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The inspector stays in a theater-inspired room at London’s ‘flamboyant’ Beaverbrook Town House hotel

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The Inspector is impressed by his stay in a theatre-inspired room in a ‘flamboyant’ London town house (but for around £600 a night, he says it’s ‘special occasion area’)

  • The inspector visits Beaverbrook Town House on Sloane Street and finds that the decor is ‘modern British’
  • His Palladium room is decorated with ‘gaudy’ posters from past shows at the Palladium theatre
  • Although disappointed by his expensive dinner at the hotel, he says his breakfast is ‘beautifully presented’
  • Remember, the inspector pays his sentence… and says it like it is

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Don’t mind the cost of living – hotel prices in London are outrageous, especially on the more expensive side of the market.

There are two such gilded offerings on Sloane Street: The Cadogan, part of the Belmond group, and, closer to Sloane Square, Beaverbrook Town House, The Beaverbrook’s little sister in Surrey.

The latter was once the home of Lord Beaverbrook, the media baron who entertained everyone from Elizabeth Taylor and Laurence Olivier to Ian Fleming and Winston Churchill.

The inspector checks in at Beaverbrook Town House on Sloane Street in London, the little sister of The Beaverbrook hotel in Surrey

The property (center) was once the home of media baron Lord Beaverbrook, who was known to entertain the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Winston Churchill

The property (center) was once the home of media baron Lord Beaverbrook, who was known to entertain the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Winston Churchill

The first is more formal and expensive; the latter playful, with a sneaky bar and flamboyant interiors. Modern British, I would call it.

But let’s be clear: you’re unlikely to get a room at the Beaverbrook Town House for much less than £600 and if you eat at the Japanese restaurant you’ll add another £150 to £200. It is area for special occasions.

All 14 suites are named after a London theatre. We get to see one on the first floor, which is decidedly cheerful and luxurious, but faces a brick wall – albeit one with a sculpture on it to lessen the harshness.

You're unlikely to get a room at the Beaverbrook Town House for much less than £600, the inspector reveals, adding: 'It's an area for special occasions.'  Upstairs is the hotel courtyard

You’re unlikely to get a room at the Beaverbrook Town House for much less than £600, the inspector reveals, adding: ‘It’s an area for special occasions.’ Upstairs is the hotel courtyard

The Inspector's Palladium room, pictured, has a

The Inspector’s Palladium room, pictured, has a “mini cocktail trolley, velvet sofa, and several gaudy posters advertising past shows at the Palladium”

“I don’t want to be difficult, but it would be great to see some sky,” I tell the receptionist.

So she points us to a room on the third floor called the Palladium, which is a hundred times more beautiful.

It has three sash windows overlooking the Cadogan Gardens, a mini cocktail trolley, velvet sofa, and several gaudy posters advertising past shows at the Palladium.

A sliding door leads to a beautiful green tiled bathroom with a really large bath and separate large shower.

We love it. I couldn’t live with such bursts of color in the long run, but for a night in this part of town it’s a delight.

The Inspector describes the hotel's Sir Frank's Bar, pictured above, as 'slinky'

The Inspector describes the hotel’s Sir Frank’s Bar, pictured above, as ‘slinky’

At breakfast, the inspector enjoys a full English 'beautifully presented'.  Pictured is the hotel's private butterfly-themed dining room

At breakfast, the inspector enjoys a full English ‘beautifully presented’. Pictured is the hotel’s private butterfly-themed dining room

The inspector says his Japanese dinner at Fuji Grill (above) costs a 'small fortune'

The inspector says his Japanese dinner at Fuji Grill (above) costs a ‘small fortune’

You eat at the Fuji Grill or don’t eat at all – although a staff member says a bar menu of fancy burgers and the like will be introduced in the future. Sooner rather than later in my eyes.

We spend a small fortune on our Japanese dinner, but still go to bed feeling undernourished.

We expect more of the same at breakfast but in fact the full English is quite full and nicely presented.

TRAVEL FACTS

Beaverbrook Town House, 115 Sloane St, London, SW1X 9PJ. Doubles are available from € 548,-. For more information call 020 3988 6611 or visit beaverbrooktownhouse.co.uk.

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