Ever since The Berkeley opened its doors over 100 years ago on the corner of Berkeley Street in Piccadilly, it has been at the heart of London’s social and cultural life. After the move to Wilton Place in 1972, it continued to play host to the most glittering gatherings and glamourous guests. It is a tradition that continues to this day, and we are delighted that you have chosen to become part of The Berkeley Story.
When The Berkeley was reopened here in Knightsbridge, it again found itself in an area with many historical associations. One of the hotel’s finest original suites was name to commemorate The Duke of Wellington, whose home Apsley House, built in 1778 by the acclaimed architect Robert Adam, is just up the road on Hyde Park Corner. The hotel’s site was once the parade grounds of the Grenadier Guards, and the regiment’s horses were stabled in Old Barrack Yard, the mews to the east of the hotel.
Despite strong historical associations, The Berkeley has always encouraged innovation and delighted in the unexpected. As a true pioneer, it was the first hotel to install air conditioning, the first with double-glazing, the first to put a swimming pool on the roof and the first to introduce iPads to guests.
Soon after it’s opening in 2000, the Blue Bar, designed by David Collins, became an entry in little black boots everywhere and the destination bar was born. It incorporated restored original features, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, from the old building. London’s original fashionista afternoon tea. Pret-a-Portea, was first served in 2005; and in 2011, The Berkeley welcomed the first standalone Ferrari Atelier outside Italy.
In 2016 game-changing works were undertaken to bring areas of the building strikingly into the 21st century. World-renowned architects Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners created an entrance canopy using state-of-the-art honeycomb glass panels and carbon fibre beams; the lobby was remodelled with Italian white marble; the Blue Bar and Collins Room were extended with glass pavilions; and an exciting new collection of suites was launched, redefining modern British luxury with their design, spaciousness and level of service.
Today The Berkeley stands ready to welcome the next chapter of life in Knightsbridge and everything the great capital city of London has to offer.
Collins Room _ 74 seated
Blue Bar _ 50 seated
Ballroom _ up to 450 people for a cocktail reception, or 210 for a dinner dance
Belgravia _ up to 272 people for a cocktail reception, or 50 for a dinner dance
Knightsbridge _ 10 seated
Wilton _ 20 people for a cocktail reception, or 10 for a dinner
The Berkeley Breakfast:
Pret-a-portea is served in the Collins Room from 1.30pm-5.30pm
The Blue Bar:
Marcus at The Berkeley
Monday-Saturday 12.00 noon-2.30pm
3 things to try when you’re there
Their Prêt-à-Portea, a cocktail or two in their Blue Bar and a trip to Marcus Wareing
You might not know but..
They have a winter rooftop cinema!