While Strictly Come Dancing is always packed with glitz and glamour one of the most eye-catching parts of the launch show this weekend was a stunning 16th century Tudor hotel.
Fans of the show were given a glimpse of how the Strictly professional dancers lived when they were preparing for this year’s series.
Because of coronavirus restrictions, the professional dancers had to quit their own homes and move into a hotel together.
That allowed them to form a single household – meaning they could rehearse together and even perform the group dances together.
All the group dances have been pre-recorded – while the professionals were staying in the hotel – and will be shown throughout the series.
Now you can take a look inside the luxury hotel where the professionals stayed.
The luxury Manor Hotel where the professional dancers rehearsed their group routines (Image: BBC)
The Manor Hotel, formerly called the Edgwarebury Hotel, sits on the site of a traditional Tudor house from 1540, reports The Mirror.
The official website states the hotel was founded on “rich heritage and traditional values of quality and originality”.
The hotel is the former house of Commander Sir Arthur Trevor Dawson and was previously transformed into a private country club in the 1930s, before becoming a hotel in the 1960s.
The standard double bedrooms are house in a more contemporary area of the hotel with a double bed, en suite bathroom, seating area, Wi-Fi, large television, and tea and coffee making facilities.
There are also larger ‘Superior’ doubles in the contemporary wing, but the ‘Deluxe doubles’ are housed in the main Tudor house itself and are much more spacious with larger beds and a look at the London skyline from the second floor.
The new episodes of Strictly will feature some elaborate and show-stopping group performances, which the gang crafted inside a large temporary structure erected on the lush and large grounds of the hotel.
Dancer Amy Dowden said: “We usually spend the whole month learning all the group numbers and perform them throughout the series.
“However, this year, we have pre-recorded all of the group numbers to make it safer for us all.”
Due to restrictions surrounding coronavirus, the new series will now run for only nine weeks and will not feature the traditional Halloween special nor the Blackpool week.
Blackpool has been placed into Tier Three restrictions.
Everyone on set for the new episodes will regularly undergo temperature checks, wear masks, and stay hygienic and sanistise.
The set in Elstree will also be regularly sanitised and receive substantial deep cleans to ensure the safety of the cast and crew.