A stay at… The Beaumont
Removed from the chaotic bustle of London’s Mayfair stands the true spirit of old-world opulence; The Beaumont.
Words by Millen Brown-Ewens
Galvanised by the affluence of the Roaring twenties and the class of the 1930s, The Beaumont provides a microcosmic slice of a bygone era in the heart of the capital. In truth, I’d venture as far as to say that the hotel and all impressions of sophistication are in fact one and the same. From the cherry and walnut wood panelling to the recherché chequerboard floor tiles, to step foot in the lobby is to be transported almost a century back in time.
Since opening in 2014, the five-star hotel has become renowned for its grand yet intimate character. With a modest 50 rooms and 23 suites and studios (including Turner Prize-winner Antony Gormley’s inhabitable sculpture, ROOM) there is definitely a focus on quality over quantity. A sleek Art Deco theme runs throughout all rooms with plenty of modern comforts accommodating guests staying for both business and pleasure. Sliding internal doors in the hotels suites, provides privacy when work and play are perhaps best left separate and for those of you anything like myself, you’ll take comfort in the indulgence exuded from the marble designed bathrooms and plush king-sized bed.
What’s more, is that the hotel upholds a no fuss policy when it comes to what are typically referred to as add-ons. Complementary services really are complementary with no fastidiousness meaning your stay is as smooth as your morning coffee. And if you’re still seeking more (because why shouldn’t you?) then a traditional Hamam treatment at the hotels spa is a must.
The hotel itself was previously privately owned and independently run by Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, the restaurateurs behind The Ivy, The Wolseley and Le Caprice. The low buzz that accompanies the busy restaurant known as the Colony Grill downstairs therefore comes as no surprise. Caricatures of the likes of Gable, Leigh and Flynn as well as huge murals- both courtesy of John Mattos- festoon the walls and instantly hold you transfixed as you enter from the lobby. Here both residents and non-residents are able to book a table in the handsome and flatteringly lit restaurant for a taste of The Beaumont classics such as the lobster à la Russe, New York hot dogs and do-it-yourself ice cream sundaes with an astonishing 230 combinations.
For a lighter option, The Lobby offers a notably non-British afternoon tea and the American Bar- unavailable for booking- will have you sipping on Boulevardier cocktails till the doors close and the lights dim. It’s Prohibition time after all.
The Beaumont also extends two fine rooms for private dining, business meetings and other events perfect for both our personal and corporate members at The Art of Celebration. The Lotus Room- facetiously nicknamed the ‘gangster room’ by hotel staff; is a versatile room equipped with the necessary equipment for both your personal and business needs. Whilst the smaller more intimate Cub room is perfectly suited for private breakfast and luncheons. Whichever room you book, a dedicated organiser will be on-hand working closely with The Art of Celebration team to coordinate every aspect of your event, with menus created by the chefs of the hotel’s Colony Grill.
For further details about the suites, rooms and private spaces available at The Beaumont, including the revered Presidential suite- The Roosevelt, please do contact your Lifestyle Manager at The Art of Celebration. Be prepared to celebrate in style.