As London’s oldest hostelry, Brown’s was created in 1837 from eleven townhouses. This sophisticated hotel features an unmistakably British vibe. Over the centuries, it’s been the chosen hotel for royalty, presidents and a few literary greats.
Decorated by the noted interior designer Olga Polizzi, each of the rooms features beautiful antiques and original artworks. Beck at Brown’s restaurant offers a seasonal Italian menu. Edwardian oak paneling and working fireplaces grace the English Tea Room, which offers an award-winning afternoon tea, and it’s said Queen Victoria loved to take her afternoon tea here.
The Donovan Bar’s main feature is its 19th-century stained-glass window. The tranquil spa is a subterranean sanctuary offering beauty treatments and massages with the finest organic products.
Visit: 30 Albemarle St, Mayfair, W1S 4 BP, 020-7493 6020; browns-hotel