dorchester-hotel3The Dorchester Hotel is opposite Hyde Park, about a ten minutes’ walk from Marble Arch in Oxford Street.
The land that the hotel now stands on was next to Henry Vlll’s hunting park.
William the Conqueror gave the land, known as the Manor of Hyde, to Geoffrey de Mandeville.
Then it became religious land, and in 1751 a large building was built there.
Joseph Damer, the Earl of Dorchester, acquired it in 1792 from the Abbot and Convent of Westminster. So it became known as Dorchester House.
dorchester-hotel4The Dorchester House became the American Embassy in 1910 and was eventually converted into a hospital during the First World War.
I went there for a meeting. There were a lot of staff on the door and in the foyer. They were all pleasant and helpful, and they directed me to where the meeting was being held.
We were greeted with tea and coffee, and then an excellent buffet lunch was set out, with a selection of hot or cold food, and irresistible little cakes and pastries.
It’s a very impressive building, and well-worth visiting for a drink or a meal.

Historical facts:
The Dorchester is situated in the heart of London’s Mayfair on Park Lane, with 250 rooms and suites designed in a classic English residential style, affording expansive views of Hyde Park. Alexandra Champalimaud redesigned 22 new Dorchester and Park Suites in 2012, fusing contemporary comfort with timeless glamour. dorchester-hotel1A wide range of dining is available to guests in The Promenade, The Bar and The Grill, China Tang and three Michelin star Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester. The Dorchester Spa reopened in May 2009 after a multimillion transformation to offer indulgent pampering in a glamorous art deco setting.  The Dorchester’s ten banqueting rooms, including The Ballroom which was renovated in September 2011, offer a wide selection for hosting various events, from intimate dinners to cocktail receptions of up to 1,000 guests.

dorchester-hotel2• Elizabeth Taylor was staying in the rooftop Harlequin Suite when she learned of her record-breaking, multi-million-pound deal for Cleopatra. The Suite features the original pink marble bathroom installed especially for her
• During WWII, The Dorchester was considered the safest hotel in London thanks to its modern construction. Cabinet Ministers Lord Halifax and Duff Cooper moved in on a semi-permanent basis, and General Dwight D. Eisenhower set up headquarters on the first floor in what is now known as The Eisenhower Suite
The Oliver Messel Suite, created by the theatre designer, is one of the most famous hotel suites in London. The suite on the seventh floor has been the favourite suite to stay in for over half a century by guests including Marlene Dietrich, Noel Coward, Bob Hope and Sylvester Stallone, among others.

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.