A happy Friday, indeed: The Rolling Stone’s have shared a new video of their song ‘Scarlet,’ a track they recorded in 1974 featuring Jimmy Page with Keith Richards on guitar that the band released in July ahead of their Goat’s Head Soup box set release in September.
The video, which was created via a socially-distanced shoot at the Claridge’s hotel in city’s tony Mayfield neighborhood, stars actor Paul Mescal of Normal People, the 2020 television adaptation of Sally Rooney’s 2018 novel of the same title. Mescal notes at the beginning of the video that he’s “a little bit drunk,” then proceeds to shake, shimmy and roll his way through the darkly-lit, at times smoke-filled art deco hotel in a rather Jagger-esque manner.
But it’s not just Mescal’s moves set to those oh-so tantalizing guitar rips that are stirring our imaginations as we head into the weekend; it’s the inside look at one of London’s most iconic hotels during the COVID-19 pandemic that has most of us tabling our travel plans for…who knows when, exactly. (While the U.S. department announced August 6 it has lifted its Global Level 4 Health Advisory, the United Kingdom remains at a Level 3—meaning travelers should “reconsider travel” there, and American travelers to the U.K. are still required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.)
For those wanderlust-stricken travelers among us, the Stones’ new video gives us three minutes and forty-nine seconds to dream about a weekend in London, complete with sleeping in plus room service in one of Claridge’s posh suites, a soak in one of its luxe tubs, a nightcap at Fumoir, the hotel’s swanky cigar-turned-cocktail bar, and maybe even a late-night romp through its elegant lobby.
Even for those perfectly happy to hunker down at home, the Mayfair hotel offers up plenty of design inspiration, from its black, white and gold lobby with clear nods to the building’s art deco history to its sumptuous suites decorated by British designer David Linley in 2012.
We definitely know where we’ll be staying next time we are in London.