The Concierge Insider - Knightsbridge, London

After a wonderful stay at the Beaufort Hotel in London's Knightsbridge, I couldn't leave without getting "concierge-and-all-things-else", Sofia Milano, to give us her local tips! 

For anyone travelling to London and looking for a great hotel to stay at, I'd whole-heartily recommend the Beaufort.  Understated elegance, small and intimate, gorgeous decor, warm and welcoming service - and a bonus not to take for granted - complimentary cream tea (pictured below) on request, and champagne, wine and beverages to your heart's delight all evening.  It's also a great location to get anywhere in London - a few blocks from Harrod's and Hyde Park, and a nice stroll to Chelsea, Sloane Square and Kensington.  A lovely walk across the park will bring you to Notting Hill one way, and Mayfair the other, not to mention Buckingham Palace!

What are your favorite hidden gems around the hotel?

Victoria and Albert Museum
My favorites are Victoria and Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum, which are just minutes away, and get some really wonderful exhibits!  I just love that we are a walk from Hyde Park and Lake Serpentine as it's so beautiful to walk, ride your bike or run there.

What's the best local "value for money" spot?
The Exhibition Road Boulevard, which is now a pedestrian mall, has some wonderful tapas restaurants that have terrific food at great prices.
What do you enjoy most about The Beaufort and what do few realise when booking?
I love the personal service they nurture here. We really get to know the guest and their preferences, and the lounge and bar are great for guests comparing notes and getting to know each other.  Most people are surprised how quiet it is when we are just a block behind the busy Brompton Road.
What should no-one come to London and miss doing or seeing?

A visit to Portobella Market (pictured) in Notting Hill, or Camden Market, which is a sea of entertainment, eating, drinking, and artsy shopping is an absolute must!  There are a wonderful eclectic mix of purveyors, artists, vintage, cuisines and such great energy!    (Author's note - I'd add Borough Markets to that mix!)

What do you love the most about living in London?

It's a really fun city.  Buzzy, tolerant and so much diversity.  It's extremely multicultural so every day can be a new adventure!

What are some of your favorite local restaurants?

Snails at Bibbendum

Bibbendum is terrific seafood and has a great oyster bar, and The Brompton Bar and Grill and Racine are wonderful for relaxed French Bistro Food!  For Italian, Scalini is very good!


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