Brown’s Hotel is an unassuming Georgian townhouse in Mayfair, embedded amongst the boutiques of Tiffany & Co and and Gucci. Despite the eruption of new, monolith branded hotels popping up all over London, you’re still hearing of this iconic establishment. With historical celebrities like Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker as past regulars, there’s an unforgettable allure to a classic British hotel like this one. Not to mention, it’s a dog-friendly luxury staycation in London and lacks all the snobby airs and pretensions you’d be cautious of when it comes to a five star.
We checked into the Hellenic suite, one of the 33 at Brown’s London and rumoured to be the owner’s favourite. It’s a sprawling space with its own floor to ceiling library, dining area and my favourite feature – the fireplace. Staying here feels like you’re moving into your new home, where English decadence meets modern conveniences. I’m mainly referring to the Nespresso machine here. Through to the bedroom, which features a hefty chaise-lounge that could sleep a large dog (or a child) there’s a his and hers walk-in wardrobe. My favourite part of any hotel stay is checking out the bathroom. This suite had a double-sink, spa-sized bathtub and shower, stocked to the brim with Irene Forte products.
As for the dog-friendly areas, the communal lobby with its ambient skylight, fireplace and charming Victorian wallpaper is one. After a walk around neighbourhood Green Park, take a sip of Champagne here with your fur-baby beside you. Staff are truly accommodating to man’s best friend – my friend who brought her whippet to visit (pictured above) was as tended to as the human guests!
Dining options are rife in this boujie area of London but the resident restaurant, yet Charlie’s is not the be missed. Michelin-starred Chef Adam Byatt heads up the kitchen, which serves delightful British cuisine with a European flair. Meat lovers should try the finely minced steak tartare topped with caviar, a recommended dish (£15 for starter £28 for main course). And while it seems that every hotel restaurant serves up a steak, it’s become somewhat of a hallmark of standards. We sampled the grilled sirloin (£35) which would put Hawksmoor to shame. While this dining experience doesn’t yet have a star or rosette, my foodie friend and I agreed that it’s only a matter of time until its quality is recognised. Brown’s Hotel in London also boasts an impressively large bar, Donovan. It is named after the late fashion photographer Terence Donovan and serves over 60 cocktail variations. Reflective of his film work, the black and white themed room even features a “naughty corner”, decorated with framed nudes and lingerie shots. A wonderful hotspot to finish the night.
Alternatively, for introverts like myself, I opted to finish our bottle of red in the room. We spent the evening lounging on the sofa with face masks on. It’s worth noting here that service was exceptional. Any issues we had with working a TV (we got too used relying on Netflix only) or guests trying to locate our room, Brown’s Hotel staff came to our rescue within minutes. After so many months spent at home, it’s brilliant to experience what great hospitality should be like once again.
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