Located near the Royal Albert Hall amidst the hustle and bustle of Knightsbridge, this Italian export is a perfect base from which to view the British capital’s best sides. With a prime Kensington location, the Baglioni is near many other national historical places such, the Victoria and Albert and the Natural History Museum.
Facing Kensington Gardens, on the ground floor the Brunello restaurant offers a creative take on Mediterranean cuisine using fresh ingredients sourced direct from Italy. Amidst the comfortable grey and gold velvet armchairs, Murano glass candelabras, an imposing fireplace and designer bar dominate the room. The wine list includes around 500 labels as well as a precious vertical collection of Sassicaia wines.
In summer months sit and relax in the sunshine on the outdoor Bellavista Terrace and enjoy a delicious lunch, dinner or aperitivo. Choose from a wide range of delicious Italian cocktails or a sparkling glass of Bellavista, accompanied by a selection of antipasti, salumi or cheeses. Or for an Italian twist on a British favourite, try a glass of champagne with Afternoon Tea overlooking Kensington garden views.
The 67 rooms are spacious and bold with fabric on the walls, flashes of gold and red, chairs upholstered in plum-coloured corduroy, and lightbulb-framed mirrors, some have fireplaces and four-poster beds. Bathrooms are fittingly done out in black granite with eye-catching metallic sinks. The complimentary Illy coffee and iPod dock are nice additions as is the easy to use lighting and powerful shower.
All accommodations have butlers who can handle requests such as appointments at the newly renovated spa, complimentary bike rentals and tickets to London’s most popular attractions.