CDMS Architects has been appointed by Rocco Forte Hotels Ltd as Executive Architect for the refurbishment of key areas within Brown’s Hotel, their 5* flagship hotel in Mayfair. Brown’s was London’s first ever hotel. It opened its doors in 1837 under the watchful eye of Lady Byron’s maid Sarah Brown and her husband, James. Made up of 11 Georgian townhouses, Brown’s has a rich and intriguing history. Distinguished guests have included presidents and prime ministers, royalty and writers.
The practice has worked closely with the Hotel’s in-house Interior Design team and other consultants to undertake a series of refurbishment projects, sometime undertaken in strategic phases to ensure minimum disruption to Hotel operations.
The Brown’s Restaurant and Donovan Bar are the two primary front of house spaces within the Hotel. The previous bar was located centrally within the ground floor with little connection to the street and lacking in natural light. This refurbishment has seen intermediate structural walls removed, the bar re-orientated and a new street entrance formed, alongside a complete interior refurbishment.
In tandem, the restaurant has been updated from it’s previous design to reflect the food of its new 3 Michelin Star chef Heinz Beck. Existing timber panelling to the perimeter of the room has been retained, but enhance with the introduction of feature joinery items including decorative screens and a wine display. Additionally, the restaurant has seen a new table layout, with the total number of covers increased from 80 to 98.