BLAKES IS THE REALISATION OF ANOUSKA HEMPEL’S VISION OF BEAUTY, ELEGANCE AND LUXURY. DRAMATICALLY IMPOSING, ITS DARK PAINTED ARCHITECTURE SEDUCES WITH THE ALLURE OF SECRECY
There are celebrated designers, and then there’s Anouska Hempel. Her work has an unrivalled international reputation for excellence. Designs is more than simple aesthetic no matter how refined the luxury is. Anouska Hempel design is the total experience. She masters the landscape, the architecture, objects, accessories, even clothes and each property comes with a manual for its proper use. Her command of the living environment creates a theatrical world and sense of harmony over everyday life.
The opening of Blakes Hotel, South Kensington set her to become a pioneer in her field. As the creator of the boutique hotel, of which we claim the crown of the World’s first, Anouska Hempel’s vision for Blakes was never a statement of obvious luxury. There has always been a quiet and provocative intellect running through it. It is the combination of elements of what attracted a fascinating, creative and very glamorous tribe – this allure continues today where an international collective drawn from the worlds of film, music, art and fashion make themselves part of our very discrete residence.
It is this sense of neighbourhood and community that encompasses Blakes London. Style endures long after trends have passed, which means the Blakes of 1978 still looks as intriguing and seductive as it did. Its carefully constructed sense of timelessness has never looked dated. It now has heritage and its slow dazzle and allure of mystery remain as potent today as ever. This is where hospitality starts.
THE FUNDAMENTAL ESSENCE OF BLAKES - THE BALANCE OF DRAMATIC BEAUTY WITH A TIMELESS WARMTH WITH THE SPIRIT OF QUIET DISCOVERY.
Throughout the rooms one finds the glow of beauty, softly shimmering in shadows and half-light, a world to get lost in. An altar to the ritual of languid, animal grace. A station of the fourth world where the fragrant essence of Chinoiserie floats calmly alongside high octane rock and roll misbehaviour. A beautiful, lush and secluded garden. Tranquility away from the city. An oasis to soothe the soul. The joy of walking, tired, away from the glorious debris of the night and waking to the soft return to pristine, tranquil calm. All concealed within the imposing enigma of these dark walls. A bold gesture that keeps on seducing those seeking pure wanderlust.