Inside Claridge's

(126 Posts)
CruCru Mon 03-Dec-12 21:23:47

Is anyone else watching this? The family used the WHOLE third floor.

bluebump Mon 03-Dec-12 21:28:44

I'm watching, what an amazing place!

CruCru Mon 03-Dec-12 21:37:52

I know. Rich people pay to get the rooms redecorated and then it gets put back to normal when they go.

HassledHasASledge Mon 03-Dec-12 21:38:54

I'm agog. I want to stay there. I can't get the bloody website to load though - obviously a lot of people are agog.

CruCru Mon 03-Dec-12 21:40:28

And the blonde woman got the doorman to walk her dog. She had a lot of chutzpah.

ValPolliandtheIvy Mon 03-Dec-12 21:41:11

Fucking hell. It's like the ultimate toddler tantrum pandering grin

'The tap fell off and it almost put the whole stay in jeopardy'

CruCru Mon 03-Dec-12 21:43:16

I suppose if you spend £7k a night it's a bit of a bugger to have taps fall off. I do see your point though.

HassledHasASledge Mon 03-Dec-12 21:44:42

It's just not in my nature to be able to deal with that sort of faff - I don't think I could stop myself from saying "You want your room redecorated? Are you insane? You spoilt, spoilt brat"

ValPolliandtheIvy Mon 03-Dec-12 21:44:59

Yeah I get being a bit pissed off...bet the diva strop came more from the flunkies than the 'japanese pop star' herself though.

She wouldn't be doing anything so mundane as opening her own taps wink

I am loving it! Was lucky enough to have lunch in the posh restaurant earlier this year (not paid for by me, that is for sure) and have been slightly obsessed ever since. So this is right up my alley.

Love the guy's accent.

CruCru Mon 03-Dec-12 21:46:21

They're not using John Galliano for the Christmas tree - do you think it's because of his rant about Jews?

Why on EARTH would Claridges have a FAKE Christmas tree?

CruCru Mon 03-Dec-12 21:47:51

God these people work funny hours.

ValPolliandtheIvy Mon 03-Dec-12 21:48:10

I do like how they have actually pointed out that he has done it for the last two years and made out on the v/o that his services weren't required this year because of his anti semetic rant

Crucru - definitely - my thoughts exactly.

CruCru Mon 03-Dec-12 21:48:23

Is the tree listing a bit?

ValPolliandtheIvy Mon 03-Dec-12 21:48:39

It's wonky

SwedishEdith Mon 03-Dec-12 21:48:39

Agog also. 30 nights x 6.7k per night = insane

Waswondering Mon 03-Dec-12 21:49:27

what channel?

Lol Val true.

How old are those children <<shrieks>> that they "love this place" and more to the point that they know it's Art Deco!!?!?!

BBC2. First of a 3-part series.

CruCru Mon 03-Dec-12 21:50:55

Blimey - the Californians feel they know the Claridge's staff so well they are like family.

bluebump Mon 03-Dec-12 21:51:22

BBC2 Waswondering

bluebump Mon 03-Dec-12 21:52:01

Ooh I didn't realise there were 3 episodes, brilliant.

ValPolliandtheIvy Mon 03-Dec-12 21:52:15

Love the 'its so art deco' little girls.

I want to get them to a soft play or something, poor deprived munchkins

CruCru Mon 03-Dec-12 21:52:40

Oh fair enough, they are their most frequent guests.

SwedishEdith Mon 03-Dec-12 21:52:48

Was laughing at struggling about how to address a card to The Edge grin

CruCru Mon 03-Dec-12 21:55:02

£5.5k x 16 nights. Mind the General Manager thinks people spend £10k on a flight to NY. I don't.

Chottie Mon 03-Dec-12 21:55:45

I am lovin' it smile

Love how the general manager is worrying himself about the fruit bowl in the corridor!

CruCru Mon 03-Dec-12 21:57:37

Nice diplomatic answer about when their last visit will be.

BendyBobsBrusselsSprouts Mon 03-Dec-12 21:58:30

I've wanted to go there ever since I saw David Heathcote's brilliant programme about it called Art Deco Icons.

I've told dh I want to stay there for my 50th. He just changes the subjecthmm

CruCru Mon 03-Dec-12 21:59:02

They came from California and only left the hotel twice. I know they are old but that seems very weird. At least they look appreciative.

Oh bless, look at her housecoat. Reminds me of my darling grandma.

CruCru Mon 03-Dec-12 21:59:42

A friend had her 40th birthday there. God knows what it cost.

Oh how sad.

CruCru Mon 03-Dec-12 22:00:51

It was their last stay sad.

ValPolliandtheIvy Mon 03-Dec-12 22:00:57

Oh sad about Mrs M

bluebump Mon 03-Dec-12 22:02:03

Oh! That's sad!

