Claridge’s

MAYFAIR, LONDON

"Long-time love of foreign dignitaries, celebs, business moguls. This classic Mayfair gem is an institution for good reason. As soon as you step into the Deco interior, you are transported to a world of elegance, glamour and traditional butler service — nothing is too much to ask, and chances are you won’t even have to ask. Supremely tasteful. I love it."
- Suzanne (Date Experienced: January 2011)

Great for
Whisking someone away for a fairytale London break. From the moment you step into the impressive lobby, sweeping staircase to the right (wide enough for two ladies in crinolines and ball gowns!), huge abstract Dale Chihuly chandelier in front of you, you’ll see what I mean...

With whom
A loved one — or with the family, kids will love the magic of it all, especially around Christmas.

Memorable moment
Having a short business meeting in their wonderful bar amidst several celebrities. Quite the energy!

Best time to go
At Christmas the John Galliano-designed Claridge’s Christmas tree is legendary. But the hotel is sumptuous in any season.

Be aware
There is a health club on the sixth floor, but you need to book your treatments well in advance.

Room options
Art Deco sophisticated chic. Some of the prettiest Deco decors are the Linley suites. Fashion fans also see the new Diane von Furstenberg rooms: bold patterns with splashes of brilliant color in amongst classic DvF sophisticated style.

Service & vibe
Impeccable service is their trademark, yet the hotel retains a relaxed atmosphere alongside the elegance.

Food
You MUST have afternoon tea in the Foyer, it’s an institution. Otherwise, tuck into dinner at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s, or keep it slightly more casual with Martyn Nail’s lovely menus for the Foyer and Reading Room.

Price range
From £300

To Do & See
All of central London is on your doorstep. The fantastic art at the Royal Academy is just a short walk/cab ride away, but if you fancy something more modern, the surrounding streets are peppered with smaller galleries full of fascinating stuff.

Sport & Activity
Hyde Park and Green Park are both perfect for jogging.

Spa & Grooming
Claridge's Beatuy & Fitness is a hidden treasure tucked away on the sixth floor..

To Eat
Don’t miss eating at the hotel! La Petit Maison on Brook’s Mews is delicious and intimate, Hélène Darroze at the Connaught for Michelin-starred, French-inspired cuisine, and the Wolseley is just down the road on Piccadilly — classic London style with Deco interiors and a buzzing vibe — especially for power breakfasts.

To Buy
You’re steps away from Bond Street. See the huge new Louis Vuitton Flagship, or hide yourself away in one of the arcades. Ormonde Jayne in the Royal Arcade has delicious perfumes and scented candles.

Super Service
Urban Gentry bespoke, themed tours (www.urbangentry.com)

Helpful Source
The Hedonist’s Guide to London (Amazon.com)

Where
Claridge’s
Brook Street
Mayfair, London
W1K 4HR

Contacts
claridges.co.uk
+44 (0)20 7629 8860
GM: Mr Thomas Kochs
Head "Hall Porter": Mr Thomas Keatley
Assistant Head Concierge: Mr Martin Ballard

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