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Hotel Highlights

  • The restaurant and bar
  • Prime London location in upmarket Belgravia

Overview

Belgraves hotel brings Brooklyn to Belgravia – exposed brick walls, casual-cool doormen and a sexy glass-fronted fire are just a few of the New York flourishes. The setting, too, is pure London luxury: an elegant corner of moneyed Sloane Square.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Belgraves with us:

One free cocktail of the guests' choice from the bar (one a guest)

Facilities

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Belgraves hotel – London – United Kingdom

Need To Know

Rooms

85, including 14 suites.

Check–out

12 noon, but flexible on request. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $224.25 (£144), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Breakfast (à la carte, with options such as porridge, crumpets and mushrooms on toast) is not included.

Also

You'll need a government-issued photo ID to check in, such as a passport or driving licence.

At the hotel

Gym, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: LCD TVs, iHome docks, Sferra linens and bathrobes, Ren bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Corner Suite 803 is a knockout: double-aspect sweeping views of London, a grand bed, bold artworks and a bathroom with a tub right by the window, so you can admire the city as you soak. The Penthouse has a sleek wet bar with plush ruby-red stools, a working fireplace, garnet-coloured sofa, a king-size bed, a marble bathroom and a guest bedroom.

Packing tips

Bulgari for Belgravia; an aristocratic dowager to take out for tea; picnic rug and hamper for the little leafy greens near the hotel.

Also

There's a lift to all floors, and some King Premium rooms (206, 306, 406, 506 and 604) have been adapted for guests with mobility issues. Room preferences cannot be guaranteed.

Children

Welcome. Cots can be added to rooms; children are welcome in the restaurant until 7pm and items from the main menu can be adapted for little ones. High chairs, booster seats, colouring books, bibs and children's cutlery can be borrowed.

Food & Drink

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Belgraves hotel – London – United Kingdom

Hotel Restaurant

Talented young executive chef Sophie Michell's healthy, seafood-focused menu at Pont St restaurant leapfrogs lovingly between fish and grills: try the renowned Belgraves' bespoke burger, or plancha cod with crushed peas and polenta fries. Her market-fresh, superfood-stuffed salads are great for health-conscious diners too. The Philippe Starck-designed dining room continues the hotel’s New York aesthetic: exposed brick walls hung with specially commissioned artwork, comfy curved seats and a smart monochrome patterned floor. An American-style breakfast, and wheat-free afternoon tea are served here too.

Hotel Bar

The mezzanine bar is headed up by Nick Strangeway, who navigated the bars at Cecconi’s and Hawksmoor towards success. It’s no surprise then that the cocktail menu is so assured, with original concoctions such as the Sloe Negroni (sloe gin stirred with Campari and sweet Vermouth, garnished with orange zest). The bar area is relaxed: soft mushroom-coloured seating, vintage furniture, bold artworks, Persian rugs and biscuit-coloured bookshelves stocked with matching grey and beige tomes. The smoking terrace – or 'cigarden' is a Godsend for smokers; well-ventilated, with plant-lined walls, it's a pleasant, semi-open-air space to mingle. The bar has a carefully curated cigar selection, including vintage Habanos SA cigars, and the bar food menu has sliders, sandwiches, burgers, small plates and diner-inspired desserts.

Last orders

You can wet your whistle between 12 noon and 1.30am. Breakfast is served between 7am and 11am; the restaurant takes its last orders at 10.30pm.

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Dress code

Blend New York nonchalance with a dash of British elegance: denim and silk; gingham and tweed; Converse and tea frocks.

Top table

Sink into one of the deep banquettes by the window and watch the well-heeled world go by.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

You can walk from the hotel to Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, the Royal Albert Hall, the Victoria and Albert Museum (www.vam.ac.uk), the Science Museum (www.sciencemuseum.org.uk) and Hyde Park. Harrods (www.harrods.com) and Harvey Nichols (www.harveynichols.com) are also a stroll away. The Royal Academy of Art at Burlington Place (+44 (0)20 7300 8000; www.royalacademy.org.uk) holds temporary shows throughout the year. Its famous Summer Exhibition showcases around 1,200 works by established and unknown artists, sculptors and architects. And, ask hotel staff if you fancy a massage or facial – they’ll name-drop the best beauty salons and book you in if you’re keen.

