The-Dorchester Exterior

Experience 24 Hours in … The Dorchester hotel in London

June 14, 2016

Since it first opened its doors in 1931, The Dorchester has hosted a vast array of glittering stars, and now it’s your turn to experience everything that our prestigious hotel has to offer. But just how much can you fit into a day here?

Serving Michelin-rated cuisine and superbly located in London’s Mayfair, The Dorchester can cater to your every need from dawn until dusk. Offering extravagance from suite to spa, it’s perfect for capturing all those precious #dcmoments that will dazzle those who follow you on Instagram.

3-3:15pm: Check-in

Once you’ve been greeted by our team, we’ll take you to your room to settle in, where you can throw yourself into the lap of luxury, relax, and enjoy the views of either Hyde Park or Mayfair. Featuring specially commissioned fabrics and unique antique furniture, these rooms are guaranteed to provide the perfect home-from-home, from where you can explore both The Dorchester and cosmopolitan London.


© Amy Spencer/Amber RoseThe Little Magpie/Amber Rose Photography

3.15-5.15pm: Afternoon tea

A staple of life at The Dorchester, afternoon tea has been served here since 1931, so make this your first stop when you arrive – book early to avoid disappointment!


Served in The Promenade, you can enjoy beautiful sandwiches, scones and sweet pastries while you indulge in the finest tea. As a member of The Tea Guild, The Dorchester promises a unique take on this classic British pastime.

5.15-5.45pm: Hotel inspiration

Ask the front desk team  if The Penthouse and Pavilion event space is available for a sneak peek. Designed in 1953 by the celebrated theatre set designer Oliver Messel, it’s a really theatrical setting. Situated on the 8th floor, if you get the chance step out onto its terrace for great views across London and a memorable selfie.


5.45-6.30pm: Bathe in total luxury

Before you head out for the evening, give your muscles a rest in one of our exquisite bath tubs: The Dorchester’s baths are said to be the deepest in London. Just five minutes stand between you and the best soak of your life.

If you’ve chosen to stay in the Harlequin Suite, then you can take advantage of a true pièce de résistance: Elizabeth Taylor’s pink bathroom. This exclusive suite was a favourite spot for the Queen of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and still has the marbled bathroom that was installed for her.


It’s rumoured that her and Richard Burton’s initials are carved somewhere in the stone to mark their visit, so keep an eye out for this piece of graffiti from one of the most famous couples in cinema.

7-9pm: Dinner

Our award-winning restaurants will leave you spoiled for choice at dinner, but for three Michelin-star cuisine, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester is the place to be.

Chelsea Flower Show Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

Overseen by executive chef, Jean-Philippe Blondet, the food here isn’t made – it’s crafted. You’ll be treated to a contemporary blend of French cuisine inspired by Alain Ducasse’s own creations.

9pm: Drinks

Known for its signature Old Tom Gin cocktail, The Bar at The Dorchester is a perfect spot for an evening tipple. There is a range of delicious concoctions available, made with meticulous attention to detail by Giuliano Morandin, the legendary bar manager.

Giuliano Morandin Old Tom Gin_2

If you fancy a change of scenery, why not pop over the road to our sister hotel, 45 Park Lane? Here you’ll find BAR 45, which boasts an impressive collection of drinks and a buzzing atmosphere.

8-9am: Breakfast

After a refreshing sleep in one of our luxurious beds, indulge yourself in a sumptuous breakfast brought directly for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own room or suite. Offering tempting fruits, the best of the French pâtisserie, crêpes and maple syrup,  this opulence is sure to start your morning in style.


© Amy Spencer/Amber RoseThe Little Magpie/Amber Rose Photography

9-10am: Spa and steam room

After breakfast, make your way to The Dorchester Spa and put your feet up in our relaxation rooms, taking in the glamorous Art Deco styling, then explore the experience showers and steam room.

While you’re at the spa, make sure you admire the central chandelier – a feature made with over 72,000 South Pacific pearls.


10-11am: Facial

Now that you’re totally caught up on your R&R, it’s time for an equally soothing treatment (please book in advance).


Our signature facial from Carol Joy London takes an hour, preparing you for the day ahead.

11am-12pm: Shop

A stay with us wouldn’t be complete without a browse in Chopard at The Dorchester, located just off The Promenade.


This independent Swiss jewellery and watch house offers incredible handmade jewellery, which would have made even Elizabeth Taylor swoon.

12pm: Check-out

Check-out is at 12pm, though you can extend your stay with late check-out should you feel you haven’t explored everything this exceptional hotel has to offer.

Your stay doesn’t end after check-out. Experience more culinary delights by taking a trip to our artisan coffee shop Parcafé situated next to The Ballroom. Enjoy a matcha latte and maybe a muffin for some more delicious #dcmoments.

Parcafe coffee Hyde Park


© Amy Spencer/Amber RoseThe Little Magpie/Amber Rose Photography

In a nutshell

The Dorchester provides everything that is wonderful about traditional British pastimes, combined with impeccable hospitality and stunning surroundings. Why not come and enjoy your own perfect break and experience London luxury for yourself?

The Dorchester Website

Browse by City


London is one of the world’s most impressive capital cities. With its unique and vibrant blend of history and culture, and a seemingly endless number of museums, galleries, public parks and attractions – London has much to offer visitors craving a luxury city experience. And as one of the gourmet capitals of the world, new restaurants, clubs and bars open in London all the time, providing ample opportunity to enjoy fine dining and afternoon teas, and plenty of reasons to come back again and again.