World Magazine : WORLD - Spring 2017
BROWN’S HOTEL LONDON T his is London’s oldest hotel, with stories going back 175 years, to the days of Lord Byron, whose butler opened the place. This is where Kipling completed The Jungle Book and from where Sir Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call. Purchased by Rocco Forte in 2005, Brown’s is these days better known as perhaps London’s finest hotel rather than its oldest. Mahogany panelling, modern art and furnishings – classic and contemporary blend nicely to create the ambience of a private country estate in the city. Brown’s is in Mayfair, a stone’s throw from Hyde Park. It’s one of London’s best districts for shopping and fine art. On that note, the concierge will provide you with a guide to the galleries. Berkeley Square and Piccadilly are an easy stroll away. The afternoon teas here are among the most famous in London – Highly Commended, in fact, at the Afternoon Tea Awards 2016 “in recognition of their outstanding quality”. One well-respected reviewer suggests that guests “relax to the sounds from the baby grand piano and indulge in a choice of 17 teas, including Brown’s own blend, along with a selection of succulent finger sandwiches, an assortment of delicate pastries, fruit and plain scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve”. Count us in. The restaurant, HIX Mayfair, is one of seven HIX eateries in the city helmed by notable British chef Mark Hix. Brown’s takes special pride in being family friendly.
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