A hidden gem will definitely be coming back here.
Step into a world away from the city, where drama, fashion, travel and luxury combine with ease to spectacular effect. Dog-friendly rooms include sumptuous beds, bespoke toiletries, wooden floors, WiFi, Nespresso machine, satellite TV and Bang & Olufsen gadgets.
Inspired by life’s adventures all the bedrooms are individually inspired from a plethora of decadent globe-trotting experiences; from rich crimsons and the exotic, to light and airy Mediterranean influences, pick your perfect hideaway.
Three Romantic Four Poster, Director’s Doubles rooms are available to pooches. With lofty ceilings, luxurious fabrics, generous draping and opulence throughout, romance will be in the air. All have king size beds, seating areas, free-standing baths and separate showers.
One Luxury Suite, the Minimalist Suite can be enjoyed by human and hound. With its own private front gated entrance, the hotel’s newest suite has a dramatic monochrome design with beautiful parquet floors, plenty of living space, a super king size bed and a large, sleek Italian marble bathroom.
Five Signature Suites are also dog-friendly. Between 50 and 65sq meters in size, these luxurious spaces are open plan, with seating areas, super king size beds and sumptuous bathrooms. Pick your theme, from the gentleman’s club inspired Library Suite, with wood and books galore; to the theatrical Cardinal Suite, full of crimson and gold; the Venetian Suite with its shades of silvery grey; or retire to the glamour of the Prague Suite with its mirrored walls; or alternatively for our favourite try the Corfu Suite, where you will be transported to the white washed villas of the Ionian isles.
Dogs will be delighted to find a bed, bowl, toy and treat awaiting them on their arrival. Savy paws can also call the doggy concierge to arrange dog walking or ask advice on local dog amenities.
Tucked away in leafy Chelsea, there is plenty on offer for pups. Once you’ve partaken of the courtyard oasis, you are but a 15 minute walk to two of London’s most prestigious parklands, Kensington Gardens and Battersea Park.
While there is not a spa on site, Blakes guests have access to the exclusive South Kensington Club, just a short stroll away. Inspired by world culture and the spirit of adventure the club draws on ancient rituals from around the world. Facilities include a Bathhouse with Hamman and Banya, Saltwater Watsu pool, skylight gym, fitness studios, relaxation areas and the Voyager Club room.
Blakes’ Matthew Williamson designed Courtyard, set amongst the mews is a delight. Inspired by a tropical hideaway and filled with colour and whimsy, it is a wonderful spot for a meal, drink or just to relax in with your pooch and Vogue in hand.
Reinvented in 2016, the restaurant is inspired by a decadent old steamer sailing up the Bosphorus and offers a tempting array of Mediterranean inspired cuisine. The finest organic ingredients are paired with a wine selection that aims to combine heritage and discovery.
Small dogs are welcome to join their owners in the main restaurant, but unfortunately, space is limited so larger paws can get some rest while you partake.
Refuel with Blakes’ afternoon tea and cake. Enjoy in the restaurant or if the weather allows, with your dog in the playful Courtyard.
Open exclusively to friends and hotel residents, with an innovative cocktail menu and decadent interior, Blakes Below Bar, should not be missed. Dogs can not join you here, so enjoy post their bedtime.
24 hours a day with a reduced menu in the early hours.
Situated in a leafy residential Chelsea spot, there is much to explore within easy walking distance. Do as the Londoners do and grab a coffee (or super juice!) from one of the many eateries around Gloucester Road, and take the 15 minute stroll from the hotel to Kensington Gardens. Here, your pup can roam free (just use a lead near the lakes to avoid any geese-dispersing dips!). Enjoy a stroll around the royal surroundings, and gaze across the Round Pond to the Palace the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge call home. Make sure your pooch keeps a nose to the ground for HRH Lupo. Hyde Park directly joins Kensington Gardens to the east so there is plenty of space to stretch even the longest of legs!
Alternatively head south across what is arguably London’s prettiest bridge, The Albert Bridge, straight into Battersea Park, which is also only a 15 minute walk from the hotel. Filled with activities, this park is full of Londoners enjoying the green space. The Pear Tree Cafe, located in the park, is also more than worthy of a pitstop.
There are plenty of dog-friendly eateries on offer in our vibrant capital. Check out our Eat and Play pages, along with ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ below, and you’ll be spoilt for activities to make an unforgettable getaway with your dog.
