The first of Firmdale’s sexy yet welcoming city hotels, owned and run by multi-talented husband-and-wife team Tim and Kit Kemp, opened in 1985. Like their Knightsbridge Hotel and Number Sixteen, 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. Doubles from £276.
Name to Know: Reception manager, Charlotte Crampton Smith. Ask her for tips on local shopping and what’s on at the theatre.
See: Find a shady spot in Dorset Square and tuck into a picnic lunch prepared by the hotel.
Eat: At The Potting Shed, the hotel’s restaurant. Try the tuna with salad verde.
Buy: Owner and Design Director, Kit Kemp’s book Every Room Tells a Story for some home design inspiration.
Want to find out more? Visit the hotel's website.
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