• We Love: The Franklin, Knightsbridge

    by  • January 6, 2017 • Dream Rooms • 0 Comments

    homes-gardens-the-franklinOpulent mirrored surfaces, sumptuous fabrics and rich, moody tones bring an air of Venetian splendour to this hotel in London’s Knightsbridge.

    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?homes-gardens-the-franklinNEED 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.

    Take it home: furnishings and accessories to recreate the palatial feel of the hotel’s suites…homes-gardens-the-franklin

    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 Vinden

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