In the Heart of Art Deco

All images courtesy of The Franklin Hotel

Located in the heart of one of London’s most prestigious areas, just steps away from the luxury department stores of Harrods and Harvey Nichols and surrounded by the iconic V&A, National History and Science Museum; The Franklin is the elegant Knightsbridge escape. This five-star hotel welcomes guests to its quintessentially Italian hospitality mixed with its English heritage. The original building dates back to the 1840s but in 2014 the hotel underwent a 2-years refurbishment for a completely fresh new look directed by renowned designer Anouska Hempel.

 

Anouska’s inspiration came from her numerous travels, especially to Venice in Italy, which resulted in a dramatic and sumptuous design to create a hotel that feels like a warm and private house, combining the elegance of an English townhouse with the elements and splendour of an Italian Palazzo.

But The Franklin is more than that. It is a fusion of west with east and classical with contemporary feel. The refined Italian style floods the lobby and communal areas with the Carrara marble floor and the floor-to-ceiling Venetian screens. A resident-only Hammam treatment room is situated on the lower ground floor and the wrought iron balustrades recall characteristics of English greenhouses.

Many of the front-side rooms face the beautiful and historic Brompton Oratory, the back of the building looks out onto the private and tranquil lawns of Egerton Gardens, which date back to 1890.

Tucked away on a quiet residential street, The Franklin is the perfect combination of luxury and tranquillity, providing an ideal location in reach of the bustling Knightsbridge streets.

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