The iconic Café Royal shut its doors in 2008 and reopened last year having undergone renovations that transformed the building from renowned restaurant to a luxury five star hotel. Located on Regent Street and just a two-minute walk from the bright lights and big screens of Piccadilly Circus.
I remember going to the Café Royal years ago to see cabaret and was so happy to hear that they have cabaret in the grill room still. The reworking of the hotel has focused on bringing together contemporary with classic, evoking the glamour and style associated with Café Royal’s legacy, alongside a range of new facilities designed to meet the demands of the 21st century Londoner and well-travelled guest. These new facilities and services include a Pilates and yoga studio, a state-of-the-art gym and a spa.
Located in the heart of the hotel, you can find The Ten Room. Open to both guests and visitors to the hotel, the Ten Room provides brassiere-style menu options for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as an array of light snacks and the chance to enjoy a spot of afternoon tea. This is where I went with a friend for Saturday lunch. You can choose from a great two courses or three-course menu at really good value. They had gluten free bread (yay!) and I had a delicious goat cheese, beetroot and walnut salad with rice pudding and quince jam for dessert.
I saw the Grill Room that has been sensitively restored by architect David Chipperfield to evoke the grandeur of the 1920s. It contains most of the original detailing including a ceiling with panelled mouldings and gold leaf detail, combined with mirrors that cover the walls to create a more sense of space. It is unbelievably opulent and very shiny, a real classic.
And, and this is handy to know, they have a café, accessible from Regent street: Café a bright, clean place to enjoy a variety of pastries, cakes, cookies, biscuits, strudels, chocolates and an all-day espresso coffee bar – YUM!