Address: Blakes Hotel, 33 Roland Gardens, Kensington, London, SW7 3PF
While driving in London can be a little on the busy side, the hotel is easily accessible from the M4, which you continue to follow as it becomes the A4 and the hotel is just a couple of minutes off this main tributary. Should you wish to journey by car, the hotel does have one parking space that can be booked in advance, alternatively, there is a private car park, Union Car Parks, a mere 5 minutes’ walk away (open 24 hours but with no vehicle access overnight), or on-street pay-and-display parking.
The hotel’s central position means it is well located for exploring London’s delights, and easily accessible via London’s pet-friendly underground system. It is situated just an 8 minute walk from Gloucester Road tube station, served by the Circle, Piccadilly and District lines. For visitors arriving into one of London’s mainline stations, hop on the tube, or black cabs are readily available (with most very happy to take your pup).
On a mizzly winters day, the kind of which we all know only too well, Rigby and I set off on a special jaunt to west London. With Rigby leading the way we strolled over iconic Albert Bridge from his much loved Battersea Park. His nose keen to explore, we wound our way amid the charming garden squares and townhouses that characterise Chelsea, to our destination, Blakes Hotel. Hidden amongst the houses in this affluent London borough, with its dark tones and glimmers of an enticing world within, it’s hard not to be drawn into Blakes’ warm embrace. Upon entering its atmospheric reception, the winter chills were soon forgotten as we were transported to the Orient of old; just one of the travel inspired themes that adorn this boutique hotel.
After one of the warmest receptions we have received to date, Rigby’s tail was whirling at warp speed and he couldn’t help but give a quick woof of appreciation. After much ado from Rigby who, manners at the ready, insisted on thanking everyone for their hugs, we were shown to our Signature Suite – the Venetian. I had barely a moment to take in the elegance of the gently distressed silver-grey tones of our slumber spot before Rigby took off to pounce on the pile of goodies awaiting his arrival. Happily sniffing his luxurious bed, blankets and tempting toy, he awaited his water and a taste of the treats left for him.
With Rigby now contentedly munching and a glass of the thoughtfully left wine in hand, I took in our surrounds. Bigger, we are sure than many of the neighbouring London flats and running the depth of the hotel, our suite was also conveniently placed for pawstops, on the ground floor, just a leap from reception and also with direct access to the hotel’s courtyard. Not just a room but an experience in itself, I was soon reminiscing about Italy. From the writing desk fit to inspire many a superlative thought, through the lounge, past the opulent mirrored bathroom to the decadent sleeping area beyond, I had the distinct feeling that this was somewhere we could easily stay awhile.
With all the excitement a breath of fresh air was in order, so Rigby and I went to sniff out the courtyard. Colourful enough to raise a smile whatever the weather, blankets were at the ready along with a cosy, Moroccan inspired glasshouse to hide away in. While Rigby made sure he had checked out every square inch of this cheery, leafy enclave, I found a pew, the glimpses of the surrounding mews giving a brief reminder that we really were in central London.
With the evening setting in we had the perfect excuse to retire to our suite. Just too comfy to leave, we hunkered down in our own little world with thoughts of dinner filling the air. While Rigby had his meal, I ordered the courgette spaghetti stir fry and the indulgent Ferrero Roche desert. Both swiftly delivered to our suite by a dog-loving waiter, delighted to find Rigby awaiting his arrival. While I took a seat to enjoy the culinary delights, Rigby gave his new toy a good work out before curling up in his bed. With sleep beckoning, I climbed on to the gigantic four-poster bed, its etched mirrors and reels of sumptuous fabric delivering a nights sleep filled with dreams of Venice.
After a supremely comfortable nights sleep, a soak in the tub with the invigorating grapefruit toiletries eased me into the morning. His morning constitutional partaken of, Rigby tucked into breakfast and feel soundly asleep while I headed to the opulent dining room, designed to transport you to a steamer of a bygone era, sailing through a foreign land. Deliberating over the tempting treats on offer and managing to resist one of the speciality pancakes on offer – I opted for the porridge with almond milk and agave syrup, perfect to stave off winter chills.
After a leisurely breakfast, I headed back to find Rigby still happily snoozing and decided to follow his lead with a little lie-down – just to summon the energy to brave the world outside our cocoon of course! Renewed, Rigby insisted a walk to his old stomping ground of Kensington Palace Gardens was in order, so off we went, the nominated pack leader showing us the way with thoughts of the enticing Blakes calling me back at every step.
With atmosphere and character in abundance, each space in Blakes is its own travel-inspired delight. Transported to another world, you can’t help but want to hibernate and enjoy. This is is a heady oasis for human and hound in the capital.
A hidden gem will definitely be coming back here.
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