Hg2 : The Hedonist


With a guest register that includes Queen Elizabeth II, Winston Churchill and Jackie Onassis, Claridge’s is the most loved of luxury hotels in London. And with its welcoming committee of whatever-madam-desires doormen (and a 5% discretionary service charge on the bill), international flags flying and attendant paparazzi, arriving does feel like something of an arrival. That it was the hotel of choice for many a royal exile during World War II is testament to its majesty. The jewel in the hotel’s crown is the stunning Art Deco lobby, topped by a vast Dale Chihuly chandelier made of 300 hand-blown glass pieces, while its salon, the Foyer, is the place for afternoon tea (see Snack). Many of the hotel’s 203 spacious, five-star rooms have an Art Deco theme, others take inspiration from the opulence of pre-revolutionary France, and since summer 2010, 20 rooms and suites feature the bold stamp of fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg. There are other names to drop: Gordon Ramsay oversees the restaurant (whacking his name on it), David Col- lins designed the Claridge’s Bar and The Fumoir (see Drink). Kate Moss celebrated her infamously debauched 30th birthday here, while Little Britain comedian David Walliams married his supermodel wife Lara Stone in May 2010. It’s a shorthand for pure class.

Brook Street,
+44 20 7629 8860
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