The My Library series discovers the books loved by the people we meet. Claridge’s general manager Thomas Kochs shares the bookshelves in the iconic London hotel.
Claridge’s hotel book collection is glossier than some, thanks to a recently opened boutique by internationally renowned publisher Assouline. The warm red interior and black wood bookcases mirror the decor of the hotel’s Map Room business hub next door and it has the same sense of decadent luxury. It’s like walking into the well-stocked home library of a world traveller.
“Books bring life and warmth to any room, so they play an important role within a hotel” explains Thomas. “They reflect who we are and who our guests are; what they want to read and the subjects that inspire and delight them. I can lose hours here if I’m not careful.”
In the boutique library there are vintage one-off tomes and oversized volumes that will become heirlooms of the future. Subjects are diverse and cover all aspects of international style and culture, and some are chosen to feature in the rooms and suites of Claridge’s.
“My favourite books are constantly changing as they update and refresh the stock, but a few that have caught my eye lately are In the Spirit of Capri by Pamela Fiori, The Light of London by Jean-Michel Berts and John Julius Norwich, The Big Book of Chic by Miles Redd and Arabian Horses by Judith E Forbis.
I also like Vintage Cocktails by Brian Van Flandern. Obviously here at Claridge’s we serve the world’s best cocktails, but this is the bible I refer to if I’m making them at home. The Gin Fizz is one I come back to time and time again.”