Travelers heading to London are likely in the market for a healthy dose of history—and from the Tower Bridge to Kensington Palace, there's no shortage of it. But the history lesson doesn't have to end with after a walking tour. Many of London's oldest—and most esteemed—hotels offer their own type of history lesson. With several dating back to the early 1800s, these famed lodgings have withstood wars and played host to some of the world's most famous guests, including the royals. We've rounded up five such London hotels that are as elegant as they are iconic.
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