The first of Firmdale’s vibrant and welcoming city hotels, owned and run by multi-talented husband-and-wife team Tim and Kit Kemp, opened in 1985. Like their Knightsbridge Hotel (see page 000) and Number Sixteen (see page 000), it’s a beautiful London townhouse, this one Georgian, with some gentle decorative reminders that it occupies the site of Thomas Lord’s first cricket ground. There are bats arranged like works of art, tiny cricket balls as wardrobe doorhandles, photographs and cartoons of famous cricketers and other memorabilia, all incorporated into Kit’s sophisticated interiors. Her style is witty, contemporary and bold, combining strong colours and contrasting fabrics, enhanced by exciting modern art. There’s an elegant drawing room with an honesty bar, and 38 seductive bedrooms, many overlooking the Dorset Square garden, to which guests have access. The Potting Shed restaurant serves exceptional modern British food, with a clever lighting installation by Martha Freud as a backdrop.
Find a shady spot in Dorset Square and tuck into a picnic lunch prepared by the hotel
At The Potting Shed, the hotel’s restaurant. Every other month the restaurant hosts a Friday night Chef’s Table supper club
Owner and Creative Director, Kit Kemp’s book Design Thread for some home design inspiration