London, United Kingdom

The Berkeley

Rates from (ex tax)$401.86

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP390.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Understated luxe

Setting

Knightsbridge thoroughfare

It's not just for undercover A-listers: The Berkeley hotel's finely-tuned staff, Michelin-star chefs, chic cocktail bar and spoling spa make this renowned retreat the perfect London base for low-key luxury.

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A bottle of champagne on arrival

Facilities

Photos The Berkeley facilities

Need to know

Rooms

190, including 56 suites

Check–Out

12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm, although rooms are sometimes ready before this (subject to availability).

Rates

Double rooms from $401.86 (£325), excluding tax at 20 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 5% per room per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP390.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates are room only; à la carte breakfast, from £5 for fruit yoghurt to £32 for the full English plus buffet selection.

Also

At Christmas, the rooftop garden is transformed into a festive outdoor cinema, with mini wooden cabins, twinkling trees and warming winter tipples.

At the hotel

Restaurants, cocktail bar, in-room beauty treatments, CD/film library; concierge, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: Flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, minibar, Bamford Organic toiletries, slippers, bathrobes. The very top suites have iPod docks and iPads on request, plus a host of extras from champagne to fresh flowers.

Our favourite rooms

At the top end, the one-bedroom Conservatory Suites have vast city-view terraces, living rooms and acres of space. Otherwise, we'd plump for a chic Robert Angell-designed, pastel-hued, Balcony King room for its surprisingly quiet south-facing rooftop patio.

Packing tips

Bring yourself a hip flask of something warming. During the winter the rooftop terrace is used for outdoor film screenings and, although blankets are provided, you might just need the extra layer.

Also

All public areas are on the ground floor or reached via the lift, and easily accessible with a buggy/wheelchair. Some rooms are adapted for less able guests, for example with wider doorframes and grab rails.

Pet‐friendly

No (although guide dogs can be accommodated on request). See more pet-friendly hotels in London.

Children

The Berkeley is one of the capital's most child-friendly hotels. Rooms are easily interconnected, meals are happily adapted for little ones and a generous welcome gift will thrill them on arrival.

Overview

The Berkeley is one of London's most child-friendly luxury hotels, offering mini-me amenities from bottle-warmers to bathrobes and providing parents with the perfect mission base for a relaxing family city break.

Best for

Whole-brood city excursions

Recommended rooms

If you only need one extra bed or cot, we'd plump for a chic Robert Angell-designed Balcony King room; otherwise interconnecting rooms and suites are the best choice for families.

Crèche

There’s no crèche or kids’ club here, but you can book a babysitter through reception if you need a childminder during the day (this can sometimes be arranged with as little as two hours’ notice, but 48 hours is ideal).

Activities

The Berkeley’s thoughtful welcome pack for children includes a selection of age-appropriate toys and treats, plus a Berkeley Bear for the littlest guests; a bespoke activity book features hotel-themed puzzles, word searches and colouring-in pages (pencils are also provided). You might want to ‘hide’ any chocolate you find before handing it over, though. (Suggested hiding place: your tummy.) Wii consoles and board games are available to borrow; suites also come with iPod docks. Choose from a selection of free children’s films and music, or pay a supplement of £12 a day for on-demand movies in your room. 

Swimming pool

With Roman steps, floats to borrow and diminutive proportions, the rooftop pool is great for family swims: accompanied children are welcome in the pool 12pm–2pm and 4pm–7pm Monday to Friday; 11am–2pm and 4pm–7pm Saturdays; and Sundays 10am–12pm.

Meals

The Caramel Room is the best choice for children, with its all-day menu of comfort-food classics, salads and mezze – if they’re bored of shepherd’s pie and paninis, tempt your kids with Middle Eastern family favourites such as pitta-wrapped chicken shawarma, grilled haloumi and fatoush salads. Koffmann’s is surprisingly family-friendly for such a class act, with highchairs and booster seats available. Super-nice staff are more than happy to tailor challenging dishes, serve smaller portions, and heat milk or baby food for you – book the private dining room for extended family get-togethers.

Babysitting

Fully qualified childminders are available to babysit for £15 an hour, for a minimum of four hours; this can sometimes be arranged with as little as two hours’ notice, but to guarantee yourself a night off, you need to book 48 hours in advance.

No need to pack

Staff are adept at handling requests, from warm milk and cookies to birthday balloons and cakes.

Also

Audio monitors are available to borrow for guests’ use, but their range doesn’t extend to the spa or the restaurants downstairs; you’ll need a babysitter if you want to leave the little ones in your room.

Food and Drink

Photos The Berkeley food and drink

Top Table

Dress up for special-occasion romance at Marcus Wareing – bag a seat at the chef’s table for a memorable show.

Dress Code

Dress-up decadence at Marcus and fashionista fierce for Prêt-a-Portea.

Hotel restaurant

Newly refurbished Marcus is the Berkeley’s ‘don’t miss’ dining destination, with inspired, ingredients-focused wizardry from the eponymous double Michelin-star Masterchef Marcus Wareing. The light-filled, Robert Angell-designed Collins Room is the venue for the Berkeley’s famous fashion-themed Prêt-a-Portea, with cute couture-inspired cakes and dainty finger sandwiches (flavours change with the season). The space is beautifully decorated with delicate, silver-and-lavender tones, hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper and white petal chandeliers. 

