"Restored as a luxury hotel, the Café Royal looks to regain its place at the centre of London’s social scene," remarks the FT about this Edwardian gem in the attached review. "The Café Royal was where bohemia collided with high society, where the louche and the lovely lingered late into the night with an archetypally West End cocktail of immigrants, celebrities, hangers-on, fine diners and nostalgic whiners." [FT] It is where the Marquis of Queensberry walked in to find Oscar Wilde dining with his son Lord Alfred Douglas, the scandal that led to the Irish poet's downfall. In the attached August 2013 travel review, Elle selected the hotel as a top pick for London.
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