A quintessential townhouse hotel in the heart of Knightsbridge.
The privately owned Egerton House opened in 1990 and is the true embodiment of the compact luxury townhouse hotel. Spread over four floors, its 28 bedrooms and top-floor studio suites are a mad combination of flamboyant decadence (think tweed walls and couches) twinned with dainty English tradition (such as embroidered white cushions and velvet couches). All rooms have hand-stitched mattresses, down pillows and duvets, Egyptian cotton sheets, iPod docking stations, free Wi-Fi, cable TV and air-conditioning. For art lovers, one of the many unique features of this jewel of a hotel is a collection of original artworks by Picasso, Matisse and Toulouse-Lautrec. There is no stinting on luxury, but the real bonus is that this hotel is very sensibly priced, considering its close proximity to Harrods and the rest of South Kensington's eye-wateringly expensive shops and boutiques. An attractive drawing room/study is the ideal venue for afternoon tea or drinks, and a downstairs dining room is available (when not being used for breakfast) for corporate guests to host meetings or private dinners.