The Franklin Knightsbridge - Stylish Boutique Hotel in London

If you are looking for a stylish, boutique hotel in London then look no further than The Franklin in Knightsbridge. Located just around the corner from the V&A museum in a quiet, tucked away side-road, lined with London Victorian townhouses and over looking the tranquil Egerton Gardens, a surprisingly sedate area of private grassland to get away from the hustle of everyday London. Knightsbridge; the home of Harrods and plenty of other luxury boutique brands is a paradise for shoppers. If you are after art & culture then you'll need to base yourself here, not only is the Franklin Hotel an interior design masterpiece you are within walking distance of London's most grand museums such as The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Natural History Museum and The Science Museum. 

Designed by Anouska Hempel The Franklin is one of London's most awe inspiring Instagrammable hotels, the interior design is dark with black and grey hues, detailed luxurious touches of gold, silver and plenty of mirrors give this boutique hotel a unique royal feel to it. For romantic couples wanting the wow factor this hotel is for you, relax in the Hammam spa, before getting ready for an evening of fine dining cooked by the Michelin started chef Alfredo Russo's Italian menu then after a few signature cocktails in the bar kick back in a huge, extremely comfortable bed.

The Franklin is part of the Star Hotels collection in London alongside other heavyweight hotels such as The Gore and The Pelham. The interior design is perfect symmetry as you check in on the unique laid back minimalistic large, hexagon check-in tables. Also on the ground floor is The Library, If you want to get out of your hotel room then this well lit, comfortable lounge, fitted with sofas, magazines and a great big TV is for you. If you are staying in the hotel for work, maybe use this space for a meeting, presentation of even for evening cocktails. 

The bar area is the most majestic spot in the hotel of which you can lose hours. It's a very intimate space with around 4 small tables and a few bar stools. Put your phones in your pocket, as this is a perfect bar to actually have a conversation! With only a small area to contend with, the expertly trained barman can spend his time mixing a great cocktail whilst stirring a classic Old Fashioned to perfection.

The fine dining restaurant at The Franklin is something of a hidden gem, an Italian menu put together by master chef Alfredo Russo, focused around beautiful simplicity. The dishes he puts together are playful yet elegant and pack a punch in flavour and combinations of flavours. The menu is put together of antipasti, primi, secondi and desserts - they are quite small'ish plates so I would recommend trying something from each of the sections. My personal favourites were the Tartaccio for antipasti, the Tortelli di Carni Bianche for primi, the Spezzatino di Vitella (veal) for secondi and finished off with the Crema Caramellata. Bellissimo. 

If you are booking yourself into The Franklin Hotel, why not treat yourself to one of their suites of which there are four to choose from. The 'Junior Suites' are approximately 27 to 30 sqm, decorated in a contemporary feel with flat screen TVs, marble bathroom and Penhaligon amenities. The 'Suites' are a massive 36 to 45 sqm, elegant and timeless décor with views of the Egerton Gardens. Then there are the 'One Bedroom Suites' which are 29 to 33 sqm of velvet furnishings which are truly luxurious and available over looking the gardens or the Victorian townhouses. Go all-out on the 'Presidential Suite' created by the hand of interior designer Anouska Hempel. Stunning views, marble surfaces, majestic curtains, spacious and state of the art in room entertainment. As well as the suites, there are a choice of two standard rooms, The Superior Room and The Deluxe Room.

Enjoy breakfast in the restaurant area or call down from 7am onwards to place your breakfast order for room service and treat yourself to breakfast in bed. 

Find out more and book your stay!

Photography by Toni Tran

Top 10 Hotel Rooms to Stay in Before You Die

I love to travel and have been fortunate enough to have visited some of the most amazing countries, cities and tiny little fishing villages in the world. I've travelled around South East Asia many times, South America, most of Europe and Africa...although there is still so much more to see. As I sit here planning my next short break to Greece, holiday to Havana and backpacking adventure - I've been researching some of the most amazing hotels in the world and here are my Top 10 (In no particular order, as that would be too tough to work out).

1. HOTEL KAKSLAUTTANEN, FINLAND

I'm going to save this location for a very special 'one-off' occasions, as for me there is nothing more romantic than staying in a glass topped cabin, cozied up in a 12tog duvet viewing the Northern lights whilst its freezing cold outside. Located on the edge of wilderness close to the Urho Kekkonen National Park, you can also explore the surrounding areas on reindeer or husky safaris as well as sampling your skills at ice-fishing, snowboarding or even cross-country skiing.

2. SINGITA MARA RIVER TENTED CAMP, TANZANIA

Located on The Serengeti, a vast ecosystem in East Africa spanning over a massive 12,000 square miles and is home to the largest mammal migration in the world. Singita Mara is a tented camp of just six luxurious tents and offers stunning views of the Serengeti plains as well as located on a perfect spot for migrating wildebeest. As well as guided safari tours, this hotel also offers spa facilities and focuses on relaxation with no TVs for distraction, just good food, company and wine of course!

3. LONGITUDE 131, AUSTRALIA

Located in the world heritage listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta national park this unique camp site could be one of the most remote camp sites in the world! Longitude 131 takes glamping to a completely new level, with fine dining and majestic views.

4. LIKULIKU LAGOON RESORT, FIJI

Close your eyes and picture secluded islands, clear blue skies, shallow turquoise seas, coral reefs and a beach hut on stilts over looking the most epic of all sunsets....you'll probably picture this place. Total paradise. 

5. KATIKIES, SANTORINI

This boutique hotel is the spiritual home of the fashion blogger! Perfect white walls, infinity pool and a suitcase or 5 of gifted clothes - you'll never be out of Instagram inspirations at this hotel. 

6. TAJ LAKE PALACE, INDIA

I mean, how does this even exist...what a complete architecture and engineering genius. This floating hotel was built in the 1740s on Lake Pichola in Udaipur which makes it even more impressive. 

7. AMANGIRI, UTAH

A remote hideaway in Americas South-West, situated in a protected valley within the canyons. The hotel itself is designed to blend into its surroundings with hues of ochre, yellow and pink - where geographical nature meets contemporary life. 

8. NORTH ISLAND, SEYCHELLES

11 Luxury villas, white sandy beaches, scuba-diving, luxury dining and somewhere to watch the sunrise and sunsets with someone special in your life.

9. PALIAS NAMASKAR, MARRAKESH

A fashion bloggers little brother or sister alongside Santorini! Contemporary in it's hotel offerings yet medieval in its design. A perfect tranquillity between desert and majestic mountains - a destination for relaxation.

10. DESERT NIGHTS CAMP, OMAN

Pitch up at this deluxe hotel settled in the Wahiba Sands in Oman only a two-hour drive from the capital city of Muscat. The tents are air-conditioned with their own private terrace over looking the stunning view of the Wahiba Sands.