Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Dreaming of...Breakfast in the Garden

When choosing a hotel for our recent trip to London, I knew I wanted to try one of Kit Kemp's Firmdale hotels, with their bright, eclectic design and reputation for fantastic service.

Image from Firmdale

Picking which of the six London locations was tough, but I kept going back to Number Sixteen. It was the garden.

Image from Firmdale

Since we were traveling in November, I knew the chances of actually spending time in the garden were pretty slim. But the idea of a private green space in a big bustling city sounded too good to pass up -- even if it was just a glimpse out a rained-spattered window.

In the end, we ended up enjoying the garden more than I even dreamed.

After our long flight from Seattle, we celebrated our arrival with champagne tea in the conservatory overlooking the garden. The day was warm enough for the doors to be propped open, so it was almost like being outside.

And then unbelievably, our first morning was bright, sunny and the perfect temperature for breakfast among the fading roses and antiquing hydrangeas. Such a treat.

We loved our little room, and enjoyed looking out into the garden even when the weather turned cold.

Our sweet little room with a view (image from Firmdale)

No question, when next we return to London, Number Sixteen and it's secret garden will be our home away from home.

And the next time I'm in New York, I'll definitely give Firmdale's Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo a try.

  Image from Firmdale

In the heart of Manhattan, this is a hotel with a roof top vegetable garden that feeds it's restaurant table--right down to fresh eggs from chickens who have quite a view! There's also an "American Woodland Meadow" with 50 varieties of native flowering plants. 

Image from Firmdale

Definitely sounds worth the trip downtown to me. The bustle and excitement of a world-class city out your front door, the quiet solace of a garden at heart.


  1. What a beautiful little hotel - their places have such charming style. Sounds like a wonderful trip!!

  2. How lucky are you!!! WOW!!! I am happy at the Hampton Inn! This is just a touch better! hahha! BEAUTIFUL!!!!
    Have a pretty day!

  3. Jeanne,
    The gardens are gorgeous. Recipe for the champagne tea? I don't believe I would want to come back home. Lovely post.
    Have a wonderful afternoon.

  4. This hotel is beautiful and the gardens are so charming.
    Love this post.
    Hugs from Brasil.

  5. I stayed at Number Sixteen on the last leg of our honeymoon, a long time ago...and long to go back. If you do come to NY, I will meet you at the Crosby, it is a sweet spot. Lovely.

  6. I stayed there a few years back and loved the elegant simplicity and charming nooks and cranny's of the hotel...hope to revisit again soon!



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