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Hôtel Ritz
St James'

If you like the idea of a world where jeans and trainers are banned and jackets must be worn by gentlemen when dining (the requirement is waived for breakfast), the Ritz is the place for you. Founded by hotelier extraordinaire César Ritz, the hotel is deluxe in excelsis.

The show-stopper is the ridiculously ornate, vaulted Long Gallery, an orgy of chandeliers, rococo mirrors and marble columns, but all the high-ceilinged, Louis XVI-style bedrooms have been painstakingly renovated to their former glory in restrained pastel colours. But amid the old-world luxury, there are plenty of mod cons, including free wireless and large TVs in most rooms.

Venue name: Ritz
Address: 150 Piccadilly
Transport: Tube: Green Park tube
Price: Rates £300-£495 double
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