Luxury places to stay in Central London when your house is being renovated

Written on 22 April 2014 by Alistair Boscawen in London

Why not live in style at one of these flamboyant five star hotels in London, while your house is being renovated…

It’s never fun staying in a house when there’s a renovation underway. Loud noise, hectic atmosphere and builders/architects everywhere! However, whether you’re having a basement extended or an extra bedroom and en suite bathroom built, it’s likely to be worth it in the end.

In the meantime, unless you’re staying with family or friends, temporary accommodation is vital. And what’s better than five star living in the centre the UK capital, with everything this marvellous city has to offer? Not only have many famous figures lived out their last days in hotels, but many of the UK capital’s finest establishments cater for those looking for longer-term stay.

Here’s our pick of the best?

Ritz London Executive Suites

Margaret Thatcher famously chose a suite at the Ritz to recover after an operation in her final months, instead of returning to her Belgravia townhouse. As a friend of the hotel’s owners, she was reportedly told to stay for as long as she liked. Admittedly, not everyone is so well connected! However, the Ritz provides for those looking for long term stays – with the two Executive Suites on the seventh and second floor of the hotel like mini apartments. Offering stunning views over Piccadilly or Green Park, each is decorated in a unique way. This is the perfect place to relax and forget about stressful renovations going on chez vous. You’ll get 775 square feet of living space, with a salon, entrance hall, bathroom and bedroom. If you’ve a family, you may be able to get interconnecting rooms, which is always useful and gives a ‘homely’ feel to the accommodation.

The Lanesborough

Located in Knightsbridge, opposite Hyde Park, The Lanesborough Hotel is a great option for those looking for ongoing accommodation. Offering some 93 guest rooms, which include 43 suites, the rooms reflect the grand Regency Period in the 19th century. Popular among international business people, hotel living is an easy alternative for those travelling overseas regularly. The suites available offer king or queen sized beds with open-plan sitting rooms, marbled bathrooms, wi fi, digital movies, a 24-hour butler service and much more.

The Dorchester

The Dorchester offers exceptional accommodation, with suites providing incredible views over Hyde Park. They range in size from Junior and Stanhope Suites to the larger Dorchester Suites.  Famously Peter Sellers stayed here for decades and even met his second wife, Swedish actress Britt Ekland here! The rooms are spacious, with large bathrooms, which are said to have the deepest baths in London. They are made in Italian marble and the style is art deco, as the hotel was built in the 1930s.

The Savoy

Located on the Strand in Central London,;The Savoy opened in 1889. Film star Richard Harris stayed here for some 15 years. In 2002 staff were concerned they hadn’t seen him for a week but didn’t enter  his room due to the Do Not Disturb sign on the door. His ex-wife found him dying and he famously announced as he left on a stretcher that: “It was the food.” That little anecdote aside, it’s no wonder so many celebrities are attracted to The Savoy. After all, with 195 guest rooms, 73 suites decorated in Edwardian or Art Deco style and with fabulous views over the River Thames; staying at The Savoy is a truly indulgent experience and perfect when you need to take some time out while your main home is being worked on.

One Fine Stay

If you don’t fancy hotels, you could always opt for One Fine Stay. This online portal offers a range of luxury options for you, if you’re happy to stay in someone’s place while they’re not in town. Booking accommodation is as easy as booking a hotel room and gives you the chance to live in a part of London you like as a local, until you are ready to move back into your home. There are some incredible properties available – have a look and take your pick.


Alistair Boscawen

Alistair has 32 years’ experience as an estate agent, starting in the country house department of one of London’s main international agencies before moving to the Knightsbridge house department of the same agency and learning the difference in values between freehold, long lease and short lease houses in Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Chelsea and Mayfair.

All articles by Alistair Boscawen


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