A five-star hotel with history and gravitas, but none of the pomp or flashness 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. Nowhere is the fusion of styles more evident than in the award-winning English tea room, where original panelling sits easily with modern art. Queen Victoria herself was an early fan of afternoon tea at Brown’s. Mark Hix’s menu for the celebrated restaurant, Hix Mayfair, focuses on big British flavours, deftly handled. The restaurant, lounge and Donovan Bar effectively form one large, contemporary art-filled space, devoted to eating, drinking and entertaining. Bedrooms display Olga Polizzi’s style, not least the fabulous Kipling Suite, named after Rudyard Kipling, who stayed at Brown’s and penned The Jungle Book here. Downstairs, there’s a spoiling subterranean spa. Doubles from £580.
See: Situated in the heart of Mayfair, one of the art capitals of the world, it is perfectly befitting that works of notable British artists line the walls of Brown’s Hotel, guests are invited to relax and dine amongst a beautifully curated collection by the likes of Tracy Emin, Rankin, Bridget Riley and Emily Young.
Eat: Join us in The English Tea Room for a Traditional Afternoon Tea or for a lighter option try our nourishing “Tea-Tox” option.
Buy: Our monthly Carving Masterclasses with Mark Hix make the perfect gift, spend an evening with Mark learning to perfect this quintessentially British skill.