Critics' choice

Claridge’s is sheer class and pure atmosphere and, with its signature art deco redesign, still simply dazzling. Photographs of past guests, including Churchill and sundry royals, grace the grand foyer, as does an absurdly over-the-top Dale Chihuly chandelier.

Without departing too far from the traditional, Claridge’s has managed to keep its main restaurant Fera actively fashionable (the excellent Simon Rogan is in charge), and A-listers can gather for champers in the discreet bar. The rooms divide evenly between deco and Victorian style, with period touches such as deco toilet flushes in swanky marble bathrooms.

Bedside panels control the mod- con facilities at the touch of a button. If money’s no object, opt for a David Linley suite, in duck-egg blue and white, or lilac and silver.

Venue name: Claridge's
Address: 55 Brook Street
Transport: Tube: Bond Street tube
Price: Rates £359-£828 double
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