For those who’ve always considered themselves to be royal and one of a kind, the Claridge’s hotel in Mayfair, London would be an ultimate luxury playground. It’s no wonder that this hotel is known to be most frequently visited by those who love a bit of British pomp with a modern twist. It offers a priceless experience as it combines an old glamorous London vibe with influences from a modern art deco period which can be seen across its walls and ceilings.
Most of its 1920’s art deco features still remain but it was only in the 21st century that Claridge’s entered a new modern era with a major design overhaul. The highlight of anyone’s stay has to be having a spot of tea from a porcelain teapot in the Grand Foyer while the violin plays lightly in the background, as if you were a first class passenger on the Titanic. It is reminiscent of a more dignified age when hotel lifts had comfy seating and an attendant in uniform could help you to your room.
Its originality of it exquisite interior is all down to one man; CW Stevens who was also the architect responsible for Harrods. Since then, Claridge’s has always tried to adapt to its decadent audience and since then, renowned designers such as Diane Von Furstenberg and David Linley have left their unique mark on its rooms and suites The rooms themselves are decorated in a classic, traditional style with an ideal touch of bling everywhere you look. The big windows and bright rooms make the rooms feel so cosy that you might never want to leave. If you really want to get an unforgettable experience, we recommend booking a room with a balcony that overlooks onto beautiful Mayfair.
But the originality of Claridge’s does not stop there. In fact, its accolades and awards are endless, even for a hotel that it rooted in British dynasty. There are stories that they wanted to please the sweet tooth of one customer so much that they had cookies flown in from New York! Or have you heard the one where they are possibly the only bar in London where you can ask for one of the 1,500 varieties of vintage champagne in 37 languages? And it’s not just champagne that you can get at the glitzy Fumoir bar. They also produce era-defining cocktails. I dare you to try it!
And if you think that only adults can have fun here, think again. Kids can take delight in playing Claridge’s very own card game of ‘I insist’ in the Grand Foyer or enjoying their own ‘mini’ afternoon tea. Going on a family day out to one of the many London attractions is easy when you are guest at Claridge’s as they can prepare a luxury picnic for you on that day.
By focusing on being the epitome of glamour, it chooses to hosts exhibitions such as the Audrey Hepburn gallery or Burberry’s new collection for all the fashionistas and art lovers to be inspired by. If you choose to stay here, you can join the ranks of Kate Moss, Donatella Versace, Kate Winslet, Marc Ruffalo, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, Victoria Beckham, Amanda Seyfried and Mariah Carey – just to name a few. Perhaps you might even spot a famous face or two. With all these celebrities staying at the Claridge’s hotel, it only makes sense that the starting rate for a ‘basic’ luxury room is £390.
With Christmas right around the corner, the Claridge’s hotel is getting ready for this exciting time of year and has their own set of traditions to go with it. Its in-house restaurant Fera has also joined in on the festivities by serving seasonal and holiday inspired creations. These include its mouth-watering butter poached Cornish lobster, its divine dark chocolate baked Alaska or its unique loin of Sika venison with truffle and glazed fig. Want to have a go at creating these masterpieces? You can with their master classes. Those who are quintessential in nature might also like the Christmas hampers that Claridge’s create which could include their own Fera Gin which combines the beautiful flavours of juniper, coriander and apple marigold among others.
So, it seems that whatever you want or need, Claridge’s can provide it. And at this time of year, it is like having your own personal saviour to cater to your every desire. Well, in Mayfair anyway.
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