Staycation in Mayfair - we overnight at the relaunched The Beaumont

the beaumont hotel mayfair london reviewThe hotel now has a capacious new covered terrace outside. At the top left - that grey edifice is the artist Anthony Gormley's artwork/room that you can stay in.

What do we need to know about The Beaumont?

This lovely luxury hotel has been closed since the first lockdown, taking a year and a half to lavish some love and attention on its restaurant and bar areas. It reopened this summer with a brand new bar, an afternoon tea lounge, a new terrace and a new-look restaurant. It's the perfect timing to go and check-in for an overnight stay.

Where exactly is it?

You'll find it just off Oxford Street by Brown Hart Gardens - that strange elevated park that's about a two-minute walk from Selfridges. The building looks like part of a set from an Agatha Christie movie but, while it dates from 1932, it's only been a hotel since 2014. It once used to be London's most glamorous car park and petrol station.

To get here by tube, head to Bond Street station which is just around the corner.


The room

We went big for our one night staycation, plumping for the Schiaparelli Suite (Room 401) which turned out to be significantly bigger than most London flats.

The separate lounge had its own dining area and piano and would be the perfect spot to invite a few friends around to gawp at your good fortune for the night.

the beaumont hotel mayfair london reviewThis was the lovely lounge area - complete with stack of glossies.

the beaumont hotel mayfair london reviewThe bedroom had bars of their own chocolate by the bed, just in case you had a panic snack attack in the middle of the night.

the beaumont hotel mayfair london reviewBut the real USP of the suite was the massive terrace complete with sun loungers - the perfect spot to sit and sip a glass of Gusbourne while chasing the last of the summer sunshine.


Pre-dinner drinks

Down in what used to be the hotel's private Cub room for residents, they've created the Magritte Bar. Bar Manager Antonino Lo Iacono (ex-Rules, Dukes, and Mark’s Club in Mayfair) has put together a cocktail list inspired by 1920s New York.

If you aren't heading in for dinner, you can put the bar food menu through its paces. With oysters, caviar and corndog options, it should have something to please pretty much everyone.

the beaumont hotel mayfair london reviewYou'll find the Magritte Bar to the left of the hotel lobby as you enter.

the beaumont hotel mayfair london reviewA perfect vodka martini with maybe the hugest olives we've ever seen.


Dinner at The Colony Grill Room

Regulars to this New York-style grill restaurant will notice a few changes to how the room looks. There's a new wine station, which is always good news, but the biggest change is the look of the room.

the beaumont hotel mayfair london reviewThe black and white portraits of movie stars have gone and in their place are these huge, colourful murals. It's certainly brightened the room up.

There's also a new chef in charge of the kitchens here. Ben Boeynaems has previously worked at Petrus, The Goring and most recently The Zetter Group. So there are new dishes on the menu, as well as all the old classics.

Here's a taste of that new menu:

the beaumont hotel mayfair london reviewLambton & Jackson Smoked Salmon traditionally garnished and with a soda bread roll (£22)

the beaumont hotel mayfair london reviewNew York Shrimp Cocktail (£18) - NYC in style and size and served with a lovely punchy sauce.

the beaumont hotel mayfair london reviewPorterhouse for two (£80) Be sure to get the whipped Bernaise to go with this.

Room for dessert?

Desserts are what The Colony Grill Room does VERY well.

the beaumont hotel mayfair london reviewIf you're ordering a sundae (£12) you get a shopping list of ice-cream flavours, sauces and toppings to help you create the perfect concoction for your tastes.

the beaumont hotel mayfair london reviewButtermilk pannacotta with sour cherries and pistachio (£10) is one of the new desserts on the menu and comes with the most moreish warm chamomile doughnut.


The next day

You could always breakfast in Gatsby's Room, which used to be where the bar was (look out for the secret door in the bookcase). But if you're feeling lazy - and particularly if you have one of the hotel's larger studios or suites - you can always opt for room service...

the beaumont hotel mayfair london reviewThe new breakfast menu features dishes like sweetcorn fritter with avocado and a fried duck egg along with various hashes. We tested the kitchen with a breakfast-in-bed order of Eggs Royale which arrived perfectly runny.


Summing up

We really missed The Beaumont during its extended closure so we couldn't be happier to see it open once more. Regulars shouldn't worry about the gentle changes to the hotel's layout and design; they've been very careful to enhance rather than alter it too much.

The addition of the Magritte Bar, in particular, is a genius idea and makes it instantly one of London's best hotel bars. Come for dinner, stay for breakfast and let this hotel's Art Deco meets 21st century London charm work its magic on you.


More about The Beaumont

Where is it? 8 Balderton St, Brown Hart Gardens, London W1K 6TF

How to book: Dinner, bed and breakfast offers start at £563. 

Find out more: Visit their website or follow them on Instagram @thebeaumontldn.

Hot Dinners stayed as guests of The Beaumont. Prices correct at time of publication.  

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