Sit at a table by the windows, so you can play ‘I spy…’ (squirrels) over breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Go for Sloane Ranger redux: unleash your pearls, silks and velvets. Gents with a penchant for finery will be delighted: cummerbunds can come too.
The Franklin Restaurant by Alfredo Russo – what a mouthful (literally and metaphorically). It’s refreshing to be served up a departure from exposed brick, exposed bulbs and shared plates on wooden chopping boards – here, you can expect Italian fine dining, presented with unapologetic old-school pizzazz. Dishes are as decadent as the velvet-and-taffeta-bedecked dining room: oyster sorbet, lamb with casserole and licorice and the ilk. The Franklin puts on a top show when it comes to afternoon tea, largely because they're usually themed around what's being shown at the Victoria and Albert Museum close by, say Alice in Wonderland, Frida Kahlo or Christian Dior iterations. And there's the option to add champagne too or book exhibition tickets along with your tea.
Gin fans, rejoice: the bar has 22 varieties of London’s eternally fashionable tipple to canter through. Order the Franklin – a giddy blend of Botanist gin, rosemary, lemongrass and champagne – and enjoy it in the bar’s mirrored splendour, all Italian silks and velvets, plus ikat textiles from Istanbul.
Dinner is served until 10.30pm; breakfast until 11am, lunch between noon and 2.30pm.
Order from a selection of hot and cold starters, soups, pasta, burgers, sandwiches, desserts and fresh fruit. Breakfast can also be enjoyed in bed.