The Beaumont’s 1926 exterior isn’t altogether conventional. The curious, cubelike sculpture on the left-hand corner of the facade is the creation of one of Britain’s foremost artists. Antony Gormley is best known for creating works such as the “Angel of the North” in the English town of Gateshead, but on this occasion he agreed to create ROOM—an “inhabitable sculpture” with a luxury suite hidden inside—at the behest of his old friend Jeremy King.
King, for those not familiar with London’s restaurant scene, is one half of Corbin & King. The pair have been working together for 30 years and have accrued a following at spots including the Wolseley, the Delaunay, Brasserie Zédel, and Colbert.
It’s perhaps fitting, then, that the first thing guests encounter upon entering the Beaumont is a pair of double doors pointing the way to the Colony Grill Room and the American Bar. Both spaces are fitted with decadent walnut finishes, Art Deco artwork, and dim, atmospheric lighting. The look and feel recapture the glamour of America during the 1920s and 30s, and that theme pervades the hotel.
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Mayfair is sandwiched between the shopping of Bond Street, the restaurants of Soho, and Green Park and Hyde Park. The department store Selfridges is a few steps from the door. Nearby, Mount Street and South Molton provide yet more boutique shopping options. Restaurant favorites include Roka, Scott’s of Mayfair, and newcomer Gymkana. On the square in front, you’ll also find the Garden Café and specialist coffeehouse HR Higgins, plus designer clothing boutique The Shop at Bluebird and a branch of British fashion brand Jigsaw with a Fernandez & Wells café inside.
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Rooms: 73 rooms, including 23 suites. From $637. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: With its Art Deco touches, the Colony Grill Room feels very much in keeping with the cannon of Corbin & King restaurants. Food is loosely American inspired, though dishes emanate from both sides of the Atlantic—New York strip steaks and ice cream sundaes appear alongside steak frites and oysters. The American Bar is a great place for a pre- or post-dinner drink. The Cub Room is tucked away off reception and reserved for hotel guests, with newspaper stands and 1920s music curated by Music Concierge. Spa and gym details: Downstairs, there’s a traditional men's barber, stocked with vintage-style DR Harris toiletries, which also appear in the rooms. A 24-hour gym and spa feature white mosaic tiling, several treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room, and hammam—all open only to hotel guests.
Who's it for:Anyone who hankers for a taste of 1920s America. Our favorite rooms: All rooms look much the same, the only difference being size. Standard rooms, separated into three subcategories of Classic, Superior, and Premier, have baths only in the latter two. Studios are slightly larger, with corner sofas. Suites have separate living and sleeping space. All feature 1920s Art Deco touches, such as photos of flappers or sports heroes from the era, and a stack of hand-selected books that tie in with the theme. Room with a view:Aim for a room at the front, looking onto the landscaped Brown Hart Gardens and Mayfair’s statuesque Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, which crowns the end of the square. Views from 203—a Superior—are memorable.