London … declaring nothing but my envious feelings whilst snooping around Oscar Wilde’s favourite haunt The Cafe Royal

My gentleman friend and I were walking down Regent Street, Central London last weekend when we past the legendary Cafe Royal which reopened to the public last December (2012) after being closed for four years for renovation.

As we gazed in the window plucking up the courage to go inside for a nose around, the doorman invited us in and gave us a personal tour of the now hotel and private members club.

Now that's an entrance hall

Now that’s an entrance hall

The legendary Grill Room once frequented by Oscar Wilde, now a swanky bar ... well it will be once people know it's reopened for business

The legendary Grill Room once frequented by Oscar Wilde, now a swanky bar … well it will be once people know it’s reopened for business

The new pastry cafe which opened to the public earlier this week is awash with beautiful Italian marble. The company supplying the marble for this and other parts of the hotel were apparently so overwhelmed by the huge order they couldn’t take on any other business until the order was complete.

The pastry cafe was looking a little like a 1980s East European supermarket under Communist rule last Sunday, but I'm sure it's teaming with cakes and business now

The pastry cafe was looking a little like a 1980s East European supermarket under Communist rule last Sunday, but I’m sure it’s teaming with cakes and business now

Although the building has been heavily modernised in parts, it has arguably still retained a lot of its old charm and most of its Art Deco detail.

I so wanted to swish down this stairway in a long ballgown, but had to settle with clomping down them in the scuffed old boots and jeans I was wearing at the time

I so wanted to swish down this stairway in a long ballgown, but had to settle with clomping down them in the scuffed old boots and jeans I was wearing at the time

Sadly only a detail and not a working telephone in the newly renovated Cafe Royal (that's not wood-clip wallpaper is it?)

Sadly only a detail and not a working telephone in the newly renovated Cafe Royal (that’s not wood-clip wallpaper is it?)

Critics are apparently divided as to whether the renovation project has been sympathetic to the history of the building and whether it will draw the kind of wealthy and artistic clientele it has done so in the past. I’m just glad to see this lovely place reopened again, and when I’ve won the lottery or become a devious golddigger and marry myself off to an extremely rich sugar-daddy then I may even be able to afford to stay there for a night or two.

TLT x

(PS – apart from the free tour and permission to take the photographs above, I was (alas) given nothing else by the owners as an incentive to write this blog).

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