24 Nov '12, 9am

Past scandal and murder at the Café Royal

Past scandal and murder at the Café Royal

The Café Royal is due to re-open soon with much of its original features still intact. If any of its early customers chose to revisit the hotel after nearly 100 years they would immediately recognise it, unfortunately Regent Street the road it occupies would be unrecognisable to its architect John Nash. Completed in 1823 and consecrated in 1824, All Souls Church is the only surviving building in Regent Street that was designed by John Nash. W hen in 1929 the new Regent Street was proposed the architects had every intention of building a new Café Royal and they were astonished when there was an outcry from across the world at the prospect of the beautiful Café Royal being destroyed. After a long campaign, which included representations from the Royal family, a compromise was reached – the interior of the dining room, with its magnificent decorative scheme, would be carefull...

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