“A westside hideaway for the creative at heart,” is how The Twenty Two, the freshest gem of the capital’s luxury hotel collection, introduces itself as. Tucked away in the depths of London’s most expensive and iconic district, The Twenty Two is promising to bring a flavor of youthful playfulness – with a heavy emphasis on creativity – to the heart of Mayfair.
Sitting pretty on the corner of North Audley Street and Grosvenor Square, The Twenty Two blends the heritage of the hotel’s classical designs with exuberant, distinct colors of today, ultimately cultivating a final result that brings to mind both the elegance of its Parisian exterior and the boldness of the hotel’s spirit.
“For the creative and the curious,” The Twenty Two offers. We can’t personally speak for being creative, but we’re definitely curious.
The glorious result of the union of two visionaries within their industries, the distinctive nature and overall aesthetic of The Twenty Two is a result of proprietor Navid Mirtorabi’s vision and Natalia Miyar’s design.
Initially drawn to the space by the Parisian feel of the building’s exterior, Mirtorabi has been the driving force of The Twenty Two’s creative vision for six years, choosing to partner with Miyar- an international architect whose body of work includes private residences and beach retreats alike- to bring his vision to life.
The two turned to 18th century French design to reflect the exterior within the interior, whilst also reinterpreting the classical with the modern, through rich textures and playful pieces. Think gold fringing and velvet piping to statement pieces like beveled mirrors, “that dance with both gleaming natural daylight and warm reflections in the evening glow,” as the press office gorgeously describes it. See? Creative and curious.
The Twenty Two boasts thirty-one bedrooms and suites, all visually unique in design, and reflecting the hotel’s lifestyle ethos of thinking outside the box for the ultimate presentation in distinctive eccentricity that so encapsulates the nature of our capital. With every interior piece either bespoke, vintage, or antique, and every room conceptualized with the purpose of combining beauty and comfort, the rooms also take full advantage of the building’s generous windows and gorgeous high ceilings.
What’s our favorite? With thirty-one to pick from, and each as sensational as the other, it’s difficult to pick. Worthy of note, however, is the Heritage Suite, in which the walls are linked in a bespoke Moghul inspired mosaic wallpaper, boasting soft and tactile fabrics by Jiun Ho and Pierre Frey. We also adore the Mews House, an exciting hideaway experience decked in Napoleonic style, whilst also maintaining the traditional British mews style so characteristic of the district.
The Restaurant at Twenty Two sees four shades of blue hug the room, with the final effect of highlighting the magnificence of the room’s architecture and the opulence of the original 19th century paneling. The classic French interiors are enhanced with vintage Persian rugs of blue and gold, and the space’s proportions are celebrated with whimsical bespoke chandeliers of blue glass, custom designed by Miyar with Tyson London.
The lower level of the building features The Private Dining Room at The Twenty Two, and seats up to twenty-two guests. Playing host to the hotel’s evolving Artist in Residency Program, emerging artists are given a space to develop and subsequently showcase their art in a new and thrilling environment, that both shields them from the distractions of everyday life whilst not removing them from the influences of it around them.
“The position of The Twenty Two Plays an integral role in the property’s spirit and philosophy,” the hotel explains. Combining the glitz and glamour of Mayfair with the spirited bustle of the West End, London’s most exciting lifestyle hotel has its work cut out for them, and it’s more than up for the task.
Just down the road is La Gavroche, tucked on the corner of Upper Brook Street and Park Street. Michel Roux Jr’s internationally celebrated French restaurant speaks for itself, and if you can’t hear that, the restaurant’s two Michelin stars speak louder. Across Grosvenor Square is another Michelin haunt; Helene Darroze at The Connaught. Fancy something beyond French food? ROKA Mayfair is always a good time.
Less than a ten minute walk away is Bond Street, the global epicenter of luxury shopping. According to Westminster Council, it has the highest density of haute couture stores across the world; and with Phillips Auction House located on Berkeley Square, it isn’t just clothes and restaurants Mayfair has to offer.