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London’s Cambridge House transforms from royal meeting place into luxury hotel

London’s Cambridge House transforms from royal meeting place into luxury hotel
London’s Cambridge House transforms from royal meeting place into luxury hotel

Cambridge House, an 18th-century Palladian mansion in the heart of Mayfair, has had many lives. Among its most glamorous, it was used as a royal residence by one of King George III’s sons, as a social venue for parties by Henry Temple when he was prime minister in the mid-19th century, and, most recently, as a naval and military club (known informally as the “In and Out” club from the signs outside), with the late Prince Philip as its president.

It will open next year as a 102-room hotel by the exclusive (but rapidly expanding) Auberge Resorts Collection, which hopes to channel the opulence of the Georgian era into its design. Due to Cambridge House’s status as a Grade I-listed building – the same level of historical significance given to places like Blenheim and Buckingham Palaces – Auberge will retain features like the 19-foot ceilings, original fireplaces and ornate plasterwork. The hotel will also benefit from the building’s ever-impressive views: suites will be decorated in a range of colour schemes borrowed from the original Georgian aesthetic and will overlook the king’s current residence, with windows looking out onto the greenery of the parklands. All in all, it will be the Auberge Resorts Collection’s first British property. The “In” and “Out” signs will remain.