 

Local restaurants

Sample some of the city’s most seductive seafood at Scott’s on Mount Street (+44 (0)20 7495 7309; www.scotts-restaurant.com). The Square, at 6–10 Bruton Street (+44 (0)20 7495 7100; www.squarerestaurant.org) is Philip Howard’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant. Expect modern French cuisine, a sleek contemporary setting and sophisticated service. Nearby Umu, at 14–16 Bruton Place (+44 (0)20 7499 8881; www.umurestaurant.com) sources the ingredients for its Kyoto cuisine from Japan, and has an ocean-spanning selection of sushi and sashimi. (try the tasting menu). Equally accomplished food is served at Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley on Wilton Place, Knightsbridge (+44 (0)20 7235 6000; www.the-berkeley.co.uk). Dark, seductive Hakkasan off Berkeley Square (+44 (0)20 7927 7000; www.hakkasan.com) serves excellent Chinese food and very good, very powerful cocktails.

Local bars

Stake out one of the ruby-red chairs at Claridge’s Bar on Brook Street (+44 (0)20 7629 8860; www.claridges.co.uk). Cocktails come in crystal glasses and there’s an impressive array of late-night nibbles, including sushi, sashimi, truffle risotto and even fish and chips.

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Charming Chesham Place

Belgraves

20 Chesham Place , London, London, SW1X 8HQ, United Kingdom

Belgraves is named for its Belgravia setting, a quiet, exclusive part of central London in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Planes

London Heathrow is 15 miles away; allow an hour to drive here in city traffic. Queue for an airport taxi, or hop on the Picadilly line to South Kensington, where you can take the District & Circle lines to Sloane Square.

Trains

Victoria station is the closest, one Tube stop away on the District line. Sloane Square Tube is a short walk from the hotel. London Kings Cross & St Pancras is three miles away.

Automobiles

Wheels aren’t essential, since the hotel has great public transport links. If you’re set on having a car, valet parking is £45 a day. If you’re driving from the north, take the M1 to the A41(West End) until you come to Hyde Park Corner. Drive to Belgrave Square and then on to Chesham Place. If you’re coming from the east, take the M11 from Cambridge towards the city and Embankment. From Parliament Square, head for Victoria, then on to Belgrave Square and Chesham Place.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Myf Warhurst , On-air adventurer

London is never predictable. She can treat you to a raft of sights, sounds and emotions that is entirely different to the next person on holiday at the same time, all depending on where you lay your head. Her beauty unfolds in a multitude of ways whether you’re east, west or north or south of the River Thames... And that is this city’s charm. Mr Smith and I had started our trip from Au…
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Belgraves

Anonymous review by Myf Warhurst, On-air adventurer

London is never predictable. She can treat you to a raft of sights, sounds and emotions that is entirely different to the next person on holiday at the same time, all depending on where you lay your head. Her beauty unfolds in a multitude of ways whether you’re east, west or north or south of the River Thames... And that is this city’s charm. Mr Smith and I had started our trip from Australia on the east, enjoying the galleries of Shoreditch and the archeological digs and grimy laneways of old London – but to restrict ourselves to this part of town would have done the capital an injustice. We needed to go west, my friend, to see how the other side lives… to breathe in its exquisite Georgian architecture and wander the green fields of Hyde Park. So we headed to the exclusive suburb of Belgravia, and our aptly named hotel.

Belgraves is bang in an area that is proper London posh. If you want to blend into this patch of Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, just for a minute, and pretend that you too have a butler and a Bentley, then pack your Sunday Best ladies and gents, and head to Belgraves. This is a land of some of the most expensive apartments in town and proud flag-bearing international embassies.

A hop and skip from the high-end designer shops of Sloane Street, housed in a building that contrasts starkly with the prevalent classic 19th-century architecture. Operated by the Thompson group, noted for outposts such as the famed 60 Thompson in New York, Belgraves is perfect for any Mr and Mrs Smith hankering after a little New York chic from their London lodgings. The Thompson Hotels group has cornered the market in boho-industrial chic across the pond, and its first London foray translates well: stylish, in a loose-collar, sneaker-clad way, fashionably arty – look out for the Natasha Law knicker prints in the lobby – and luxuriously indulgent.

Arriving at Christmas, we were impressed by a festive tree in the window constructed entirely of carefully stacked design books. A little like the pile of books that accumulates beside my bed, only far more attractively placed. Immediately, we knew that these were our people. With its exposed brick, walls of glass, sumptuous velvet midcentury modern couches and laid-back friendly check-in, we were sold.

Uniquely modern in design compared with the more traditional hotel options in this SW1 neighbourhood, the building’s refit was created by up-and-coming Brit interior-designer Tara Bernerd (a great local touch). Yet the overwhelming mood of the hotel is still very NYC – dark furnishings, animal-skin rugs, exposed floorboards and marble bathrooms. The roof in our suite was a little low, and lighting rather dim, but as Mr Smith made the point: everyone does look better in subtle lighting.