Charliefox Mon 03-Dec-12 22:02:16

"life is short, we're only passing through". I hate it when people say things like that, makes me all teary.

germyrabbit Mon 03-Dec-12 22:04:34

life isn't that short really though is it, lasts a while grin

enjoying this series, love hotel nosiness

Germy have you tried Richard Grants Hotel Secrets? We are loving that one too.

TunaPastaBake Mon 03-Dec-12 22:06:43

Lovely programme.
Sad about the American lady.
Love that general manager. His accent is fab.

HassledHasASledge Mon 03-Dec-12 22:07:08

That was a lovely programme - will keep watching. I love quirky shows like that. And I'm a bit in love with Irish "life is short" guy.

germyrabbit Mon 03-Dec-12 22:10:08

when is that on hearts?

diddiehunter Mon 03-Dec-12 22:33:20

think i feel sorry for the super rich... they have to have lifes small pleasures overly dramatic or faked i.e the frogman and the fish story. just to get the kind of satisfaction i get from a hot choc and a movie!!sad

valpolliandtheivy Mon 03-Dec-12 22:52:46

True Diddie. They will never know the proper <aha!> of pure JOY when I can actually order in a Dominos....that's so brilliant.

grin <sincere

diddiehunter Mon 03-Dec-12 23:03:26

exactly!!smile aww the old couple were too cute! loved them.

MorrisZapp Mon 03-Dec-12 23:08:06

Oh no, the dear old lady passed away. I feel bad for spitting my coffee out at the sight of her dressing gown.

Can't wait for next week.

ovenchips Tue 04-Dec-12 13:32:31

It made me squirm but i was glued to it.

The thought of all the tremendous time and effort put in by the staff at Claridges to basically lick the arses of the super-rich and pander to the toddleresque whims of grown adults made me weary.

There seemed lots of perfectly nice people but they don't need that kind of wealth or that level of pampering and pandering because of it.

Just seems such a waste of all that dedication and effort.

Up the revolution!

Frontpaw Tue 04-Dec-12 13:39:37

I missed it! I do pass by often and see people poddling in and out. I never knew it was so expensive though!

I don't think I could work there - "So your carpet isn't quite the right shade of beige to match your poodle? Thought shit!"

She wouldn't be doing anything so mundane as opening her own taps

I am happy to report that in Claridges no guest has to do anything as mundane, at least not in the public areas. In the toilets the attendant leaps to attention as soon as you flush, ready to turn the taps on for you so you don't have to do it yourself. I have been to many posh places and this is the only one I've gone to where you don't have to do your own taps.

BobbiFleckmann Tue 04-Dec-12 13:45:36

The show was filmed last year, so what they haven't said is that in July this year, a foreign musician and his entourage checked in. They ARE STILL THERE. The lawyer has barely been allowed to leave the place - talk about gilded prison! (i'd love a short stretch in Claridges)

NatashaBee Tue 04-Dec-12 13:58:03

Is it me or did the rooms not look that special?

I laughed at the guy on the switchboard who said they used google to find out anything that customers wanted to know. I'm pretty sure that staff in the Premier Inn have access to Google too - it doesn't exactly set them apart from other hotels!

I have just watched it on iplayer. Loved it.

The Richard Grant Hotel Secrets programme is on Wednesdays at 8pm on Sky Atlantic.

Germyrabbit I've PM'd you.

Londmum Tue 04-Dec-12 21:03:30

Claridges utterly wonderful, stayed there when in town for ante natal at Portland. DH stayed there while I was been sliced open for DS

CruCru Mon 10-Dec-12 21:02:31

Hey, anyone watching?

Chubfuddler Mon 10-Dec-12 21:03:55

Oh yes. It's marvellous. God I wish I was rich.

CruCru Mon 10-Dec-12 21:04:46

I could never work here.

XBenedict Mon 10-Dec-12 21:08:28

It's lovely isn't it? I'm trying to persuade DH we need to go there for the night but he's not buying it when there's a Holiday Inn nearby wink

Chubfuddler Mon 10-Dec-12 21:12:34

Work there? God no, stay there yes.

Meglet Mon 10-Dec-12 21:14:23

watching.

I don't like Art Deco much, gives me the creeps for some reason confused.

Chubfuddler Mon 10-Dec-12 21:15:31

He was born in claridges? That is awesome.

XBenedict Mon 10-Dec-12 21:15:59

What a lovely story!

CruCru Mon 10-Dec-12 21:22:54

How funny to stay in the room you were born in.

Am not keen on glamorising East End gangsters - they were just criminals.

Love the alarm clock meeting.

GetorfsaMotherfuckingMorrisMan Mon 10-Dec-12 21:32:31

I love the switchboard guy and the general manager.

