A five-star hotel with history and gravitas but none of the pomp or flashiness of some of its rivals, Brown’s was founded in 1837 by Lord Byron’s butler. In 2005, Olga Polizzi revamped the interior for her brother, Rocco Forte, lifting its Victorian looks with an injection of contemporary sophistication. In the award-winning English tearoom, original panelling sits easily with modern art. Queen Victoria herself was an early fan of afternoon tea at Brown’s. Heinz Beck’s menus for his London flagship restaurant have brought in relaxed Italian sophistication, while the famous Donovan Bar has been fabulously redesigned and now includes a new cocktail menu by Salvatore Calabrese. The bar, lounge and restaurant effectively form one large contemporary art-filled space, devoted to eating, drinking and entertaining. Polizzi’s style is also evident in the bedrooms, not least in the dazzling Kipling Suite, named after Rudyard, of course, who penned The Jungle Book while staying here. Downstairs, there’s a spoiling subterranean spa.
Doubles from £475
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Beautifully located in the heart of Mayfair, one of the World’s leading art districts as home to over 150 galleries, it is perfectly befitting that Brown’s Hotel reflects its arty surrounds with its own touches such as a rotating exhibition of works from local galleries in the English Tea Room, a private collection of photographs from Terence Donovan lining the walls of the Donovan Bar and three busts by British sculptor, Emily Young, in the restaurant.
Join us for a relaxed Italian lunch or dinner in newly-launched Beck at Brown’s by renowned chef, Heinz Beck. We recommend our signature Fagotelli alla Carbonara.
An experience with us: from Mayfair Art Tours to family adventures with Sharky & George, a rebalancing treatment in The Spa at Brown’s or a decadent afternoon tea, there are countless experiences for guests to gift or enjoy for themselves.
CLAIM TO FAME
As London’s oldest hotel, Brown’s roll-call of famous guests includes Agatha Christie, Winston Churchill and Karl Lagerfeld.
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