http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/galleries/index.html?in_gallery_id=8955&in_page_id=1055 The ultra-chic Hempel Hotel in Bayswater, London She has been pictured shopping at Oxfam - but it seems Victoria Beckham still has a taste for the grander things in life. When the former Spice Girl announced she and her husband were checking into the ultra-chic Hempel Hotel in Bayswater, staff were handed a formidable list of requirements. They spent about £20,000 in an effort to make Victoria happy. Her exacting demands included £350 of cakes from a local patisserie, ultrathick towels and extra dressing gowns and £1,000 of smart Jo Malone bath scents, plus a full set of Spanish newspapers so her husband could read reports from football matches in is home league. Anxious staff decorated the hotel's £1,500-a night Beluga suite with £5,000 of orchids, six silver platters of fresh tropical fruit, and lit it with 60 candles. Another £5,000 was spent flying in Italian linen sheets by designer Francesco Calvidini. A butler was put on standby to look after the couple during their twoday stay at the west London hotel. They were also offered a chauffeur-driven Porsche Cayenne should they need to venture out. At one point, five porters were dispatched to a patisserie, where they emptied its shelves. But still there was one thing missing from the Beckhams suite: Cristal champagne. A source at the Hempel said: "Victoria arrived here with David on Sunday afternoon. We made a massive effort to get ready for them - in total we must have spent around £20,000 preparing for their arrival." "Victoria came here to promote her book - she did a series of interviews in her suite. We did everything we could to get it ready. But she was not happy with champagne on ice in her suite - we had stocked it with Ruinart champagne and she insisted on Cristal." "She was quite clear that she and David were not happy with anything but Cristal."