No kids allowed: Big London looks at what the capital has to offer for parents let loose from their little ones.
Before it opened last month, Little London had an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of The Beaumont– Mayfair’s brightest new hotel from that dynamic restaurant duo Corbin & King. Then, last week, we decided it was only right we road-tested the hotel’s American Bar for you fabulous parents-out-on-the-town. Don’t mention it, honestly, we’re happy to help…
Restaurant maestros Chris Corbin and Jeremy King have certainly made their mark on London, from the classic elegance of The Wolseley to the chic bistros of Café Colbert and Brasserie Zédel by way of Viennese eateries The Delaunay and Fischer’s. But The Beaumont, a stunning art deco edifice looming large in a surprisingly quiet square just minutes from Oxford Street, is the restaurateurs’ first ever hotel.
Little London was lucky enough to take a sneak peek inside the venue, before it opened and, from our reckoning, it is set to become one of London’s chicest landmarks. A paean to the golden age of luxury hospitality and 1930s Americana, the hotel is brimming with eccentric details and classic touches. The walls of The Cub Room – a residents-only bar – are bursting with period oil paintings while on every floor, a black Steepletone telephone sits on a sideboard, as if waiting for a call from the fictional Jimmy Beaumont himself.
The rooms bear the same impressive nuances, from hidden mirrors in the bureau to coffee tables laden with books. Then there’s the exclusive one- bedroom suite called Room designed by Antony Gormley and the lavish five-room Presidential Suite complete with a kitchen, vast living spaces and a balcony with a view over the rooftops of Mayfair.
For couples not quite able to steal away from the Little Londoners for the whole night, there is the hotel’s American Bar that is worth booking a babysitter for. We descended upon the Art Deco-inspired room on a surprisingly-bustling Tuesday eve and hid ourselves away in a leather-lined corner booth. The drinks menu is delightfully rooted in the Jazz Age with whiskey infused nightcaps and Hemingway Daiquiris. The service is speedy and polite and the mood is reminiscent of most of Corbin & King’s restaurants- vibrant yet relaxed, with low-lighting to inspire romance. The most pleasant surprise, however, was the bar menu, which boasts more than just peanuts and olives. Eggs benedict, omelettes, lobster and even cheesecake are on offer, for those of you who can’t tear yourself away from all this old-fashioned luxury but need something to take the edge off your Bourbon.