The Berkeley

London's fashion-forward find
The fashion-forward set has long been calling The Berkeley their home away from home, and not just because of the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel’s proximity to Harvey Nichols, Harrods and Sloane Street designer shops.

The stunning property excels at everything you’d expect but it turns the everyday into the extraordinary – from cutting-edge architecture to intuitive service and indulgent rooms.

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.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  •  The Berkeley added a fun twist on the traditional afternoon tea with the Prêt-à-Portea. 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.
  • Get a cocktail in the stylish Blue Bar, a distinctive space bathed in a cornflower hue with a white onyx bar and black-crocodile-print leather flooring. It’s been a haunt for the likes of Madonna, Stephen Jones, Naomi Campbell and Jade Jagger.
  • For another atmospheric setting, try The Berkeley Bar & Terrace’s Snug, a petite room that’s drenched in muted pinks, including a wraparound mural. A photo here will make your Instagram feed pop.
  • The fourth-floor Berkeley Wellness Spa is an oasis of calm that centers itself around natural organic treatments.
  • Get a taste of modern British cuisine at Marcus, a fine-dining restaurant from chef Marcus Wareing.

Things to Know
  • Innovative design and a contemporary palette make each room feel soothing yet style conscious, with views across Hyde Park, Belgravia and beyond.
  • Taking things up a notch, each suite has its own original character – the hallmark of boundary-pushing designers John Heah, Robert Angell, Helen Green and André Fu.
The Rooms
  • Accommodations are finished to impeccable standard. Carefully curated welcome amenities await you in the rooms, including house-made sweet treats, champagne and the ingredients to whip up a cocktail.
  • All rooms come with organic toiletries, a choice of two robes (light and thick pile) and glossy coffee table tomes provided by Taschen; 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.
  • Children also get the star treatment, with little robes, slippers and balloons.
The Restaurants

  • Marcus is helmed by Marcus Wareing, the British chef-turned-judge for BBC series MasterChef: The Professionals. This first solo venture serves up a contemporary twist on classics through three-, four- or five-course tasting menus and a lunchtime à la carte option tweaked to champion the ingredients of the season.
  • Light bounces off every surface in the Collins Room, making this a bright, airy, relaxed spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner – and drinks in between.
  • Stop by the vibrant Blue Bar for cocktails guided by flavor. You’ll find pours in yellow for “Elegant & Bubbly,” red for “Rich & Bold,” green for “Fresh & Easy” and blue for “Crisp & Clean.” Soak it all up in the signature Lutyens Blue surroundings or relax in the state-of-the-art glass pavilion.
  • With carved plasterwork, coral tones, wooden accents and vintage champagne, every evening at The Berkeley Bar and Terrace tells a tale.
Getting There
Wilton Place, London SW1X 7RL
LHR (28-45 min)   LCY (35 min-1 hr 5 min)  
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