The Ritz Hotel London was built by famed Swiss hotelier César Ritz on 24 May, 1906. The building is neoclassical in the Louis XVI manner and was designed to resemble a stylish Parisian block of flats, over arcades that consciously evoked the Rue de Rivoli.
Located in Piccadilly and overlooking Green Park in London, the 133-room hotel is known for its grandeur and interiors. Photo: Reuters. An undated file photo from The Ritz archive taken around 1921 of a chambermaid working in the suite occupied by Charlie Chaplin during his visit to The Ritz hotel in London. When compared with a photo taken a hundred years later, the scene is much the same. Photo: Reuters. A drive down the corner of Brook Street and Davies Street in London will lead one to one of the most exclusive hotels in the world. Often referred to as an “extension to Buckingham Palace”, the place is famous for its connections to royalty with its conventional European designs and decors.
The reputation of the hotel flourished particularly during the post First World War period due to demands of aristocrats and royalties of the era. In 1894, the hotel was taken over by Richard D'Oyly Carte, the theatrical impressario and founder of the rival Savoy Hotel.
Some of the well-known actors, directors and entertainers who visited Claridge's include Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, Brad Pitt, Mick Jagger, U2 and Mariah Carey.
The Queen and Baroness Thatcher (right) together enter Claridge's in London for a glittering dinner, October 16, to celebrate the former Prime Minister's 70th birthday in 1995. Photo: Reuters. The Grosvenor House Hotel, managed by Marriott International in London's Mayfair district is another iconic hotel frequented by the crème-de-la-crème in the country as well as across the globe.
Built in the 1920s on the site of the former London residence of the Dukes of Westminster, the hotel is famous for its plush interiors and exquisite cuisine.
The house underwent a 4-year renovation program involving all its restaurants, guest rooms, health facilities, and public areas and reopened in the year 2008. Photo: Reuters. The May Fair is often regarded as an icon of expressive contemporary design, bringing together boutique attention to detail with grand hotel service.
A legendary luxury hotel with a glamorous past, The May Fair was first opened by King George V in 1927 and offers over 400 luxury hotel bedrooms, including 12 of the capital's most memorable hotel suites, a discreet spa, a fine-dining restaurant and the quintessential London Casino.
The place has often been a venue for fashion weeks and awards with its legendary bar and Amba restaurant. Photo: Reuters
Get a glimpse of some of the most stunning and iconic hotels in London visited by the crème-de-la-crème in the country as well as people across the globe.