Today, the hotel is beloved not only for its locale, but for a star-studded musical history that dates back decades.

Now 60 years old, Vongerichten’s illustrious career can be retraced as both a business lesson and a study in culinary evolution.

Countless hotels deem themselves iconic in historic London, but how many have hosted an after party for the Beatles? The Royal Lancaster, for one.

At L’Auberge, it’s all about location. Guests will gravitate to the great outdoors here, strolling by the mirage-like creek or dining upon a cottage porch among birdsong.