The Beaumont — London, UK
The debut hotel from London restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King (the duo behind institutions from Le Caprice to The Ivy and The Wolseley) is located on a quiet road in Mayfair, close to the US embassy and the former base of the CIA. Built in 1926 by architects Wimperis & Simpson, the Grade II listed gem, has been designed by local practice ReardonSmith Architects and interiors firm Richmond International. Inside, an intimate lobby sets the tone, emphasising the social, artistic and cultural dynamism of the Roaring Twenties: cherry wood panelling, bold chequerboard flooring and elegant brass and gold details. The American Bar features bespoke furniture in dark chocolates and blood reds, while the restaurant, called The Colony Grill Room, is set over two levels, with an eclectic mix of artwork – including original murals by American artist John Mattos. There’s also a residents’ lounge called The Cub Room (not ‘club’ – it’s named after the private space in the pre-eminent New York joint The Stork Club), a small spa on the lower ground level and a Presidential Suite with quintessential views over Mayfair’s rooftops. Not to forget the giant sculpture adorning the side of the listed building. Designed by British artist Antony Gormley, the public artwork is a crouching cuboid figure based on the artist’s body; it also doubles as one of the hotel’s signature suites.