Hotel bar

David Collins’ iconic Blue Bar is often name-checked as a favourite of Madonna’s; it’s certainly stylish, thanks to its eye-catching Wedgwood-blue colour scheme, original Lutyens pieces (the red-tasselled pendant lights are particularly eye-drawing) and floor-to-ceiling glass pavilion frontage. Even one drink from the superb cocktail and whisky menu feels like a treat – we'd plump for the Kir Ibérico, a tasty blend of sangria, mint, lemon, cinnamon and champagne – equally moreish virgin cocktails and smoothies will keep abstainers happy.

Last orders

The Blue Bar dazzles with drinks until 1am (11pm on Sundays). Marcus Wareing serves lunch (12 noon–2.30pm) and dinner (6pm–10pm); it’s closed on Sundays.

Room service

A selection of all-day dishes (largely from the Collins Room menu) can be brought to your quarters 24 hours a day.

Location

Photos The Berkeley location
Address
The Berkeley
Wilton Place, Knightsbridge
SW1X 7RL
London
United Kingdom

Planes

Just over 15 miles away – about a 45-minute drive – London Heathrow is the most convenient international airport. A black cab will ferry you to the hotel from about £55 door to door. Alternatively, jump on the Heathrow Express to Paddington station – about 10–15 minutes from the hotel by cab. London Gatwick airport is also a good option if you’re happy to take the train into town.

Trains

Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner Tube stations, both on the Piccadilly line, are equally close. Victoria station is 15 minutes’ drive away. From here, the Gatwick Express (www.gatwickexpress.com) can whisk you to Gatwick Airport in 30 minutes; overground rail networks provide links with the south and south-east (ring 0845 748 4950 for National Rail Enquiries); and there's a Tube station hosting the Victoria (light blue), District (green) and Circle (yellow) lines. The Eurostar International terminal at King's Cross St Pancras is also within easy reach (www.eurostar.com).

Automobiles

There’s no need for a car if you’re staying in central London, but if you've driven to get here, there’s valet parking in an underground NCP car park (additional hourly/daily charges apply) with direct access to the hotel – ideal for undercover A-listers.

Worth getting out of bed for

Knightsbridge is a fantastic base for exploring the capital. Almost right outside the Berkeley, the huge natural play spaces of Hyde ParkGreen Park and St James’s Park beckon, with their boating lakes, bridle paths and picnic opportunities. It’s a pleasant stroll to London’s most absorbing museums and galleries, including the V&A and the Natural History Museum. And for those in need of some retail therapy, demands are more than met: this is serious shopping territory, with Harvey Nichols, Sloane Street, Harrods and Brompton Road on your doorstep. 

Local restaurants

Aubaine at 262 Brompton Road (+44 (0)20 7052 0100) does fine French cuisine, and for excellent Iberian tapas, try Casa Brindisa at 7–9 Exhibition Road, (+44 (0)20 7590 0008). Sip caipirinha cocktails with the beautiful people at super-trendy gourmet Brazilian Mocotó (+44 (0)20 7225 2300), then fuel up on nuevo latino fare.

Local bars

If you need a pit stop between purchases, Harvey Nichols' Fifth Floor Bar specialises in champagne and classic cockatils. For a touch of the Orient, Zuma (+44 (0)20 7584 1010), on Raphael Street, serves sake-laced creations, and Mamounia Lounge (+44 (0)20 581 7777), on the Brompton Road, has a chic Moroccan theme.

Reviews

Photos The Berkeley reviews

Anonymous review

Mr & Mr Smith have just returned from a stay at this luxury London hotel, and as soon as they've unpacked their Harvey Nichols bags, a full account of their glamorous city break will be with you. In the meantime, just to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick postcard from The Berkeley in Knightsbridge.

The Berkeley may be renowned for its starry clientele, fashionable tea-takers, Blue Bar cocktail list and triple whammy of top-notch chefs but it’s as welcoming as it is well-heeled.

If you’re in the mood for something relaxed and restful, you’ll love unwinding in the organic-produce-packed spa, lounging by the unique rooftop pool-with-a-view and curling up in the chic and cosy bedrooms. If you’d rather something more ritzy and refined, get glammed up for the fabulous Prêt-à-Portea, clink cocktails in the legendary Blue Bar and feast on first-class fare at Marcus Wareing’s eponymous restaurant.

The service is unfussy but impeccable, the location central yet quiet and the A-list allure lends a starry quality to even the most fleeting of visits. 

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 The Berkeley’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The attentive staff, the swimming pool, and the breakfast.

Don’t expect

It to be lively.

Rating

Stayed on 13 Feb 2016

We loved

Every tiny detail had been considered, even down to the fluffy slippers! Friendly staff, luxurious bedding, big bath tub, gorgeous rooftop pool and spa.

Don’t expect

They're doing renovations until May 2016, so it wasn't the most peaceful of places at times. Also, thought the breakfasts were quite expensive.

Rating

Stayed on 12 Feb 2016

We loved

It was my husband's 50th, and from the moment we checked in to when we left the staff were amazing and attentive. Food at Marcus was brilliant! Will definitely be going back.

Rating

Stayed on 21 Feb 2015

We loved

The place is beautiful. The doorman, to the front desk, to the maid, all excellent. The afternoon tea was fun and tasty and everything I had hoped for.

Don’t expect

I would've liked the concierge to have a few private London tours to offer. I had a very short schedule, so the standard tour times were too long.

Rating

Stayed on 3 Feb 2015

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