Elegant, Eclectic, Ethnic.
Blakes, Kensington and Chelsea is a seductive design exploration through India, Thailand, China, Jakarta, Cambodia, then to the Pyramids and back through Italy. The ‘Opium Den’ is named after Coco Chanel and the shadow of Marlene Dietrich pervades the Chinese Room; in certain lights she can still be glimpsed leaning on the piano.
The Restaurant walls are exotically layered with fans, made from feathers from rare birds from Brazil - Hempel’s new project - and in the Restaurant are dishes presented in Bento Boxes that arrive in four differing combinations, hot spicy Ginger Consume in small bowls, Orange Sashimi with Green Rice, [Coriander, Chilli’s, Mint] or Galangal, Chicken and Coriander, Teriyaki, Lobster Toast, Ginger Rice, delicate and spicy, combinations and the contrasts that carry the cuisine through at Blakes.
Napkins dressed with ginger and black grosgrain ribbons facing each other like soldiers are to be found in The Chinese Room, with a myriad of slipper orchids running along the centre…candles, books in profusion, Chinese Ancestors smiling knowingly down from the walls, black lacquer trays with colourful canapés, then Black Beluga Caviar served in glass boxes with a beautiful ‘B’ etched on the top, all gives the background for gentle and elegant service that glides unobtrusively from room to room to give the most discreet attention one could ever wish for. Yet it is as busy, bustling and bohemian as any Kensington and Chelsea venue.
As you gallop up the stairs three at a time you may find yourself in the La Camona suite, with Japanese Shuijo Horses corralled over your head and at the foot of your bed. Ginger Louis Vuitton trunks are in abundance. Room Service can bring you the most amazing cocktail - a blend of Ginger, Melon, Sake and Champagne called a ‘Cigdum’. This was named after a Turkish friend of Anouska’s, who lives in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.
Discretion; The Rule of the House.
The sensitivity of her clients rendezvous are kept secret and Hempel insists that never disclosing them is a rule of the house! Many current celebrities who frequent Blakes know that the staff can be trusted on and at every level!
Blakes rooms are dramatic interpretations of deep, rich tones that are often paired for subtle contrasts. The compositions are startling, luxurious and operatic, creating some of the most astonishing interior spaces in the world. What might easily have slipped ‘over the top’ is somehow neither too saccharine nor too precious. Rather, these interiors are fascinating exercises in design imagination, choreographed by a masterly eye. Right down to the smallest scale of carefully placed accessories or cushions, the relationship between objects and between forms and fields, is studied and carefully resolved.
With Concierge service day and night, Room Service day and night, nonsense and happiness day and night, Blakes is a romantic whirlwind the minute you step off the pavements of Kensington and Chelsea and into the front door.
You just have to have a great time!
Contact Blakes for further details or to make a reservation.
Blakes Hotel 33 Roland Gardens London SW7 3PF Tel: 020 7370 6701
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