Urban bolthole of the week

If you’re stuck with an idea for what to do this Sunday and feel that you’ve exhausted the potential of petrol station flowers, you could do a lot worse than trying out the Number Sixteen Hotel in South Kensington, where we recently stayed. Originally opened in the Eighties, Tim and Kit Kemp (responsible for The Haymarket Hotel, Covent Garden Hotel and Charlotte Street Hotel amongst others) have redesigned the hotel in a fresh modern English style.

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Downstairs, you’ll find two drawing rooms - the first full of light and featuring a mix of modern art and furniture, the second cosier and incorporating a fully stocked honesty bar. If you fancy braving the cold, there’s also a lovely tree-filled garden, or at the very least a warm conservatory replete with eye-catching ethnic art from which to admire it.

To aid you in your romantic exertions, the bathrooms are beautifully designed in solid granite and oak. Not only that, but as a special deal for Valentine’s, the hotel is offering a glass of Pommery rose and Chef’s selection of canapés; a continental breakfast; a welcome gift; and a late checkout at 1pm. Who needs Paris? Oh, and if all else fails, there's always the TV. www.firmdale.com

Words by Oliver Maclennan