45 Park Lane
With an Art Deco-inspired foyer in which you imagine yourself downing whisky sours and playing backgammon, 45 Park Lane unlocked it's revolving doors last month.
The fashionable postcode is where the similarity ends; smaller, slicker and decked with contemporary art by the likes of Damien Hirst and Sir Peter Blake, 45 Park Lane is like a self-contained annex for the cool crowd.
As its name suggests, there are just 45 rooms and suites, giving the five-star hotel an air of exclusivity and intimacy, almost like a private members’ club you can check into for a night or two.
Rooms are like life-sized chocolate boxes – dark wood panelling, brown leathers and velvets and a copper-toned mirrored wall – with cutting-edge technology (at the touch of a button, the TV tilts and black-out blinds descend).
The bonus of every room is the view onto Hyde Park; merely cross the road for a jog or a spot of yoga (mats are provided in the rooms) or stroll 10 minutes to Bond Street.
The steak restaurant in question, Cut, is Wolfgang Puck’s first European outpost, sharing its name with the original in Beverly Hills and two other, more recent outposts in Las Vegas and Singapore. Slick with red leather booths and low lighting to retain a classic cosiness, sit near the window with the taxis whizzing past and you (almost) feel like you are in New York, to finish – followed by cocktails up on the mezzanine at Bar 45.
Angelina and Brad have already popped in for Sunday lunch; Kate Moss for dinner and Tom Ford threw his Fashion Week party here. So the question is not about who you will spot, but who you will not…