Tim and Kit Kemp, owners of Firmdale Hotels, have the knack of creating places to stay that not only look fabulous but are also easygoing and smoothly run. Knightsbridge Hotel is no exception, an imposing house in a quiet cul-de-sac that has made the ideal canvas for their skills. Kit has designed the interior with panache, using vivid colour, specially designed fabrics, original British art and statement furniture. There are two public rooms downstairs, the drawing room and library, both with a working fireplace. Here, a fireside tea is a winter treat. Upstairs, there are 44 bedrooms and suites, all as fresh and as lovely to look at as to sleep in, with thoughtful extras such as iPod docking stations. If it’s a special occasion, book the stunning open-plan Knightsbridge Suite, with its triptych of floor-length windows. No restaurant, but there is 24-hour room service.
Doubles from £306
+44 (0)20 7584 6300; firmdalehotels.com
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.
CLAIM TO FAME
Location. Tucked away in a quiet street in Knightsbridge, yet it’s just minutes from Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Sloane Street, and close to the V&A, Natural History Museum and Science Museum.
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