As part of the burgeoning empire of hip hoteliers Tim and Kit Kemp, this small but beautifully furnished five-star hotel is an ultra-stylish version of the common, rather simple B&B hotels in London. Forming part of a row of gleaming white Victorian townhouses in the heart of South Kensington, Number Sixteen provides an excellent base for exploring the nearby museums and independent boutiques. Impeccably decorated, the two ground-floor drawing rooms are light and bright with a liberal sprinkling of modern art. All 42 rooms have crisp Frette linens, exquisitely hand-embroidered bedspreads and granite bathrooms. The hotel’s unique selling point is an airy conservatory and a pretty, tree-filled garden which serves food throughout the day. Most of the bedrooms overlook the garden and a handful have private courtyards with direct access to it.