One of London’s stand-out, five-star hotels, The Berkeley has an excellent Knightsbridge address and is all the rage with A-listers. Together with Claridge’s and The Connaught, it’s part of the Maybourne Hotel Group, and is both welcoming and luxurious. It started life in the 1700s as a Piccadilly coffee house, became a hotel in 1897 and moved to its present location in 1972. The interior is all understated elegance: from the enveloping rooms and suites, with bathrooms of the finest Italian marble, to the famous Blue Bar and a brand new Richard Rogers-designed façade, allowing guests to make quite the entrance. A mouthwatering breakfast is served in easy-going Koffmann’s and, for lunch and dinner, the menu celebrates south-western French food. Nor should you miss Marcus Wareing’s modern European cooking in the chic, two Michelin-starred Marcus. There’s even an exquisite colonnaded rooftop pool and a Ferrari Atelier, where clients can commission the tailor-made car of their dreams. Doubles from £480.
Do: Go for a dip in the glamorous rooftop pool.
Eat: Enjoy Prêt-à-Portea, The Berkeley’s famous fashionista afternoon tea inspired by the season’s trends.
Buy: A hula hooping class held on the roof of the hotel. HulaFit burns up to 600 calories an hour and celebrities such as Beyonce, Emma Stone and Liv Tyler are said to be fans… £65.
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