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Arguably, without the Grand Tours of the 17th and 18th centuries, there would be no Grand Hotels. 

United Kingdom Grand Hotels

Brown's Hotel

London

Ralph Fiennes polished his hotelier act here in 1983, whilst working as a porter. This Rocco Forte owned property has been in business since 1837 and has played host to Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, Rudyard Kipling and Agatha Christie - amongst others.  

Edinburgh

This Edinburgh landmark opened its doors in 1902. The Balmoral has welcomed many famous guests over the years, none perhaps more so than J.K. Rowling who finished the Harry Potter series here in 2007. 

The Connaught

London

Christened "The Coburg" on her opening in 1815, the hotel changed its name to the somewhat more Anglo Saxon "Connaught" in 1917. 

The Dorchester Hotel

The Dorchester

London

It's difficult to know what Burton and Taylor, regular guests in the '60s and '70s, would have thought of the 2014 boycott - perhaps they would have simply slipped down to The Grill for an undisturbed, if somewhat liquid, lunch... 

The Langham Artesian Bar

The Langham

London

Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Dvořák, Toscanini, Winston Churchhill, Charles de Gaulle, Wallis Simpson & Princess Diana. A setting for Sherlock Holmes books and James Bond films... what more could one ask of a Grand Hotel?   

The Ritz London

LONDON

Mick Jagger was refused afternoon tea, as he wore neither jacket nor tie.

 

'nuff said.  

The Savoy

London

The story goes that London taxi's short turning radius was necessitated by the Savoy's driveway. One wonders how the various Rolls and Bentleys manage to manoeuvre the turn.  

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