The Twenty Two: it's a real catch. A hotel and members' club in the heart of Mayfair that ditches the fussy formalities of old for something more intimate, more unique, and more downright seductive. What was once a family home is now lovingly referred to as the manor, and every square inch – from the Pierre Frey wallpaper-clad bedrooms, to the checkerboard bathrooms, to the mirrored-ceiling basement nightclub (via some particularly sumptuously lit corridors) – is worthy of its own photoshoot, but then this isn't that kind of place. It is a place you'll delight in details, though. Case in point: lift the receiver on your vintage bakelite bedside phone and dial, yes, 22 for anything you want. As cool and as effortless as a John Coltrane solo.
Noon. Check-in from 3pm. Early check-ins and late check-outs are subject to availability.
Double rooms from £490.50, including tax at 20 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 5% per room per night on check-out.
There are a number of accessible rooms available, just enquire when booking.
At the hotel
Free WiFi, complimentary gym options nearby, welcome drinks on arrival, guest- and members-only lounge, exclusive nightclub, butler service. In rooms: bespoke bath products, Klipsch sound system, steamer, Dyson hairdryer, extremely well-stocked minibar (Charbonnel et Walker truffle, anyone?).
Our favourite rooms
The split-level Gingko suite definitely knows how to seduce. It's a twisty double-height corner room in a dusty blue palette with a statement teardrop crystal chandelier that will have you coming over all Victorian dandy in no time. Many rooms make good use of statement Pierre Frey wallpaper but the Heritage Suite's mezzanine means you can gaze down admiringly at metres of it. If you'd rather avoid the flashbulbs, the Mews House has its own private entrance. But even the smallest room here would be considered generously sized and suavely styled.
There's no spa on site but Mayfair's best massage therapists can be summoned for a number of in-room treatments. If you need to work out a little post-travel tension, guests get free use of Jab boxing gym a few doors down.
Bring your dancing shoes, figurative or actual: you wont want to miss the chance to throw some shapes at one of London's most clamoured-after clubs knowing a good night's sleep is only a few staircases away.
If you're planning on doing a little work in the Living Room while you're here, be aware that laptops are banished after 5pm and calls must be taken outside.
As welcoming as it gets: dogs can stay in all rooms at no extra cost (although should it cause any damage, a repair cost would apply). Early bedtimes are encouraged, though, as they're not allowed in the living room past 5pm. See more pet-friendly hotels in London.
Don't be fooled by the grown-up grandeur, kids are most welcome. Cots and extra beds can be added to rooms (some of which are interconnecting) and babysitters and nannies can be booked on request.
The hotel has a partnership with biodiversity champions Flora & Fauna International and donates every time a new member is signed up. In rooms, all skincare products are UK-made and packaged in refillable (and recyclable) aluminium bottles to reduce waste. Toothbrushes, shaving kits et al are made from bamboo rather than plastic, and you'll find no leather in the hotel at all. If you opt for an airport/train station transfer, you can request a Tesla.
The gorgeously green private dining room seats, would you believe it, 22 – so if you've got a few friends in town…Otherwise the window tables get beautifully bathed in morning light if you fancy a very picturesque breakfast scene.
Mayfair, but make it fashion.
Ahh, the Restaurant. Who needs a fancy name when you're this sexy? It's a pastel-blue Parisian postcard of a place and it wins every style point going – candles flicker by night, fresh flowers brighten by day, chrome ice buckets shine, velveteen chairs beg to be stroked – but more than backs it up with substance. Chef Alan Christie makes some Mediterranean detours in his seasonally changing modern British menu and it's cemented this as a destination (all-day) dining room ever since it threw open its decorous doors. (Roasts are served on Sundays, too.) In the more laid-back members- and guests-only Living Room, casual light bites are served all day (if you count a lobster roll as a casual light bite). Downstairs in the ravishing Red Room, guests get a more Italian accented menu – and a live musical accompaniment on certain nights.
Downstairs, not that you'll necessarily realise right away (or hear from your room), lies an extremely in-demand members' hangout-cum-nighclub. You know, the kind where you might glance up to find Naomi Campbell doing an impromptu DJ set. It hosts two bars: one between two outdoor terraces and one, slightly bigger, between the resplendent red lounge and the resplendent red dancefloor. Both mix extrememly good cocktails from a seriously impressive array of spirits (they stock enough different tequilas and mezcals to open a museum) and serve all manner of other favourites. Drinks can be taken during the day in the Living Room.
There's round-the-clock room service so you'll want for nothing.
The Twenty Two hotel sits on the corner of Grosvenor Square in the heart of Mayfair
Heathrow and London City are the closest airports. The hotel can arrange transfers from both for £185 – the journeys are around an hour.
The nearest tube station is Bond Street which will get you pretty much anywhere you need to go – and thanks to the arrival of the Elizabeth Line makes the hop from Heathrow that much easier. If you're arriving by train into King's Cross St Pancras, the hotel can arrange a transfer for £140.
If you're arriving by car, there are two car parks on, well, Park Lane that the concierge team will happily arrange a space at.
Worth getting out of bed for
It's a luxuriously loungeable place, this, so don't be surprised if 'planning your day over coffee' becomes an activity in itself. But when in Mayfair there's plenty to lure you outside – like some art perhaps? From the old (the Royal Academy is a London must-visit) to the new (Saatchi Yates has given new energy to Cork Street's gallery row) to the cult classics (David Zwirner, Gagosian and Sadie Coles HQ), this is an area that knows its Aach from its Eldridge, and is all strollable within about 15 minutes. Auction houses Phillips and Sotheby's are neigbours, too, if you feel like splashing out on a souvenir. For a spot of more suitcase-compatible shopping, Selfridges is essentially your corner shop, and the surrounding streets are home to countless boutiques, flagships – and the charming Burlington Arcade and Shepherd Market. Parks Hyde, Green, and St James's provide plenty of greenery and groomed gardens perfect for strolling. Take a route through all three and you should end up near the banks of the Thames, also prime walking territory.
Starting with the most local, BiBi is quite literally next door and serves a modern take on Indian cuisine using some of Britain's best produce. We recommend a seat at the bar to watch chef, Chet Sharma, in action (you might even spot him relaxing in the hotel when he gets a rare minute away from the grill). For famed formal French fare, Michel Roux Jr's double-starred Le Gavroche is a mere napkin toss away. If it's seafood you seek, Scott's is a block over and is a deserved London classic. Carnivores will be tempted by the prime cuts at 34 Mayfair, a fine-dining favourite, and the Guinea Grill, a pub rich in backstory…and beef. If you can't decide what you want, make a pilgrimage down the street to Mayfair Mercato, an ornate church turned high-end food court (serving champagne, oysters, fresh pasta, pizza, ramen and the like).
An art collecter walks into a pub and, well, the Audley Public House is the supremely satisfying punchline. The hospitality arm of renowned gallerists Hauser & Wirth is responsible and they've kept the purity of a proper pub and peppered it with pops of eye-catching modern art. Try the popcorn cockles for a none-more-London bar snack. Round the corner, the Barley Mow (sister to Notting Hill favourite, the Princess Royal) also gives great pub – and pub food. And if you want a side of people-watching with your pint, the walk across Mayfair to squeeze into the Chequers Tavern is worth it: you'll see art dealers mingle with art movers, tailors with tradesmen, bankers with barflys. For a more sophisticated setting, you can count the world-famous Claridge's Bar as a local, and Gatsby's Room at neighbouring Smith stay, the Beaumont, serves good jazz-age staples.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from their more modern Mayfair excursion and unwrapped their locally sourced art, a full account of their London escape will be with you…