As fully fledged Londoner since spending my university days trolling the West End, my feet are firmly in the city which I now call home. In the cohort of work and homelife it’s so easy to stick to your regular paths of places to eat, hang out and explore. Mayfair for me has always been a wonderful thoroughfare between East and West London with loads of places to go out, eat and of course shop.
Mayfair was home to Dorian Gray, the fictional character from Oscar Wilde’s book The Picture of Dorian Gray, described as the plush Mayfair district, frequenting various gentlemen‘s clubs, theaters, and symphony halls. Along with it’s renowned clubs like Annabel’s, countless fabulous hotel bars and restaurants like George and Scott’s where you wouldn’t blink an eyelid to spotting a serious A lister having a quiet lunch outside, that is Mayfair.
Mount Street has this air about it, oozing luxury with a heavy note of ‘cool’ in every sense of the word. It’s where international designer boutiques like Loewe, Balenciaga, Linda Farrow, Celine, Delfina Delettrez, Chalayan and Penelope Chilvers over on Duke Street (the list of favourites go on)sitting perfectly on the prim streets of Mayfair, call home. Alongside them are eats like Delfino the Italian, The Mount Street Deli and the new pop up restaurant Bonnie Gull at Brown Hart Gardens perched on wide platform (almost like a park) amongst Mayfair’s tall heights – not giving you much of a reason to leave the vicinity. I could for sure set up camp there for a long while without getting bored which is exactly what I did at The Beaumont Hotel last week.
I got to enjoy a night at The Beaumont Hotel, a later edition to Mayfair which opened about two years ago, yet very much embodies the full essence of London’s Mayfair in the form of heritage and luxury. Starting from the driveway of the hotel set back from Duke Street almost a stones throw from Oxford Street (although you would never know it), the ever so smart porters were warm and welcoming along with the front of house team, approachable and friendly.
I enjoyed an hour long massage in The Beaumont Spa which was absolutely incredible along with the spa lounging areas in everlasting white marble and the cold plunge pool which looked fabulous though I didn’t dare to have a go as I’m such a wuss when it comes to the cold in general. The clean line interiors were inspired by the original New York YMCA as well as the Turkish baths at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, an over all tastefully art deco style setting (my favourite) where you can really kick back and relax.
The hotel suite at that I stayed in at The Beaumont was just the dream. It had a large and lateral floor plan (I’m in the midst of moving house at the moment and I do obsess over floorplans) with a dining area, cloakroom, sitting room, bedroom and walk in wardrobe, countless bookshelves filled with an amazing selection of books mixing fiction with London factual, not forgetting the head to toe marble bathroom (amazing). I enjoyed a salt bath whilst watching some TV, yes, in the bath after a lovely evening out and dinner at Bonnie Gull the new seafood pop up literally opposite the entrance of the hotel. I highly recommend this hidden gem especially if the sun is shining it’s such a lovely space that you wouldn’t imagine even existed in such a prime location in the West End – but very much does.
I enjoyed late night snacks with friends and my fiancé, mac and cheese, welsh rarebit and popcorn chicken along with a whiskey sour the perfect night cap and end to a fun day. The next morning I enjoyed a perfect chocolate croissant (they make all their pastries on site) along with sweetcorn fritter with avocado and a fried egg which had the most delicious homemade tomato relish inside. The Colony Grill Room is definitely somewhere I’m going to visit again for a fly in mid week breakfast or even a weekend brunch with friends – I’m glad I found that hidden gem.
Whilst in the area for a couple days I just couldn’t help myself but to visit some of my favourite boutiques too along with creating some visual stories to go with them. I’m going to share some of my favourites below which is a perfect taste to Mayfair along with sharing where everything I’m wearing is from throughout the post. I hope you enjoy!
I enjoyed late night snacks at the American Bar with friends and my fiance, mac and cheese, welsh rarebit and popcorn chicken along with a whiskey sour the perfect night cap and end to a fun day. The next morning I enjoyed a perfect chocolate croissant (they make all their pastries on site) along with sweetcorn fritter with avocado and a fried egg which had the most delicious homemade tomato relish inside. The Colony Grill is definitely somewhere I’m going to visit again for a fly in mid week breakfast or even a weekend brunch with friends – I’m glad I found that hidden gem.
Whilst in the area for a couple days I just couldn’t help myself but to visit some of my favourite boutiques too along with creating some visual stories to go with them. I’ll be sharing what I’m wearing with all the shopping details throughout the post. I hope you enjoy!
Photos by Frances Davison
This post was created in collaboration with The Mayfair Collective