During its enforced 18-month closure The Beaumont in Mayfair has been refurbished, undergoing a ‘gentle evolution’.
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.
Originally opened as a hotel in 2014, The Beaumont embodies the spirit of the grand hotels of 1920s London and New York – yet on an intimate scale, with just 50 rooms and 22 suites and studios.
Set on a quiet garden square, it has established an enviable reputation for its thoughtful, friendly service as well as its beautifully appointed accommodation. No mean feat when one considers that the 1920s structure was originally built as a garage.
Le Magritte Bar
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 cherry wood and centres on the leather-topped ebony bar, behind which hangs the famous Magritte painting that gives the room its name.
The Gatsby’s Room can be found in the former bar space at the very heart of the hotel.
This has undergone a dramatic transformation to become a relaxed, intimate all-day dining space.
The room is equipped with a baby grand piano, bespoke walnut-framed sofas and mahogany tub chairs.
The Terrace is a new addition to the hotel offering 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 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 retains its intimate feel, including its distinctive chequerboard floor and cherry wood 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.
As part of the refurbishment, Thierry Despont has created an entirely new suite on the first floor overlooking Brown Hart Gardens.
The Mayfair Suite has the flexibility to be reconfigured with one or two bedrooms, and takes its inspiration from the Art Deco style of the hotel.
With a warm colour palette and custom-made furniture, it features a large sitting room, ideal for remote working as well as relaxing at the end of a busy day.
With its shimmering black and white marble mosaics intact, The Spa has seen an 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.
GS Magazine reviewed The Beaumont when it opened back in 2014.
Although it was brand new, it had an established, age-polished feel about it and we considered it then to be amongst the very best of London hotels in terms of design and of service.
This soft refurb has served to improve the hotel and guests will be delighted with the changes.
Credit is due to the design teams at both Thierry Despont and Reardon Smith – a great Anglo-American collaboration.
Exterior: Nick Ingram