This elegant and luxurious hotel is one of London's most historically naughty hotels: it was once the home of scandalous actress Lillie Langtry, King Edward's mistress in the 1890s, and where Oscar Wilde was staying (in Room 118) when he was arrested for "indecency" with a young man on April 6th 1895. Elegant creams and golds and postmodern guest-room design now prevail. The drawing room has rich wood paneling and deep, comfortable armchairs, and is a good place for afternoon
tea and people-watching, as is the small, sophisticated bar. Breakfast includes healthy cereals and fruits alongside decadent pastries.