Beautifully preserved details make this Park Lane hotel a historic treasure.
Opened in 1927, this splendid hotel has served as the filming location for such period pieces as "Jeeves and Wooster," "The House of Eliott" and "Brideshead Revisited." Renovations have updated the original Art Deco look, bringing it into the 21st century with earthy, brown and taupe tones in the guest rooms and muted accent colors in the public spaces. Suites are especially posh and come with thoughtful amenities such as complimentary afternoon Champagne. The legendary Palm Court is a local favorite for afternoon tea, while Smith & Whistle serves classic cocktails in a setting inspired by a 1920s story about a character named Detective Inspector Smith. In addition, Mercante offers a menu of market-fresh Italian cuisine in a homey (but stylish) setting. Meeting and wedding venues include a gorgeous 11,000-square-foot ballroom, which feels like a set piece for a photo shoot on the Roaring Twenties.