Albemarle Street Mayfair London W1S 4BP
In the heart of London, Mayfair, one hotel that is renowned for its hospitality, service, afternoon tea and evening gatherings for business and pleasure is Brown's.
London is well known for its hospitality sector and there is certainly no shortage of grand hotels for enjoying a visit whether its for business or to relax and unwind on holiday. One of the city's finest and most respected hotels is Brown's. This Rocco Forte brand hotel has been a part of London since it opened in 1837 the very year that Queen Victoria at the age of 18 ascended to the throne. Since that time many well known historical figures including royalty, authors, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winners, the arts along with politicians and explorers have stayed at Brown's. The hotel would be the location of the first telephone call made in London by the inventor Alexander Graham Bell.
In the beginning the hotel was known as 'Brown's Private Hotel' on 23 Dover Street and as business expanded the owner John Brown purchased surrounding buildings on Dover Street until 1860 when the hotel was purchased by the Ford family which would later purchase the St Georges hotel and incorporate the property with Brown's. The St Georges was similar to Brown's especially the clientele from aristocratic backgrounds. The most well known were the members of the private scientific X Club from the 1860's to 1880's with nine well known figures of science including Thomas Huxley and Joseph Hooker followers of Charles Darwin and his theory of natural selection. Future visitors staying at Brown's would include the American President Theodore Roosevelt who visited on two ocassions, Rudyard Kipling and Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known as Mark Twain, visited in 1907, appearing in his dressing gown and slippers to the staff. On the eve of the Second World War aviator Charles Lindbergh visited in 1938.
Despite two devastating world wars Brown's remained operational and busy.
Post war saw Brown's continues as a meeting place for dignitaries and the famous
After years of providing its well known exceptional standard of service Rocco Forte Hotels purchased Brown's in 2003 and the hotel was closed in 2004 for a refurbishment. The hotel was reopened in December 2005 by Margaret Thatcher and in 2016-17 the hotel was awarded Best London Hotels and Best England Hotels by U.S. News & World Reports. Brown's would also be the recipient as having been chosen by readers of Condé Nast as one of London's top hotels.
The Rocco Forte experience at Brown's begins with the 33 suites and 82 hotel rooms all with contemporary designs by Olga Polizzi . Guests also have access to the chauffeured Bentley Mulsanne and guests in suites receive luxurious benefits including refreshing welcome drinks, complimentary spa treatments and personalised Concierge services before and during their stay.
The Kipling Suite
Opened in 2016 is the Kipling Suite and is the largest available space for guests. Designed by Olga Polizzi the room is inspired and dedicated by the author of the Jungle Book and his time spent staying at Brown's.
Overlooking Albarmarle Street with its high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows the Kipling Suite with its sitting room features a fireplace and a dining table that can seat up to four. The bath room with its Arabescato white veined marble has a freestanding tub and double walk-in shower.
The Dover Suite
With views of Dover Street this suite has a sitting room, marble fireplace and dining for four. Like the Kipling suite this suite also features high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. The spacious bathroom features a bath with a built-in television, a double shower, double washbasins and indulgent Irene Forte Skincare toiletries.
With a size of 60 square metres this open-plan design makes for perfect setting to relax and can have either a king-sized bed or twin singles. The bathroom's have a walk-in shower bath with a built-in television and Irene Forte Skincare toiletries.
If you have an extended stay or family with you the Deluxe Rooms provide all the needed space with its open-floor plan, wardrobes and walk-in wardrobes and an area to work. The rooms can be made interconnected with other Deluxe and Executive Rooms.
The Classic Rooms start at 27 square metres featuring English artwork, desk, marble bathrooms and queen-sized beds. Along with the inner courtyard views the rooms provide the Samsung smart television, in-room bar and complimentary Wi-Fi.
It should not be a surprise that Queen Victoria enjoyed afternoon tea at Brown's. Today in the Drawing Room and considered the best in London you can enjoy the scones, pastries, crimped sandwiches along with the original panelled-walls, artwork with quiet ambience that has made afternoon tea at Brown's a great experience..
Today the same great standards of service continue and Brown's is not just for afternoon tea and relaxation but is also a special place for special events, weddings and for Christmas celebrations.
Brown's has long been a popular venue for weddings and is licensed for both marriages and civil partnerships. The private rooms for the celebration feature natural light, high ceilings and antiques with a capacity to seventy guests.
The Donovan Bar
This is the perfect and stylish location for having your favourite drinks and conversation. The name is in recognition of photographer Terence Donovan and the walls feature his iconic 1960's prints. Considered one of the world's leading bartenders and former President of the United Kingdom Bartender’s Guild is Salvatore Calabrese and from Belvedere, southern Italy is Bar Manager Maurizio Palermo along with Assistant Bar Manager Federico Pavan to create the best cocktails in the city.
Named after the founding Forte, Lord Charles, this Mayfair favourite at Brown's offers the best in British cuisine and with cosy booths, antique panelling and botanical wallpaper. Charlie’s features menus developed by Michelin-starred chef, and Chef Director of Brown’s, Adam Byatt.
Holidays are a special time at Brown's especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. This Thanksgiving the menu at Charlie's is featuring New England style clam chowder, Carved whole roast turkey accompanied by celeriac gratin, roast squash, sweetcorn fritters and bread stuffing with sage and Pumpkin custard tart at £49 per person.
33 Albemarle Street, Mayfair
London W1S 4BP, United Kingdom
Telephone +44 20 7493 6020
GDS Chain Code: FC