The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione
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
What To Know
- Minibars are stocked with all Italian products
- The restaurant is helmed by Michelin-starred chef Alfredo Russo
- Free WiFi
Exclusive Knightsbridge boutique with a chic English townhouse ambience by designer Anoushka Hempel
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 lauded 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 the Victoria & 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
Amazing evening with my girlfriend. We asked for a tasting and him came in person for a white tasting. Absolutely we will return for the quiet place excellent food and accurate service.The bar are small but really furnished with at high quality of product.
I have stayed in hundreds of hotels around the world, most of them are unremarkable and forgettable.
I have just stayed at the Franklin Hotel in the Knightsbridge area of London.
From the moment we arrived the service and facilities was fantastic.
I would certainly recommend it strongly to anybody visiting London.
London Cocktail Week is a chance for me (with like minded friends) to discover some new gems and this year it came up trumps again. This discreet entrance off the main road was unassuming, though on further inspection, you could see something gorgeous waited behind the door.
We were not disappointed the entrance widened into a well designed hall where we were guided to a plush bijou Franklin Bar, be warned this is a cosy location with Gatsbyesque detail that just works in this space. As a group of six our party we were shown into a Moroccan inspired den with semi private drapes which definitely added an oooh element to our visit. Definitely a place for date night if ever there was one.
With that lead up there was no question our drinks would be something special and they were, my negroni was perfection and well, rather too drinkable as I could see my self settling and talking deep into the night. Drinks, dinner or a snack I will be back as this is the sort of bolt hole you want, whether that be for a hour or a weekend or a week.
A twinkling star in the night sky may be worth a look.