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Claridge's might easily be the most famous hotel in London, with enough prestige and royal history to gain it the nickname "Buckingham Palace Extension." This is clearly something more than your average five-star hotel, established for almost 200 years and doubling as a veritable museum of the Art Deco movement. For those who come to London not to look at history, but to be a part of it, there is no finer choice.
The present building, designed by the same architect as the nearby Harrods in 1893, is a part of the illustrious Mayfair neighbourhood, filled with exclusive establishments such as the Savile Row tailors and Fortnum and Mason food emporium, grocers to the Queen.
The immediate surroundings encompass some of the finest designer shops, galleries, and auction houses in London and the world, as well as the bustle of Oxford Circus and the quiet of Hyde Park. The nearest underground station is Bond Street just around the corner, granting easy access to the four corners of the city on the Central and Jubilee lines.
Oxford Circus, another two minutes distance away, offers further connections to the Victoria and Bakerloo lines. Access from Heathrow Airport is quick, with the express rail link at Paddington Station just minutes away by taxi. Gatwick services at Victoria Station are only two stops from Oxford Circus. The hotel also offers a personal chauffer service from all London airports. Off-site parking is available nearby for those arriving by their own car. Pets are not allowed at this hotel.
Crucially, Claridge's designer rooms are the biggest in all of London. Space is always a luxury in this city but the luxury doesn't stop there. Each room features a completely individual design mixing the antique furnishings with chic modern styling to create a space, which satisfies the old guard and a younger crowd.
All rooms offer the most decadent details from fresh flowers to complimentary shoeshine. Finely tuned technology includes free Internet via either a Wi-Fi or flat-screen television connection. Each of the suites is a legend in its own right, including the two penthouses and the Royal Suite designed around Gilbert & Sullivan's own grand piano.
Claridge's is the chosen home of one of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's two namesake restaurants, placing the hotel firmly on the culinary map of London with one of the most talked about dining experiences in the city. Second only to this is the afternoon teas served in the Reading Room, a regular award winner and among the most perfect traditional tea experiences available. The glamorous, original 1930s bar is another favourite.
The world-class gym and treatment rooms are secluded on the sixth floor with inspiring views over the rooftops. For the most prestigious of events, the hotel boasts more than a century of experience with grand balls and pivotal conferences.
The customised services and technology available for these are as sophisticated as one would expect, but what the venue really offers is the royal glamour and history associated with Claridge's.