One of London's best-loved hotels, the Athenaeum Hotel has a new General Manager. Jeremy Hopkins started at the Piccadilly-area hotel this March and came to New York last week for a whirlwind tour of travel editors and other insiders.
At a fabulous brunch at Manhattan's equally tony Patroon restaurant, Hopkins charmed your Editor and other attendant travel journos with tales of the hotel's legendary past as James Bond's home-away-from-home (the staff quartered the stars and crew here during Die Another Day) and its stylish present as the home of the London suite with the best view of the city ever, a living wall of flowers and an afternoon tea to die for.
Insiders know that the Athenaeum is one of the only hotels in London retaining its quirky charm, concierges who rival London cabbies for their "knowledge" and a bank of private apartments on the side that make for wonderfully romantic venues for discreet (or indiscreet) weekend (or longer) encounters.
If it's good enough for Commander Bond, it's good enough for us!