There is a worthwhile study of British art to be had inside Rocco Forte Brown's Hotel. HIX Mayfair, the 117-room hotel’s main dining room, which is as focused on exquisitely prepared dishes as it is contemporary art, plays gracious host to Tracey Emin's illuminated work, I Love You More Than I Can Love, which joins other original works like Toby Ziegler's Symbolic Impasse featuring a Bonsai tree meant to transform the work from a landscape painting into actual terrain, and a vivid abstract canvas Untitled (Orange, Black, And Green) by Fiona Rae. The arresting works throughout the hotel, curated by Olga Polizzi, Rocco Forte Hotels design director, enhances every room of the property.
The walls of the Donovan Bar, for instance, named for celebrated British fashion photographer Terence Donovan, are lined with more than 50 of his black and white prints. Even the English Tea Room regularly doubles as a gallery for exhibitions by notable artists.
Mayfair, one of the world's preeminent arts districts, is a go-to for some of the city’s most exciting contemporary galleries.
Points Of View
The art isn't mere decoration to delight guests staying at the hotel, but an immersive introduction to Mayfair, the neighborhood where Brown's has stood for nearly 200 years. Today, Mayfair happens to be one of the world's preeminent arts districts, a go-to destination for some of the city’s most exciting contemporary galleries.
As such, Brown's has created an exclusive Saturday morning art tour, where each month a local gallery director leads a private tour of some of their favorite local programming.
The tour begins on site with the hotel’s own art collection, and proceeds to takes visitors on an insider's tour of the Mayfair that lies beyond the gloss of the art fair and preview party. This is exclusive access that isn't confined to the ground-floor galleries on Cork Street, but goes behind the doors of magnificent period townhomes and into private, by-appointment offices and studies. A member of Brown's concierge team is also on hand to offer yet another perspective on Mayfair's vibrant gallery scene.
To learn more about Brown's Hotel, or to reserve a space in the monthly Saturday morning art tour during your upcoming reservation with The Leading Hotels of the World, contact [email protected].