Many a rebellious lad, from Oscar Wilde to Keith Richards, has spent time within the confines of 19–21 Great Marlborough Street—the present-day site of the 116-room Courthouse Hotel Kempinski—not as hotel guests, but as defendants in what was the United Kingdom’s second-oldest magistrate court. Book the Lalique Suite and unwind in the former residence of the metropolitan police commissioner; four other suites are situated in what once were the judges’ robing rooms, and four more are in the clerks’ chambers. Standard rooms are housed in a new wing built on the site of the old police station, including the holding cells and shooting range. Guests pass through salvaged prison gates to sip cocktails at the Bar and dine in the shadow of the judges’ bench at Silk.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.