Since the middle of the nineteenth century, Brown’s Hotel is frequented by famous travelers and events: emperor Napoleon the Third and empress Eugenie or Alexander Graham Bell staying while presenting his invention to the British government: the telephone! The first ever telephone call was placed at this hotel. The hotel's longest staying guest was King George II of Greece who stayed eleven years at the hotel while he was exiled, from 1924 to 1935: when he returned to Greece, the king named the hotel manager part of the Royal Order of Phoenix.
The hotel seems like a private residence, so that clients would feel at home. Ahead of their times, owners Ford installed in the 1880s electricity, as well as in-room bathrooms, one of the first elevators in London and the first ever hotel restaurant: before then, you had to choose between going out for diner or ordering room-service. Behind Brown's, the St George’s Hotel was purchased to expand. The new hotel kept the name Brown's Hotel even though the name of “St George’s” is still visible on the other facade and on the tinted windows of the newly renamed Donovan Bar, known previously as the St George's bar.
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This gem of a hotel's extraordinary history has been carried on by the Trust House Limited Company, which purchased the hotel in 1968. Part of the Forte PLC group, the hotel is a member of its luxury hotel collection. The hotel owes its recent and extensive renovation to the Rocco Forte Hotel group which was able to preserve, and even give new life to this unique and timeless hotel's character, discreetly hidden on a small and calm London street. The rooms and suites are all different as they have been since the hotel first opened. Decorated with a mixture of old objects and furniture mixed with contemporary artwork, Brown's is a combination of English elegance of the past and the most cutting edge trends of today. The cuisine at the HIX at Albermale restaurant is a model of traditional British cooking by Chef Marc Hix. And The English Tea Room serve the most authentic and delicious afternoon tea of the kingdom!
In one word, it's an institution. Brown's is a hotel unlike any other.