Tim and Kit Kemp, owners of Firmdale Hotels, have the knack of creating places to stay that not only look fabulous but are also easy-going and smoothly run. Knightsbridge Hotel is no exception, an imposing house in a quiet cul-de- sac and the ideal canvas for their skills. Kit has designed the interior with typical panache, using vivid colours, specially-designed fabrics, original British art and statement furniture. There are two public rooms downstairs, the drawing room and library, each with a working fireplace. A fireside tea is a winter treat. The 44 bedrooms and suites upstairs are all as fresh and lovely to look at as to sleep in, with thoughtful extras such as iPod docking stations. For a special occasion, book the stunning open-plan Knightsbridge Suite, with its triptych of floor-length windows. No restaurant, but there’s 24-hour room service.
Make the most of your location by renting a Boris bike and cycling around Hyde Park.
Pop round the corner and enjoy dinner at Zuma for modern Japanese dining, it’s glamorous and delicious.
Take afternoon tea in the beautiful drawing room or library, which also offers a prince and princess version for the little ones.