Oscar Wilde’s London: 10 Historic Spots of the Literati

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Hotel Café Royal

In the early 1890s and 1920s, Regent Street was a popular meeting place for the London literati. For Oscar Wilde, a writer who once said “Anyone living within their means suffers from a lack of imagination,” the Hotel Café Royal was his ideal spot to indulge in luxury and opulence. Royalty and celebrities were also known to stop by for the gourmet French cuisine, the first of its kind in London. Rudyard Kipling, WB Yeats, and Arthur Conan Doyle, among others, were also regulars and would spend hours in deep conversation at marble tables or on plush velvet couches. Established in 1865 at the peak of the Victorian aristocracy, the hotel is still going strong today and is considered a historical treasure of London. Over the years, the grand public rooms of the 1860s and 1920s have been painstakingly preserved while new, more modern rooms and suites have been added, resulting in classical elegance.

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