Live like a king with sweeping ceilings, plush furnishings and royal blue velvets in one of the newly refurbished premium suites at The Kensington. With a gorgeous restaurant and afternoon tea, it’s the perfect base for a weekend trip to London
Words: Rachel Mantock
The Knightsbridge Suite is one of three bespoke suites on offer at The Kensington, along with The Brompton Suite and The Luxury Studio suite. It’s a mixture of period charm and contemporary touches, with chalk-coloured panelled walls, two fireplaces and exquisite artworks hung on the walls.
Deep blue and gold velvet wrap the seat furnishings, while white marble with pinkish-brown veins – that crawl across the floor and all four walls of the bathroom – are set against gleaming, brass finishes.
The balcony doors and windows run from the ceiling to the floor, creating the allusion of more height, even though the ceilings are vast and tall in reality already. The Art Deco style lamps and tables add sophistication, while also introducing darker, moodier tones into the mix.
Huge, golden gilt mirrors dominate the mantelpieces and the bed is made in such a way that even a princess wouldn’t feel a pea. It engulfs you into an instant sleep, leaving you refreshed and revived but not wanting to leave it by morning.
Room service is swift and delivered on dark wood trays with an array of sparkling silver coloured platters, lids and utensils, keeping up the elegant aesthetic. Try their white omelette for a filling yet light breakfast and you won’t be disappointed, or indulge in their rich, oozing chocolate cake if you are in the mood for a midnight binge. The room service menu is the most dangerous object in the suite, because once you start with it, you can’t stop, everything so mouth watering and intensely appetising.
The Town House restaurant is all soft, velvet yellows, plump, welcoming armchairs and white tablecloths. After sea bass and scallops, with a huge side of warm spinach, along with a glass of Montmarin Viognier, you’ll find yourself barely capable of moving much further than the lift to your suite, so dinner and an overnight stay – perhaps following a trip to the V&A, or a matinee? – makes perfect sense. Check out their Luxurious London Weekends offer – a two-night break for two from £550 including Afternoon Tea, Champagne in the room, late checkout and a full à la carte breakfast.