BBC Amazing Hotels: Inside London’s Lanesborough Hotel where a room can cost up to £27k a night

In London, it’s very easy to get a good understanding of the chasm between the rich and poor. According to the Average Salary Survey, the average Londoner takes home £63,441 a year in wages, although the most common salary is £35,031.

It’s the extremely high earners who make the average salary almost double that of the most common salary, while a large proportion of Londoners earn even less than the city’s average.

While those on below average incomes struggle to save enough money to put down a humble deposit for a small flat, even when attempting to do so with a partner, there are some people in London who are spending a similar amount just to spend one night in a hotel.

For many Londoners, £27,000 is more than a full-time annual salary, but for the handful of mega rich who reside in the capital, that’s the standard cost for staying in the Royal Suite at London’s five-star Lanesborough Hotel near Hyde Park in Knightsbridge.

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The beautifully decorated living room looks the perfect place to relax at the end of a long day

The Royal Suite is around 4,845 sq ft in size, and contains seven bedrooms, two living rooms and a dining room large enough to host up to 17 guests around a mahogany dining table. The suite also includes a gym, a pool, a spa, steam showers and a study.

The services available to guests certainly are fit for royalty, especially as it offers a 24/7 butler service, as well as complimentary use of the hotel’s chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce Phantom, which is worth £320,000.

The suite underwent refurbishment in 2015, and despite being filled with 18th-century oil paintings and chandeliers that can make one feel they’ve stepped back in time, it is fitted with all the latest gadgets. One unique feature is a large TV screen that is hidden behind a painting.

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The suite also has an integrated entertainment system that can be controlled via a tablet, which can also be used to control room conditions. On top of that, pressure-sensitive night lighting automatically adjusts itself as soon as you step on the floor when it’s dark.

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Each bedroom is decorated uniquely with its own colour scheme

All in all, the Regency-style hotel has 93 rooms and suites, all of which can be hired at varying prices. In the past, the hotel has welcomed guests such as Barbara Walters, Madonna, Joan Collins, George Bush Sr, Bianca Jagger, Cher, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Johnny Depp, Michael Bolton, Mariah Carey and Pamela Anderson.

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One of the bathrooms in the Lanesborough’s Royal Suite

But even if one could afford to stay at The Lanesborough, they might find it difficult to find availability, as rooms are often rented for months at a time. That includes the Royal Suite.

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The decorations across the suite wouldn’t be out of place in one of the Queen’s many castles and palaces

To learn more about The Lanesborough, one join presenters Giles Coren and Monica Galettitune by tuning in to Episode 6 of Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby on BBC Two on Tuesday, February 22 and 9pm.

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