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Number Sixteen
London, U.K.

Fun, fresh townhouse on a smart South Ken side street

As petite and pretty as an iced cupcake from the nearby Hummingbird Bakery, Kit Kemp's trademark English whimsy adds a welcome hit of color to Number Sixteen, a London boutique hotel in the classic mold. This refined lady of leisure resides on a birch-lined side street in a discreet corner of Kensington, where she is just yards from the South Ken Tube station—and some of London's most popular cultural sights, shopping streets and galleries. Despite this amazing location, the hotel is as peaceful as you like: In its leafy courtyard garden, the only noticeable sounds are the burbling water of the stone fountain and the contented chirping of London's luckiest birds.

Wow factor Every room is uniquely decorated with a different mix of Kit Kemp’s trademark flirty florals and savvy color combinations; rooms feel spacious thanks to high ceilings and plenty of natural light—even those on the lower ground floor have big windows—and twin-sinked bathrooms are all similarly clad in soothing pale gray granite and oak.

Rates £120–£270 room only, excluding VAT. (From about $175.)

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