The Firmdale Hotels group mostly operates boldfaced-name hotels in the West End—the kinds of places where scenesters swill designer gin and fashion magazines shoot. Here, though, husband/wife designers/owners Tim and Kit Kemp create one of the loveliest B&B experiences in the city. Expect the trappings of a luxury hotel, only in a series of well-refurbished town houses in an updated English country style. Every available space is adorned with displays of forward-thinking British art from the Kemps’ considerable collection, and all rooms are individually designed and truly beautiful. (Kit even published an interior design coffee table book, A Living Space.) They tempt with come-hither beds laid with more pillows than most people have in their entire homes. In the morning, sunlight pours across the verdant back garden accented by a soothing ornamental pond into the conservatory where afternoon tea is served. If it’s full, try Firmdale’s equally charming Dorset Square Hotel in Marylebone, which charges similar rates.
16 Sumner Place, SW7
Our Rating Neighborhood Kensington Transportation Tube: South Kensington Phone 020/7589-5232 Prices Rooms £180–£375 Amenities Conservatory, library, AC, free Wi-Fi Units 41 units Web site Number SixteenBook a Room Now
Map16 Sumner Place, SW7 London
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