A refreshed grande-dame hotel and a new townhouse in London

A clutch of André Fu-designed, light-filled suites reinvigorate The Berkeley and maximalist charms rule at Kettner’s Townhouse

The maximalist charms of Kettner’s Townhouse in Knightsbridge include William Morris wallpaper
The maximalist charms of Kettner’s Townhouse in Knightsbridge include William Morris wallpaper | Image: Simon Brown

London’s grande-dame hotels have to constantly evolve to stay relevant; few have done so more deftly lately than The Berkeley (the-berkeley.co.uk; from £299) in Knightsbridge, which has in recent years enlisted the likes of Richard Rogers and Carole Bamford (whose brand flies its flag over the spa) to help. Now it’s the turn of Hong Kong-based architect André Fu – who authored The Opus penthouse here – to unveil two new light-filled suites, each with its own glass leisure pavilion and sweeping terrace overlooking the capital’s leafy squares.

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If smaller, less minimal is more your speed – but centre-of-the-action still appeals – consider Kettner’s Townhouse (kettnerstownhouse.com; from £225), newly renovated under the aegis of the Soho House group, some of whose rooms feature William Morris wallpaper, ornate taps and other maximalist charms.

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