But what an extraordinary world.

The housekeeper woman looks scary. Can you imagine if you dropped a glass of wine on the floor and you had to tell her? 6 grand a night or no I bet she would still huff and puff.

Meglet Mon 10-Dec-12 21:37:28

I'm going to have a tizz next time we eat out if the salt and pepper are left on the table during dessert shock. <<fans self>>

Chubfuddler Mon 10-Dec-12 21:42:16

I love the doorman. I hope his son appreciates him.

Pickles77 Mon 10-Dec-12 21:45:33

I'm sure this suite was on made in Chelsea, with spencer and Louise?

The manager is like the toad couple from league of gentleman.

bluebump Mon 10-Dec-12 21:49:53

I want to go for tea and scones now.

XBenedict Mon 10-Dec-12 21:50:47

I want to go for breakfast!

nbee84 Mon 10-Dec-12 21:51:50

My friend had his 40th birthday there and quite a lot of us stayed overnight. Was a fantastic experience and the staff are all so friendly and can't do enough to help - but without being in your face, all very discreet. I'd love to go back one day when the budget will stretch to it smile

JethroTull Mon 10-Dec-12 21:54:17

I had breakfast there once (with work wasn't paying!!) it was bloody brilliant! Pancakes, fresh fruit, the works!

XBenedict Mon 10-Dec-12 21:54:33

Now I want that job - Chief Snagger

nbee84 Mon 10-Dec-12 21:55:40

And I made sure I had a bath AND a shower during my one night stay as both were amazing and I couldn't decide which to use grin

Waswondering Mon 10-Dec-12 21:58:14

Ooooh it really looks very lovely ...

SugaricePlumFairy Tue 11-Dec-12 07:54:03

I love the Manager! grin.

He's lovely and when I win the lottery I'm taking dh to London and stay in the Davies Penthouse and he can show us up to our room in the lift!

I want to be a snagger too XBenedict... don't even need to be the chief one!

I am really enjoying this. Shame it is the last on Monday.

ijgolding Mon 17-Dec-12 13:55:20

I have written a blog on what we can all learn from Claridges for anyone that is interested - http://ijgolding.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/2160-a-night-what-can-we-learn-from-claridges/

Jingleallthejay Mon 17-Dec-12 16:01:50

I watched it the other night we recorded it I want to go I want to be butled and catered for and served I am so made for it grin

Valpolliandtheivy Mon 17-Dec-12 21:04:52

Are we watching this evening?

Valpolliandtheivy Mon 17-Dec-12 21:06:40

Woah. They get it all out for hom for each one night stay

CruCru Mon 17-Dec-12 21:07:30

Yes! This man is only staying for one night and they've turned the place upside down.

Jingleallthejay Mon 17-Dec-12 21:07:56

I am recording it for later

CruCru Mon 17-Dec-12 21:14:26

These are heads of state for really poor countries. I know they need some security but perhaps booking the top suite in Claridge's is a bit vulgar?

EtoilesPleinLesYeux Mon 17-Dec-12 21:17:13

Some people have too much money.

CruCru Mon 17-Dec-12 21:19:35

They are the premiers of countries where people live in real poverty.

Now they are going to make people eat ants.

Valpolliandtheivy Mon 17-Dec-12 21:22:11

Not just any ants. Special Calridges/Noma hybrid ants...hmm

happystory Mon 17-Dec-12 21:25:08

noma food not exactly making me go yum grin

CruCru Mon 17-Dec-12 21:26:41

20,000 people want to eat it and they have 3,000 places. I think it looks ghastly.

Meglet Mon 17-Dec-12 21:29:36

Watching.

I missed the start, is this just at the start of the Olympics?

Meglet Mon 17-Dec-12 21:30:43

ha ha at the assistant manager having a tizz at the messy lobby grin.

happystory Mon 17-Dec-12 21:31:46

Yes meg

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Mon 17-Dec-12 21:34:42

Why are they opening Noma at the same time as having all those heads of fstates? I'd be a bit miffed if I was a HOS and they were doing something so commercial at the same time.

Valpolliandtheivy Mon 17-Dec-12 21:35:42

<snort> at who is Prince Andrew grin

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Mon 17-Dec-12 21:36:07

This is funny!

Valpolliandtheivy Mon 17-Dec-12 21:36:46

What the manager is testing looks like a display of plants grown at a nursery class

Valpolliandtheivy Mon 17-Dec-12 21:37:19

Ahahahahah at Thomas' face

kilmuir Mon 17-Dec-12 21:38:31

he should have a fan club. love him

Meglet Mon 17-Dec-12 21:43:11

An ant forager?!!! It's a bit emperors new clothes IMO.

Poor ants.

happystory Mon 17-Dec-12 21:43:34

That's a good one for the cv- Danish ant forager!

