Sydney Paulden stays in a friendly, central hotel’London hotels are recession-proof’, says Neil Braude (pronounced Brodie). But it’s easy for him to talk. For two years he has been General Manager of The Cavendish Hotel London. It is a property with everything going its way. If you are on business or leisure, organising a meeting or an incentive, it appeals.
On the corner of Jermyn Street and Duke St, St James’s, you can walk from the hotel into Fortnum & Mason, or into the Royal Academy or pop along Piccadilly to all the theatres in Shaftesbury Avenue and Leicester Square, not to mention the galaxy of eating houses in Soho. And all the embassies are within a stone’s throw.
The Cavendish has a right to be self-important, but it isn’t. It’s 4-star and memorable for the personally friendly service of its staff. Running at 85% capacity through the year, its rates run from £179 to £259. Rates usually include breakfast, which is an important part of the package. It is an extensive buffet to satisfy any palate, but I am happy to say that guests are not left entirely to their own devices. Coffee and tea are brought to your table; toast is prepared for you to your taste; there is an à la carte menu available.
London streets are busy and you are not expected to walk with your gaze fixed upwards, but if you raise your eyes in Jermyn Street you can’t miss The Cavendish. It is a 16-storey property with 230 rooms and with an all-suite 15th floor.
For small to medium-sized group events this London hotel deserves a place on any shortlist. It has five dedicated function rooms, all with natural daylight. They are named Alto, Electra, Cirrus, Stratus and Nimbus, with Alto, the largest, able to seat up to 80 delegates. In addition, there are very comfortable lounge areas all ready to assist delegates to network at their ease. Wi-Fi is not only free throughout the hotel, but there is absolutely no hassle in getting connected.
The Cavendish has its historic background. In 1902 it was bought, as a private hotel, by the famous, even notorious, Rosa Lewis, who was made more known in the 1970s as The Duchess of Duke Street in the TV series of that name. She was famous both for her fashionable parties and for her generous hospitality to ex-officers who had fallen on hard times.