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Number Sixteen – South Kensington, SW7

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Number Sixteen – South Kensington, SW7

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Part of a mid-Victorian white stucco terrace, Number Sixteen is one of Firmdale’s collection of London townhouse hotels, together with Dorset Square Hotel and Knightsbridge Hotel. Inside, it is imaginatively decorated by Kit Kemp in her inimitable contemporary, eclectic style, full of bold colours, joyful collisions of pattern and hand-picked artworks. The ground-floor rooms are flooded with light from floor-to-ceiling windows, and include two drawing rooms, a library with that Firmdale trademark, an honesty bar, and an orangery leading to a leafy garden. On warm days, this is the spot for relaxing, drinking, eating or meeting friends. It only has 41 rooms, but all the facilities you’d expect from a larger luxury hotel are in place – 24-hour room service, valet, concierge and spoiling in-room Soholistic treatments. It’s also a stylish place to eat: breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea are all served in the orangery and the garden in summer. Doubles from £312.

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Name to Know: Arthur, the concierge. He has been at Number Sixteen for ten years and can book restaurants, theatre tickets, tours and football tickets, and he never forgets a face. 

See: Make time to enjoy the hotel’s orangery and beautiful, tree-filled garden, which features handpicked works of art.

Eat: If the weather’s nice, why not take some afternoon tea in the garden? What could be more picturesque?

Buy: Owner and Design Director, Kit Kemp’s bath and body range, Rik Rak.



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