Robbie Williams and his wife were among 36 guests and 250 hotel staff evacuated from a fire that broke out at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge in west London.
One hundred and twenty firefighters and 20 fire engines brought the blaze under control according to the London Fire Brigade. The fire is believed to have spread across a vertical facade for plants and vegetation and into several floors of the hotel but was quickly extinguished.
The five -star hotel which provides concierge services to residents of neighbouring One Hyde Park luxury flats is believed to have recently undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment. The hotel has also been visited by the Queen while attending private functions at the venue.
Williams, 44, described their dramatic escape on Instagram: “I went on the balcony and looked up and there was just billows and billows of smoke.
“I came back in from the balcony and said, ‘The hotel’s on fire,’ and then the next thing a knock at the door came and there was a bellboy there and they said, ‘Get out’.”
Williams and his wife Ayda Field, 39, subsequently fled the 12-storey building through an external fire escape to safety.
The Brigade’s 999 control officers took around 40 calls to the fire, which produced a large plume of smoke and could be seen for miles around.
LFB Station Manager Pam Oparaocha who was at the scene, she said: “The smoke from this large fire was very visible across central London this afternoon and we received a number of emergency calls. Firefighters worked extremely hard in exceptionally hot conditions to bring the fire under control. Crews wearing breathing apparatus carried out search and rescue operations throughout the inside of the building.
“Firefighters are likely to be there throughout the night and, once the fire has been brought under control, fire investigators will take over to establish how the blaze started.”
Fire crews from Chelsea, Kensington, Hammersmith, Battersea and other surrounding fire stations attended the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.