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Cafe Royal Re-opens

The historic Cafe Royal re-opens today as a five star hotel. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Cafe Royal in Piccadilly has been part of London life for 143-years.

But the cafe, a favourite of stars from Oscar Wilde and Elizabeth Taylor to Gordon Ramsay, closed in 2008.

Following a £90m redevelopment, it's been transformed into a 159-room luxury hotel.

The venue is part of a £750m Crown Estate regeneration of Regent Street and the West End.

Pair of oak barrels, as part of the closing down auction in 2008 Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images