When The Carlton Tower Hotel opened its doors in 1961, it was the first of London s tower hotels a luxurious and obviously modern destination, in a soot-blackened city that was still picking itself up after the Second World War. It instantly became a by-word for the most sophisticated in trans-Atlantic service and comfort, combined with a respect for the traditions of the country, epitomised by the Rib Room which, then as now, specialised in Britain s defining culinary achievement, roast beef. In the subsequent half century, The Carlton Tower has not deviated from its mission to provide guests with the best of everything or to quote that great London figure Samuel Johnson, all that life can afford. It has welcomed royalty and celebrities, rock musicians and heads of state, supermodels and classical musicians. Although now an established landmark of the London scene, it continues to pride itself on the friendliness of its greeting and the very personal care that it takes of its guests. This book tells the story of how this great hotel came to be built in Hans Town, a part of London originally laid out in the 1770s. It describes the vision that successive Earls Cadogan have had for the area, as well as celebrating The Carlton Tower s unique collection of works by the artist Feliks Topolski, a lively record of the Swinging Sixties. Above all, it provides a glimpse into the secret life of a hotel which remains the first in its class. When a man is tired of The Carlton Tower Hotel, he is tired of life. Did Dr Johnson say that? Not quite, but he might have done if he d had the chance.
Book is in excellent condition with only a little scuff marking on the covers.