Toomuchturkeyatendofthedinner Mon 17-Dec-12 21:45:14

Watching, and wondered if there would be a thread on this grin

Snort at "who's he" re Prince Andrew.

The celeriac cleaning looks mad!!

Toomuchturkeyatendofthedinner Mon 17-Dec-12 21:47:17

So glad they didn't eat Orlando!!

Meglet Mon 17-Dec-12 21:48:14

I bet no one would have noticed the difference if they'd dashed into the garden and scraped up an ants nest.

Valpolliandtheivy Mon 17-Dec-12 21:50:37

HA Meg. I bet not grin

Toomuchturkeyatendofthedinner Mon 17-Dec-12 21:56:13

What are those shoes the bride has on??????

scaredycat12 Mon 17-Dec-12 21:56:50

Her "something blue" shoes?

happystory Mon 17-Dec-12 21:59:31

Did she say he introduced her to leeks?!

twooter Mon 17-Dec-12 22:01:36

Me and dh are deciding how we would have dealt with the rose petals - just brush them onto the fall, or gather up carefully in a very non-romantic way

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Mon 17-Dec-12 22:05:10

Us too twoter, I've no idea of the etiquette, would they stain?

scaredycat12 Mon 17-Dec-12 22:09:18

Do you not just roll around in them?

I definitely don't think they should be gathered up!

Lomaamina Tue 18-Dec-12 10:39:06

I loved parts one and two of this programme, but last night's episode was TOOOOOOOOOOO much info on disgusting ant food. Meglet I agree: DH said last night it's an 'emperor’s new clothes' situation. It's not only the ants: who wants to eat bits of leaf snipped prissily with craft scissors and lamb on dirty smoky hay (I know I'm exaggerating, but only slightly). As for them clogging up the drains with their 'not good enough' rendered lamb fat, I hope Claridges deducted the cost of cleaning the basement from the restaurant's charge.

If I were a foreigner visiting Britain for the Olympics, I'd much prefer a British top-notch restaurant to be 'popping up', wouldn't you?

n.b. we were also appalled at all the 'dignatories' spending their tax payers' money on staying here, not only (but particularly) the ones from poorer countries. Was it the Canadian chancellor too, or did I miss-hear?

thekidsrule Tue 18-Dec-12 12:38:47

love the assistant and manager,actually i fancythem

they talk so clearly and have an air about them

though i fear im not their type

MorrisZapp Tue 18-Dec-12 12:40:43

He introduced me to leeks.

StephaniePowers Tue 18-Dec-12 12:44:08

I ate there once and had coffee and chocolate salty balls in the big art deco room.

It was all exquisite, every last detail.

The manager has a lovely face when he smiles, and then in a split second he reverts to his ice-blue stare of pure evil. We are thoroughly enjoying him, now that our previous too-evil-for-telly person, Neil Oliver, has had media training and gone all delightful.

Lomaamina Tue 18-Dec-12 14:41:46

I agree, the manager is lovely, but with hidden depths. I love the way he goes all Teutonic when he talks about order. Did you catch the deputy saying that spontanaity works, so long as it's well organised or words to that effect?!

MyMamaToldMe Wed 19-Dec-12 14:10:34

I've had afternoon tea there and held a event there. We were treated like royalty both times. Their attention to detail is amazing. And nothing is too much for them. I heart Claridges!

Ponders Wed 19-Dec-12 16:40:13

I'm a bit late with this but did anybody else think that those new battery-operated alarm clocks would TICK??? You can't hear them during the day but at night when it's quiet they are really loud - in my house people take the batteries out (they use their phones if they need an alarm)

The old electric ones would have been silent

I do hope guests have complained grin

(The manager sounds like the Terminator. He is wonderful)

Lomaamina Thu 20-Dec-12 10:16:34

Ponders I know they were planning to test the sound of the alarms, so given their (manic) attention to detail, I would hope so, wouldn't you?

And yes, I'm sure guests would have complained, especially now they know the hotel spent a mere £20 on their mock whatever period clocks.

TheReturnoftheSmartArse Thu 20-Dec-12 12:44:59

I love the switchboard man, but Thomas the manager has scary eyes. I reckon he's mean ...!

pigletmania Thu 20-Dec-12 18:52:05

I am shocked at some of the outlandish behaviour of the super rich, more money than sense. In the first episode, they ripped out a 15 year old marble bath as one chineese pop singer wanted a jacuzzi shock

Ponders Thu 20-Dec-12 23:03:47

Japanese, piglet smile

HalleLouja Fri 21-Dec-12 11:20:14

I did like the Cuban guy. Even though he wanted it to look like home he bought the staff an ice cream machine. Very fitting as he made his millions from sugar.

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