The Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in Belgravia, just steps from Knightsbridge, has been completely refurbished with a soigné design by the British firm Hunt Hamilton Zuch. The 87 serene rooms, done in tones of ivory, pale green and lilac, have every conceivable amenity, including iPod docks and high-speed Internet access. The Lowndes's Mimosa Bar & Restaurant serves up beguiling Mediterranean fare—grilled scallops marinated in lime juice– and a decadent hot chocolate pudding. Rooms at this five-star hotel start around $530 (21 Lowndes St.; 44+207/823-1234, ).
9 Albemarle Street
Looking at first like a traditional Mayfair antiques emporium, Paul Smith's one-off interiors shop—discreetly named 9 Albemarie Steet—is, on closer inspection, as quirky, witty and unexpected as some of his clothes. Two character-filled rooms (the front space is painted a pale pink; the rear room is floored in old parquet) are filled with design classics, eccentric mid-century objets d'art and bizarre paraphernalia for the home that the fashion designer has been buying and squirreling away for years. Finds might range from rolls of 1940s kitsch wallpaper to deco lighting fixtures to architectural fragments to old issues of Domus magazine. Some of the furniture is even re-covered in fabric from his womenswear collections (9 Albemarle St., W1; 44+207/493-4565).