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Number Sixteen

Number Sixteen

London, The UK

Number Sixteen is a striking townhouse hotel in the heart of Kensington. Its classic white, Victorian exterior belies a bright, richly-hued establishment within.

Guests are immediately encountered with a warm, vibrant atmosphere upon entering, perpetuated by the welcoming staff and the eclectic, unique decor designed by owner Kit Kemp.

The hotel has 42 bedrooms, each of which is individually decorated in the same bright yet elegant, highly attractive manner as you’ll find throughout the rest of the hotel. The library is decorated with black and white wallpaper, an ornate ceiling and an honesty bar. The lounge has calligraphy birds on the walls and a wooden light installation along with eclectically matched furniture and a fireplace. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in The Orangery, whose russet walls are adorned with hand-picked, contemporary artwork. This leads out into the small, leafy courtyard garden, where guests can dine in good weather.


This is a truly beautiful, unique property thanks to the highly talented designs and decor of Kit Kemp which we absolutely love.

OUR RATING: First Class

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The rooms are bright yet sophisticated, each individually designed by Kit Kemp in a modern style. The high ceilings let light flood into the rooms, which have king size beds that can also be twinned. All rooms offer free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and a writing desk, with views overlooking the courtyard garden or surrounding Victorian terraces. The sophistication continues into the bathrooms, which have been designed with granite.


Number 16 is situated in the heart of South Kensington. The Natural History Museum, Science Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum are all within walking distance to the property, in addition to Hyde Park. South Kensington is filled with a plethora of dining options and bars, offering many options at the property’s doorstep.

Food and drink

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the light and airy Orangery and private garden. The small, yet varied menu offers everything from light bites, traditional English meals, and a spread of soups and salads. Afternoon tea featuring a range of pastries and finger sandwiches are available daily.


Both the luxury and deluxe room category are comfortable and spacious for families, easily able to accommodate a cot or crib. In addition, Number 16 offers a limited number of interconnected rooms for families wanting to stay adjacent to one another. Mini bathrobes, milk and cookies at bedtime, books and board games, and babysitting services enhance the stay for guests of all ages.

Facilities and activities

Guests can enjoy either of the two ground floor public areas to rest and relax. The light and airy drawing room contains floor to ceiling windows, flooding the room with light. Next door, the library invites guests to sit back with a book, have a cocktail, or afternoon tea with friends.

Tour ideas in London

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