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By Katie Wilson

You may have heard of Beaverbrook, the country house hotel with luxury spa nestled in the Surrey Hills. But did you know it now has a sister hotel, Beaverbrook Town House, in the heart of London’s Chelsea.

Just a few minutes’ walk from Sloane Square Tube station, the newest Beaverbrook hotel is spread across two Georgian townhouses, beautifully restored to their former glory. It is meant to reimagine Lord Beaverbrook’s glamorous life in the capital, where he once entertained world leaders, literary greats and Hollywood stars.

The likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Laurence Olivier, Winston Churchill, Rudyard Kipling and Ian Fleming were just some of the big names who were guests of Lord Beaverbrook over the years.

Such was his love of the stage, that all the rooms at Beaverbrook Town House are named after London theatres. Art Deco in design, every inch of this immaculate hotel is a delight for the eyes.

There is also all day Japanese dining available at The Fuji Grill, or guests can book an opulent 20-course Omakase Dining Experience. Enjoy an aperitif or nightcap in Sir Frank’s Bar. When the sun shines, retreat to the hotel courtyard accessed via the back of the restaurant or the terrace at the front.

Here’s what happened when The Boutique Handbook checked into The Old Vic Suite for the night…

Beaverbrook Town House Hotel Review

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Beaverbrook Town House Library
The Library reception area. Credit: Beaverbrook

Beaverbrook Town House couldn’t be better located if it tried when it comes to central London hotels, and is perfect for tourists visiting the capital or locals wanting to book an overnight stay for a special occasion.

Everything about it is grand, from the canopied entrance and chequered floors of the hallway, to the reception in the Library area of the hotel which more resembles the living room of an eccentric but very stylish aristocratic aunt.

Interiors come courtesy of Nicola Harding, who has designed the rooms in boutique hotels The Mitre in Hampton Court and The Rose in Deal, and its maximalism at its finest.

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THE ROOMS

Garrick Studio Suite Beaverbrook Town House
The Garrick Studio Suite. Credit: Beaverbrook

There are 14 luxury rooms at Beaverbrook Town House, each named after celebrated London theatres, from the colourful Garrick Studio Suite to the more muted tones of The Royal Opera Suite.

We stayed in The Old Vic room on the first floor overlooking leafy Cadogan Gardens and were seriously impressed. It’s one of the fanciest hotel rooms we’ve ever seen. If you’re looking for a London hotel for a special occasion, this is it.

Although the website describes some rooms as Deluxe, all are Suite standard in our opinion. They come with super king size beds, some four poster and others with half-tester canopy drapes above. TVs are hidden in the bottom of the beds and can be turned around so you can watch from the living areas.

Old Vic room Beaverbrook Town House
The Old Vic room. Credit: Beaverbrook

You’ll find baths as well as showers in the tiled bathrooms, which have Bamford toiletries and underfloor heating, plus bathrobes and slippers to truly relax in.

Vintage photos, posters and theatre memorabilia adorn the walls and there are drinks trolleys, Nespresso machines and complimentary mini bars, including snacks such as crisps, biscuits and popcorn. Room service is also available if you dial 0 from the retro phone on the bedside table.

FOOD AND DRINK

Sir Frank's Bar at Beaverbrook Town House
Sir Frank’s Bar. Credit: Beaverbrook

Like at sister hotel Beaverbrook, the food is Japanese and guests can choose to dine in the bar, restaurant or terrace if the weather permits. All day dining is available in The Fuji Grill and Sir Frank’s Bar.

Guests (and non-guests) can book a table at The Sushi Bar or the 20-course Omakase Dining Experience, the Japanese tradition where you let the chef pick the food for you. Foodie overnight stay packages are also available.

We ate in The Fuji Grill, which only accepts walk-ins, the same as the terrace. Signature dishes include the ‘Charcoal’ Black Cod (£42), Wagyu with Juniper Miso (£62) and the chef’s selection Omakase Nigiri (£46). All are meant for sharing.

Beaverbrook terrace
The pretty front terrace. Credit: Beaverbrook

Smaller plates like Edamame (£5), Popcorn Shrimp (£17) and individual sushi or sashimi are also on offer, starting from £4. A sushi roll selection, such as Spicy Tuna (£14) or Shrimp Tempura (£14) are six to eight rolls. One of the simplest dishes on the menu – the humble Spinach Salad (£15) – is a must order as the miso dressing is to die for. Bento Boxes are available from £25.

Save room for pudding, as a special mention must be given to the Beaverbrook Cigar (£15) on the dessert menu. This unusual pud is not a real cigar, but certainly looks like one and is served with its own ‘ashtray’. Perhaps not one for non-smokers, it seemed to be made from chocolate and ice cream and somehow had a taste of tobacco. Other sweet highlights include the Pecan Snickers (£8) and Egg & Soldiers (£15), a Lime Mousse with Mango Yolk and Lime and Passionfruit Crumble.

When it comes to drinks, the tequila-based Top Hat cocktail (£19) is one of the tallest you will ever see and comes served with a spoon as it features a scoop of sorbet. The Town House Saketini (£18) and the Spitfire Collins (£18) are also signature favourites.

EXTRAS

The Courtyard Beaverbrook Town House
The secret courtyard. Credit: Beaverbrook

A pretty Courtyard is hidden at the back of The Fuji Grill restaurant, where breakfast is also served. While out front, there is a pretty parasol-covered terrace in the summer months that claims to be the smallest in London, as it only has five tables. Private dining and meeting rooms can also be found within the hotel, while in-room spa treatments are available to pre-book.

OVERALL VERDICT

Beaverbrook Town House has everything you want from a five-star central London hotel. Bedrooms are luxurious, the decor is a delight and the food delicious. Those visiting the capital to shop will love its close proximity to Harrods, Harvey Nichols and the designer shops on Sloane Street and the King’s Road. Pretty Pavilion Road is also worth visiting for its artisan food shops and boutiques. Museums like the Natural History, V&A and the Saatchi Gallery are within walking distance, as is Buckingham Palace.

Rooms start from £400 a night

Book a stay at Beaverbrook Town House here

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