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Last updated: 28 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Sarah Barrell

Sandwiched between the iconic Harvey Nichols department store and Hyde Park, there’s a glorious, over-the-top opulence to the MO, with acres of marble, a Michelin-starred dining room with Heston Blumenthal at the helm and wonderful views across Hyde Park.

A great choice for those who want to combine sightseeing with some serious pampering, the hotel’s spa is a subterranean, low-lit space centred around a 17m swimming pool, with Asian-themed treatments and therapies.

This is the place to come if you want classic, old-school glamour – although it does come at a price.

Surrounding area

The hotel opens straight onto Knightsbridge; a busy, multi-lane highway that rumbles with buses and taxis at all times of the day and night.

The Harvey Nichols department store lies directly opposite, with elegant Edwardian buildings housing restaurants, cafes and shops.

This is a busy junction, that throngs with people both day and night, but the hotel is grand enough repel any noise once you’re through the door.

Step out of the back and you walk straight into the tranquillity of Hyde Park, with the Serpentine Gallery and bohemian Notting Hill and Portobello (on the other side of the park) all within walking distance.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
: Nearby *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

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Best for ages: 13+ | £15 | 1+ hours

Buckingham Palace

London, United Kingdom (UK)[1.2 miles]

The world’s most famous royal palace and home of the British monarchy since Queen Victoria, is a fairly bland affair. Go in summer months to see the State Rooms and gardens, and stay to see the Changing of the Guard with enjoyable, entertaining fanfare.

Best for ages: 8+ | Free

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Night time view of the department all lit up with lights


London, United Kingdom (UK)[0.4 miles]

The world’s most famous department store – touristy, yes, but also glamorous, glitzy, and unmissable.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Street view of the theatre building

Royal Court Theatre

London, United Kingdom (UK)[1.1 miles]

London’s best-known platform for new playwrights. Effortlessly cool, intellectual, and influential, this is theatre at its most exciting.

Best for ages: 18+ | £12 | Varies

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The Royal Mews

London, United Kingdom (UK)[1.2 miles]

These grand old stables are home to royal transport in all its finery: gilded carriages, the nodding heads of Windsor Greys and some vintage Bentley State Limousines.

Best for ages: 13+ | £14

A bright red exhibition room with statues and furniture with gold accents

Queen’s Gallery

London, United Kingdom (UK)[1.2 miles]

The main public art gallery of Buckingham Palace, the Queens Gallery exhibits works of art from the Royal collection on a rotating basis – there are usually around 450 works on show.

Best for ages: 18+ | £850

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