Close to but just far enough away to be shielded from the bustle of Kensington, this opulent hotel is an elegant escape within a creamy-white Victorian building. The lobby is a gorgeous explosion of marble, with high ceilings and chandeliers, and bedrooms are almost palatial in size, with silk wallpaper, golden furnishings, and fine marble bathrooms with whirlpool baths—some even have steam rooms. The Peridot restaurant serves modern British cuisine with Continental
touches, and Malachite is a quiet bar for an after-dinner brandy. The marble Turkish steam room is a unique haven from the stresses of the day.