Tried, Tested and Reviewed by TWE From iconic London landmarks to stripped back hideaways, here is a round up of the The Best UK Honeymoon Properties the TWE. editorial team have vetted and visited…
Best for: romantic city staycation
The sleek Japanese minimalism and restrained luxury makes this East London outpost of the Nobu franchise one of the most stylish locations in Shoreditch. Quietly tucked away on quiet Willow St, it’s hard to believe this quiet oasis is but a stone’s throw away from all the action. It’s the perfect bolt hole for no expenses spared overnight romantic stay for city couples without having to venture out of the city. Relaxation begins as soon as you step into the expansive lobby with its muted tones and pared back deco. Ease into your stay with a treatment in the impressive spa where the talented therapists will create a bespoke treatment for you that’s guaranteed to melt away any stress. The mellow vibes continue in the expansive and beautifully lit Nami bar where you can get your evening started sipping Japanese inspired cocktails before sliding over into the glamorous adjoining restaurant where you can enjoy signature Nobu dishes. After indulging in the very best Japanese cuisine you’ll be grateful that you can drag yourself to your spacious suite and sink into a king size emperor bed for the night. We recommend booking the zen suite, which has a generous walk in shower and a cosy cocoon-like room where you’re guaranteed the best sleep of your life. You’ll forget you’re stuck in the Big smoke, well at least for a night or two.
For more details go to Nobu
Best for: the epitome of luxury
Four Seasons Hampshire
Set in 500 acres of beautiful countryside, the Four Seasons Hampshire is the grand English country stay couples dream of. Set against a show-stopping backdrop of enchanting gardens and rolling hills, the Georgian beauty is a stone’s throw from London with charming staff, a top-notch spa and an endless list of country pursuits to enjoy. A stay here is the perfect home-from-home haute-luxe estate that’s family-friendly, dog-friendly and country chic for honeymooners, wedding planners or, and quite spectacularly, weddings. Thinking of blowing-the-budget? Book the The Royal Suite – the epitome of luxury and perfect for hosting rehearsal dinners or cocktails the night before.
For more details go to: fourseasons.com
Best for: bringing the little ones
Beaverbrook Hotel & Spa
If you have little ones in tow Beaverbrook Hotel & Spa in Surrey is one of the most family friendly-finds a stone’s throw outside of the big smoke. The vibe here is relaxed and timeless with the echo of laughter of children playing and families chatting without an iPhone in sight. We suggest staying in the Joe & Rose Kennedy suite that connects to Ian Fleming which has bags of room for you and the travel cot. The bay windows look out onto the lush surrey adventure fields and the balconies have the best sundowner spot to enjoy the sunset with your (complimentary) 6.30 pm Vesper Martini to toast in the day.
For more information, visit: https://beaverbrook.co.uk/
Best for City Chic: The Mayfair Townhouse
This stately city spin-off from the team behind Cliveden House and Chewton Glen is English eccentricity at its best. Designed by Minda Dowling, the fifteen connected Georgian buildings on Half Moon Street in Mayfair come with views overlooking Green Park. Inside it is packed with personality, wit and curious surprise details. Beds have bespoke frames and hand-stitched mattresses, with 500 thread-count linens on top and Ormer Mayfair restaurant that run by Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin, and was just ranked the fifth best London restaurant. This remains one of the new wave of hotels delivering the unexpected in the heart of Mayfair.
Room rates start from from £350 themayfairtownhouse.com/
Best for: an eco-friendly hideaway
Rooted in nature, Ditchling Cabin is stripped-back and simple, with squishy sofas, a plush super-sized bed, fully equipped kitchen, floor-to-ceiling windows looking out across the lake and most importantly – a hot tub. It’s a Swallows and Amazons kind of place with a pontoon and canoes that make for a good splash about on the water for the kids while you kick back in the roll-top bath. It’s your very own home-grown takeover with eco credentials that include solar-powered energy or furniture made from reclaimed materials.
For more information, visit https://www.ditchlingcabin.com/
Best for: buddymoon
Forget the minimoon – what about a buddy moon at Henry’s Townhouse? Not only is it dangerously fun, full of nooks and crannies to get lost in but there’s also a particularly lovely old-world glow to Henry’s Townhouse, a seven-bedroom property in Marylebone. Once the home of Jane Austen’s brother, Henry, the scene here is city bolthole meets quaint country cottage. Every aspect of the Grade II listed building has been painstakingly restored and dressed up with rich fabrics and splendid antiques from the Pantry Kitchen with a cocktail ‘snug’ to the reading room. We can’t think of a more fun townhouse takeover for a buddy moon in the city.
