When The Beaumont, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, throwed open its doors again on Friday, 20th August 2021, returning guests can discover that their favourite Mayfair hotel has enjoyed a gentle evolution during its enforced 18-month closure. Along with a brand-new bar, lounge and al fresco dining terrace, The Beaumont’s sleek Art Deco interiors have been rethought and refurbished by the leading New York-based designer Thierry Despont and London based architects Reardon Smith, adding new layers of comfort and luxury.
As part of the refurbishment, the hotel's already rich collection of 20th-century art has been carefully restored and rehung, but guests will make new discoveries too, thanks to some intriguing acquisitions that have been added to the display.
The areas that have been refashioned or newly created as part of Thierry Despont’s refurbishment include:
LE MAGRITTE BAR
All-American bad boys from Ernest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald to Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra would have felt right at home in Le Magritte, inspired by the American bars that took 1920s Paris and London by storm. Relocated and redesigned as a 30-seater standalone bar, it specialises in bourbons, American whiskies and cocktails, from jazz-age classics to Sinatra’s favourite Rusty Nail. Backlit alabaster columns frame the entrance, which opens directly off the main lobby; the seductive, sophisticated interior is entirely lined with European fiddleback cherrywood and centres on the leather-topped ebony bar, behind which hangs the Magritte that gives the room its name.
The former bar space at the very heart of the hotel has undergone a dramatic transformation to become a relaxed, intimate all-day dining space, very much inspired by the 1926 origins of the building. With its bespoke walnut-framed sofas and mahogany tub chairs, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy afternoon tea to live piano music on the baby grand, quietly read a book, have a light lunch or dinner, or end the day with a post-dinner drink.
This entirely new space offers al fresco drinking and dining for the first time at The Beaumont, on the sheltered outdoor terrace facing Brown Hart Gardens. With 1920s-style rattan armchairs and café tables enfolded by lush greenery, The Terrace will serve drinks alongside a light menu from 8am to 11pm, and can be covered and heated in colder weather.
THE COLONY GRILL
The most glamorous grill room in town has kept its clubby Twenties New York atmosphere, but now has striking new murals and artworks, while its much-loved banquettes have been freshly reupholstered in deep red Italian leather. Meanwhile The Beaumont’s new head chef, Ben Boeynaems, has revisited its popular menu of transatlantic favourites, salads, shellfish, grills and steaks, with a focus on using mainly seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.
The lobby will retain its intimate feel, including its distinctive chequerboard floor and cherrywood panelling, but Thierry Despont’s redesign softens the floor-to-ceiling windows with gold-on-ivory Pierre Frey curtains, while the mahogany shell sofas have been reupholstered in 'Ellington', a playful jazz-age velour fabric, accompanied by matching armchairs in honey-coloured chenille and lounge chairs covered in antique leather.
THE SPA & GYMNASIUM
With its shimmering black and white marble mosaics intact, the Spa benefits from the enlargement of the gymnasium and the addition of an extra treatment room, taking the total to four, enhancing the existing steam room, sauna, cold plunge pool and traditional warmed marble hamam massage table.
The Beaumont Baker’s Basket comprises croissants, pains au chocolat and pastries from The Beaumont’s in-house bakery, with a selection of seasonal preserves and The Beaumont's rooftop honey. Served with a juice, and a coffee or tea made to your liking.
Available in Le Magritte Bar from 6:30am – 10:30am
If you wish to book your stay at The Beaumont, a luxury hotel in Mayfair, London, please call us on +44 20 7148 1778 or send us an enquiry.
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