The Dorchester

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The Dorchester

A Park Lane fixture since 1931, the Dorchester’s interior may be thoroughly, opulently classical, but the hotel is cutting-edge in attitude, providing an unrivalled level of personal service. With the grandest lobby in town, amazing views of Hyde Park, state-of-the-art mod cons and a magnificent spa, it’s small wonder the hotel continues to welcome movie stars (the lineage stretches from Elizabeth Taylor to Tom Cruise) and political leaders (Eisenhower planned the D-Day landings here).

It’s said to have the deepest baths in London. You’re not likely to be eating out, either: the Dorchester employs 90 full-time chefs at the Grill at The Dorchester, Alain Ducasse and the wonderfully atmospheric China Tang. There’s even an angelic tearoom in the spa: the Spatisserie. A few years ago, the Dorchester opened an entirely new hotel, 45 Park Lane, in the former Playboy Club premises, almost opposite the entrance to its predecessor.

Venue name: The Dorchester
Address: 53 Park Lane
Opening hours: Breakfast served 7am-10.30am Mon-Fri; 8-11am Sat, Sun. Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri; 12.30-3.30pm Sat, Sun. Tea served 1.15pm, 2.30pm, 3.15pm, 4.45pm, 5.15pm daily. Dinner served 6.30-11pm Mon-Fri; 6-11pm Sat; 7-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Hyde Park Corner tube
Price: Set afternoon tea £49, £59 incl glass of champagne.
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