Knightsbridge is commonly regarded as one of London’s most exclusive and coveted districts. Alongside some of the city’s most impressive civic and residential buildings lie beautifully-appointed public parks and leafy streets. Close by in Kensington, visitor’s can easily walk to the V & A, the Natural History Museum and the Royal Albert Hall. Earl’s Court and the Olympia are also very near, which means staying in Knightsbridge puts you within comfortable walking distance of some of the UK’s best venues.
To match the museums and concert halls, the West End has s number of fine hotels, some far beyond the reach of the average consumer, and some perfectly affordable. Here, we’re going to take a quick rundown of the best hotels in Knightsbridge and neighbouring Kensington…
A short trot from Gloucester Road underground is the Gloucester Hotel. The Gloucester boasts a four-star deluxe rating, which it earned thanks to an understated elegance combined with quiet, efficient service. The staff are friendly but not overbearing, and rooms combine relaxed cool with elegant charm. The Gloucester is a stone’s throw from Kensington Palace and the Royal Albert Hall. It’s within walking distance of the V & A and Natural History Museum.
Right next door to the Gloucester is the Bailey’s Hotel. A refurbished Victorian townhouse, the place vibrates with historical significance. The impact happens upon entering the front door into the exquisite reception hall. Further in you see grand, sweeping staircases and fireplaces from another age. The Bailey’s has pulled off the enviable task of retaining it’s Victorian heritage, whilst providing a very 21st century level of customer service.
Back down the road towards Knightsbridge is the Millennium Hotel. It’s one of the more affordable hotels in the area, and still boasts an impressive pedigree and interior flourishes that will make any holiday really sing with style. The Millennium, situated in the heart of Sloan Street’s famous shopping district, is very close to both Hyde Park and the Royal Albert Hall. This hotel is a real slice of West End luxury, with incredible attention to detail in each of the 222 guestrooms, which are all unique from one another. Among the nice touches are the marble bathrooms and classic wooden furnishing. It all creates a magnificent sense of history and style, even for the most road-weary, cynical and seasoned traveller. For more Knightsbridge hotels and ideas on other types of London holiday, click the link to see the Millennium website.