The Ritz London, London, UK

Welcoming British royals and Hollywood celebrities like Charlie Chaplin and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis since opening in 1906, this Leading Hotels of the World outpost in London’s St. James’s neighborhood features an array of high-end amenities, including a salon, a jewelry store and a private members club with casino games.

Rooms are just as luxurious, with marble bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and gold-embellished fireplaces, while Signature suites come with extra space and even more perks, such as personal butlers and one-way airport transfers in a Rolls-Royce Phantom.

But according to recent guests, The Ritz London’s highlights are its “superb” cuisine and “amazing” afternoon tea service. Visitors have two restaurants to choose from – the Michelin-starred Ritz Restaurant, which serves British dishes made with seasonal ingredients, and The Ritz Club’s restaurant, where Chinese, Thai, Middle Eastern and Indian dishes are on the menu. And for afternoon tea, travelers can visit the Palm Court.

The airy venue offers 18 teas and a selection of sandwiches and homemade pastries, as well as live music from a pianist, harpist or string quintet. To offset the cost of extra services like afternoon tea and spa treatments, Leaders Club rewards program members can redeem free room awards for stays.

150 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1J 9BR, UK
+44 20 7493 8181

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