You may remember me telling you about an event I attended launching the Preferred hotels Family programme. It was held at the Chancery Court Hotel in London, a hotel I’d never been too. As soon as I arrived I was instantly impressed by the wonderful architecture and classical feel on the interior. I wasn’t there long for the launch, so I returned pretty quickly to have a better look around and talk to the marketing team. So impressed I was on the second visit, I wanted to share with you some information on the hotel.
Chancery Court Hotel, London is situated in one of the capital city’s most historic locations and you can tell right from the outset that this hotel has real history. High Holborn was originally a Roman road and following the Middle Ages, the area became established as a centre for the legal profession and the city’s most influential and powerful people. Apparently Charles Dickens took much inspiration from this area for his novels Oliver Twist and Great Expectations. The hotel has 356 bedrooms including some beautiful suites spread across seen floors and includes Spa (featuring ESPA products), The Lounge, The Bar at Chancery Court and Pearl Restaurant & Bar.
The first phase of the building’s Edwardian Belle Époque design was completed in 1914 by H. Percy Monckton. Construction of 252 High Holborn took place in four stages spanning nearly 50 years. The magnificent street frontage features the central carriageway entrance and dome. The lavish interiors were fitted out with Cuban mahogany and seven types of marble, including extremely rare types such as Swedish Green and Statuary. Transformation of this historic building from the Pearl Assurance headquarters into a London luxury hotel was carried out under the guidance of English Heritage.
“Listed” with English Heritage are the principal façades, as well as the interiors of the former East and West Banking Halls (now Pearl Restaurant & Bar) and the Grand Staircase. From the beginning of the lengthy restoration, the strategy was to follow the original designs wherever possible and missing details have been carefully replicated and replaced.
One of the hotel’s most dramatic features, the Renaissance-style Grand Staircase is an architectural tour de force in marble. It ascends from either side of the entrance arch on High Holborn, forming a bridge on the first floor and rising through all the floors under an elliptical dome. Looking upwards, the arcades of Pavonazzo marble frame a view of the cupola that rises to 50.6 metres (166 feet), the maximum permitted height at the time of construction.
What I love about this hotel is the privacy. Given it’s such a large, dominating building, you’d hardly notice the entrance to the hotel as you drove past. As you approach, you walk under a large archway into a beautiful courtyard, even then, it’s not obviously a hotel. This is a real credit to the owners who have ensured that they do not renovate an old building beyond recognition. I was lucky enough to see some of the newly renovated rooms during my visit and again, these were incredibly tasteful and luxurious. One word springs to mind to describe the ambience – London. Pretty obvious word to choose I guess, being in London. But walking along the newly renovated corridors, was like stepping back in time and looking down a London street.
This is a beautiful, traditional and luxurious hotel – please do check it out for yourself.