The Brown’s Hotel London opened it’s doors in 1837 and is celebrating it’s history with event’s, specials and delicious culinary creations that you can enjoy at a Victorian price. I was recently fortunate to visit with Sophie Darley the marketing manager at Browns Hotel in London, a quintessential British hotel. I also learned some of it’s amazing history. For instance it was established by James Brown and his wife, Lord Byron’s butler. Over it’s 175 years it has hosted Queen Victoria as a regular guest as well as Rudyard Kipling in the Kippling Suite where he is said to have penned his famous story The Jungle Book. The Hotel has been the subject of Agatha Christie’s, “At Bertram’s Hotel” and is also where Alexander Graham Bell made his first UK phone call in 1876!
In a town full of historic properties, I must admit to being surprised to learn that Browns played a huge role in the countries history but it is none other than the oldest hotel in London. When you walk into it you do not feel it’s age, but rather it’s historical splendor. Sir Rocco Forte and his sister, Design Director Olga Polizzi have done a marvelous job of preserving the old yet blending in the modern amenities today’s traveler demands. The atmosphere is calming and comfortable in the guest rooms transitioning to a cozy and private demeanor in the dinning areas, but both feature the excellent service that has come to be associated with the Rocco Forte name. Inviting suites boast a large sitting room with fireplace and floor to ceiling windows and one to three bedroom options. If you are planning to stay at the hotel in 2013 definitely consider taking advantage of their anniversary special that offers a second night in a Browns Suite for just £18.37!
Additional specials at the Browns Hotel include amazing dinner specials at their in-house restaurant the Hix Mayfair. The hotel is introducing a Victorian menu to celebrate their origin and Queen Victoria’s affiliation to the hotel. The menu, created by Executive Chef Lee prepares time-travelling selections like; Torbay lemon sole au gratin with Morecambe bay shrimp, Rabbit and wallfish pie and Dorset crab and scallop bake with cold water willies at a steal– £18.37 for two-courses!
The Donovan Bar is also commemorating the 175th anniversary of Brown’s with the new cocktail, Timeless, a combination of elderflower liqueur, gin and sparkling wine. I suggest you take advantage of the 175th anniversary 8 after 8 special which offers 8 tapas after 8:00 pm like sweetcorn chili fritters, Albemarle smoked salmon and Scottish quail eggs with a half bottle of wine for just forty pounds. Hankering for an after dinner cocktail? Give The Martini Trolley a try, which includes your choice of English gins or vodkas to add your preference of lemon twists, olives, straight-up or dirty.