Cafe Royal has been a historical treasure for nearly two centuries dating back to 1803 when a French wine merchant and his wife arrived in London and established the Cafe Royal name, which was well known for having the greatest wine cellar in the world.
In the 1890's the Cafe Royal was frequented by many of London's fashionistas including Oscar Wilde, HG Wells and Rudyard Kipling, in the 1920's after refurbishment guests included Virginia Woolf and Winston Churchill. And more recently the royals, including Princess Di, have dined at the hotel. In 2008 the hotel closed for a very careful and special transformation and re-opened just before Christmas.
After a couple of glasses of Tattinger bubbly in The Grill we all tottered off to have a full tour of the hotel.
Let me tell you, this is THE hotel to stay in. With rooms overlooking Piccadilly Circus and the bustling streets of London you couldn't be in a better location. Or a better room! The beautiful marble and simplistic furniture and colour palette add a sense of calm to the rooms, you would have no trouble sleeping - or partying for that matter(!), because each room comes with its own butler to cater to your every need!
The hotel suites, on the other hand, have been sensitively restored protecting the fascinating history that is present in so much of the gorgeous building. Along with the fabulous rooms the hotel has plenty of places to wine and dine and a full blown spa. What more could a girl want?!
Plus, the hotel has great spaces to hold meetings, functions or events. We were lucky enough to peek in on some of the historical banqueting rooms and the screening room which certainly stirred up some excitement amongst our very own PAs!
We spent the rest of our evening sipping on bubbly, eating delicious canapés and dreaming of all the parties, events and sleepovers that we could have in our new favourite London hotel.
Fingers crossed I'll be back there soon.
Miss Jones xx