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The Experience

Super hip design house and hotel brand Firmdale brings fresh English style to South Kensington in Number Sixteen, a garden-inspired refuge from the ordinary.

The Scene

Situated in chic South Kensington a few minutes’ walk away from Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, Number Sixteen is the perfect hideaway amidst the rush of London. Notable sights and landmarks like Royal Albert Hall and Harrod’s are very close by and the South Kensington Tube station is a mere block off to shuttle you off anywhere that’s too far to walk from this super-central location. Enjoy the cultured atmosphere of this unique area known as the 21st arrondissement.

The Concept

Despite its proximity to busy areas, Number Sixteen provides a secret garden refuge behind a well-kept but deceptively blasé outside façade. Owner and lauded decorator Kit Kemp breathes freshness and ardor into the whimsically romantic interior with her distinctly English flair that is more than a little reminiscent of a garden housed in a London townhouse. The veritable forest of the private garden lends a hand to the atmosphere of secluded romance as does the accompanying drawing room. The drawing room is a flight of fancy, bedecked with an enormous colorful mural of flying insects and topped off with a stunning driftwood chandelier. We actually love the lack of a restaurant at Number Sixteen; we’d hate to see the secret garden ambience ruined by a steady stream of people

The Look

Bright colors and a plethora of floral print/patterns bedeck the 41 rooms and guest areas---tastefully---and make you feel like you’re in a super-stylish English garden. The rooms may seem spare, but really they’re completely refined and don’t waste time offering what you don’t need; you win with more space and posh details in the décor. Touches of English comfort and hospitality are also evident in overstuffed chairs, in-room libraries, and of course afternoon tea in the private garden. Even though Number Sixteen does not have its own restaurant, it offers 24 hour room service in case you don’t want to leave the cocoon of quiet luxury (or simply get peckish at night).

In Short

Number Sixteen may not have big-ticket amenities, but it offers what most hotels in central London can’t---a secluded townhouse feel with a wonderfully romantic atmosphere that feels so very, very English.

- BoutiqueHotels.com Editors -

What Stands Out

  • Central location in Kensington close to Knightsbridge, shopping, and the well-loved Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park
  • Private garden---perfect for afternoon tea (which is offered by Number Sixteen)
  • Garden views and street views are both tranquil

Know Before You Go

  • No restaurant on-site, but 24 hour room service is offered
  • Rooms near service areas might get a little bit loud---ask when you check in if you’re a light sleeper
  • No gym on-site, but Number Sixteen can arrange for a day pass at nearby gym for a small fee
  • Spa services can be arranged in your room from Temple Spa


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About the Hotel

Rooms: 41

Address: 16 Sumner Place, London SW7 3EG

Check-in/Check-out: 2 PM/11 AM


* 16 Sumner Place, London SW7 3EG

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Reviews for The Number Sixteen

Editorial Reviews

Telegraph UK
"...Bold prints and feminine touches give Number Sixteen a pretty, modern feel ... "
Hotel Guru
"... Another 'chic yet homey' Kit Kemp townhouse creation of 'quiet charm', Number Sixteen is 'warmly seductive'... "

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