The Twenty Two, Mayfair, London

The Twenty Two, Mayfair, London

Clubby, but cool, Mayfair’s latest private members’ space (and hotel) offers a new take on tradition in London’s swankiest quarter. We bed down in one of its Parisian-inspired suites

the late 1800s, novelist Walter Besant put pen to paper and
wrote of Mayfair: “I’ve been walking about London for
the last 30 years, and I find something fresh in it every day.” His
sentiments ring as true today as they did then. Despite the glitz,
glamour and tradition, London’s most affluent quarter continues to
evolve – and there’s no better embodiment of its ability to adapt
than The Twenty Two.

Yes, yes. Another fancy development in a fancy neighbourhood.
What’s so fresh about that? We’d argue that this Grosvenor Square
bolthole brings a touch of youth to Mayfair’s silver-haired
streets. Despite its grand, grey Portland stone facade, the newly
opened hotel is attempting to entice London’s well-heeled spring
chickens back to a district that – of late – has been overrun by
poe-faced diplomats and tweed-clad peers of the realm.

The Portland stone entrance to The Twenty Two
Jazzy wallpaper and a vibrant red bed in a bedroom

The hotel entrance, left, and ecclectic bedroom interiors
from Natalia Miyar.

There are still private members’ clubs aplenty dotted around
this postcode, but The Twenty Two has laid down its intentions: a
little more accessible, a little less formal. The duo behind the
space – Navid Mirtorabi and Jamie Reuben – pulled in the expertise
of the mastermind behind Chiltern Firehouse and Annabel’s to help
with the finessing – and it shows. Interiors lean into the
old-world heritage of the Edwardian property, pairing Mario Testino
cool with 1920s good times in a blend of simplicity and flair.
Sure, there are unisex loos, no dress codes and not a white glove
in sight, but it still feels exclusive, and true to the
neighbourhood’s panache. Rooms are also open to the public and
overnight travellers can access all the club’s amenities, doing
away with any old guards hogging the bar, or nabbing the best
armchairs. It’s expensive and exclusive – of course – but feels
excitingly new.


There are 31, ranging from snug attic spaces to spacious
double-height suites – all with a distinctive nod in design to
Paris’ 19th-century Empire style. We were in a deluxe room for the
night, which featured classical Napoleonic styling courtesy of
architect-turned-designer Natalia Miyar. Our bunkmate called it “a
bit like falling asleep inside Grandma’s handbag” (in a good way).
It’s a delightful combination of intricate floral design against
the simple luxury of crisp bed sheets with the distant hubbub of
central London murmuring along in the background. The bathroom was
a monochrome masterpiece – if Cruella de Vil had turned her hand to
interior design rather than fur coats, it would look like this:
black, white and fabulous.

A black and white tiled bathroom
A double-height suite in the hotel

A Cruella de Vil-style bathroom, left, and one of the
double-height suites.

What’s for breakfast?

Available Monday to Friday is a generous breakfast menu of
classics, from eggs all ways to a full English. The smoothies and
shakes are a highlight.

Lunch and dinner

Helmed by executive chef Alan Christie, the downstairs,
powder-blue dining room is set to join our regular rotation of
restaurant favourites. Offering modern British fare, with a touch
of Med sunshine, the menu offers small sharing morsels (oysters
with a fennel mignonette, crispy artichokes dipped in herb mayo), a
seafood-slanted selection of starters (paprika-dusted grilled
octopus, anyone?) and larger sharing dishes, alongside a sumptuous
main course offering.

We opted for polenta chips to start (with an aubergine ketchup
dip), then ventured onto crab linguine and a classic Dover sole
meunière, paired with a crunchy riesling.

The dining room is intimate – enough to catch snippets of
conversation and do a spot of people-watching (our vice). We’d
avoid retelling any juicy secrets around here – spies might long
have removed themselves from the Grosvenor Square space, but this
is the kind of place the Tatler tattlers are sure to frequent.

Is there a bar?

Several. The hotel has a private members’ club split across the
ground and lower-ground floors of the property, which features four
exclusive spaces reserved for patrons (and hotel guests) only.
There’s The Living Room, which overlooks Grosvenor Square and has
an outdoor terrace; The Dining Room; The Music Room – a
leopard-print-carpeted, moodily lit discotheque; and The Vault Bar,
just off the lobby.


Your suite will have a minibar stocked with artisan kombucha and
there’s a 24/7 room service offering (lobster rolls at 4am are just
a phone call away).

What are the hotel’s eco credentials like?

We couldn’t see anything on the website – and they weren’t
shouting about anything industry-leading on our visit.

What about accessibility?

It’s a large London townhouse, which means narrow doorways and
plenty of stairs. There are lifts, but it’s not the easiest
property to move around – something to bear in mind.

What’s the crowd like?

Sociable and sophisticated – a new generation of Sloanes.

Within a short walk I can find…

The Americans may have moved out, but Grosvenor Square hasn’t
stood still. There are opulent hotels popping up left, right and
centre, the wallet-stretching streets of Mayfair are on your
doorstep (with Le Gavroche, Claridge’s and ROKA Mayfair all down
the road) and Hyde Park is just a five-minute walk away. If you’re
seeking a glamorous bolthole from which to enjoy London’s most
affluent quarter, this is it.

Things I should know…

It’s pet-friendly, so preened pooches can travel with you.

The Lowdown

Doubles cost from £465 a night.

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