Brown’s Hotel – Mayfair, W1
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Archetypally British, with a hint of the unexpected, Brown’s was founded by Lord Byron’s butler in 1837 as London’s very first hotel. In the heart of Mayfair, this five-star delight has all the history and gravitas but none of the pomp or flashiness of some of its rivals. The rooms and suites have been curated by Olga Polizzi for her brother, Sir Rocco Forte, each paying tribute to the hotel’s illustrious heritage and charm. The Kipling Suite honours Rudyard Kipling, who famously penned The Jungle Book while staying here. In the award-winning Drawing Room (where Queen Victoria became an early fan of Brown’s afternoon tea) original panelling sits easily with modern art from neighbouring Mayfair galleries. The famous Donovan Bar, in honour of celebrated photographer Terence Donovan, features a 1960s-inspired cocktail menu created exclusively by ‘Maestro’ Salvatore Calabrese, while Charlie’s at Brown’s offers a unique dining menu of seasonal dishes, headed up by head chef Adam Byatt of Michelin-starred Trinity. There’s even a luxurious subterranean spa offering an exclusive range of Irene Forte products.
Doubles from £510
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