Archetypally British, with a hint of the unexpected, Brown’s was founded in 1837 by Lord Byron’s butler as London’s first hotel. Today, this five-star delight is part of the Rocco Forte Hotels umbrella, with rooms and suites curated by Olga Polizzi for her brother, the brand’s founder and namesake. The Kipling Suite, for instance, pays tribute to Rudyard Kipling who penned The Jungle Book while staying here, while the new Sir Paul Smith Suite features custom furniture, hand-picked artworks and soft furnishings from the designer’s debut home collection. Find afternoon tea in The Drawing Room, where original wood panelling complements wallpaper of a Hogarthian 19th-century London. The Donovan Bar, in honour of photographer Terence Donovan, has a ‘Once Upon a Time’ cocktail menu by Salvatore Calabrese inspired by past guests, from AA Milne to Winston Churchill. Meanwhile, Charlie’s at Brown’s, helmed by head chef Adam Byatt of Michelin-starred Trinity, offers a seasonal menu and live music including jazz on Sunday evenings. There’s a luxurious subterranean spa with indulgent Irene Forte products too.
Doubles from £800
+44 (0)20 7493 6020; roccofortehotels.com