Chicago couple looking into a trip to Europe this December (mid-month not the holidays). We'd like to hit London for a fun upscale trip, then visit some friends in Amsterdam. Please voice your recs on great hotels and thoughts on London in winter. Mind you I lived in NYC for 8 years, and have been the Paris and Italy, but never London. I am very familiar with Schrager's stuff and would much prefer the likes of ~The Palace, The (former) Plaza, and hotels with heritage and character. I know many Brits are on SF, love to hear from you... Thoughts on well located upscale hotels which really show off the city (as opposed to simply new construction). Also, thoughts on combining these two cities into one trip. Great, thanks!