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London’s Revamped Beaumont Hotel Is An Art Deco Fantasy Come To Life

After a 17-month closure, The Beaumont in London’s Mayfair reopens with a glossy new look that oozes with all the decadence of the Roaring Twenties.

Thierry Despont refreshes the Art Deco lobby of the Beaumont with Pierre Frey curtains, jazz-age … [+] velour upholstery, and new antique leather lounge chairs


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Since opening in 2014, the independently owned Beaumont has always relied on the 1920s as a primary source of inspiration. Housed in a smart, pearl-white building that dates back to 1926, this sharply dressed, 72-key Mayfair hotel has an old soul that belies its relative youth and—thanks to a recent refurbishment by star architect and designer Thierry Despont—a brand new high-gloss shine, just in time to kick off this century’s edition of the Roaring Twenties.

Since the reopening at the end of August, returning guests are treated to a soft-refurb throughout, as well as a new bar and new lounge. The exquisite lobby—the hotel’s focal point—has also be lightly refreshed but retains its always-gleaming, black-and-white chessboard floor of black granite and gold travertine; handsome cherrywood paneling; and a collection of characterful portraiture (a signature throughout the hotel).

Known for his impressive portfolio of high-stakes renovation projects like the Ritz Paris, The Cartier Mansion and the Woolworth Building), Despont impresses with a skilled, restrained hand and meticulous eye. (The design star undertook the project alongside London-based architects ReardonSmith, who also count top London properties like The Savoy, Flemings Mayfair and The Lanesborough as clients.)

Featuring European fiddleback cherrywood paneling and a leather-topped ebony bar, Le Magritte pays … [+] homage to the jazz age


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Any member of the Rat Pack would approve of the snug new hideaway Le Magritte Bar & Terrace, named after the René Magritte’s Le Maitre d’Ecole, which hangs at the back of the bar. There’s a new outdoor patio for smoking cigars or spilling secrets after one too many aviation cocktails; and the glam Gatsby’s Room, resplendent with chandeliers and a baby grand piano, is the perfect spot for a cup of tea or better yet, a coup of champagne (ask to see the secret door disguised behind the bookcase). Thankfully, not too much has changed about nearly faultless Colony Grill, a bona fide London institution known for its aged meats (the restaurant has its own salt maturing chamber onsite). There’s still a transatlantic, retro supper club vibe, but keen-eyed guests will spy bright new murals by emerging American artist Anthony Inswasty and freshly reupholstered banquettes in ruby-red Italian leather.

The newly refreshed Colony Grill Room


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New Head Chef Ben Boeynaems (previous of The Zetter Group and The Goring) does not miss a beat with retro-inspired classics like impossibly silky white onion soup, served with a grilled cheese sandwich on the side; whipped béarnaise studded with fried tarragon; and the kind of triple-cooked chips that you will dream about long after devouring. Many ingredients are sourced locally; for example, the flavorful lettuce comes from a supplier in Canary Wharf and arrives at the restaurant with dirt still clinging to its roots. The meats—from the porterhouse for two to the free-range Blythburgh pork T-bone—remain top-notch, as does restaurant’s trademark build-your-own-sundae and table-side bananas foster dessert.

Breakfast, also in The Colony Grill, is another glorious event, with flaking, buttery viennoiseries baked onsite; the highlights of which are the cardamom bun and the very-vintage violet and blueberry muffin, plus the Pick-Me-Up juice of D.R. Harris Cocktail Bitters (a nineteenth-century hangover cure), orange juice, carrot juice and soda water.

The Mayfair Suite, an entirely new suite on the first floor overlooking Brown Hart Gardens, can be … [+] reconfigured as a one- or two-bedroom suite


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Without veering into pastiche, guest rooms retain an European Art Deco air of gentlemanly sophistication with soft leathers, bronze accents, and a palette of creams and browns. There are winking touches aplenty. Think: fantastic portraits; Beaumont-branded decks of cards; bespoke single-origin chocolate embossed with an image of the hotel (made onsite and left at turndown); and bookshelves laden with tales of flappers, bootleggers, and the days of London yore. Gray-veined marble bathrooms—with heated floors and generously sized Dr. Harris toiletries—are impeccable, with all of the charm of the past but none of that pesky vintage plumbing. Guests can also check out the new Thierry Despont-designed Mayfair Suite, on the first floor, which overlooks the quiet sanctuary of Brown Hart Gardens.

Bathrooms boast old fashioned apothecary vibes with D.R. Harris toiletries


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