Which is London’s oldest hotel?

by Fitzroy of London

There have been many contenders for the highly-prized title of being named as “London’s oldest hotel”.

Brown’s in Mayfair probably takes the title of “London’s oldest hotel” – though it has also been extensively refurbished by the Rocco Forte Collection

Founded in 1837 by the Brown family, the hotel has hosted many distinguished guests over the years, including US president Theodore Roosevelt and legendary Ethiopian emperor Haille Sellassie.

Brown’s has also witnessed many historic events, such as the first ever telephone call by Alexander Graham Bell.  Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’ was also written during the author’s stay at the hotel and Agatha Christie apparently based her famous novel ‘At Bertram’s Hotel’ on Browns.

After being purchased by the Rocco Forte Collection in 2003, Browns was noticeably revamped and renovated, yet retains its 19th century grace.

Indeed, Brown’s might be seen as irrefutable proof that good things come with age, though it’s a hotel that definitely falls within the “reassuringly expensive” category. 

Fitzroy of London firmly believe that good things come with age and we cherish London’s heritage and architectural buildings – we love being part of projects that rejuvenate these to their former glory and believe we offer endless possibilities be it design, finishing or fabrication to achieve the result desired. 


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