For more information, visit henrystownhouse.co.uk/
Best for: classic elegance
The Connaught is an utterly timeless grande dame of the London hotel scene with lashings of old-school charm. As soon as you step inside, you’re seduced by it’s quiet elegance, sense of timelessness and British sensibility. Once inside your room, it’s all about skipping around your suite wearing plushy monogrammed slippers or disappearing in a tub filled to the brim with delicious-smelling Bamford bath oil as you watch BBC News from the flatscreen TV. Don’t forget, they do fabulous room service too…
For more information, visit: the-connaught.co.uk
Best for: serious foodies
Nobu Portman Square
City-Slickers looking for a London staycation are probably well aware that Nobu Portman Square is still one of the capital’s hottest new hangouts. Naturally, it’s the restaurant that will take centre stage for your stay with head chef Joao Alegria leading the kitchen and everyone’s favourite miso black-cod making an appearance. Enter through a theatrically high ceiling where an enormous sculpture suspended from pale timber lends a funky London-meets-Tokyo vibe. Perfect for people watching on Portman Square but also just a hop, skip and a jump to London’s West End.
For more information, visit: www.london-portman.nobuhotels.com
Best for: first nights
The Marylebone Suite
For first nights blowing-the-budget, The Marylebone Suite is the pièce de résistance. You’ll see just how superb the location is from your huge cedar-clad terrace with retractable roof looking onto the hustle and bustle of the city. Order a bottle of their house (Perrier Jouët) bubbly to enjoy while watching television by the fireplace and you’ll soon realise there is no better place in London for style, space or a skyline like it. Inside, the rooms are as you would expect, with a deliciously big bed that leads into an incredible marble-lined bathroom with underfloor heating.
For more information, visit www.doylecollection.com/hotels/the-marylebone-hotel
Best for: romantic-escapes
The Kensington Hotel
The Kensington Hotel is without doubt the most romantic secret escape in the capital. Hands down it is Doyle Collection’s most charming hotel. Its excellent location is perfect if you’re looking to make the most of London’s culture and greenery for your mini moon. Enjoy a spot of people-watching from your private Juliet balcony overlooking Queen’s Gate, take a soak in the free-standing bathtub or simply relax in the sumptuous four-poster or stroll down to the shops and restaurants of nearby buzzy South Kensington.
For more information, visit: www.doylecollection.com/hotels/the-kensington-hotel
Best for: playful adventures
Treehouse Hotel, London
Could there be a more fun adventure with your loved one than in an elevated nature-filled playground with sweeping panoramic views of London’s west end, at the Treehouse Hotel, London? With nostalgic knick-knacks, epic skyline views and unusual design elements such as floor-to-ceiling birch-tree trunks, it’s perfect for digital nomads looking for a spirited yet stylish city-break. Dine romantically on the buzzing rooftop ‘Nest’ or curl up deliciously with one of their ‘retro’ inspired picnics on the comfy window seat of your bedroom.
For more information, visit www.treehousehotels.com
Best for: much-needed R and R
We all know The Corinthia London is an iconic London landmark but did you also know it is home to one of the prettiest courtyards in the West End? The Garden is a secluded outdoor terrace with huge terracotta pots, the smartest outdoor furniture, luscious lemon trees and bougainvillea with everything on the plate as fresh and delicious as the surroundings. Did we also mention their iconic spa? With a holistic approach to wellbeing there’s nowhere better for a post-wedding detox than a visit to The Corinthia’s thermal floor: a slumber-inducing space made even more luxurious with fires flickering in every corner and heated marble loungers.
For more information, visit www.corinthia.com/london
Best for: total luxury
The Lanesborough has always been an unrepentant riot of Regency splendour. From the chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce to the brigade of Michelin star chefs and the top notch spa, this Hyde Park Regency looker is the place to pull out all the stops for your mini-moon. You’ll find it impossible to miss the chandeliers and the miles of marble or the great gleaming seams of gold leaf. The Junior Suites are among the loveliest, most charming in the world.
For more information, visit: www.oetkercollection.com
Best for: city skyline views
Shangri-La Hotel, London Bridge, is perfect at sunrise and as the clock strikes midnight. Located in The Shard, it feels like being among the clouds (it’s a winner for its skyline views) whether you’re having your honeymoon breakfast on level 34 in the Ren Room (the largest space) or celebratory drinks in the Gong Bar on level 52. Menus featuring produce sourced from nearby Borough Market is a nod to the brand’s Asian heritage.
For more information, visit: www.shangri-la.com