Continuing The Mail on Sunday’s travel series on the world’s hippest hotels and the stars who frequent them, Sarah Turner checks out London’s Sheraton Grand Park Lane.
Its lavish ballroom has been used to shoot films including The Danish Girl, starring Eddie Redmayne; and more recently Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep.
As Ms Turner discovers, the £220-a-night hotel more than lives up to its glamorous reputation.
Continuing The Mail on Sunday’s travel series on the world’s hippest hotels and the stars who frequent them, Sarah Turner checks out London’s Sheraton Grand Park Lane, pictured
Star quality: The Queen, Eddie Redmayne, Meryl Streep and Amber Heard.
Vital statistics: Straddling Park Lane and Piccadilly, London’s most self-effacing Grand Hotel opened in 1927 when Sir Bracewell Smith set out to create a dizzyingly luxurious retreat.
The Palm Court is still the heart of the hotel, where cocktails are fashioned with help from a drinks historian, and afternoon tea is a fully-tiered extravaganza with British Chapel Down fizz.
However, it is the ballroom that is the jewel in the hotel’s crown – a perfectly preserved Art Deco masterpiece which features regularly in films.
Eddie Redmayne and Amber Heard were in situ for The Danish Girl, while Meryl Streep starred here as would-be opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins.
During the Second World War, the ballroom, with its double-height ceiling, became perhaps London’s most glamorous bomb shelter.
The hotel’s lavish ballroom has been used to shoot films including The Danish Girl, starring Eddie Redmayne, left, and Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep, right
The main restaurant, Mercante, has an Italian-inspired menu: expect antipasti, lamb ragu and pigeon risotto. A two-course set lunch costs £15.
There are 303 rooms and suites which retain their 1920s glamour but also come with plenty of modern gadgetry. All of the suites have views of Green Park.
Location report: It’s in one of the choicest areas of London, with two of its finest parks – Hyde Park and Green Park – on its doorstep.
All the rooms feature statues of dalmatians, in tribute to Dodie Smith’s novel 101 Dalmatians which was set nearby.
The hotel has two of its own dogs.
Following a makeover last year, the Sheraton now boasts a new bar – and afternoon teas, pictured, start at £37 per person
Key attraction: There is plenty of history dotted around the hotel. The wood panelling in the restaurant was once in banker JP Morgan’s country house.
The Queen, who grew up at 145 Piccadilly, had dance classes in the Tudor Rose room.
In the news: Following a makeover last year, the most recent addition is the Smith & Whistle bar, serving British ales and a strong selection of British wines.
Prices are down-to-earth for this part of the world – a pint will cost about £4.50.
Come early for one of the outdoor tables; Jack Whitehall and Mr Selfridge actress Sai Bennett have been guests.
Good enough for the rest of us? Afternoon teas start at £37pp.
Bottom line: Rooms start at £220. Visit Sheraton Park Lane or call 020 7499 6321.