Sunday, January 18, 2009

Lost London Photos

Five years ago my husband and I spent a week in London but most of the photos from that trip were lost somewhere in the cyberspace of my hard drive. I just found them today!

If only I had known then I would be blogging I would have taken so many more photos of the interior of the Blakes Hotel where we stayed in Kensington. Designed by Anouska Hempel, every room makes a statement.

Here is a picture of the room we were in the last two nights. I believe it probably has the requisite 10 pillows Barclay Butera would advocate for.

Upon seeking permission from my husband to post the picture below, he said, "I remember that. It was my private frou frou hell!" I completely disagree. However, you might notice how his legs are hanging over the end of the bed so as not to disturb the pillows!

There's a photo of the room we stayed in during the first part of the vacation further down in the post.

The t.v. was housed behind a red silk curtain that you lifted up for viewing. This completely perplexed Dan - "And why is this necessary?" he said.
Here is another photo of the room. If I had known anything about blogging then I would have promptly rolled that portable A/C unit out before I took the picture. It's a white eyesore.

The courtyard

The white door at the end of the courtyard leads to the 007 suite. At the time we stayed there (July 2003) the hotel was popular with musicians and actors.

A street nearby. Below - a photo of Kensington Gardens I think?

Here are some more pics from the hotel's site. Click here to view a slide show of more of the rooms.
Above is the room we stayed in during the first part of the vacation. Love the floors.

So tailored and crisp.


Mom on the Run said...

Gorgeous. We were in London in May and stayed at the Mayfair just down the block from the Ritz. It had just been remodeled and it was totally mod inside, with all sorts of crazy art. Not really my taste, although the bathroom was to die for--all that marble.

Yours looks much more like I was expecting a London hotel to look.

ArchitectDesign said...

I'm so impressed you stayed there! I've always loved photos of this hotel -i'm ENVIOUS!

Terri said...

My oh my, you stay at nicer places than me. hehe. That is one posh little spot. Your hubby is funny - I agree on the thingie in front of the tv. Thanks for sharing!

My Notting Hill said...

ArchitectDesign - Back in 2003 we bid on our stay there through Not sure Blakes still participates but sometimes you can get quite lucky w/your bid.

Wind Lost - So glad my husband let me put that photo up w/his legs hanging over.

Mom on the Run - The marble bath in you hotel sounds great.

annechovie said...

So fun to see your photos, Michele!
I remember reading about this place years ago in a book I have on London hotels - it looks like a great place to stay and it's so much better to get a first hand report from a felow blogger than a book! Keep warm!

Pfeiffer Photos said...

Those topiaries are just fantastic! Really like the photo of the door--fun. :0)

Renee Finberg said...


and i would kill for that tub !


Marnie said...

it's like finding hidden treasure - nice pics - over-the-top rooms!

i loved your comment on my blog about freezing eyelashes - i have never experienced that before!

Patricia Gray said...

How nice to find your lost pictures and to relive your vacation. The one of Kensington gardens is wonderful.It makes me yearn for summer and a trip to London.

cartolina said...

I'm so envious that you stayed at the Blakes! I have wanted to stay there for a long time but I have so many friends and relatives in London that we never end up in a hotel - just someone's tiny guest room!
The courtyard is perfect too.

J.Covington*Design said...

What a wonderful place, and the courtyard is my favorite place...just great.

Lauren said...

It looks incredible!!! The courtyard!!! WOW I love all the cloches on the table & the sculptural elements.


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