About this Space
Positioned on the hotel’s 8th floor, the Penthouse & Pavilion is a theatrical suite of party rooms designed in 1953 by Oliver Messel bathed in natural daylight. Today the rooms offer the only example of his work not in a private house. Inspired by the theatrical design of Sleeping Beauty, Messel created a virtual wonderland with an ornate mirrored forest; golden birds perched on twigs as door handles and light fixtures that resemble gilded Edwardian bird cages. The Penthouse features floor to ceiling French windows opening onto a spacious garden terrace, with a fountain of frolicking cherubs, and impressive panoramic views taking in London’s London Eye, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament. Oliver Messel’s nephew Lord Snowdon’s guests to the celebrated rooms have included Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Tom Stoppard, Sir Dirk Bogarde, Sir John Gielgud, Jeremy Irons, Eric Clapton, Issey Miyake, John Galliano, Dame Judi Dench, Richard E. Grant, and Jane Horrocks.
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