Last December, Regent Street’s famous 19th-century restaurant and bar reopened in all of its extravagant, Louis XVI−style glory as a luxury hotel.
The heart of London’s social scene for nearly 150 years, Café Royal was a hangout for Virginia Woolf, Mick Jagger, and David Bowie. Today, the café’s Grill Room has been reconceived as a champagne and caviar lounge. Bartenders drip absinthe from a traditional fountain and mix it in cocktails such as the Piccadilly (Lillet Blanc, absinthe, gin, grenadine, and sugar). The hotel’s public spaces feature gilded wood paneling and other historic details while the guest rooms are the epitome of modern.
From $710. 68 Regent St., 44/(0) 20-7406-3333. This appeared in the May 2013 issue.
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Lattes & Cake at “The Café” at Café Royal
Walking in front of The Café will make you stop—the window fronts are filled with cakes and sweets that make you immediately want to enter for a dessert and coffee, which is what I did. You really did feel like you were royalty sitting at the marble tables and looking out on the streets of London. The latte was one of the best I had had and the cake was superb—it was just the right amount of sweetness to compliment the latte. Plus, it was fun to see how it crumbled with the special knife/fork they gave you to eat it.