The Strand Palace Hotel, London

Minutes from Covent Garden and nearby Somerset House the Strand Palace Hotel was originally built in 1909, later taking over the neighbouring Haxels Hotel and further expanding in the 1920's.

Featuring contemporary interiors and original Art Deco touches it has an iconic foyer which is owned by the V&A museum. During the second world war, the hotel provided accommodation for American servicemen, accepting ration vouchers in its restaurants and sheltering guests in its basement during air raids. The hotel’s regular dances continued, offering a much-needed escape for war-weary Londoners.

With the war years behind them the hotel began to modernise. By 1958 all rooms had private bathrooms, and increased demand for hot water spelt the end for the old coal-fired boilers, which had been salvaged from a First World War battleship. Modern oil-fired models took their place. Electronic cash registers soon followed, hinting at the communications revolution to come.

Moving forward another 50 years and the hotel is currently undergoing its latest modernisation designed by Trevillion Interiors. The designers selected the Ambassador Classic plate style with a Chocolate Bronze finish with black interiors.