HOTEL: Blake's London
Created by acclaimed interior designer, Anouska Hempel, this upscale boutique hotel occupies a row of black-painted Victorian townhouses on a quiet street, It's a mile from South Kensington, close to the Victoria and Albert and Natural History museums. The opulent, air-conditioned rooms and suites are lavishly packed with rich fabrics and decor from around the world. They feature plush bathrooms, Bang & Olufsen TVs, iPod docks and free WiFi.
Amenities include a chinoiserie-filled restaurant serving east-meets-west cuisine, a Chinese room and bar, and a courtyard with bay trees and individual conservatories.