The Grand Staircase inside the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London. Designed by George Gilbert Scott for the Midland Railway Company, the building opened in 1873 as the Midland Grand Hotel. Later becoming too costly to maintain and regarded as outdated
Belgravia, London The German High Command went so far as to choose which residences they were going to -um- appropriate, when England surrendered after the fall of France. Good taste in real estate, but everyone knows how THAT story turned out.