Hiding behind an elegant and understated facade in Knightsbridge, you’ll find the fabulous urban retreat of The Berkeley hotel.
As part of the crème de la crème of the London hospitality scene, The Berkeley attracts glamorous guests from the diverse worlds of both fashion and business, and is the choice of many discerning celebrities and famous faces.
Besides luxurious rooms that overlook the green acres of Hyde Park from their balconies, there is plenty more to indulge in, including yoga sessions at the Bamford Wellness Spa, a fashion runway-inspired afternoon tea and the hotel’s on-site pâtisserie serving irresistible Cédric Grolet treats, to name but a few. Whether you are interested in celebrating an occasion or simply looking for an indulgent escape, The Berkeley always exceeds expectations.
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The Berkeley opened its doors as a hotel in Knightsbridge in 1972 and is grand, yet full of character and cultural relevance. In 2016, the hotel’s interiors were refurbished by world-famous architect Richard Rogers, who unveiled a newly-manicured look and an air of sophistication that you’ll be hard-pushed to find elsewhere in London.
Whisk yourself to The Berkeley’s sprawling suites for a slice of sophistication that will make for a memorable weekend away with friends or family. Both undeniably elegant and filled with many thoughtful details, including striking artworks and fresh flowers, the bedrooms and penthouse suites are a true sanctuary from London’s nearby bustle. The Grand Pavilion Penthouse designed by André Fu is particularly popular and comes complete with a private outdoor terrace and fire pits.
Adorned by unique Japanese-British inspired touches, the suite not only hits the design high notes but is also extremely high-tech, boasting electronic blinds and Japanese Toto toilets. On check in here, you’ll be greeted with champagne, a sweet pastry, and in the mini bar there are ready-to-pour cocktails by Lockdown Liquor and 111Skin eye masks, chilled for guests to de-puff tired eyes after travelling.
The Little Extras
Ideal for the fashion-focused traveller, The Berkeley offers a chic couture-themed afternoon tea that rotates with the fashion seasons: Prêt-à-Portea. Celebrating designers from Moschino to Zimmerman and the late Vivienne Westwood, this tasty capsule collection is a delight for those with a sweet tooth.
Alternatively, make the most of the sunny weather and take a dip in the heated rooftop pool overlooking London’s impressive skyline and the scenic scapes of Hyde Park, before cooling down with a refreshing smoothie or seasonal spritz, alongside small plates. Find your way there by following a stunning new hand-painted mural by the artist and illustrator Chiara Perano. The Berkeley is also close to iconic landmarks such as Harrods, the Royal Albert Hall, the V&A, Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace, so you can absorb lots of culture during your trip. After an eventful day of shopping and sightseeing, take advantage of the hotel’s incredible facilities for some well-deserved pampering.
The Food + Drink
At The Berkeley, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to eating and drinking. Boasting a Michelin star, the hotel’s refined restaurant Marcus consists of various menus such as Chef’s Table, à la carte and the seasonal Taste menu.
Or satisfy your sweet cravings by popping into Cédric Grolet for some signature treats and delicacies curated by the French pastry chef. Other plush dining options include The Snug, which is worth visiting for its whimsical décor, and the ambient Blue Bar, where you can fully immerse yourself into the artistry of cocktail culture. This June will mark a new chapter for Blue Bar with a newly devised menu by Bar Manager Marcello Cauda. This eclectic selection features twelve signature cocktails, two of which can be made as non-alcoholic versions.