The Egerton House Hotel, London
A hotel with its own art collection makes this a special place to stay
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;...