You haven’t seen luxe until you’ve seen Flemings Mayfair.
As if being award-winning, situated in Mayfair and being one of the oldest family owned hotels in London wasn’t prestigious enough, boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair are amidst a £14 million refurbishment. Originally opened in 1851 as a conversion of 13 Georgian townhouses, the hotel has already begun unveiling renovated rooms. You can already be one of the first to experience their makeover first-hand, complete with some ‘very special hidden extras’ in the new design. How enticing?
So how does a cool fourteen mil split over a whole hotel? Well, each of the fresh new bedrooms has been given an £85,000 treatment, courtesy of Tully Filmer. The fittings might be modern but the revamped look harks back to the 30s in bronze and grey, complete with period features and bespoke furniture (if you’re smart and pick out a room with a patio you’ll have bespoke furniture there too, of course). Flemings have even gone as far as reinstating original three-metre high ceilings in some rooms.
The bathrooms are stashed with botanical toiletries and adorned in marble and the walls feature Dr. Andy Gotts MBE original celebrity portraits. Think the likes of Harrison Ford, Nicole Scherzinger and Gary Barlow, all of whom were photographed in the very hotel they now decorate the walls of.
Although we’re smitten with all the details so far, what really grabs our attention is a room that comes with its own gin bar. Yep, Flemings have thought of everything and some of their studio suites come complete with private bars stocked with five premium gins. It’s not just any gin either, the bars were designed in collaboration with authors and spirits experts Joel Harrison and Neil Ridley and the pair even concocted a signature gin brand for the hotel. Plus, they come with cocktail tips – a dream.
The refurbishment is near enough complete, including their private entrance apartments. If you’re feeling super-flush, book out the two bedroom Penthouse Suite which you can nip up to in your private lift and entertain friends on your rooftop terrace. Or, if you’ve got the entire extended family away with you, take over the Townhouse, a seven bedroom property available to be booked as a whole.
While you’re there, take full advantage of the tea room and bar in the Drawing Room, a space to unwind, fit for thirty people with De Gournay wall panel and an Assouline-stocked library.
What we’re most looking forward to next is the launch of Michelin-starred Shaun Rankin’s new restaurant, in July this year. With space to seat 80 and 40 in the bar, along with two private dining rooms, British food with a modern twist will be on offer from the summer. That means we’ll have to make a booking for now and a booking for later.