For those who can’t get enough of the Wiener schnitzel at The Wolseley or Café Colbert’s croques-monsieurs, it is time to rejoice – for the comforting hospitality of Jeremy King and Chris Corbin now extends 24/7. The duo’s first hotel, The Beaumont (second picture), opens in late September in Mayfair and bookings are being taken now for Thursday October 9 onwards.
In the six years since partnering with Grosvenor estates, the convivial restaurateurs have waved their magic over the Brown Hart Gardens site to create a comfortable 73-room hotel (from £395 for a double). The regal building includes 23 suites, the most luxurious being a five-room Presidential suite, and Room (first picture), which comes complete with a habitable sculpture by Antony Gormley.
“Room is on the one hand a one-bedroom suite, but on the other quite extraordinary, as the bedroom is a 10m-high space within a three-storey sculpture of a crouching man,” says King. “Lined with fumed oak, it offers the opportunity for a unique sleeping and sensory experience.”
Emulating the early-20th-century elegance of Mayfair, the hotel, designed by Richmond International (whose projects include The Dorchester, Four Seasons Moscow and Sandy Lane in Barbados), will include a Grill Room, American Bar, residents’ lounge and spa and hammam.
After founding restaurants including The Ivy and Le Caprice, Corbin and King have gone on to launch some of London’s most popular destinations, including Café Colbert, The Wolseley, Brasserie Zédel, The Delaunay and Fischer’s. At The Beaumont, there will be a strong focus on making the restaurant and bar destinations in their own right for Londoners. The 100-seater restaurant is inspired by the classic grill rooms found on both sides of the Atlantic, and will include theatrical dishes such as Caesar salad made at the table, grouse and Strawberries Romanoff – a Californian dish with liqueur-marinated strawberries and cream. The American Bar will focus heavily on traditional cocktails – no dry ice or molecular mixology here – with a particularly strong bourbon and whiskey list. There will also be a very chic private function room, the Lotus Room, which seats 16 for board meetings or 48 for dining.