, free wi-fi

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Vauxhall / South Bank

London’s second largest gay village is in Vauxhall. The area is home to gay bars, saunas, cruise bars and dance clubs all on the south side of River Thames between Vauxhall Bridge and Waterloo Bridge.

Many famous landmarks are nearby including The London Eye, Tate Modern, the Royal Festival Theatre along with many restaurants & cafés along The Queen’s Walk, a pedestrian route that runs alongside the river, known as South Bank.

Iconic skyscraper.

London Bridge Street 32, Bermondsey, London | map | distance

9.31 Exceptional
based on 4387 reviews

Shangri-La at The Shard5 stars

Why this hotel? Iconic skyscraper. Amazing views. Fabulous rooms. Free WiFi.

The Shard, a stunning new addition to London’s skyline, is the tallest building in Europe. Inside, occupying the 34 to 52 floors, is the very first Shangri-La hotel in the UK. The views from the guest rooms of London and beyond (up to 40 miles) are breathtaking.

But it’s not just about the sights. Each climate-controlled guest room features the signature Shangri-La body contour-hugging bed, the latest in-room technology as well as an old-fashioned pair of binoculars. The bathrooms are equally impressive with large tubs, showers and Acqua di Parma toiletries.

The range of Asian-inspired dining options have already become destinations for Londoners in their own right. TING, the hotel’s signature restaurant offers modern European menu with subtle Asian influences. And don’t miss GŎNG, London’s highest champagne and cocktail bar.

Located on the south side of the Thames, almost on top of London Bridge train and tube stations.

features: bar, cafe, restaurant, shop, swimming pool, gym, free wi-fi

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River views.

18 Albert Embankment, London | map | distance

8.87 Excellent
based on 3293 reviews

Plaza on the River4 stars

Why this hotel? River views. Great location. Near Vauxhall bars & clubs. Free WiFi.

Located on the south bank of the River Thames, Plaza on the River is just moments from the bars, clubs and saunas in Vauxhall’s gay village.

There are 65 air-conditioned studios and one or two-bed suites, all of which have fully equipped kitchens and state-of-the-art room technology including free WiFi. Many of the suites have fabulous views across the River Thames to the House of Parliament, Big Ben and beyond.

Vauxhall Underground station (Victoria Line) is just 500 metres from the hotel, or you can catch one of the many buses that run along Albert Embankment.

features: bar, restaurant, gym, free wi-fi

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West London

This upmarket West London district is occupied by some great hotels, high-end shops (Knightsbridge, New Bond St, King’s Road) and attractions. There are public transport links to Soho and Vauxhall.

Utterly cool.

20 Chesham Place, London | map | distance

9.02 Exceptional
based on 897 reviews

The Hari5 stars

Why this hotel? Utterly cool. Great for shopping & the scene. Free WiFi.

Much of Belgravia is still owned by the Duke of Westminster and remains the most fashionable residential district in central London and home to the super rich (both ‘old money’ and ‘new’)

The Hari is very much a “new Britannia” hotel. The ‘totally cool’ guest rooms feature large comfortable beds, marble bathrooms with a walk-in shower with amenities by REN. The hotel has a great restaurant, bar and gym. Needless to say, the service is second to none.

Location-wise, The Hari is great for shopping as it is halfway between Sloane Square and Knightbridge, and halfway between Soho and Vauxhall gay villages, too!

features: bar, restaurant, free wifi, gym

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East London

The financial heart of London, known locally as ‘The City’. East London is home to St Paul’s, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, good choice of hotels and excellent transport options. If you are here on business, then it makes sense to stay in this area.

Very trendy.

40 Liverpool Street, London | map | distance

9.04 Exceptional
based on 5208 reviews

ANdAZ Liverpool Street London5 stars

Why this hotel? Very trendy. Great gym. Good transport links. Free WiFi.

This stunning luxury hotel might be located in the heart of London’s financial district, but that does not stop it from attracting the trendsetting central crowd.

The building dates back to 1884, but inside it’s all 21st century. The chic guest rooms come with a complimentary soft drink minibar, tea & coffee making facilities and iPod dock.  WiFi is available for free in the main lounge or for a fee in the room.

Location-wise, ANdAZ is located right next to Liverpool Street station with direct access to the Central, District and Circle underground lines, making it very easy to get around the city.

‘Must see’ attractions such as The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s, Tate Modern and Spitalfields Market are all within walking distance.

features: bar, cafe, restaurant, internet access, massage, gym, spa, free wi-fi

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New hotel.

3 South Place, London | map | distance

9.69 Exceptional
based on 1476 reviews

South Place Hotel5 stars

Why this hotel? New hotel. Stunning Coran-designed rooms. Fine dining. Free WiFi.

Independently owned luxury hotel, located just a few minutes’ walk from both Liverpool Street and Moorgate underground stations. South Place features stunning Coran-designed guest rooms that incorporate the best technology including a 40″ Bang & Olufsen TV, mood lighting, media hub and free WiFi.

This is the first hotel in London to be opened by internationally renowned restaurateurs D&D London. Executive Chef Tony Fleming oversees all the menus in both restaurants – worth a visit even if you don’t stay here. Guests have exclusive use of a well-equipped gym with TechnoGym equipment and cardio machines.

The closeness of two major underground stations makes getting around the city very easy. The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Tate Modern and St Paul’s are all within walking distance.

features: bar, cafe, restaurant, gym, free wi-fi

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