Its origins lying in the vision of a French wine merchant, the house soon evolved into a centre of glamour and inspiration for literary and art figures of the 19th centrury. The reputation continued attracting celebrities throughout the following decades until today. After an extensive renovation the hotel reopened its doors in 2012 under the roof of The Set, a group of selected hotels such as the Conservatorium in Amsterdam. The London member has been redesigned by David Chipperfield Architects, who found a perfect balance between the different stylistic influences that span the 1860s, the 1929s and the 21st century. The interior is characterized by noble simplicity featuring individual classical elements in stone and copper. The building at Regent Street also houses The Club, a members-only-area featuring a gallery for temporary exhibitions and works by contemporary artists such as Damian Hirst or Christian Furr.