Prince Harry’s Pal Revamps London’s New No. 3 Cromwell

Prince Harry’s pal and all around glitterati-collector Howard Spooner has again decisively stolen the London nightlife conversation with this rather, well, glittering revamp of a legendary South Kensington nightspot. Once the playground of everyone from Jayne Mansfield to Sean Connery to Sir Elton (not to mention the site of a certain Jimi Hendrix’s London debut), the glamorous new incarnation of No. 3 Cromwell is now attracting supermodel sorts like David Gandy and Elle MacPherson. And no wonder. Taking up all three floors of a striking Georgian townhouse, the famous and fabulous could surely want for nothing here. 

True, the chandeliered, piano-equipped dining room (pardon, Drawing Room) is hardly a culinary game changer, dishing up a quite reasonably priced assortment of sliders and dips, aka "boozing food." But we do love that they’ve thought to have a dedicated "pudding" menu, complete with corresponding Ports and and Sauternes’. 

The Back Room cocktail bar, with its baroque trimmings and stately fireplaces, is a sure bet for tabloid-worthy celebrity snoggings (sample tipple titles: Threesome, Menage A Trois). But it’s The Basement nightclub–yes, it’s in the basement–which will be swinging in full until 3am every night. It’s got, um, padded walls…which we can only guess is intended for the safety of the royal habituĂ©s. 

Get the inside-scoop on No. 3 Cromwell.

London Preview: Dorset Square Hotel

And they say you can’t go home again. But London’s boutique hotel virtuosos Firmdale (Haymarket HotelCrosby Street Hotel, etc.) have gone back to their first property, the Dorset Square Hotel, and revived it for the 21st Century. What has emerged, unsurprisingly, is a hotel-in-a-townhouse brimming with 38 rooms inspired by designer Kit Kemp’s signature bold and playful colors and textures.

Situated in Marylebone, Dorset Square is one of the early beneficiaries of Kemp’s buzzed about new fabric and rug collection with Christopher Farr. The rooms are flanked with oak and marble, and there’s an opulent, fireplace-adorned drawing room (this is England, after all). The sexy Potting Shed restaurant and bar is set to become one of the capital’s buzziest new scenes. Another winner from Firmdale.