Do you love giving special gifts to special people? Then pop Claridge’s in a presentation box, tie it up with a red ribbon and give it – for a night or maybe two – to someone you love. It has always had a cachet. But while it used to be the staid and stately base for visiting royalty, today it is, as part of the Maybourne Group that includes The Connaught and The Berkeley, a spirited mix of glittering and gracious, hip and dignified, underpinned by superb service. It’s the details that count: pushing through the revolving door, past photographers waiting for a celebrity guest, into the glacial, marble-floored Front Hall; the wrought-iron lift complete with attendant and comfy seat; the Art Deco bathrooms; the 1930s jewel box of a bar, the Fumoir, not to mention fabulous, arboreal Fera restaurant – and so much more. If ever there was a hotel that felt like a present, it is this, now at the pinnacle of its 200-year history.
Doubles from £570
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Artist in residence David Downton’s portraits of notable guests including Diane Von Furstenberg, Sir Paul Smith and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Claridge’s Chicken Pie, on the menu since the dawn of time, in the Foyer and Reading Room.
Claridge’s Cookbook, co-authored by Executive Chef Martyn Nail and food writer Meredith Erickson, is a collection of some of our best-loved dishes from the Foyer & Reading Room, Claridge’s Bar and The Fumoir. With chapters covering everything from ‘Elevenses’ and ‘The Art of Caring’ to ‘The Magic of Christmas’, the epicurean spirit of Claridge’s is brought to you with the turn of each page..
CLAIM TO FAME
Spencer Tracy once said, ‘Not that I intend to die, but when I do, I don’t want to go to heaven – I want to go to Claridge’s.
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