The Sterling Suite here is an eye-watering £1,000 an hour – or £24,000 a night. The butler is fully conversant with all the top-range gizmos in the media room. He has only to clap his white-gloved hands for a pianist to appear at the keyboard of the white Yamaha baby grand while guests eat dinner. It is the largest hotel suite in London and has six bedrooms, each one more flamboyantly upholstered than the next. The master bedroom has hand-painted chinoiserie on silver leaf panels and verre églomisé glass with gilded age details.
It is the duty of the filthy rich to spend, and the most extravagant hotels in London help them do this in imaginative ways, for at the very top of the service sector exists a world where one’s every whim becomes a command as soon as it’s uttered. Own logo lit up over London, Sir? No problemo. You’d like to swim among the clouds, Madam? Follow me. Clear the hotel restaurant or bar of the riff raff? But of course. Given that, at any given moment, a London hotel is almost sure to be housing a handful of royals, oligarchs or industry magnates from around the world, they are very well set up to house them in the most extraordinary spaces and ways. Check out our pick of the best extravagant hotels in London.
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