This 5-star London hotel is situated on Albernacle Street, Mayfair, just a stone’s throw from the capital’s West End theatres and the famed shopping destinations of Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street.
It has 117 elegantly styled guest rooms, including 29 suites, as well as a spa, gymnasium tea room and bar, and is home to the renowned HIX Restaurant.
It’s not just its rooms and facilities that make Brown’s Hotel one of the best-known luxury hotels in London, however – it’s also steeped in history.
Opened in 1837 by Lord Byron’s butler and maid, James Brown and his wife, Sarah, it was one of the first hotels to have been established in the capital. The Browns later sold the hotel to James John Ford, who bought the property that backed onto it and extended the hotel, before handing over the management of to his son, Henry Ford.
It was during the Ford family’s ownership of Brown’s that one of the most notable events in the hotel’s history occurred.
Alexander Graham Bell
In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell, the Scottish scientist credited with the invention of the telephone, made the first telephone call in the UK, using the private telegraph line which had been installed to connect the hotel with the Ford family’s estate in Ravenscroft Park.
Alexander Graham Bell is just one of many well-known people to have stayed at Brown’s Hotel.
Other famous guests over the years have included Queen Victoria, Theodore Roosevelt, Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker.
The Jungle Book, written by Rudyard Kipling In Brown’s Hotel.
Rudyard Kipling, who wrote “The Jungle Book” while he was staying at the hotel.
Today, guests can stay in the Kipling Suite, part of the former suite in which the great writer stayed on his regular visits to Brown’s.