Design aficionados would be hard-pressed to find a better location in London than Blakes. This glamorous property is famed for its dramatic décor, designed by interiors doyenne Anouska Hempel. Many of the suites and rooms have individual concepts but each is luxurious and striking. Service is a priority here, too, from all the usual courtesies to more out-of-the-box requests. For example, if you fancy playing some tunes, the concierge can set up a vintage turntable in your suite and provide you with a selection of records. Blakes pride themselves on guest-privacy; hence, this charming establishment has become a magnet for visiting celebrities and VIPs.  


Leafy and sophisticated, South Kensington is one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in London. Home to chic boutiques, smart eateries and lots of money, it’s also within walking distance of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum and Royal Albert Hall. Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are just to the north. If you want to impress a date or party with London’s elite, the Kensington Roof Gardens (99 Kensington High Street) is the place to be.

33 Roland Gardens, London                          

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