Mayfair has long been synonymous with five-star luxury hotels and a thriving art scene. Combining the two from July 3 to 5, Brown’s London Art Weekend will be a fascinatingsynthesis of curator-led tours, walks and talks, behind-the-scenes access to galleries and first-classfood.
Over 100 galleries and auction houses, among them Hauser & Wirth and Sadie Coles HQ, will open their doors especially for the weekend, and there will be 45-minute talks (£30) held in Brown’s Clarendon Room, with themes such as fashion in art and how to start an art collection.
Mark Hix (right in picture) – whose restaurant Hix Mayfair sits on the hotel’s ground floor – has produced an art-themed menu by collaborating with creative heavyweights including Tracey Emin on a birthday cake and YBA Mat Collishaw (left in picture), whose f-lame’d duck will be served with New Forest cherries. For a sharpener, Hix presents The Artist’s Collection, a range of colourful mini cocktails. “I’m all for the public having more access to art, and restaurants provide the perfect backdrop; this is a triple whammy of food, wine and art,” says Hix.
Alongside art historians, who will be recommending top Mayfair spots to explore, Nicole Farhi has put together aninsider’s walk around her favourite sculpture galleries in the area. “Mayfair has always had a very important place in my heart,” she explains. “It is in Bond Street that I opened my flagship store and first restaurant over 25 years ago. Surrounded by art galleries, I chose Clifford Street for my home store, and now, many years later, having changed career from fashion designer to sculptor, I had my first show in Mayfair last September.”
For the ultimate art-inspired mini break, a VIP programme (from £2,800) offers 20 guests the chance to spend three nights at Brown’s, visit the studios of well-known artists and enjoy curator-led tours in galleries including White Cube and Victoria Miro.