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The Park Lane Hotel Ballroom in The Danish Girl

Date posted: 01.01.2016

Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars alongside Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) in The Danish Girl this month, in roles inspired by artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Based on the novel by David Ebershoff, Tom Hooper (Les Misérables) directs this visually stunning treatment of a timely story.

One of the first recipients of sex reassignment surgery, The Danish Girl follows Lili Elbe's (Redmayne) transition from male to female. Her wife, Gerda (Vikander), on discovering this change, supports Lili both in her will to become a woman and how she is presented to the world. In her time as Einar and subsequently Lili, she lives an intriguing life as she navigates the changes both within and without herself.

Art Deco Transitions

The opulent decor of the Park Lane Hotel Ballroom was an ideal backdrop for the film, perfectly encapsulating the Art Deco style of the late 1920s and early 1930s. The ballroom was dressed as Fonesbech's Department Store, setting the scene for Lili's job at a perfume counter. Haley Baker, Groups & Events Planning Supervisor at Park Lane Hotel, said "It was incredible to see such a transformation of the space."

Humphrey Milles, Location Manager, recognised the flexibility of the location, saying "aside from the incredible aesthetic, which was perfect for the era we were going for, logistically and production wise there is just so much space."

Opening Doors

Park Lane Hotel provided ample space for the production within the building, from areas for hair and makeup, changing rooms, green rooms and catering space, to accommodating and coordinating approximately 80 crew and four extras. A total of three days on location, including a day's shoot, required efficient planning and communication to successfully come together.

Additionally, the location allowed one of the Ballroom doors on Piccadilly to be temporarily replaced, standing in as a department store window. Baker explains "The hotel door was replaced on its hinges at the end of each day for security reasons. They also stationed a car on Piccadilly, with approval from Westminster Council."

In the end, everyone was pleased with the experience, Milles' saying "It really was a dream location to work with - highly recommended" while Baker praised the production team, saying "Everyone was always so upbeat and friendly towards our staff."

About the Park Lane Hotel

Opened in 1927 and built to the designs of Adie, Button and Partners, The Park Lane Hotel is an iconic 303-bedroom property located in the heart of Mayfair overlooking Green Park. The Grade II listed Ballroom, which also featured in Brideshead Revisited and GoldenEye, is arguably London’s finest example of Art Deco.

The building features:

  • Smart bedrooms and suites
  • The Silver Gallery
  • The Art Deco Palm Court Lounge
  • Oak panelled rooms
  • Art Deco lighting and mirrors
  • Industrial kitchen
  • Views across the Royal Parks to Buckingham Palace

Other productions shot here include films The Golden Compass and Made of Honor, and television shows The Honourable Woman and Lucan.

The Danish Girl is out now at cinemas nationwide.

For filming at the Park Lane Hotel, please contact Jacopo Negrini, Sales manager - Group & Entertainment on 020 7290 7231 or jacopo.negrini@starwoodhotels.com