We checked into The Beaumont, following its recent zhush up to check out its new surrounds. Staying true to its Art-Deco stylings, we can confirm the feted London hotel is back and better than ever.
With an air of Fitzgerald and Hemingway about the place, The Beaumont embodies the spirit of the grand hotels of the 1920s. Now, Thierry Despont has given the hotel’s sleek Art-Deco interiors an upgrade as part of its much-talked about transformation. The result: delightful decadence in W1.
The Packing Edit
Timeless elegance with a glimmer of Gatsby.
With just 50 rooms and 22 suites and studios, a stay at The Beaumont tips towards the intimate. While all rooms are generously proportioned, we do, of course, have our favourites. If you can stretch for the Schiaparelli Suite, which pays tribute to fashion doyenne Elsa Schiaparelli, you won’t be disappointed with your decision.
Featuring a private rooftop terrace, the Schiaparelli Suite’s interiors are a tasteful medley of metallic hues – think muted silvers, rich stone, and putty hues, glinting golds, and so on – it’s an altogether decadent affair. Designed as a space for work and play, post 5PM, flick through a mini library of British classics – the authorised biography of Cecil Beaton instantly caught our attention – as you nibble on fresh fruit from the comfort of your elegant settee.
Head down the swish hallway, bedecked in glossy woods and artful etchings, to find your comfortable sleeping quarters. En route, you’ll clock the XL bathroom, decorated in marble, glass, and mosaic tiles. Kitted out with Dr Harris & Co Ltd products, draw yourself a bath and benefit from an in-built TV set as you enjoy some downtime amidst a sea of bubbles.
The Little Extras
Chocolates by the bed – choose from milk or dark – always sweetens bedtime, and there are more sweet little touches to be found throughout your suite. From Beaumont-branded playing cards through to a merched mini-bar spanning peppermints to pistachios, pretzels to gummi bears, such additions feel thoughtful and a little playful.
On the lower level of the hotel, you’ll find the the leather-lined gymnasium and the shimmering black and white marble and mosaic spa. Now boasting four treatment rooms, as well as a steam room, sauna, cold plunge pool, and traditional warmed marble hammam massage table, whiling away an afternoon here is no trouble at all.
The Food + Drink
Kick off your evening at Le Magritte Bar, the hotel’s no-reservations bolthole which specialises in bourbon and classic cocktails – we’d recommend the Rusty Nail (this was Sinatra’s favourite tipple too). Inspired by the American bars that took 1920s Paris and London by storm, it’s the perfect spot for an elegant pre-dinner sip.
Come dinnertime, move through to The Colony Grill. Its clubby 20s New York atmosphere is a real vibe and the perfect blend of luxe and laidback. Nab a banquette seat and choose from a popular menu, with retro notes, spanning salads, shellfish, grills, and steaks. For nostalgia’s sake, we’d recommend the shrimp cocktail to start, followed by – what else – a steak. Round things off with one of The Colony’s bespoke sundaes. Adding a little novelty to the end of your meal, build your own sundae, choosing from two/three flavours of ice-cream and sorbet (stracciatella, hazelnut, and strawberry ripple perhaps?), and toppings spanning honeycomb, to lemon meringue. Crown with a drizzle of dulce de leche sauce or a hefty dollop of whipped cream.
Breakfast, which is also served in The Colony, meets all needs. With a menu spanning eggs, fresh fruit, pancakes, as well as riffs on hot breakfasts. Next door, you’ll find Gatsby’s Room, an all-day dining space, which is suited as much to afternoon tea as it is to a light lunch, accompanied by a good book.
The To-Do List
Take the jogging map in your room – which offers guests a couple of track routes, including a jaunt through Kensington Gardens – as a hint, and explore your temporary neighbourhood in greater depth.
A hop, skip, and a jump from The Beaumont you’ll meet with bespoke clothing stores, artisanal coffee shops, and arthouse cinemas, as well as cultural hotspots – including The Royal Academy and (in the opposite direction) The Wallace Collection.