Jeremy King, whose Corbin & King group owns The Wolseley, among other top London restaurants, is someone I have long admired in the industry. In addition to having been business partners with him in New York’s The Monkey Bar restaurant, I also introduced him to his wife! So when Corbin & King opened its first hotel, The Beaumont, in September, I had to visit straightaway. And, wow, is the hotel ever impressive. There is this idea that Americans have of what it’s like to be a proper Englishman, and that fantasy can certainly be fulfilled here.
The hotel occupies a 1926 building in Mayfair that puts guests at the center of everything. The decor is sophisticated and timeless yet modern and crisp with Art Deco touches and wood millwork paneling. I stayed in one of the 13 spacious studios. I loved the bathroom’s beautiful marble vanity and black-and-white tiled floor.
The Colony Grill Room restaurant serves American and British fare, like hamburgers alongside fish and rice kedgeree. Soft 1920s music transports diners to a bygone era.
Service is flawless, like a modern Downton Abbey. It was personal enough that I felt taken care of and formal enough that I could tell everyone was trained properly. I especially loved the head concierge, Nigel Bowen, who even got me into the member’s-only Mark’s Club. Personalized service is such a Corbin & King trademark.
The Beaumont is everything that I always hoped the other quintessential London hotels would be but never were. I don’t think I’ve stayed in a place of this caliber in the city for at least 20 years, probably because they don’t exist anymore.
Rooms, from $620; 8 Balderton St.; 44-20/ 7499-1001; thebeaumont.com.