The Eger­ton House Ho­tel, Lon­don

A ho­tel with its own art col­lec­tion makes this a spe­cial place to stay

Timeless Travels Magazine - - MUSEUM FOCUS - by Alice Nor­man

Homely but el­e­gant’ is a good start­ing point when de­scrib­ing the multi-award-win­ning Eger­ton House Ho­tel in Knights­bridge, Lon­don; but then there are other ho­tels in Lon­don which would fit the same de­scrip­tion. So what makes this ho­tel dif­fer­ent?

Is it the wel­com­ing staff? At­ten­tion to de­tail? Free sweets in re­cep­tion? It has all these, but it also has a uniquely di­verse art col­lec­tion. Sit­u­ated on the doorstep of some of the world’s lead­ing mu­se­ums and gal­leries, the ho­tel also of­fers its guests a pri­vate col­lec­tion of in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed artists from the nine­teenth and twen­ti­eth cen­tury. And it is this art col­lec­tion at the Eger­ton that sets the ho­tel apart from other fine ho­tels in Lon­don.

The works have been as­sem­bled over sev­eral years by the founder and pres­i­dent of Red Car­na­tion Ho­tels, Beatrice Toll­man, and in ad­di­tion to the pub­lic ar­eas of the ho­tel, each room has a se­lec­tion of orig­i­nal art too.

So you could be stay­ing in a room with a work by Matisse, Cha­gall, Renoir, Hardy or car­toons by JAK and Al­bert Hirschfeld, while car­i­ca­tures by SEM and a ‘Snoopy’ pen­cil draw­ing by its cre­ator Ge­orge Schultz can be seen in the bar area. Orig­i­nal copies of the Il­lus­trated Lon­don News are also dot­ted through­out the cor­ri­dors of the ho­tel.

There is a col­lec­tion of draw­ings by Toulouse-Lautrec, some of which have writ­ing on, in the lobby of the ho­tel. Whilst I was look­ing at them, Jacques Con­radie, Concierge Man­ager (who knows about every ex­hi­bi­tion on in Lon­don), told me that an­other guest had once asked him if he had ac­tu­ally looked closely at what was writ­ten – ap­par­ently they are quite racy. How­ever, they are quite safe now be­hind the re­cep­tion desk – you would have to have ex­cep­tional eyesight to be able to read them!

I took time whilst stay­ing at the ho­tel to par­take in a most sump­tu­ous af­ter­noon tea, served in the wel­com­ing sit­ting room, which I can­not rec­om­mend highly enough. It is also avail­able for non­res­i­dents and I was par­tic­u­larly de­lighted (as a dog owner) to find that the ho­tel of­fers a spe­cial ‘dog­gie’ af­ter­noon tea too – a clue that the ho­tel is pet friendly.

Need­less to say my room was ev­ery­thing you could wish for – the at­ten­tion to de­tail was re­mark­able, even down to a mo­bile charger gad­get for an­droid or ap­ple de­vices. But my favourite item was in the lux­u­ri­ous bath­room (filled with Pen­haligon prod­ucts), where I found the most com­fort­able, plump, soft head­rest to use whilst read­ing in the bath.

I have no hes­i­ta­tion in rec­om­mend­ing that you make The Eger­ton your home from home whilst you are in Lon­don, and catch some orig­i­nal art works at the same time. ‘

Top, right: The el­e­gant sit­ting room, the heart of the ho­tel; In­sert: ThePar­rots, by Kim Brooks, one of the orig­i­nal works of art on dis­play; Top, right: The en­trance to the ho­tel ready for Christ­mas; Above: A sump­tu­ous af­ter­noon tea and for dogs too;...

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