Hotel Review: The Beaumont in London Is An Artful Escape from the Busy City

The Beaumont is one of the finest 5-star hotels in London’s West End. It occupies a Grade II listed art deco building with a huge modern sculptural addition that looks like a seated person hugging their knees.

The artistic spectacle continues inside. The hotel was lovingly and meticulously designed by London’s restaurant moguls Chris Corbin and Jeremy King (The Wolseley, The Delauney, etc.).

The moment you step up to the tucked-away entrance on Brown Hart Gardens, the hotel transports you back to the golden age of film in the 20s and 30s with plenty of Titanic glamour.

The Beaumont lobby.
The Beaumont lobby. PHOTO: Nicola Brown

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What makes The Beaumont a rejuvenating retreat in the heart of busy London

1. Room

Inside the huge architectural sculpture by Antony Gormley is London’s most exceptional suite. The bedroom is actually inside the body of the sculpture, and it has no windows. It sounds odd, but trust me, ROOM is a majestic, moving space to be in.

Gormley's ROOM at The Beaumont
Gormley’s ROOM at The Beaumont. PHOTO: The Beaumont

Being inside feels like you’ve entered a kind of monastic sanctuary. The blocky interior is clad in warm, dark wood reaching high up to a small skylight, and the only thing in there is a king-sized bed. It’s dimly lit, silent, and smells of the forest.

If there’s anywhere to come and completely tune out the frenzy of London, it’s here. Right in the middle of it all you can come and escape.

2. The spa

The Beaumont has one of London’s best hotel spas. One of my favorite features is actually how small it is.

Beaumont spa
Beaumont spa. PHOTO: The Beaumont

It feels intimate and cozy, clad in white marble in contrast to the hotel’s dark wood aesthetic. One of the highlights is the hammam treatments, best combined with a massage. They also have a mani-pedi area, a hair salon, and a 24-hour gym.

Massage therapist Nicole takes her job seriously: she tailors each massage individually according to how she assesses your needs. “You’ll be sore the next day, but you’ll sleep like a baby,” she says. She sees many repeat clients.

3. In-room amenities

If you need a little pampering, the hotel’s gorgeous bathrooms are the place to unwind.

DR Harris & Co bath amenities
DR Harris & Co bath amenities. PHOTO: Nicola Brown

Bath amenities come from DR Harris & Co, London’s oldest pharmacy (established in 1790) and they are by appointment to the Queen. Enjoy a rain shower, or spoon some aromatic bath salts into your bath and pick your favorite relaxing soundtrack on the TV above the tub.

The Beaumont bathroom tub
The Beaumont bathroom tub. PHOTO: Nicola Brown

Corbin & King don’t like when you stay at a hotel and get hit with a plethora of additional charges at the end of your stay, so they’ve made all non-alcoholic bevvies and food in the room’s mini bars complimentary.

Room mini bars have complimentary snacks
Room mini bars have complimentary snacks. PHOTO: Nicola Brown

So I heartily tucked into jars of nuts and packets of sweet treats without worrying about the typically astronomical mini bar fees. Likewise, tipping the hotel staff isn’t expected here, it’s built into the price of your stay.

4. Design details

Every little detail of interior design has been carefully considered at The Beaumont. The hotel paints the perfect picture of classic elegance from top to bottom. Twenties-style furnishings are brought to life with museum-worthy collections of artwork and photographs featuring film stars and famous personalities of old.

The rooms (I stayed in one of their spacious Mayfair suites) feel homey and welcoming with curiosity-provoking touches like a stack of black-and-white postcards with film era caricatures, and an addictive bedside tome: Letters of Note: Correspondance Deserving of a Wider Audience.

The Beaumont Colony Grill Room
The Beaumont Colony Grill Room. PHOTO: The Beaumont

Have at least one bourbon or whiskey in the hotel’s American Bar or a meal in the Colony Grill Room where absolutely nothing is new-fangled. It’s an old-fashioned haven for those who are tired of passing fads, that is to say, it’s perfect.

Driving around London in The Beaumont's vintage Daimler
Driving around London in The Beaumont’s vintage Daimler. PHOTO: Nicola Brown

5. A vintage Daimler at your service

As if things couldn’t get any lovelier here, you can ask about a ride to your Mayfair destination in the hotel’s vintage Daimler. This perk (also complimentary) fully completes the step back in time to a golden age of glamour. Who doesn’t want to get dropped off in style by a gentleman with a top hat??

Around town

Detox Kitchen, SoHo, London
Detox Kitchen, SoHo, London. PHOTO: Nicola Brown

If you’re heading to SoHo (and you really should – this is one of the coolest neighborhoods in London), pop into Detox Kitchen for lunch. You can build your own bowl from a healthy bar of salads and proteins, plus smoothies and juices (try the Bright and Beautiful). At their flagship location in Fitzrovia, they even have a boutique fitness studio on the lower ground floor.

Aveda Salon & Spa London
Aveda Salon & Spa London. PHOTO: Nicola Brown

Need a solution for your frazzled travel-damaged hair? Aveda Salon & Spa has a botanical hair therapy you need to try (hair treatment + blow dry: 60 mins for £50). It’s perfect for dry, damaged hair like mine and it’s all plant-derived. The salon is also incredibly central. It’s the perfect starting point for an exploration of Covent Garden and its world-famous market.

Nicola Brown

Senior Editor at Vane Magazine

Nicola is an international award-winning writer, editor and communication consultant based in Toronto. She has traveled to 32 countries so far and is always poised to head out the door again. She loves both the visceral and intellectual dimensions of travel, and will passionately argue for its psychological paybacks, especially after a few glasses of wine. Having spent many years on the road and in the air, she's interested in how travelers can maintain a healthy mind and body through it all.

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