Celebrity Guests

The longest staying guests in The Elgin Fairlawn were the Kendal (Bragg) family. Their daughter is the famous British actress Felicity Kendal. The family owned a travelling Shakespearean theatre company known as Shakespeareana. The repertoire company performed in different places all around India. Some of the perfomances were also put up in the upstairs Lounge of The Elgin Fairlawn. Geoffrey Kendal and his wife Laura Liddel stayed in this hotel for nearly 30 years from time to time whenever they were in Kolkata. Felicity left India at the age of 20. Their eldest daughter Jennifer was married to the Indian Cinema Superstar Shashi Kapoor of the Kapoor family. The hotel still maintains the "Shashi Kapoor Room" where the couple had their honeymoon.

During the 1950's a famous professional wrestler known as 'King Kong' stayed in the hotel. He had a voracious appetite and an equally legendary strength. He ended up breaking many furniture around the hotel and consuming enough food that could suffice a small army. One of the world's most reputed and respected travel writer, the late Eric Newby and his wife Wanda Skof had stayed here a number of times. Patrick Swayze and the Cast of the 'City of Joy' also stayed in this hotel. The Elgin Fairlawn was also featured in the movie. The famous journalist and writer, Tiziano Terzani had organised his son's wedding here in 1997.

Some of the famous guests who have spent a slice of their life here:

  • Ishmail Merchant and James Ivory
  • Tom Stoppard
  • Patrick Swayze
  • Tiziano Terzani and family
  • Julie Christie
  • Sting
  • Dominique Lapierre and his wife Dominique
  • Clive Anderson
  • Late Norman Hutchinson (Royal Artist) and Gloria his wife
  • Julian Barrow (Landscape artist)
  • Dan Cruikshank
  • Ian Hislop
  • Gunthur Grass
  • Felicity Kendal
  • Michael Palin

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