In summer, take a table outside and watch the little planes zoom in and out. Inside, the bottle-lined wine room gives perfect private-dining seclusion.
If stewardess suits and captain’s uniforms are beyond your wardrobe, casual suits and eveningwear will do fine.
Following the arc of the building on the ground floor, Brasserie recaptures yesteryear glamour with black-and-white portrait photos on the dark walls (inspiring games of ‘name the Hollywood icon’), leather banquette seating and chrome table lamps. Masterchef finalist, Adam Fargin, presides over the locally-sourced menu with its hearty, European bent – French-inflected salads, steak tartare, pasta dishes, and classic British fare – but it’s the delectable chargrilled steaks that really set the mouth a-water. Take a laid-back lunch at One Eleven, an American diner-from-the-Bayou, where you can settle in for jambalaya, shrimp gumbo and Creole soft-shell crab as well as your classic burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes and bourbon-laced cocktails (served in jam jars, naturally).
As suave and sophisticated as any Soho cocktail lounge, Aviator’s Sky Bar overlooks the airfield. Take traditional tea (£25; £35 if you take the champagne option) in the afternoon and, come nighttime, be seduced by attractive illuminations, a slick soundtrack and showy, ice-block-chipping mixologists. The aviation theme continues in the oversized photos of bolts, rivets and other aeronautical bits and bobs that line the walls. The Brasserie Bar is a more informal outfit on the ground floor, with a terrace that's great for catching the sunset over the airfield. The Sky Lounge at the top can be booked for private shindigs.
Brasserie serves lunch between noon and 2pm and dinner from 6pm to 9.30pm. One Eleven serves til 11pm. The Sky Bar is an all-day hang-out, which moves and shakes until the last guest leaves.
Full meals and drinks can be brought to your room 24 hours a day (with a reduced offering between 10pm and 6am).