Built in 1931, the elegant and highly refined Dorchester was deemed regal enough to host Prince Phillip’s stag party, and keeping this in mind makes it one of the most interesting places to stay in London. The 250 five-star rooms may have a cosy country-pile feel (hand-woven carpets, four-poster beds), but high-tech business and entertainment centres are discreetly hidden inside antique armoires. A team of e-butlers are also on hand to help captains of industry (or Joe Bloggs) with any technical questions. Downstairs, guests can take afternoon tea in the elegant Promenade lobby (marble columns, floral arrangements). For something more substantial, the Grill Room serves traditional, and expensive, British fare; while the additions of China Tang (Chinese) and Alain Ducasse (Modern French) have turned the hotel into a dining destination in itself. But the perfect place to sip Bellinis after a hard day’s shopping in Mayfair is the mirror-panelled Dorchester Bar, to the accompaniment of sparkling piano music from Liberace’s rhinestone and glass baby grand. The reopening of the Dorchester Spa with its Art Deco sumptuousness and indulgent treatments is the perfect treat for those in need of an unwind.