The Franklin

A Former Bond Girl Designed This New Hotel

We Just Thought You’d Want to Know About Something Like That

By Chris LaMorte ·
None 9 Photos The Franklin
There are already a million reasons why you might want to go to London.

You probably don’t need another one.

But just in case...

Consider the Franklin, a plush hotel in the tony Knightsbridge neighborhood that opened this week, reason one million and one.

It’s sort of an international creation. Italian powerhouse Starhotels Collezione built it and it’s part of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts LVX Collection luxury portfolio. In other words, imagine an English garden estate owned by a Italian duke living abroad in, oh, 1885. But with wifi. You get the idea. (Anyway, this will show you what we mean.)

So on the English side: Three Victorian-era townhomes were combined to form the 35-room hotel. It’s complete with fireplaces, wrought iron bed frames, Frette linens and a view of Edgerton Gardens. Obviously, you can’t feel you’re part of the English gentry without some garden views while you sip tea.

Then on the Italian side: The Franklin Restaurant, a romantic 30-seat Italian spot where you’ll be dealing in brassicaceae lasagnette, veal spezzatino and lamb carré casserole. 

Making one cohesive package from all this Euro-ness: Designer Anouska Hempel, the New Zealand-born interior designer (and an acclaimed hotelier in her own right), who happens to list playing a Bond girl in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service on her resume. 

Thus completing your Creations of the Bond Girls of Western Europe itinerary.
Chris LaMorte

Chris LaMorte’s favorite lapel: peak. Favorite bulldog: French. Can you offer him a glass of champagne: yes. Often mistaken for: Zach Galifianakis. Often mistakes himself for: Bradley Cooper.


The Franklin
22-28 Egerton Gardens
London, SW3 2DB
44 20 7584 6601


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