Claridge’s is sheer class and pure atmosphere, with its signature art deco redesign still simply dazzling. Photographs of Churchill and sundry royals grace the grand foyer, as does an absurdly over-the-top Dale Chihuly chandelier. The bars and restaurant are actively fashionable – Simon Rogan (of L'Enclume fame) is the in-house restaurateur at Fera, and the fabulous Claridge's Bar is a place to wash down oligarch-friendly snacks or full meals with champers from a list that's only slightly shorter than The Great Gatsby.
The rooms divide evenly between deco and Victorian style, with period touches such as deco toilet flushes in the swanky marble bathrooms. Bedside panels control the mod-con facilities at the touch of a button. If money’s no object, opt for one of the suites designed by David Linley or Guy Oliver. The Prince Alexander Suite has a Broadwood grand piano, the same make used by Beethoven. Sheet music provided.