Overlooking lush green lawns and set in an elegant Victorian terrace, the Franklin hotel seems quintessentially English. Yet once inside, guests are treated to a luxurious Venetian-inspired interior through the use of dazzling mirror, alabaster and wrought-iron balustrades, created by designer Anouska Hempel. Drawing on her travels, she brings in rich Italian velvets and silk ikat hangings from Istanbul, while bedrooms feature oak flooring, four-poster beds and marble bathrooms. A mood of English country house meets Italian palazzo – what could be more indulgent at the end of a long London day?NEED TO KNOW
■ The hotel has 35 rooms and suites, from £400 per night.
■ Services offered include personal shopping, a personal trainer, tailor-made excursions and a choice of massages.
■ The new restaurant overlooks the gardens and is guided by Michelin-starred Italian executive chef Alfredo Russo.
Clockwise from top right:
Leaves Black and White in silver frame, 53x64cm, £400, Pierre Bulliard at Trowbridge Gallery. Steeple chrome table lamp, £195; Square lampshade in card, £59; both Oka. St James chair, £374, Eichholtz at Houseology. Beatrice bed, £5,297, Julian Chichester. Wide mirrored bedside table, £235, Out There Interiors.
The Franklin, 24 Egerton Gardens, London SW3 2DB, 020 7584 5533.
Feature by Juliet Benning and Laura VindenTweet