Hg2 : The Hedonist

May Fair

Don’t be surprised if you spot a gaggle of paparazzi camped outside this 410-bedroom behemoth (of the Radisson Edwardian chain), one of the celebrity hotels in London. They’re waiting for the never-ending stream of celebrities who stay at this design hotel. Perhaps it’s the location (yes, Mayfair) that attracts them, perhaps the recently souped-up five-star facilities? Or could it be the hotel’s covert policy of giving them one of their 12 superluxe suites? The management has been working hard to regain its original glamour (when even King George V himself opened the hotel in 1927). Has it worked? Well, it’s certainly glitzy, with partygoers splashing the cash at the May Fair bar and Palm Beach casino in its Art Deco ballroom. Guestrooms are tasteful and contemporary, with an emphasis on texture over colour (think beige/mocha fabrics with zebrano wood panelling). Beds come with Vi-Spring mattresses, bathrooms boast oval Sicilian marble tubs, and in-room technology comes care of Bang & Olufsen. The Amba restaurant serves up British dishes with aplomb, but better still, the concierge can help secure a table at Scott’s, Cipriani or Nobu Berkeley opposite. They can also organise a private jet faster than you can say visiting oligarch. Plus delivering the real-time contents of Heat magazine.

Stratton Street,
+44 20 7760 4041
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