Located on a prominent corner in prestigious Mayfair, a fashionable district in London's West End, the Claridge's Hotel in London, England, is within walking distance of exclusive shopping and restaurants and the American Embassy. Favored throughout history by royalty, the hotel is close to the fashion houses and art galleries on Bond Street. For a cluster of boutique stores and restaurants that are more unusual than the retail giants of the nearby bustling Oxford Street, guests can take the short journey to St. Christopher's Place. The Claridge's main entrance leads into an impressive marble front hall with open fireplaces, tall mirrors and art deco ironwork. The hotel foyer, designed by acclaimed architect Thierry Despont, contains liveried footmen and offers evening entertainment by the Hungarian Quartet. Traditional English afternoon tea is served in the adjacent Reading Room.