The Berkeley • Knightsbridge, London

This refreshingly different 5-star hotel is the epitome of modern luxury. Midway between fashionable Knightsbrige and Belgravia, it features views of Hyde Park. Stunning interiors are designed by A-list designers (Andre Fu designed the luxurious Pavilion Suites and David Collins created the wood-paneled Blue Bar). Guest rooms feature Italian marble bathrooms, luxurious fabrics and specially-curated artwork.

In summer, the rooftop terrace is transformed into “Belgravia Bellisima,” a slice of Italian coastal chic that’s very Positano, capturing the Italian Riviera style with loungers shaded by lemon trees, tricolore salads and limoncello sorbet pool-side, plus an Aperol Spritz, of course. Restaurants include the Collins Room and the Marcus, where Marcus Wareing creates inventive, Michelin-starred, modern British dishes.

Fashionistas will love the afternoon tea: “Prêt-à-Portea,” inspired by the fashion world with the iconic designs of Christian Dior take to the cakewalk for a solo show inspired by Christian Dior, and high-fashion bakes and biscuits served with tea.

The Berkeley’s Bamford Haybarn Spa transports guests to the bucolic peace of the Cotswolds, revitalizing mind, body and spirit with holistic treatments using pure, organic products.


Visit: Wilton Place, Knightsbridge SW1X 7RL; 020-7235 6000;