THE MILESTONE HOTEL
Champagne upon arrival and a stunning view of Kensington Gardens are among the perks of this luxury Victorian hotel. Guests remark upon the incredible service, including doormen who remember you by name when you step out for a stroll and staff who bend over backwards to accommodate every whim. Some rooms border on the rococoâ gold-and-white patterned wallpaper matching the bedspreadâ if that's your taste, but there are also more modestly appointed options. This being a high-class hotel, there's a wonderful spa and a fancy restaurant, naturally, but for a pre-dinner cocktail we're partial to the charming Stables Bar, the equestrian-themed watering hole (and onetime carriage house!) seen here.