Off course there are no multi-print, factory-produced Turner-esque landscapes slapped on these walls, instead in our room there was a limited-edition Tracey Emin print hung proudly above our ruby velvet couch. I was tempted to ‘souvenir’ the art, along with the Ren lotions and shampoos… But I resisted.

Taking the concierge’s advice we made sure we had a drink at the bar upstairs –a hip cocktail lounge is often the heart of the sociable Thompson hotels. Mr Smith was impressed by the extensive drinks list and the young gent who had an excellent knowledge of the beers on offer. (I ordered a glass of bubbly but since it wasn’t quite true to its name, they were quick to fix this.) For tobacco enthusiasts, there’s also a stash of rare vintage Cuban cigars and the leafy little ‘cigarden’ which offers a place to puff without the need to go outside in the bitter cold in winter.

With cockles warmed by the champagne, we wrapped up for the short walk up to sprawling Hyde Park. From a distance, we saw an enticing world of enchanting coloured lights and rollercoasters. On closer inspection, the reality of the seasonal Winter Wonderland is beautiful carousels but also frightening carnival rides that leave teenagers screaming for their lost stomachs. For those with weak constitutions, I suggest sidestepping the fair and the carnival food, and taking a restaurant recommendation from Belgraves’ concierge. He even magicked us a table at a fabulous local (and, may I add, otherwise booked out) Italian restaurant, Zafferano.

As Australians in London, on our second day in this well-to-do ‘hood we feared it would be rude not to visit the Queen. Off we ambled to Buckingham Palace in 20 minutes. Oddly Her Madge was too busy for the likes of us, so we made do with a quick royal wave and lunch in a pub nearby. It being winter, and us doing all that walking, we didn’t feel guilty about coasting from meal to meal, and for our finale we dined at the hotel restaurant. On our visit it didn’t have that much fizz in terms of atmosphere – but we wanted to try the house contemporary European cuisine. We were back perched in a cosy booth for breakfast, when it was a full English for Mr Smith and crumpets for me.

Often this part of town is glossed over by tourists who are all too distracted by SW1’s haze of department-store shopping and iconic historical sites. Belgraves kindly let us dip in and out of the well-trod tourist trail at our leisure, but was far away enough from the madding crowds for us to still feel we were on a luxurious, exclusive trip within a trip. A design hotel with enough personality to make you feel as though you’re part of the neighbourhood... If only for a short time. Now, where did I put the keys to that Bentley?

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Belgraves's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Fantastic hotel in a great location, tucked away from the hustle and bustle but close enough to walk everywhere! I cannot compliment the staff enough, they were great with us and our 18 month old. Couldn't have done more for us, espescially the concierge manager - Steve. We booked and arrived last minute, stayed in a beautiful suite for one night over a bank holiday weekend. We had drinks in the bar and ate in the restaurant for dinner. The hotel kindly arranged a lovely babysitter (Shirley) who looked after our son for a couple of hours whilst we went for dinner downstairs. We also couldn't fault the food really, it was very bistro-style dining.

Don’t expect

The bar smelt a bit smokey as there was a smoking terrace at the hotel. The smell of cigars was a little over powering.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the location and thought the staff were very friendly and helpful.

Don’t expect

I found the room to be too small.

Rating: 5/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Everything from the ambience and service to the location makes this the perfect hotel for a long or short stay in London.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We liked the lovely friendly staff, ease of check-in, natural contemporary décor throughout and great location for shopping.

Don’t expect

We would have liked bed breakfast option rather than room only.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the great location, stylish interior decoration and very helpful staff.

Don’t expect

I thought breakfast very pricey, with no tea/coffee included.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The waiter in the restaurant had an expansive knowledge of wine and made some brilliant recommendations. The staff throughout the hotel was exceptionally friendly and helpful and most members knew our names. I thought the size of the room wasn't massive but it was perfectly formed and very nicely dressed.

 

Don’t expect

We knew before we came though that the room wasn't massive from previous comments and so it was what we expected. The standard of the hotel more than made up for this factor.

 

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The room was spacious and very comfortable. The bathroom was also great. Food and service were excellent.

Don’t expect

We ordered room service and the tray was not removed until the following day despite the room having been entered whilst we were eating dinner in the restaurant.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the very welcoming staff and fantastic decor, in the perfect position to enjoy London.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the good atmosphere and design; very pleasant and helpful reception staff; and great choice at breakfast. A trendy hotel with good staff, which is not always the case.

Don’t expect

The air conditioning was noisy but as the windows open there was no need to use it.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the lovely room; great view for central London; great staff; buzzy bar.

Don’t expect

Breakfast and speed of room service could be better.

Rating: 8/10 stars