Londoners may not have invented luxury (we'll credit the French with that, or maybe The Ottomans. The Byzantines?) but they've certainly perfected it. From Belgravia to Soho, the capital's luxury hotels are supersaturated with history, and they emerge from some of the greatest talents on earth. The Savoy's air-raid shelter was named "the smartest in London", and The Dean Street Townhouse was the home to Charles II's mistress. London's luxury hotels have, over the last century, become so much more than opportunities to splash around wealth (though it does help if you're happy to do that). They're gold-leafed, flood-lit, marble lined monuments to opulence and splendor, yes, but they're also where the world's greatest architecture and design talent comes together with most revered men and women in hospitality and service. They can transport you in time and take you to unbelievable heights. And after the rivers have been toured and the fish and chips have been consumed, the savvy London visitor should know where to find the best of the best luxury hotels. So if your bank account allows, or you want to take a sneaky daytime peek, we've narrowed down the top ten luxury hotels in London to take your breath away and leave you starry eyed.