London, United Kingdom
Wilton Place, Knightsbridge,
London, SW1X 7RL – UK
Maybourne Hotel Group
Hotel General Manager
The Berkeley has been treading its own path for more than 100 years. From here, midway between fashionable Knightsbridge and neighbourly Belgravia, we’re still taking style, comfort and service to inspiring new levels. There’s nowhere quite like it. And that’s the way we love it. Stunning rooms by the brightest minds in the design world. Intuitive service that always seems one step ahead.
History & Story
The Berkeley Hotel began life in the 18th century as a rendez-vous for the Mail Coach for the West of England, known as the Gloucester Coffee House. In Victorian times, it became the St James’ Hotel and eventually became The Berkeley in 1897. Ever since The Berkeley first opened its doors for business over 100 years ago on the corner of Berkeley Street in Piccadilly, it has been at the heart of London society. After the move to Wilton Place in 1972, it continued to play host to the brightest balls and the most glittering gatherings about town and it’s a tradition that continues to this day.
After three centuries as one of the premier addresses in London, you might think we would know all there is to know about luxury. But at The Berkeley, our experience has taught us something else: There are always new delights to discover and new ways to enchant our guests.
Located in the heart of Knightsbridge, The Berkeley is on the doorstep of the green speldour of Hyde Park, moments from the singular shopping of Knightsbridge and is a short walk from Sloane Square.
Key sites/activities in the area
The most exclusive shops including Harrods and Harvey Nichols. London’s most popular museums including the V&A, Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. Hyde Park is just around the corner.
The Berkeley was the first hotel in London to introduce air-conditioning back in the 1920’s.
• Children’s concierge
• Babysitting/child minding services
• Luxury picnics made to order
• Cots and highchairs
• Bottle warmers
• Berkeley colouring and puzzle book with pencils
• Children’s books and board games
Each of our 190 rooms, offers a refuge from the rush of the city from the moment you arrive. Each, individually designed, is a study in urbane comfort with simple, beautiful details effortlessly combined. Individually chosen furniture, luxurious fabrics, bathrooms of Italian marble and original artworks abound.
Our suites are sweeping, expansive spaces, created by the world’s most accomplished interior designers with room for dining and entertaining, pow-wows and parties. Full of personal touches, they’re versatile enough to be moulded to your individual requirements. To complete the scene, those with an outdoor terrace command panoramic views across London.
Restaurants & Bars
Fizzing with energy and radiating style, the Blue Bar is a true one-off. Turning the menu into a palette, cocktails are guided by flavour: yellow for ‘Elegant & Bubbly’, red for ‘Rich & Bold’, green for ‘Fresh & Easy’ and blue for ‘Crisp & Clean’. Soak it all up in the statement Lutyens Blue surrounds – or sit back and relax in the state-of-the-art glass pavilion.
The Berkeley Bar & Terrace
From a vintage champagne tucked away in a French cellar to the single malt secrets poured down through generations, every drink at The Berkeley Bar & Terrace has a tale to tell. Continuing our celebration of craftmanship is the bar itself – carved plasterwork, coral tones and curved edges set an elegant scene, with wooden accents that were hewn from a single tree. Then there’s the alfresco Terrace, the insider’s outpost.
Succumb to the pleasures of the Collins Room, where menus are designed by executive chef Shaun Whatling, with an emphasis on fresh, daily specials and beautifully-crafted, classically British dishes using the finest ingredients sourced from forest, field, seashore and stream.
From delicately piped clutch bags to killer heels in short pastry, Prêt-à-Portea is The Berkeley’s daily homage to haute couture as each season’s signature items step from catwalk to tea stand. Our pastry chef ’s inspired collection of taste-as-good-as-they-look delicacies is wowing fashionistas the world over.
Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing’s eponymous restaurant Marcus is a must-visit destination for serious foodies. This is exquisite modern European cuisine with a British influence, characterised by the finest produce, exacting execution and creative flair, and served in a room that is every bit as considered as the food.
Cédric Grolet At The Berkeley
With a string of accolades citing him as the best pastry chef in the world, Cédric Grolet – known for his trompe-l’œil artistry, Fruits and Flowers – has opened the doors to his first patisserie outside of France, Cédric Grolet at The Berkeley in London.
The Berkeley Café
Casual, yet impossibly chic, natural tones and soft curves bring café culture to The Berkeley, creating the perfect space for an informal meeting or impromptu get-together.
• Bamford Wellness Spa brings the calm of the countryside to the heart of the city. Whatever the weather, a slice of the countryside awaits at The Berkeley, away from the bustle of Knightsbridge. Enjoy the soothing tranquillity of the Bamford Wellness Spa, brought specially to The Berkeley for its natural and organic treatments. It’s a truly special place to relax and rejuvenate with packages to suit women of influence and men on a mission.
• Rooftop Pool: Exclusive to hotel guests, take a dip in the heated pool and breathe in skyline views of Hyde Park and central London, before cooling down with a tropical smoothie or seasonal spritz from the pool bar.
Corporate & Celebration Events
From business pow-wows to matches made in heaven, The Berkeley’s professional planning team, personal service and airy, light event rooms guarantee memorable occasions for two to 450 guests. The event spaces have a dedicated private entrance, all the latest kit and caboodle and were recently re-designed by leading interior designers.
Hotel & Restaurants Awards
Internationally recognised for its service and style, The Berkeley has received many prestigious awards. Here are some of the most recent.
• Belgravia Awards: The Berkeley wins Charitable Champion
• The Cateys: The Berkeley wins Hotel of the Year, Group
• Virtuoso Travel Week: Knut Wylde, General Manager receives the Partner Recipient in Innovation award
• Forbes Travel Guide: The Berkeley wins Philanthropic Star of the Year 2021
• Belgravia Awards 2020: The Berkeley wins the COVID Hero Award
• Restaurant & Bar Design Awards: The Berkeley Bar & Terrace wins Overall UK Bar of the Year 2020
• Imbibe Drinks List of the Year Awards 2020: Blue Bar wins Overall Drinks List of the Year 2020
• Afternoon Tea Awards 2019: The Berkeley Prêt-à-Portea wins Best Themed Afternoon Tea.
• Imbibe Drinks List of the Year Awards 2019: Blue Bar wins Overall Drinks List of the Year 2019
• The Chad Clark Certified 25 2018: Featuring the Out of the Blue Experience.
• Install Awards 2018: Out of the Blue wins Hospitality Project of the Year.
• The International Hotel and Property Awards 2018: The Junior Suite wins the Best Hotel Suite Europe Award.
• Tatler Restaurant Awards 2014 – Pierre Koffmann was awarded the Laurent-Perrier Lifetime Achievement Award
• Business Traveller 2014 – The Berkeley Gym was awarded number 2 in Top Ten Hotel Gyms in the world
2013 – 2012
• Tatler Spa Awards 2013 – The Berkeley was awarded Best Pool in the United Kingdom
• AA Hospitality Awards 2012 – Pierre Koffmann was named the Chef’s Chef of the Year at the AA Hospitality Awards 2012
• Conde Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 – The Berkeley, London