In­side Clar­idge’s

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 8.30pm, Life­Style Af­ter Wil­liam and Mar­i­anne Clar­idge turned six build­ings in Brook Street, May­fair, into a ho­tel in 1856, Clar­idge’s be­came the place to meet. Vic­to­ria and Al­bert reg­u­larly dropped by for tea and af­ter World War II it served as a home for the ex­iled kings of Nor­way, Greece and Yu­goslavia. Grand ho­tels are a won­der­ful place to ob­serve the hu­man race and its idio­syn­cra­sies. Bet­ter still if you can af­ford to stay in one. Here, in episode two of the se­ries that took a year to film, the Crown Prince of Yu­goslavia re­turns to the suite where he was born 68 years be­fore. Joan Collins and Stephen Fry share their love for the ho­tel, and Gerry Parker ex­plains why he has had break­fast at Clar­idge’s ev­ery day for 40 years.

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