The DNA: This previously residential Edwardian manor house has been turned into a 31-room hotel and member’s club by former Blakes owner Navid Mirtorabi, with the help of business partner Jamie Reuben, a scion of a family that owns swathes of Mayfair. In a marble-floored lobby that smells of churchy frankincense, guests are greeted by a cape-wearing doorman and a row of staff in Charlie Casely-Hayford suits. A pervasive friendliness cuts through the velveteen quality of a place that feels more like a louche Parisian hideaway than most smart new London hotels, which tend to fit into Hoxton or Heritage pigeonholes. Most rooms are understatedly plush, painted an elegant blue that’s on the sensual side of Edwardian; former Arbutus chef Alan Christie hits the key modern British notes in the dining room. Some of the prices are shiver-inducing, but then this is Mayfair, and The Twenty Two is offering something different – something sexier and more fun, which might just be a marker point for the area’s future.
Seen: Vanity Fair
Accolades: Condé Nast Traveller Hot List 2023
✅ Free Wi-Fi • size matters: 31 rooms, including 6 suites (17-82m2) (182-883 sq ft) • hotel opened: April 2022 • interior design: Natalia Miyar • bathroom amenities: custom • parking possible nearby (charged) ✅ pet friendly, no costs • wheelchair accessible