Letter from London


Hiya loves,

Ok, that’s cheeky of me to greet you in such a casual way, but I feel like we are close enough that I can take a few liberties with the Queen’s English. Let’s keep that between us though, the two hotels I am writing you from are a bit posh and I haven’t heard anyone misusing proper English within these walls and that is as it should be. We come to England to be a part of its rich culture and brilliant social scene. Such scene has evolved over recent years, a bit more dramatically than in past decades or even centuries, but the adherence to propriety and decorum remains intact. Prime example is my current hotel, 45 Park Lane: Dorchester Collection’s London hotel, 45 Park Lane, opened as recently as 2011, just opposite The Dorchester with Wolfgang Puck’s first venture in Europe, CUT at 45 Park Lane. Throughout the intimate-sized hotel, luxurious and contemporary interiors by New York based designer, Thierry Despont, provide a club-like feel offering international guests a smart, central environment from which to enjoy London and all of its glory. Each of the spacious 45 rooms and suites offer views of Hyde Park, as does a spectacular Penthouse Suite with wrap around terrace offering panoramic views across London. A striking central staircase leads to a mezzanine featuring Bar 45, a resident’s Library, and high tech Media Room offering private dining. It’s a fresh new look of today’s London, with a very noticeable tie to its sister property, The Dorchester. As one of the world’s most iconic luxury hotels, The Dorchester is quite simply the place to be in London. Situated in the heart of the city’s Mayfair on Park Lane, The Dorchester’s spacious and elegant rooms and suites feature specially commissioned fabrics, antique furniture, white marble bathrooms and expansive views of Hyde Park. The Dorchester Spa which is recently updated after a multimillion dollar transformation, offers indulgent pampering in a glamorous Art Deco setting. A wide range of dining is available to guests in The Promenade, The Bar and The Grill. China Tang offers traditional Cantonese cuisine, while three Michelin star Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester is one of London’s finest contemporary French dining experiences. This is classic London and one of the best places to see and be seen. Off I go to mix and mingle with the socialites of the city.

Pip pip and all that.



(Beatrice Harrige)


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