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About / Blakes London:

Blakes was created in 1978 by the world renowned designer Anouska Hempel and is known as the world's first luxury boutique hotel. Based in South Kensington, it is famous for its design, service and privacy. Recognized for the dark colour of the facade, it occupies a group of Victorian Houses, the main ones being the Blakes and Benzies.

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What was the design inspiration for Blakes London?

Blakes is the creation of world renowned designer, Anouska Hempel. The hotel is a seductive design journey which is an elegant, eclectic, ethnic picture reflected in the abundance and luxury of accessories, furniture and artifacts found all over the world by Anouska Hempel herself over the many years of her far flung travels. It evokes past and current intrigues and dark mysteries.

What is unique about your property?

Blakes famed heritage, its understated elegance, privacy and dedicated service.

What was important about having Frette in your property?

It’s the perfect pairing, understated and elegant which embodies luxury.

How do you define luxury?

Pure indulgence and good taste.

What are your three most important elements when designing a bedroom/room?

Luxury, comfort, timeless elegance.

What does it feel like to wrap yourself in Frette?

It feels like an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, where simplicity meets indulgence.

How do you define luxury?

Being able to stop time and create room to relax and breath.

If you only have 72 hours in London what would you recommend doing or seeing?

Portobello Market in Notting Hill. Lunch at Petersham Nurseries in Richmond Park if the weather permits. Brunch at the Wolseley. Dinner in Mayfair at Le Petite Maison or Nobu Berkeley. Boris bike tour in Hyde Park. Victoria Albert museum. Look over London by night at the Shard.

What’s your favorite restaurant in London?

Petite Maison and Zianis local Italian in the heart of Chelsea.

Blakes Hotel can be reached at the below address

  • Blakes Hotel
  • 33 Roland Gardens
  • SW7 3PF London
  • United Kingdom
  • Telephone: 0207 370 6701
  • www.blakeshotels.com