Jeremy King very sweetly gave me a preview of his new venture, the Beaumont Hotel, due to open some time in late September (it’s taking bookings from October 1st.). He has acquired a lease from the Grosvenor Estate on a building just south of Oxford Street which was used as the garage for Selfridges. He has renovated it as if it was a hotel from the 1920s, the era of prohibition. But it’s most prominent feature is a monumental sculpture by Antony Gormley which squats on the side of the hotel and doubles as a hotel bedroom. It’s an extraordinary room, high and dark, no television, made out of smoked oak, like spending a night inside a tomb.
This is the sculpture:
This is the room seen from the bed:
And these are the joints in the smoked oak: