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Lavish surrealism just north of Soho
Trendy, stylish and playfully designed Ian Schrager/Philippe Starck enterprise in a former 1960s furniture store. One of two Schrager/Starck hotels, along with St. Martin's Lane. Certainly not for everyone, but if you're passing by you might have a look inside and steal a ride up one of the two elevators (UK = lift) with their trippy, cosmic holographic interiors. If you fancy a drink, the 80-foot Long Bar — just on the right as you enter the hotel — offers a certain introduction to buzzy/fashionable London. The dark, hallucinogenic and more exclusive Purple Bar is accessible to only those staying in the hotel.