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The Franklin, London

The Franklin

London, The UK

This boutique hotel with its exclusive Knightsbridge address provides the standard of luxury found in many of the larger, leading city hotels. The Franklin incorporates four red brick Victorian townhouses and from the outside, there is very little to advertise it as a hotel. Inside, the decor is contemporary and understated, using a monochrome palette. Mirrors reflect the light and the overall effect is elegant and chic.

The hotel’s 35 rooms are all a good size and share a uniform decor of muted tones in various shades of gray along with oak floors and mirrored furniture. Many have wrought-iron four-poster beds. The main restaurant serves Italian cuisine with a twist and the mirrored champagne bar is a sophisticated choice for a pre-dinner drink.

OUR RATING: First Class

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We love the Franklin’s exclusivity and how it feels as if it's hidden away in a prestigious yet local area of London.

Rooms

The 35 chic rooms are all a good size and share an elegant but uniform, monochrome decor of muted tones in various shades of gray, along with oak floors, mirrored furniture and in many cases, wrought-iron four-poster beds. The large sash windows on the lower floors flood the rooms with light and offer views of either the city or over the exclusive residents’ communal garden. All rooms have flat screen TV, minibar and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Location

Located on Egerton Gardens in Knightsbridge, just a few streets away from the iconic department store Harrods, The Franklin is also less than a five minute walk from the V&A and the Natural History Museum. The nearest tube station is South Kensington but Knightsbridge and Sloane Square are only slightly further away.

Food and drink

The elegant and sophisticated main dining area features black and white tiled floors, mirrors, palms and views out to the communal gardens from its large sash windows. The menu, creatively designed by its Michelin-star chef, offers superb Italian cuisine with a twist. For an apéritif, the champagne bar with its floor-to-ceiling mirrors and range of champagnes and gins has a relaxed but exclusive atmosphere.

Facilities and activities

The hotel has a small gym in the basement at the back of the hotel and a luxury steam hammam (Turkish bath) area. In-room spa treatments can also be organized for guests. The guest experience team can arrange additional services from a personal shopping experience in Harrods to a specially created jogging route.

Tour ideas in London

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at The Franklin as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.

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    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

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      Borough Market with a food writer

      Borough Market with a food writer

      Explore vibrant and cosmopolitan Borough Market in the company of an acclaimed chef and food writer who can take you through the historic, stall-lined lanes, introduce you to traders and fill you in on the market's history.

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    • Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle
      Buckingham Palace

      Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle

      Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle

      Get a glimpse into the lives of the British monarchy on this full-day tour that takes in the austere Buckingham Palace in London and then tours the fascinating State Apartments of imposing Windsor Castle, the preferred royal home.

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    • Greenwich walking tour
      Royal Naval College

      Greenwich walking tour

      Greenwich walking tour

      Explore delightful Greenwich, a leafy borough renowned for its magnificent architecture and strong connections to the maritime and scientific world. Stroll through the Royal Observatory, strand straddling two hemisphere's are learn about the race to reach China aboard the Cutty Sark.

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