The Franklin Hotel
What We Love
- Retreating to the cozy study with a blazing fire and a cool drink
- Quirky design touches like the rows of mirror-framed pressed herbs that adorn guest room walls
- Up-to-the-minute Samsung flatscreens equipped with Apple TV
- The hotel backs onto the private and quiet Egerton Gardens, a welcome green respite in the midst of London
What To Know
- Minibars are stocked with all Italian products
- Breakfast – while a feast of Italian treats – is a pricey £35
- The restaurant is helmed by Michelin-starred chef Alfredo Russo
- Free WiFi
There’s a champagne bar adjoining reception—a sign of what’s truly important at the Italian-run Franklin Hotel designed by Anouska Hempel, perhaps most famous for her work on London’s opulent Blakes Hotel. Inside the connected four Victorian red-brick houses, the palate is monochrome grey and there are mirrors everywhere you look, but soft Italian velvets and silks give everything a surprising European warmth—an effect that manages to be inviting while also extremely chic. There is no shortage of brand names here—the linens are Frette, the TV is Apple, the phones Jenson, the bath products Penhaligon—and everything is as luxurious as possible. In addition to a guests-only hammam and library, there’s also a restaurant where chef Alfredo Russo presents a modern Italian menu worth lingering over.
In the Area
The Franklin’s excellent Knightsbridge location means it’s possible to hit most of London’s most upscale stores on foot. Harrods is less than half a mile from the hotel; walk a few steps further and you’re at Harvey Nichols. The designer boutiques that line Sloane Street can be reached in ten—perfect for escaping back to the hotel for a mid-afternoon rest and cup of tea. If you tire of shopping but still want to look at pretty things, the world’s biggest collection of decorative arts and design at theVictoria & Albert Museum is a five-minute walk from the hotel, while the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum are just past that. Hyde Park is also a quick stroll from the hotel, and the nearest tube stop, South Kensington, is a couple of streets away.
How to Get There
I spend 3 days in this elegant, charming and warm-hearted hotel and I was conquered. I would say: my best staying in London since a while.
Everything is done to make you feel at home: attentive and welcoming staff, elegant small lounges overlooking a magnificent and accessible garden.
Perfect after an intense day in the city. Perfect for business meeting in a central but peaceful location.
Used more than once.
Outstanding service and quality.
Feels like a club with 5 stars service and discretion.
Location is possibly among the best you can get in London.
To add the food is simply divine.
We stumbled across the Franklin hotel shortly before our stay this summer and could not have been more delighted with our trip. The hotel itself is tucked away on a curving road lined with beautiful row homes, opening up on the back side to a charming private garden shared with the surrounding private residences.
Upon our early morning arrival the staff was immediately hospitable offering us espressos, and graciously escorted us to the spa to refresh ourselves before we jaunted around the city for the day. Once our room was available, we continued to be mesmerized with the hotel. The room was furnished beautifully and had a nice partial view of the city to take in. The staff continued to show their excellence from our visits to the restaurant or lobby bar, both of which were exquisite themselves. We would highly recommend staying here and plan to do so again ourselves this holiday season.
I stayed 4 nights and I felt like at home. Amazing hotel, excellent staff, great quality of the food; hammam and massages are great too. Miko, Sandro and Adele helped me with all of my requests; thanks a lot!!! I look forward for my next stay at The Franklin!!!
After staying at the same hotel on numerous visits to London, we decided to try The Franklin on our last trip, and we couldn't be more pleased! First of all, the location is the best! It is located in the heart of Knightsbridge near many wonderful restaurants, shops and museums, all within walking distance. The hotel itself has a wonderful Italian restaurant. One of our most enjoyable meals while in London was from the hotel's room service. The guest rooms are beautifully and uniquely furnished by Anouska Hempel, one of London's leading interior designers. And maybe the best part of staying at The Franklin is the OUTSTANDING service! The young lady who checked us in was so warm and welcoming, and all of the staff members with whom we interacted were so nice and incredibly helpful! From now on, The Franklin will be our first choice when visiting London. Try it. You won't be disappointed. But make your reservation early. The word is out and they fill up quickly.