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The Metropolitan on London’s Park Lane used to be on fire. Everyone who was anyone hung out at the Met Bar, we couldn’t get enough of the sleek white rooms, and not a day went by without us fantasizing about eating at Nobu one day.
These days, the scene is a little quieter. But yesterday the hotel actually caught fire, causing the evacuation of 180 guests, 120 staff and needing 40 firefighters to battle the flames.Luckily, nobody was hurt, and it looks like there wasn’t a huge amount of damage.
There are hands on hotel General Managers, and then there are hands on hotel General Managers.
The new GM of the London Marriott Park Lane, Nicolas Kipper, is one of the latter.
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Raising the temperature in the Amber Suite
What to do when you’re a five star hotel in an egregiously expensive city which is one of the centers of the banking world which caused the global financial crisis, and your prices are such that only rich people and celebrities (because celebrities are all over your hotel) can afford to stay there?
You put on a play about wealth and complacency and capitalism and guilt… in one of your top suites.
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What to do on a weekend in London? Some might say, quite a lot. But in case you’re tired of
life what’s on offer in the capital, Brown’s Hotel has something else up its sleeve for you: an art tour.
Brown’s premise is that Mayfair’s solid gallery scene is being laid siege to by the all the posh shops and fashion brands moving in; so it’s introducing the tours to remind us what Mayfair should be about.
Each week, a different director from a participating gallery will whisk guests off and around the area, showing off their favorite shows and spaces – not just the obvious ones, but hidden galleries that open by appointment only in private offices.
The updates on The Beaumont, Corbin and King’s first hotel in London’s Mayfair, keep rolling in: earlier this summer we saw sculpture “ROOM” by Antony Gormley for the first time and found a series of interior renderings on the refreshed website.
Today, we have live online reservations from October 9 with an opening date that could be even earlier, details of room categories and prices, and actual images. Above is a Premier Room, though we were told this might not be the complete finished product as decoration (art, furniture, fine-tuning) is still in progress.
It gives us a pretty good idea of what to expect nonetheless, which in the Premier Room is 35 sq m (377 sq ft) of space with views over Mayfair through windows that actually open, something we love. Bathrooms are described as “mosaic marble” with underfloor heating and in some cases, bathtubs. Toiletries are by D R Harris. All rooms have complimentary WiFi and access to a car service for local travel.
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When we walked by Corbin and King’s upcoming The Beaumont hotel earlier this year, the white 1920s Art Deco former parking garage was gleaming in the pale February sun, except for one part of the hotel’s southern façade still obscured by scaffolding.
No more today, as you can see above: this is “ROOM”, a three-story sculpture of a crouching man by Antony Gormley, commissioned for the hotel. But “ROOM” is not “just” a piece of art; it's doing double duty as the bedroom – lined with fumed oak – of one of the hotel’s suites. There will be a total of 50 rooms, 13 studios, and 10 suites inside The Beaumont, and along with the unveiling of “ROOM”, we have a first few renderings of what the interiors will look like.
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Not anymore, as we saw when we walked by a few days ago, with the listed 1920s Art Deco façade sparkling in the morning sun. It makes for a striking anchor to Brown Hart Gardens, which the hotel faces, and we can start to see some of the features we can expect once The Beaumont opens this fall.
What’s still covered on the left, like a present waiting to be unwrapped, is “Room” – the habitable sculpture by Antony Gormley, made from stainless steel and part of one of the suites in the hotel. The hotel's top floor also looks to have a smaller footprint, which suggests there will be space for balconies and / or terraces that should offer pretty great views over the roofs of Mayfair and the greenery of Grosvenor Square a block or so away.
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.