Blakes London

Corfu Suite at the Blakes Hotel London
A luxury suite at Blakes Hotel in London
Exterior of the Blakes Hotel in London
A luxury suite at Blakes Hotel in London
A luxury suite at Blakes Hotel in London
Corfu Suite at the Blakes Hotel London
A luxury suite at Blakes Hotel in London
Exterior of the Blakes Hotel in London
A luxury suite at Blakes Hotel in London
A luxury suite at Blakes Hotel in London
Corfu Suite at the Blakes Hotel LondonA luxury suite at Blakes Hotel in LondonExterior of the Blakes Hotel in LondonA luxury suite at Blakes Hotel in LondonA luxury suite at Blakes Hotel in London

Thought to be the very first luxury boutique hotel Blakes London was founded back in 1978 by ex-Bond girl turned hotelier and designer Anoushka Hempel.

By JAY KAY
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  • Wishing to take her guests on a head spinning journey around the world, stopping in China, Egypt, Russia, England and most recently in Prague, she designed each of Blakes’ 47 exquisite bedrooms to bear the hallmarks of a different country or city.

    Like a black sheep of the family, the dark exterior gives Blakes away amidst the whiteness of an upper class residential street in South Kensington. Black continues to dominate the intimate reception occasionally interspersed by splashes of red and orange.

    Though different from one another, the elegant rooms at Blakes share a certain sense of dark mystery evoked by the carefully selected luxury accessories, furniture and artefacts, collected on Anouska’s far flung travels. The ambience is one of seduction blurring the line between imagination and reality.

    Good to Know

    If you do decide to treat yourself to a couple of nights here, don’t be too surprised to learn that most of your fellow clientele are locals. Londoners have adopted the intriguing world of Blakes as their second home where they can let go of their inhibitions.

    We Loved

    The lack of loud opulence that attracts the London “it” crowd seeking a wickedly chic hideaway removed from the prying eyes of fans and paparazzi. Whether you choose the outdoor terrace or the downstairs critically acclaimed restaurant & bar, you’ll always be subjected to an impeccable service that you’ll hardly notice.

    Recently Blakes has began to incorporate a few events into its week. Tuesdays are now dedicated to accustic evenings in the bar and you don’t need to be a guest to pop in for a delicious cocktail at the sound of lingering cool notes.

  • Accommodation

    47 rooms – Single, Luxury and Director’s Doubles, Luxury Suites, and Corfu and 007 Suites.

    Prices start from just over £200 a night but the hotel’s top suites fetch over £1,000, rates exclude breakfast.

    Eat & Drink

    Hidden downstairs and demurely lit, the restaurant caters for your taste buds by delivering elegant dishes of from all corners of the globe, skilfully blending of East and West.

    You’ll love the Chinese Room – read bar – where you can enjoy any drink under the sun but we recommend the Margarita. Other drinking bolts can be found in the courtyard or the 4th floor terrace.

    Activities

    There is a small but modern gym that should help you keep in shape.

    Relaxation

    Find your way up to the terrace where to enjoy a relaxing drink or take advantage of the treatments delivered in the massage and therapy room.

    Essentials

    Parking – not available.

    Wifi – free in public areas.

    Room service – 24 hours

    Children – very welcome with lots of assistance provided.

    Pets – allowed free by prior arrangement.

  • Blakes London
    33 Roland Gardens
    London SW7 3PF

Updated: 8 September 2015