From Parking Garage To New London Hotel: The Beaumont Mayfair
October 31, 2013 at 10:55 AM
Another day, another London hotel under construction. This time, it is the first hotel venture of Corbin and King, the restaurateur duo behind high profile names such as The Wolseley (a draw for classic high tea, right on Piccadilly) and The Delaunay. Next year, they will open The Beaumont Mayfair in a 1926 structure that was originally designed as a parking garage, just south of Bond Street.
Looking at the hotel from Brown Hart Gardens (the glass structure with the inverted V-shape roof is a small café, the Dome behind it is also not part of the hotel), there is not much to see currently. Despite what the words ‘parking garage’ perhaps suggest, behind that scaffolding is a Grade-II listed Art Deco exterior, which will be fully restored. Even more interestingly, above the south wing of the building (on the left in the picture) will be an “inhabitable sculpture” by Anthony Gormley, which will form part of one of the hotel’s suites.
Aptly titled “Room”, it will be made from stainless steel, transforming “the traditional idea of public art on a plinth into a habitable and fully integrated component of a busy hotel”. Because why not? There will be 73 rooms and suites in total, which together with the public spaces look to 1920s Manhattan for inspiration. No doubt there will be a major focus on food & beverage, given the Corbin and King background.
The first rendering does look rather pretty, with the black and white exterior, the multi-pane windows, and the driveway flanked by two lanterns. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about The Beaumont.
[Photos: JasonD, Rendering: The Beaumont Hotel]