A home away from home in London’s most prestigious postcode says Jessica Harris
Review: The Beaverbrook Town House
It’s been kept under wraps behind an illustrated facade for months but the hotly anticipated Beaverbrook Town House has now flung open its doors to visitors and guests. Conveniently situated between Knightsbridge and Sloane Square, it will no doubt be a handy stop-over for shoppers and locals alike. The two beautifully restored Georgian townhouses are home to 14 suites, each styled and named after celebrated London theatres, overlooking the leafy-green grandeur of Cadogan Gardens (to which the hotel holds the key). Staying true to its residential roots, interior designer Nicola Harding has maintained a cosy city home vibe with soft powdery hues, clashing prints, snug reading nooks and soft furnishings that wouldn’t look out of place in ones own home. The roomy suites, complete with small sitting area, aren’t merely a shower-and-sleep space but somewhere that’s designed to spend time in. Whether it’s getting into bed to watch the pop-up TV with a cup of tea or curl up on the sofa by the window to read a book and watch the city dwellers go by, it’s your own private urban bolthole.
Keeping with the theme of living like a local, the Beaverbrook Town House is just a stone’s throw away from Chelsea’s best kept secrets. From local deli’s and beauty boutiques to atmospheric wine bars and artisan food, Pavillion Road provides all of the highlights of village life in the middle of the country’s capital. For a quieter scene, you can pop across the road to the Cadogan gardens – one of the largest garden squares in Chelsea and home to acres of sunny lawns, sculptures, a ‘pollinator meadow’, tennis courts and a playground. Once site of the 18th century London Botanic Garden, today it is home to some rare 300 year old mulberry trees, as well as more recently introduced unusual plants to meander through. But we couldn’t talk about local attractions without mentioning shopping. Home to some of the world’s most celebrated brands, the Town House is perfectly positioned for a little window shopping at Harvey Nichols, a handbag perusal at Chanel or to pick up something sparkly on King’s Road.
Although you have London’s finest eateries on your doorstep, you don’t need to go far to have a meal worthy of a Michelin star at the hotel’s Japanese-inspired restaurant. Both Sir Frank’s Bar and The Fuji Grill pay homage to Japan’s 19th-century grand masters with a delectable range of edible delicacies such as Truffle Yuzu Miso & Fresh Truffle with a side of salted Edamame Beans followed by their very popular Chocolate Cigar dessert (which is definitely too small to share before you consider it). End the night with a cosy night cap in the bar’s leather-lined booth (a perfect spot to people watch London’s glitterati) with your favourite tipple and soak up the bustling atmosphere – such a rarity in hotel bars but somehow it has it in spades.
THE FINAL WORD
As experts in liveable luxury, it was no great surprise that Beaverbrook’s latest dwelling would be every inch as chic and decadent as I expected. With great attention to detail throughout the décor, it has all of the charm of a boutique hotel in one of the most coveted postcodes in London. But what really made the stay were the warm and helpful staff – no request was too great or inconvenient and they went out of their way to ensure we were happy and comfortable. A true testament to the brand.
Rooms from £450 per night, beaverbrooktownhouse.co.uk