A country house bolthole in the heart of the city, Egerton House Hotel has for years attracted a high-class clientele who swoon over its historic details, traditional décor and first-rate location in Knightsbridge. Service is king at this hotel institution with welcome drinks, two-types of bathrobes and an accommodating concierge just a few of the perks to staying here. In short, for a sample of aristocratic Knightsbridge living at its finest, this is the place.
On a romantic getaway? A stay in the hotel’s opulent V & A Suite is a sure-fire way to feel like royalty.
Beautifully decorated in heavy drapes, individual wallpapers, antique furniture and detailed fabrics, the spacious rooms are the hotel’s highlight. Each one is as charming as the next, providing a lesson—should you need it—in tastefully elegant interior design.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Attention to detail reigns with smart touches like hot water bottles, cable television and 24-hour room service part of the in-room offerings.
Grey marble complements the pale white bathrooms, which come with luxurious Penhaligon’s bath products and flat screen TVs for your entertainment.
Beyond the impressive red brick façade, entering the drawing room style lobby feels akin to stepping into a National Trust house with its antique furniture, delicately weathered rugs and ornate wall hangings. Not a buzzy sort of place, it’s a demure space that sets the tone for the rest of the hotel’s regal, affluent vibe.
The hotel has no gym but guests are provided with complimentary access to a nearby fitness club with pool and spa.
Despite having no recognized restaurant, guests can dine in the drawing room or choose to eat in their room. Simple old-fashioned favorites—the amazingly 80’s prawn cocktail for example—make up a short bar menu that should tide you over should you get peckish.
On the border of South Kensington and Knightsbridge, the hotel has the benefits of two neighborhoods filled with high-end boutiques, cultural institutions and fine dining restaurants. Tube travel is simple with Knightsbridge Underground Station close by. Taxis are easy to pick up, especially from the parade outside Harrods.
For something you won’t find on the simple bar menu at the hotel, go to Hawksmoor Knightsbridge (1-minute walk), one of the finest steak restaurants in the city. From the décor to the food (especially the sides), the place exceeds all expectations. For an amazing burger, go to Bar Boulud (11-minute walk), the London outpost of the New York chef Daniel Boulud, housed within the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park.
After hours spent traipsing through high-end boutiques, settle in the Fifth Floor Bar (10-minute walk) at Harvey Nichols. For Sloane Square society stylings, head to the Botanist (15-minute walk) and devour cocktails while eavesdropping on the latest Chelsea gossip.