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Café Royal to reopen in time for the Olympics this summer

Café Royal to reopen in time for the Olympics this summer

A London institution will reopen this summer as a luxury hotel. Café Royal began life in the 1860s as a place to eat and drink, and has been legendary ever since, popular with the city's in-crowds through the decades: Oscar Wilde, Noël Coward, Virginia Woolf, Brigitte Bardot; then, later, rock stars and royals, with rumours abounding of debauched parties behind its velvet curtains. In July it begins a new chapter. David Chipperfield Architects have reimagined the Grade I-listed building at 68 Regent Street, which has been closed for half a decade. They have sensitively updated the listed interior, which dates from the 19th century and also from its first refurbishment in the 1950s. Something of the mid-century modernism remains. Original detailing is combined with contemporary décor and geometric forms in its 159 rooms. It will have several restaurants and bars - including...

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