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
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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 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.