In the middle of busy Kensington is a little oasis – a tree-filled private garden. Mummy likes going there for some quiet time, to think about things to pause from rushing through the day. And of course, she prefers our company than not.But this garden is in the back of a local hotel – Number Sixteen, which has a discreet facade, as part of a row of Victorian stucco townhouses on Sumner Place. But once inside, the whole ambiance changes.
Number Sixteen is one of the Firmdale Hotels and we’ve been to two others (The Soho Hotel and Hem Yard Village) and we always find their interiors invigorating – colourful and different. Mummy loves looking at them.
Most of their hotels are dog-friendly but always “under the discretion of management” – size of dog is one criteria and it depends on time of stay. And that applies to their restaurant at Number Sixteen.
We are not allowed inside the restaurant itself but because they have a garden in the back, that’s where we sit and on a nice day, that’s where Mummy likes to go for lunch or a cup of tea. And their staff – super dog friendly! They always ask first if we needed water. And when it is warm enough to sit outside, we usually do.At the far end of the garden where we usually sit – we take shelter in the cabana From there we look at the calming water feature in front of us and the restaurant at the other end of the garden.George is always curious about the fishes
But also wary of themHe’s also wary of sitting on strange surfaces – look at that little face!!!!
Come on, Georgie, be lion-hearted!And sometimes when it gets too busy at the dog-friendly end of the garden, we are given a table closer to the restaurant
And look at the view from there.And of course we have Afternoon Tea thereAnd because it is after all Afternoon Tea, Mummy shared a teensy-weesny bit of scones with me.
Mummy loves noticing all the little details of the place – she thought the mosaic stones was a good background for my photo. And admiring the lovely iron works on a stair case – no we couldn’t go upstairs but just for a photo op. And this is the lobby of the hotel.Kit Kemp is the interior designer – and we have her books too!And she had these toys made out recycled fabrics used in the decor – there’s Willow Bear, Minnie Rabbit (sold out) and Tiffany Pooch (that came home with us!) All made in the UK and each one is different.
May’s comment: Number Sixteen – one of the Firmdale Hotels, occupying a Victorian white stucco townhouse in the heart of South Kensington, London, with its own tree-filled private garden. Always been one of my favourite hotels in London, because it feels like someone’s home. Since I now live in London, there’s no need to stay there but we now have a different reason to be there – for some quiet time. One day walking past, I thought to stop and ask if me and my dogs could have a cup of tea in their conservatory. “Only in the garden and only if the dogs are on a leash and well-behaved.” It was a beautiful summer’s day and we didn’t mind sitting in the garden – a little oasis in very busy South Kensington. Good for lunch and afternoon tea. 16 Sumner Place, London SW7 3EG
Number Sixteen has been added to our List of places to Wine and Dine in London with your dogs