Hotel Café Royal, London

The major restoration and refurbishment works at Hotel Café Royal, London:

We restored all the internal historical metalwork items throughout the ‘front end’ areas of the hotel. Working closely with the project’s heritage architects, Donald Insall Associates, we ensured that all original items were returned to their former glory.  One of the key features of this impressive building is the main staircase that winds its way through the seven floors. Wrought iron restoration was necessary on several sections of the staircase and missing decorative elements were replaced with like-for-like cast brass pieces. We also had to make a complete section of wrought iron staircase with cast brass handrails for the seventh floor, all having to seamlessly blend in with the original run.

The copper clad main entrance doors onto Regents Street were removed and transported back to our workshops for repair work. Missing sections of detail were replaced with copper components before all doors were painted to the Regents Street BMA finish.  Another of the feature pieces we worked on was the Derby Balustrade, an extremely decorative wrought iron and cast-iron balustrade on the balcony arrangement that greets all hotel visitors as they enter the building. This was stripped back to the bare iron by chemical dipping prior to missing decorations being hand forged and fitted. A bespoke cast bronze crown was copied from historical photographs and mounted at the re-fitting stage.

This project is one of our largest heritage ironwork restoration project and saw us restoring and replacing items such as:

  • Cast Iron & Wrought Iron Lobby Lift Doors
  • Wrought Iron Window Grilles
  • Ornate Wrought Iron & Cast Brass Radiator Casings
  • Cast Bronze Fountain Heads
  • Cast Brass Chandelier Mounting Sets
  • Cast Brass Entrance Door Embellishments

Project Overview


Hotel Café Royal, London


MACE Group


heritage ironwork restoration

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