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 The Beaumont hotel brings 1920s New York glamour to Mayfair. Mark Hedley checks in to the coolest hotel this side of the Atlantic

THE BEAUMONT LAUNCHED in 2014 – the brainchild of Jeremy King and Chris Corbyn of The Wolseley fame. In their customary style, the hotel was one-part chic, one-part polish – the slickest entrant to the Mayfair hotel scene for decades.

Although the reins have since been handed over to new owners, the hotel continues in this vein – a combination of both its history (an award-winning building constructed in 1926) and its new lease of life as a luxury hotel.

The Beaumont is positioned overlooking a quiet garden square in Mayfair – only a minute’s walk from Oxford Street – giving
it that enviable balance of quiet yet central.

But despite its quintessentially London location, The Beaumont takes you both back in time and across the Atlantic ocean.

The great hotels transport you – to a different place, to a different era, or even both. The Beaumont is no exception – it’s like a grande dame from 1920s New York, buzzing with old-world glamour, yet on an intimate scale.

It flirts with its art deco roots just enough, and stepping onto its chequerboard marble flooring makes you feel like an extra in the latest Agatha Christie film. (Moustache and pocket watch optional.)

As with boarding an aeroplane, always turn left. Then you’ll walk straight into the hotel’s boutique bar, Le Magritte. Enjoy the flight.

This small but perfectly formed bar is run by Antonino Lo Iacono – who boasts Rules, Dukes, and Mark’s Club on his CV. The Big Apple mood starts here – the bar specialises in bourbons, American whiskies and classic cocktails – and then continues in The Colony Grill Room, the hotel’s main restaurant.

In this New York-lounge style dining room, head chef Ben Boeynaems serves his take on transatlantic favourites. The 1kg tomahawk steak is worth the trip alone – just remember to bring reinforcements. This should hopefully allow you to also order the monkfish wellington, which has rapidly become one of square mile’s favourite dishes either side of the Pond.

Finish up with the Colony Bespoke Sundae. You’ll be presented with a small pad and pen: eight ice cream flavours, eight toppings, six sauces – you then just tick away, and then tuck in. Just make sure you include dulce de leche in the mix – you won’t regret it.

The hotel has just 50 rooms and 22 suites and studios – including Sir Antony Gormley’s ROOM. An inhabitable work of art, this unique suite occupies the interior of a giant semi-abstract sculpture – it’s a dark, mysterious, cave-like space, which at the very least should induce you to a good night’s sleep.

For something a little brighter, go for the Terrace Suite – with its own piano, lounge and outdoor seating and dining area overlooking Brown Hart Gardens. It’s so large you can almost get lost – at one point in the night I genuinely walked into a wardrobe by mistake.

When you do find your way to the bathroom, there’s enough Dr Harris goodies to open your own apothecary, and even a waterproof TV on the side of the bath, if you have the time to indulge.

It may not be big, but the Beaumont spa is beautiful. Choose from a comprehensive range of massage, facial and hammam treatments – or there’s even a hair salon for all of your hairdressing and grooming needs.

Yes, there’s a gym if you really must. But the spa, like the rest of The Beaumont, is really built to take you away from it all. Safe travels.

The Beaumont, 8 Balderton St, Brown Hart Gardens, London W1K 6TF; 020 7499 1001; thebeaumont.com

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