Inspired by the distinctive metal bed in the bedrooms at Kettner's Townhouse, our cast iron Langtry bed is made by hand in England by the same firm that makes our Cosy bed at The Ned. Both are based on traditional Victorian designs and feature the same cast knuckle fixings that made 19th century beds durable enough to last a lifetime. Find out why our hand cast iron beds are heirlooms of the future.

The new manufacturing techniques and technology swept in by the industrial revolution saw metal beds appearing in Britain from the early 1800s. Metal was popular because it was believed to be more hygienic than wood. Over the years, various design movements from Arts & Crafts to Art Deco saw brass and iron beds embellished with flowing lines, curves and scrolls.

Heritage craftsmanship

The foundry that makes our traditional iron beds in the South West of England has been doing so for over 25 years, with skilled craftsmen using traditional casting techniques and cast fixings to create beds that look just like their antique counterparts. This is the only firm left that uses the original method of knuckle joint fixings to keep the bed sturdy and increase the frame’s strength over time.

Better with age

Our beds are made with Victorian cast knuckle fixings to attach the side rails to the head and foot of the bed. The fixings slip in to place and lock - we recommend initially using a rubber mallet to get them locked together. Once in place the bed will not rock or squeak and will get increasingly solid as the weight of occupants locks the fixings together. This self-locking system ensures a lifetime of service. Every bed is also individually numbered.

Traditional techniques

Every bed features strong joints which are welded in place to make sure they will last a lifetime. Castings are ‘fettled’ – made silky smooth - before being put in the oven for firing. The zinc is hand poured at temperatures exceeding 500°c using traditional gravity casting techniques. The frame is put together by hand and given an antique finish and the bed is individually numbered.

The Kettner's connection

Our Langtry bed is named after one of the most Kettner’s most infamous guests, actress Lillie Langtry, mistress of Edward VII. It is available with an open frame headboard and an upholstered version featuring an archive William Morris fabric called Snakeshead (so named because of the snakeshead fritillary flowers that feature in the intricate design.)

Kettner's Townhouse

Visit our 33-bedroom hotel, restaurant and champagne bar in a historic Georgian building in London's Soho.