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151 Rooms / 59 Suites

The fashion-forward set has long been calling The Berkeley their home away from home, and not just because of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel’s proximity to Harvey Nichols, Harrods and Sloane Street designer shops. Stay in some of the hotel’s lavish suites and you can borrow rare vintage accessories for the evening from the Berkeley’s Fashion Trunk curated by Atelier-Mayer, which includes Lacroix costume jewelry, vintage Chanel and Stephen Jones. The boutique hotel is also renowned for its unique spin on afternoon tea, known as Prêt-à-Portea. Inspired by the themes and colors of the couture fashion world, it offers cookies shaped like Manolo Blahnik shoes and cakes resembling Yves Saint Laurent accessories (more on this below).

The Restaurants

The London hotel is home to two culinary greats. French chef Pierre Koffmann, whose La Tante Claire was located here from 1998 to 2003, returned after a brief retirement to open the highly anticipated Koffmann’s in 2010. Chef Koffmann doesn’t just lend his name to the restaurant; he’s in the kitchen daily, whipping up a menu of classic provincial French cuisine, including his much-loved signatures: stuffed pig’s trotter and pistachio soufflé. The 120-seater room manages to be both bright and calming, with plenty of space for you to stretch out and tuck in.

Over on the other side of the hotel sits Marcus, helmed by Marcus Wareing, British chef-turned-judge for BBC series MasterChef: The Professionals. His first solo venture serves up modern European food through three-, four- or five-course tasting menus and a lunchtime à la carte option tweaked to champion the ingredients of the season. For special occasions, the 10-seater chef’s table provides private dining closed off from the main restaurant, putting you at the center of the action. The Berkeley’s third restaurant, The Caramel Room, focuses on British cuisine in opulent gold and chocolate brown, art deco-style surroundings.

If you simply want a drink, head to the vibrant David Collins-designed Blue Bar. Keep your eyes out for celebrities while you sip cocktails like The Berkeley (Rémy Martin VSOP, sugar, bitters, Grand Marnier and Laurent-Perrier champagne).

The Afternoon Tea

The Berkeley added a fun twist on the traditional afternoon tea with the Prêt-à-Portea, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2016. Changing every six months, the spring/summer and fall/winter menus draw on the season’s catwalk collections, with standout designer pieces reimagined through intricately decorated, colorful cakes, mousses and biscuits. Adding to the vibrancy of the occasion, the sweet and savory treats are served on fine-bone, pretty-patterned Wedgewood china.

The Rooms

Every one of the 151 rooms and 59 suites is finished to impeccable standard. Robert Angell, the interior designer behind the Knightsbridge hotel’s Caramel Room and Marcus, has also lent his creative eye to a number of bedrooms, such as the Balcony King Rooms and Chelsea Suites, and gave them an arty fashion feel. The Helen Green-designed Berkeley Suites bear a light, airy and modern residential air and complimentary access to the aforementioned Fashion Trunk. The signature suites offer plenty of space, luxurious décor and VIP extras such as Burberry trench coats and Dom Pérignon. At 3,250 square feet, the largest is the Opus Suite. Designed by André Fu, it offers 270-degree views of Hyde Park and spectacular surroundings for lounging.

All rooms come with organic Bamford toiletries, a choice of two robes (light and thick pile) and glossy coffee table tomes provided by Assouline; all newly renovated accommodations are fitted with Toto toilets. Many of the front-facing rooms and suites feature spacious terraces and balconies to take in the sights, which stretch as far as The Shard.

Carefully curated welcome amenities await you in the rooms, including cheese plates, housemade sweet treats, champagne and the ingredients to whip up a cocktail. Children also get the star treatment, with little robes and slippers, balloons and Childs Farm natural toiletries.

The Spa

The seventh- and eighth-floor Berkeley Health Club and Spa, designed by architect and Chelsea Flower Show award winner Spencer Fung, is an oasis of calm, with natural woods and marble used throughout the Bamford Haybarn treatment rooms. The pièce de résistance of this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa is the heated swimming pool boasting panoramic views and a roof that retracts on warm days, allowing the sun to stream through. London’s only rooftop hotel pool is a delicious place to lounge after a workout in the adjacent gym, or following one of the organic Bamford or Oskia body, face and beautifying treatments.

Next to the pool, the Secret Garden is decked out with loungers, where, among the jasmine, rosemary, thyme and fig plants, it’s a world away from the bustle of Knightsbridge below. In the winter, the space is temporarily transformed into an outdoor cinema, with festive pine trees and cozy two-seaters, complete with Moncler blankets and hot water bottles, to settle into while you watch one of the classics being screened. With a six-person capacity, it’s an intimate and exclusive spot.

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