It was always going to be great. The first hotel from restaurant supremos Corbin and King was a glossy, stylish hit from the moment it opened in 2014. Many ‘Hotel of the Year’ awards later and now under new ownership, it is still private, still independent. Its advent put North Mayfair firmly on the map, partly thanks to its inhabitable sculpture, ROOM, by Sir Antony Gormley, a magnificent public artwork from the outside that contains an extraordinary one-bedroom suite within. The Beaumont is a classy joint (chequerboard lobby floor, early 20th-century paintings, gleaming antiques) yet also intimate. The muralled Colony Grill Room is relaxed, sophisticated, New York style dining at its best, serving timeless transatlantic classics. The 73 Art Deco-themed rooms and suites are handsome, sensible and supremely comfortable and there’s the added luxury of the Art Deco Hamam and Spa, inspired by the Turkish Baths at the RAC Club in London and original New York YMCA.
The Wallace Collection, 8 minutes’ walk away on Manchester Square or, in total contrast, The Gagosian Gallery on Grosvenor Hill.
Other than the hotel’s own Colony Grill Room, which is hugely popular in the area for its relaxed, New York-style classic take on timeless transatlantic favourites, we would recommend The Wolseley, Bellamy’s or Fischer’s on Marylebone High Street.
The New Craftsmen on North Row for an extraordinary collection of jewellery, homewares, furniture, fabrics and more, made by some of the UK’s top craftspeople. Duke Street is strong for menswear: Private White VC and Ami. A new addition to the area is Leica’s UK flagship store, with its Gallery and Akademie. And, of course, Selfridges, just a few short steps from our front door.