53 Park Lane, W1K 1QA ho­tel. qan­­do­rch­ester­lon­don

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The shiny Fer­raris, Lo­tuses and As­ton Martins in the fore­court hint at the deca­dence of this pres­ti­gious ho­tel that opened in 1931 and has hosted ev­ery­one from Eisen­hower to El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor. Ra­di­ant flo­ral dis­plays cu­rated by in-house florist Philip Ham­mond are a sweets­cented wel­come as you sashay through the mar­ble lobby, while the 250 rooms, boosted by reg­u­lar face lifts, are light and airy, with an­tique fur­ni­ture, Bang & Olufsen elec­tron­ics and bath­tubs said to be the deep­est of any Lon­don ho­tel.

Busi­ness fa­cil­i­ties There’s a busi­ness suite with com­put­ers and print­ing fa­cil­i­ties, plus 10 events spa­ces, in­clud­ing a 1000-ca­pac­ity ball­room with AV equip­ment and the Park Suite, where the Duke of Ed­in­burgh held his stag night in 1947. Wi-fi Com­pli­men­tary through­out.

Food and drink The op­u­lent or­ange-hued Prom­e­nade lounge serves af­ter­noon tea, while the rear oval bar does cham­pagne and oys­ters. Other fine-din­ing op­tions are Alain Du­casse’s three-Miche­lin­starred French restau­rant; The Grill’s Sun­day roasts and sweet souf­flés; and Can­tonese gem China Tang.

Fit­ness and well­be­ing The welle­quipped gym is open 24 hours. No pool but there’s a spa with a hair sa­lon, bar­ber shop, nail bar and aro­mather­apy treat­ments.

Run route Take the pedes­trian sub­way un­der Park Lane into Hyde Park. A cir­cuit of the park and neigh­bour­ing Kens­ing­ton Gar­dens is seven kilo­me­tres.

Cof­fee nearby The Dorch­ester has an ar­ti­sanal cof­fee shop, Par­café, but Élan café (elan­, di­ag­o­nally op­po­site the ho­tel, is best for celebrity-spot­ting.

(From top) Sa­lon Park Lane, Alain Du­casse at The Dorch­ester; one of The Cur­tain’s Loft Ter­race Rooms

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