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
Stayed with my wife on business trip.
Great location,wonderful staff,very clean renovated with taste.
Food was great and the bar is spectacular.
If you check the offers on their website you get amazing deals for London.
Will go back.
I happened to be doing business in the South Kensington area and decided to stop by the Franklin hotel for a quick lunch. It turned into a wonderful culinary experience made of passion for food and attention to details. Thank you to the staff and to Chef Mirko for making it unreal!
Will definitely be back soon
I stayed at the hotel last week and was very happy with my experience. This hotel is a beautiful and luxurious boutique place to stay in London, its located in a very quiet street moments from Knightsbridge and so has an excellent location.
My partner and I had such a lovely time in this little property. Everyone from the reception manager to the bartender to the housekeeper we met in the corridor were friendly and smiley. We'll be back for sure.
The Franklin is one of the best hotels I ever stayed in. The room was simply beautiful. I ordered roomservice late after work - amazing food and just perfect service. Breakfast was delicious, too. Just a perfect place to stay and I will be back on my next trip to London.