Half Moon Street is like many others of its kind in London’s Mayfair; a row of fabulous Georgian town houses lining both sides of it. However, take a stroll through the front entrance of Flemings Mayfair Hotel and you’ll experience something quite different. Something unlike any of its neighbours. Almost as if you’ve suddenly warped into a different dimension.
One minute you are in the heart of old Georgian London, amidst former homes of noblemen, surgeons and judges, the next, you’re in a stunning black and white marble infused lobby adorned with gold rimmed period furniture. It’s a statement of intent that is pure genius. It tells you immediately you are entering somewhere quite different, somewhere with a personality that you’ll be hard pressed to forget.
It’s like the movie, they had me at hello.
Flemings Mayfair Hotel , a member of SLH, the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection, is a privately owned luxury boutique property converted from six Georgian town-houses, and with ten recently opened one two and three bedroom apartments it was a perfect time to visit.
Upstairs, our spacious one bed apartment designed by Suna was a journey of discovery in itself, with a private access at street level to a small lift operated by a key turn depositing us six floors later at our front door. Inside, the room was unashamedly luxurious; mixing modern pastel green interiors and drapes with an original ornate fireplace above which a huge flat screen TV sat set into the wall with two very comfy overstuffed armchairs and a sofa positioned in front. Thankfully, the large bed was not adorned with a multitude of pillows like many hotel rooms these days, but a large soft headboard was very welcome.
Back downstairs The Grill Restaurant awaited, but first, a welcome cocktail in the basement bar was called for. An interesting space it must be said. I would call it tasteful bling, in keeping with the nightclub feel of the room; low intimate lighting and soft music rumbling in the background. Jose, a Flemings mixologist made me one of his own refreshing creations, aptly named after his girlfriend – Dangerfield; a mix of fresh blackberry, calvados, angastura bitters and champagne.
The Grill itself offered excellent fare; the menu split between Chef Brian Henry’s own grill based dishes and the hotels’ partnership with TV chef Rosemary Schrager.
My roasted butternut squash and halloumi with grilled peppers and pine nuts starter (£11.50) was delicious as was our shared Chateaubriand (£48) main. The hand-cut chips crisped perfectly and the rocket and parmesan side more than enough for the two of us to share.
Shrager’s Pistachio cake with raspberry tuille and white chocolate mousse dessert (£9) was a powerful climax to a great meal.
I found the whole Flemings experience very positive. It was so refreshing to find a four star rated boutique hotel push itself to offer 5 star service. It proves to me the management team headed up by Oliver Brown know a thing or two about luxury hospitality.
Food and drink images (c) Andy Mossack
I want to stay at Flemings. What does it cost?
Rooms start at £199 including breakfast
Apartments from £475
www.flemings-mayfair.co.uk, Tel: 0044 20 7499 0000.