What it is
A 19th century hotel reborn for today’s tastes, with streamlined yet sumptuous guest rooms, six OTT restaurants and an organic spa with a rooftop pool and bar.
What it isn't
Ye olde England. This hideaway would wow even the most tough to please Middleton with its luxe interiors, thanks to known designers like David Collins, Michelle Wu and André Fu.
What we think
Glam may be a four letter word, but it doesn’t begin to describe the experience in even the “starter” rooms here. The Classic Rooms are outfitted with mini bars stocked with U.K.-made nibbles; iPod docking stations, Nespresso machines and Dyson hairdryers; plus a marble-lined bathroom. But treat yourself to a suite and your jaw may actually hit the floor. The Grand Terrace Suite has floor to ceiling glass doors that open onto a leafy terrace overlooking St. Paul’s Knightsbridge church (though we won’t be surprised if you spend all your time in your mammoth walk-in closet, or the sculptural tub in a bathroom outfitted with a Japanese Toto toilet). Be sure to stop in at the Berkeley Shop, among the best hotel boutiques on the planet with souvenirs that range from fluffy children’s bathrobes to porcelain China sets by Bernardaud.
You're here because
You’re a glutenholic, and famed French pastry chef Cédric Grolet has launched his first patisserie outside Paris here. (Order a trompe-l’oeil flower cake).
In a city with a profusion of afternoon tea options, The Berkeley’s ranks. On the couture fashion-inspired menu? A “Balenciaga” cheesecake with a chocolate hat; cassis mousse with blackcurrant jelly adorned with “Stella McCarthey’s” jumpsuit; and a red velvet mascarpone mousse with a riding hat that took “Gucci” as its muse.
Restaurants & Bars
Cédric Grolet at The Berkeley - Positioned on Knightsbridge, with leafy views over Hyde Park, Cédric Grolet at The Berkeley is home to the chef’s signature viennoiserie, cookies, cakes and standout patisseries for takeaway, all made each morning fresh for the day.
The Berkeley Café - Casual, yet impossibly chic, natural tones and soft curves bring café culture to The Berkeley, creating the perfect space for an informal meeting or impromptu get-together.
Collins Room - Created by acclaimed designer Robert Angell, this charming dining room has become a firm favorite with fashionistas and food-lovers alike.
Prêt-à-Portea Afternoon Tea - A contemporary twist on afternoon tea, this playful and stylish edit is set to become another favorite for sweet-toothed fashionistas.
Marcus - Marcus Wareing, working with his chef patrons Mark and Shauna Froydenlund, creates inventive, Michelin-starred modern British dishes.
Blue Bar - Settle into a cosy nook to take in David Collins Studio's Lutyens Blue theme. Or discover the Blue Bar’s contemporary side by scoring a table in the state-of-the-art glass extension.
A block from Hyde Park, and less than 20 minutes walk from Buckingham Palace, where visitors can explore the royal family’s 39-acre private garden, built in 1608.