16 Sumner Place, South Kensington, London, United Kingdom, SW7 3EG
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Romance, Shopping
Expert review of Number Sixteen
I’m really fond of Number Sixteen, even though it’s the cheapest of the Firmdale Group’s excellent boutique hotels and has the least facilities (there’s no public bar or restaurant, for starters). It just has such a lovely atmosphere, feeling all light-hearted and full of life.
The white terraced houses along this side-street make it a classic piece of South Kensington. It’s quiet, but just a minute’s walk from South Kensington tube - and only a few more to the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and V&A.
As with all her other hotels, co-owner Kit Kemp has whisked up an idiosyncratic mix of grandma patterns and modern shapes and colours to create somewhere that is both comfortable and contemporary. Followers of her style will recognise the usual oversize headboards, decorative mannequins and oak and granite bathrooms. Every room is well-appointed (Tivoli radios, internet, TVs with DVD), but at this property some are rather small.
I love the conservatory breakfast room at Number Sixteen. It looks out on a surprisingly generous back garden with a sweet little fountain. I’m also a big fan of the living room off the foyer, with its plump sofa, fireplace, fresh flowers and colourful paper-cut from an old bird book.
There's no restaurant or bar, but Number Sixteen serves breakfast (continental, £17.50; full English, £18.50), afternoon tea (scones, £9.50; traditional, £16.50), room-service meals (club sandwich, £12.50; pan-fried sea bass, £16.50), wine and cocktails. The breakfast room is small, so you might have to queue at peak times.
Warm, helpful and nicely informal.
Routinely books out for London Fashion Week - the core clientele is shoppers and fashionistas.
More information on Number Sixteen:
- Price from:
- 16 Sumner Place, South Kensington, London, United Kingdom, SW7 3EG
- High-Speed Internet, Room Service
- South Kensington