It's important to keep in mind: London is a pretty big city. (Don't worry, we'll wait for your shock to subside.) Yearly international visits to the capital number in the octuple digits – 2011 alone saw 15.3 million, and that was before the Olympics. There are few such massively powerful global arteries on the planet, and when every culture across the world is represented in your city, you've got to imagine there'll be vast choice for accommodation. And while The Savoy and The Ritz might be the hotels most evocative of London's inafmous opulence, the beauty of a city as old as Arthurian Legend is in its wide variety: townhouses, gastro-pub-straddling inns, kitschy hideaways, and sleek towers of pure, undiluted stylishness for the festival jet-set. Do you want to spot A-listers? Gaze upon Dickensian portraiture? Discover the unbridled fun of a gay hip-hop night? Or all of the above? To a traveler from across the pond, the choices could seem daunting. But never fear: we've narrowed down the best of London's hotels, from the centuries-old, afternoon-tea-wielding biggies, to the quirky and quaint. All you need to decide is your desired neck of the woods, your holiday goals, and how soft you like your pillows.