Cavendish Hotel in London: Posh luxury with Duchess of Jermyn Street history
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Rosa LewisThe inception of the Cavendish Hotel began in the mid-nineteenth century with the surrounding streets home to generals, bankers, princes and viscounts. This posh area grew to a fashionable location and the hotel would boast guests from the members of the Irish aristocracy to the elite of British society. In 1899, after years of cuisine apprenticeships and cooking for London's influential, Lewis won over British society and Edward, Prince of Wales, with her French inspired cuisine. She had her own catering service and recognized that the distinguished Cavendish Hotel was a perfect venue for her headquarters. She then moved her catering service to the hotel and a few years later, purchased the property. Within years, Lewis combined adjoining properties to the hotel and modernized the Cavendish with her personal warmth, and celebrated flair.
Lewis was passionate about the hotel and her cuisine and she flourished in her element. She would host, as well as cook, for German Kaiser Wilhelm II, Lord and Lady Churchill with their son Winston, George Bernard Shaw, artist John Singer Sargent and a bevy of famous actors and notables. For 46-years, Lewis devotedly presided over the famous Cavendish that would stay the course of two world wars, a damaged hotel (WWII) and a depression. Her remarkable story of ascending domestic service and successful, early 20th century female entrepreneurship is fascinating and inspiring!
The Cavendish London TodayLewis's legacy lives on in the Cavendish London with its chic style, warmth and hospitality that attracts visitors from around the globe. The hotel features 15 floors with lovely rooms that range from Classic and Superior Rooms to Executive and Penthouse Suites. Each room or suite offers excellent views of fashionable St. James's, as well as many rooms that sport panoramic skylines of Central London with Big Ben and the London Eye. The modern, well-appointed room decor is elegant and harmonious with blissfully comfortable beds and the bathrooms, a divine study in sleek luxury. Whether you require a fine, Classic Room or a spacious Executive Room with a Nespresso coffee machine, you can expect the same attention to detail, fine linens and luxurious room decor.
The Cavendish's Petrichor Restaurant is exquisite and boasts two AA Rosettes. The Petrichor is dedicated to sustainability and supports local British farmers. In addition, the restaurant serves an amazing and indulgent English breakfast from a large buffet or a menu for ordering. Try the sublime, fresh-baked pastries and organic preserves or the hearty egg dishes paired with thick bacon and tasty sausages. Of course, lunch and dinner menus are equally brilliant and are accompanied by an enviable wine list. Moreover, if you desire pre or post theater refreshments or just wish to chat in a stylish and cozy lounge over a drink, visit the hotel's Rosa Lewis bar located adjacent to the lobby.
If Afternoon Tea is on your agenda, the Cavendish's Lounge is an ideal setting for a modern twist on this afternoon repast. Pillowed armchairs and plush sofas grouped in intimate settings provide a comfortable and tasteful ambience to enjoy your preference of a Traditional Afternoon Tea, Champagne Tea or Celebration Tea. The delicacies, beautifully served on a tiered tea stand, include gorgeous pastries, macarons, scrumptious scones with clotted cream and organic preserves with dainty finger sandwiches and a steaming pot of Fair-Trade tea or coffee. In addition, the hotel's divine Afternoon Tea offerings rank among the best priced in the city.
Central London is the mecca for the city's shopping and the Cavendish London in St. James's lies at its exciting heart. Step outside the hotel and Fortnum and Masons is located across the street, with Piccadilly located just a block away and Regent Street five minutes farther. Stroll along Jermyn Street and you'll find Floris, one of the city's finest British perfumeries since 1780 and numerous fashion and specialty shops to entice you. In fact, the entire area around St James's offers fantastic boutiques and shops that are quintessentially British. In addition, several pubs lay in close proximity with Chequers on Duke Street, a small but local favorite. And, fascinating historical sites, such as St, James's Church and St. James's Palace, built by King Henry VIII, are a short walk from the hotel as well.
The Cavendish London features the best of contemporary hotels and hospitality, yet retains the captivating and historical qualities that visitors traveling to London yearn to experience.
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Patrice Raplee is an experienced travel photojournalist and editor of Travel Excursion and Seattle Spotlight for Positively Entertainment magazine. In addition, she writes a monthly travel column for the award-wining site OffbeatTravel.com and is a regular contributor on travel radio shows. She is a member of North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA), International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) and the Recording Academy. Her articles and photographs have appeared in numerous international publications, as well as NW newspapers such as the Seattle Times, the Stranger and Seattle Weekly. Patrice travels the globe to cover destinations that feature fascinating culture, art, culinary, history and soft adventure.