About the hotel
Opened in 1837 in fashionable Mayfair, Brown’s Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in London. The hotel combines a rich history and boutique character with contemporary décor and amenities. Hosting a long line of notable guests including royalty, nobility, famous writers and world leaders, Brown’s has long been established and known for its hospitality and service. A chauffeured BMW with WiFi access picked me up from the airport, which was very comfortable and convenient after a long flight.
Brown’s rich history is reflected in the naming of various suites and event rooms. The Kipling Suite was named after author Rudyard Kipling, who penned The Jungle Book during his stay at Brown’s Hotel. The Graham Bell Room was renamed in honour of Sir Alexander Graham Bell, who in 1876 famously made the first successful telephone call from Brown’s Hotel.
HIX Mayfair, under the direction of chef Mark Hix, combines contemporary British dishes with contemporary British art, while award-winning afternoon tea is served in The English Tea Room, which also serves a blend of Brown’s own tea. Antique fireplaces and original 18th Century wood panelling set the scene for a traditional London pastime. Master classes are offered at both restaurants.
The Spa at Brown’s offers a range of specially crafted pampering packages for him, her and even younger guests. The 24-hour fitness centre offers personal training services and provides jogging route maps for nearby Green Park.
There was excellent service checking in, my room was ready and waiting even though it was 7am when I arrived.
If you’d like an upgrade
Brown’s Hotel has 117 guest rooms including 29 suites. The largest at 1,829 square feet is the Hellenic Suite. It’s perfect for families, with the ability to become a three-bedroom suite and features a double shower and basin with oversize bathtub, a walk-in wardrobe and floor-to-ceiling windows facing Albemarle Street.
Book in advance to join monthly Saturday Mayfair Art Tours. Meeting in The Library at Brown’s Hotel, a Mayfair gallery director will guide you through four Mayfair art galleries before returning to Brown’s for a three-course set lunch at HIX Mayfair restaurant. Check with the hotel for upcoming tour dates.