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Introduction, The Athenaeum
The fabulous 5 star Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments on Piccadilly is your home from home in London.
It offers you a huge choice of rooms, luxury suites and townhouse apartments, all with stunning leafy or Mayfair views. Here, you’re in the middle of everything. You’re right opposite the Royal Parks and Buckingham Palace. Down the road from museums and galleries, the chic-est shops and Theatreland. And just a few stops from the City, Soho and Canary Wharf.
View our interactive map to see all nearby London attractions or read about our star-studded history, our witty original art and fairytale Living Wall.
Details, The Athenaeum
The name ‘Piccadilly’ originates from the 16th century ornate ‘Piccadill’ collars that were so popular, they turned a tailor into the local landowner. Centuries later, Victorian gentlemen seeking a lady of the night would pick a ‘dilly’ on the main thoroughfare.
Meanwhile, life at No.116 Piccadilly began apace. “Hope House” was built in the Victorian era during 1849-50 and was noted by Charles Dickens for its extravagant interior. Rumour has it, the house had to be sold by the boisterous 6th Duke of Newcastle to pay off his gambling debts. The ‘Athenaeum’ name was first used over 150 years ago in 1864 when the house was bought by the Junior Athenaeum Club as the ideal spot for entertaining MPs, Lords and the great and good of London.