185 Years of Brown's
“Very few of us are what we seem,” the great crime writer and Brown’s Hotel regular, Agatha Christie, famously wrote. As we celebrate our hotel’s 185th anniversary, do not let our building’s Georgian exterior fool you into thinking that this is simply a beautiful London landmark – far from it.
When Brown’s Hotel opened its doors in 1837 as one of London’s first hotels, it soon became a hive of pioneering activity, attracting royalty, dignitaries and local luminaries. We’ve celebrated a string of firsts, including the first telephone call in London made by the telephone’s inventor, Alexander Graham Bell. Rudyard Kipling penned The Jungle Book here, and hence our grandest suite is named the Kipling Suite. The hotel has been visited by everyone from Queen Elizabeth to the explorer Jacques Cousteau and was also thought to be the inspiration for Agatha Christie’s At Bertram’s Hotel.
Today, we’re still blessed to be surrounded by some of London’s most forward-thinking minds, such as the iconic designer Paul Smith and perfumers to the Queen, Floris London. Join renowned historians, creative minds and our expert mixologists in celebrating 185 years of our hotel’s illustrious history, and experience an exciting calendar of anniversary events and experiences throughout 2022. We promise you will be pleasantly surprised.