Miko Selcuk, head concierge at The Franklin hotel, shares his tips on how to make the most of your trip.
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What kind of requests do your guests make?
Restaurant bookings, theatre tickets or tickets for events such as Wimbledon, the Chelsea Flower Show or English Premier League matches. Once an Emirati guest asked for diet pills for her camels!
What makes your hotel special?
The Franklin was designed by the top interior designer Anouska Hempel, who was inspired by her travels to Venice. The hotel is set in the private Egerton Gardens in Knightsbridge, and you can eat here at Michelinstarred Alfredo Russo’s Italian restaurant.
What do you recommend for visitors with children?
Families can stay overnight on a reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake’s galleon, the Golden Hinde II. I’ve done it with my son – it’s great fun. Teenagers love The London Dungeon and Warner Bros Studio Tour, home to the HarryPotter film series.
What do you recommend for repeat visitors?
Hampstead Heath and Alexandra Palace have breathtaking views of the capital. Where is London’s most romantic spot?
Any advice for a rainy day?
The best thing to do is visit London’s museums and galleries; the Victoria and Albert is the world’s finest museum of art and design. If you like modern artists, such as Picasso, head to the Tate Modern.
Tell us your dream day...
Stroll through Knightsbridge towards Buckingham Palace, then stroll through St James’s Park. Walk along the River Thames and stop for fish and chips or a pint of beer. Clockwise from top left: The Franklin Hotel; Buckingham Palace; fish and chips; Butterbeer at Warner Bros Studio Tour
Inset: Miko Selcuk