As one of the capital’s most iconic hotels, Claridge’s is famous for its ornate interiors, sumptuous suites and Art Deco grandeur. Now the London landmark will be opening its doors to NHS staff unable to return to their own homes during the Covid-19 crisis – completely free of charge.
The move comes amidst a wave of national and international support for workers putting their lives on the line in the battle against the global pandemic, joining an array of fashion and beauty companies who are supporting the fight against the virus through generous donations.
The hotel has said that it will open its doors to 40 doctors, nurses and other key staff from St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington from Friday 3 April, offering them rooms that usually start from £650 per night. Claridge’s will also provide dinner and breakfast during their stay. Most are expected to stay for at least a week, and in many cases a fortnight or longer.
Many members of NHS staff in London cannot currently return safely to their own homes because they live with relatives who fall into high-risk categories, while others have been recruited from elsewhere in Britain and therefore have nowhere to stay when they finish their long shifts.
This offer comes just days after the Mayfair hotel was forced to close its doors for the first time in its storied 200-year history, having provided an enduring bastion of refinement and elegance for the people of London since first opening in 1812.
Paddy McKillen, co-owner of the Maybourne Group, which runs Claridge’s, said: “Just as it has in the past world wars, Claridge’s has a duty to step up and support the people of London. Teams from all our hotels have volunteered to help and support the dedicated NHS workers at this critical time. We are forever in their debt.”