The Berkeley Hotel in London
The Berkeley Hotel in London
The Berkeley Hotel is a five star luxury hotel located in the heart of Knightsbridge, London. It has charmed guests with its welcoming and stylish atmosphere for over a century.
The Berkeley Hotel is perfectly placed to help its guests to experience London to the full, as it is only minutes away from the distinguished Knightsbridge shops.
With its award-winning service and cuisine, and unequalled business facilities, its no surprise that The Berkeley in Knightsbridge is one of the most popular destinations in London.
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History of the Berkeley Hotel
At the turn of the 19th century, The Berkelely Hotel stood at the corner of Piccadilly and Berkeley street. It was bought by Richard D'Oyly Carte in 1900, and in 1901 became part of the Savoy Group. D’Oyly Carte and his family stayed in control for the next 100 years.
In 2005, the Savoy Group, including The Berkeley, was sold to Quinlan Private, currently know as the Maybourne Hotel Croup. Always ahead of its time, The Berkeley installed air conditioning and double glazing in the 1920's. The aging building could however only handle so much improvement, and in 1972 The Berkeley moved to its current site in Wilton Place, Knightsbridge. The main new feature of the new Berkeley was its rooftop pool, which is still unique among London hotels.
The wood paneling and decorative carvings from the original Berkeley is still visible in the hotel's famous Blue Bar, where stars such as Madonna and Leonardo di Caprio like to hang out. As the name suggests, the Blue Bar is particularly famous for its color scheme. Designer David Collins made sure the carvings were carefully covered and preserved before it was covered by a striking 'Lutyens blue'.
There are several reasons why Knightsbridge is one of the most popular destinations in London, like shopping, restaurants, museums, concerts, and green spaces.
Knightsbridge is the heart of London's luxury shopping district. The two famous shops Harrods and Harvey Nichols are surrounded by other specialist shops and designer boutiques.
There is a wide range of impressive places to eat in Knightsbridge, non less so than The Berkeley's own Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley and Boxwood Café, both award-winning restaurants.
Knightsbridge is also one of the greenest places that offers breathing space in the center of London and stunning views over Hyde Park.
As far as museums go, in nearby South Kensington there are some of London's best attractions, including The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Science Museum, and The Natural History Museum.
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