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The Claridge’s Mayfair Hotel, a traditional grand hotel on Brook Street, in the heart of Mayfair, is ideally placed for visiting the city, London’s shopping districts including Bond Street, and Hyde Park.
The Claridge’s Mayfair Hotel, or Claridge’s as it is commonly called, is often called the best hotel in London, thanks in part to its close connections with the British Royal Family. Claridge’s is a Grade II listed building, which means it is a building of sepcial architectural and historical interest, and which ensures future development plans are carefully considered for ensuring its preservation.
Claridge’s is best known for its designer rooms and luxury suites, the Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s restaurant, and its Art Deco grandeur.
The Claridge’s Mayfair Hotel: History
Claridge’s was founded in the early 19th Century at 49 Brook Street, Mayfair by William and Marianne Claridge. In 1854 they bought the adjacent Mivart’s Hotel, which occupied a number of houses on Brook Street.
Claridge’s reputation soon grow, culminating when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited the hotel to see Empress Eugènie of France, who had made Claridge’s her winter quarters.
Richard D’Oyly Carte, owner of The Savoy Hotel, purchased Claridge’s in 1893. The requirement to install modern facilities such as lifts and en suite bathrooms, necessitated demolishing the existing buildings. C.W. Stephens was commissioned to design a new purpose-built hotel. Claridge’s reopened in November 1898, and it retained its exclusive clientele, remaining popular, particularly with visiting European royalty.
During the Second World War many exiled royal families set up residence in Claridge’s, including the Kings of Greece, Norway, and Yugoslavia, and the Queen of the Netherlands.
After the war, many state delegations stayed at Claridge’s. As per standard protocol, the Queen received them at Buckingham Palace. The hospitality was traditionally returned by a banquet hosted at Claridge’s.
In 1996 Claridge’s added a modern twist to its Art Deco heritage. David Collins was commissioned to create the new Claridge’s Bar. Thierrry Despont, a designer based in New York, revitalized the Foyer with a modern Art Deco feel and a Dale Chihuly chandelier.
The Claridge’s Mayfair Hotel: Guestrooms
Claridge’s are proud that their 203 designer rooms and suites are the biggest in London. Each room is individually designed and furnished by some of England’s leading interior designers.
The Claridge’s Mayfair Hotel: Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s
Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s, which opened in 2001, is known as London’s most luxurious restaurant. Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s was designed by Thierry Despont and it features original 1926 etched mirrors by Basil Ionides.
Gordon Ramsay is Chef Patron of the restaurant, Steve Allen is Head Chef, and Andy Downton is Restaurant Manager.
The restaurant offers modern European dishes for both lunch and dinner.
Private dining for up to 60 guests is available in Art Deco salons that adjoin the restaurant, and for up to seven people at the Chef’s Table situated at the heart of the kitchen.
The Claridge’s Mayfair Hotel: The Reading Room
The Reading Room offers a contemporary menu for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner in an intimate, relaxing setting. The room decor includes rich leather columns, lavish banquettes, elegant mirrors, suede walls, and two cut-marble fireplaces.
The Claridge’s Mayfair Hotel: The Foyer
The Foyer is the hotel’s glittering heart, with the Dale Chihuly designed silver-white light sculpture, made from more than 800 individually hand-blown glass pieces, as its centrepiece.
Breakfast and a light lunch menu are served, followed by afternoon tea and evening cocktails accompanied by musical entertainment.
The Claridge’s Mayfair Hotel: Claridge’s Bar
Claridge’s Bar, designed by David Collins, has a silver-leafed ceiling, a green glass chandelier, and red leather banquettes that complement it original Art Deco features.
Claridge’s bar is famous for its range of champagnes, its classic and contemporary cocktails, and the very best selection of spirits. A wide selection of bar menu delights is available.
The Claridge’s Mayfair Hotel: The Fumoir
The Fumoir, which serves 1930’s themed cocktails in Lalique glasses, is a intimate 1930’s style room. The Fumoir also offers a selection of unique cognacs, armagnacs, rums, tequilas and ports.
The Fumoir is no longer able to sell cigars, once its raison d’être, due to the UK’s ban on smoking in public places.
The Claridge’s Mayfair Hotel: Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Tea at Claridge’s is deemed by many to be the best Afternoon Tea in London. Guests choose between Afternoon Tea, Champagne Afternoon Tea, Rosé Champagne Afternoon Tea, Vintage Champagne Afternoon Tea, or Seasonal Afternoon Teas on certain key dates throughout the year.
The Claridge’s Mayfair Hotel: Beauty and Fitness
Claridge’s Beauty and Fitness offers an airy gym and luxurious treatment rooms on the 6th floor, with stunning views over London’s rooftops.
The Claridge’s Mayfair Hotel: Meetings, Events, and Weddings
Claridge’s elegance and prestige make it a perfect venue to hold a wide variety of events, ranging from conferences to business meetings, from grand balls to cocktail parties, to banquets and private dining.
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