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 Room, 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.