Founded in 1863, The Arts Club was once a haven for those prominent in the arts, science and literature – it was in fact Charles Dickens and Auguste Rodin's favourite spot in London. The re-launch of the hidden Mayfair haunt in 2011 transformed the club into a tastefully decorated, newly refined hot spot whilst still priding itself on its extensive art collection. Arguably the most exclusive, and smallest, hotel in London with just 16 Art Deco-inspired rooms and suites. To stay you either need to be a member or have a room booked on your behalf – thankfully we have this covered. The brasserie is everything you would expect from a setting in the heart of Mayfair with the added bonus of a tucked away secret garden; whilst the 2nd floor Japanese restaurant, Kyubi, is superb – not surprising given the Arts Club owner, Arjun Waney, is also the man behind Zuma.
Need to know: 16 bedrooms and suites, private members' club
Best for: Those looking for a chic pied-à-terre in the heart of Mayfair