Grosvenor Sq. is without doubt one of the most costly addresses within the nation for a cause. The oval gardens have a mild magnificence and only a buffer between right here and Oxford Avenue is sufficient. If extra quintessential heritage hedonism is required, a few of London’s nice establishments are unobtrusively scattered across the place – Scots, Le Gavroche, Annabel and the remainder.
Maybe essentially the most spectacular factor about The Twenty Two. Everybody appears to be in possession of simple attraction and the proper of CV, particularly as GM Darius hunts down an eclectic bunch from the namesake Chiltern Firehouse. Take Darwin, who has labored at Deux, the Beaumont, and the Mandarin Oriental, however loves the intimacy right here, and has by no means earlier than been consulted about whether or not he’d like a bean or a flat at work. Will put on a hat (he went with the flat cap). Like everybody else right here, he clearly is aware of that good service would not need to imply eliminating formality. Small touches are on level, and neatly divided generational divides – equivalent to breakfast being provided a broadsheet, Vienna-style, however then being served Melbourne-standard flat whites.
Who comes right here?
Within the restaurant, there have been some tables of luxurious lavs, and a few who seemed like artwork sellers in conspiratorial chat. Shifting to the member’s space, we spied a brand new kind of youth financial group: extra international than the Sloans, and with extra MBAs. Plus, the shimmering, sequined sorts you would possibly discover at Chiltern Firehouses. Some troublesome relationships. Wonderful people-watching, in different phrases.
God no. It’s a place to flee from the household; Actually an grownup’s membership.
We could not spy many single-use plastics—however, like so many right here, it is prompt as a substitute of raving about it.
Accessibility for folks with mobility impairments
It nonetheless incorporates the bones of the unique constructing, with slim doorways (and heavy doorways), slim corridors and plush carpets. The workers is actually adequate to discover a workaround, nevertheless it’s not splendid.
Is it value it?
A few of the costs are trembling, however then it is Mayfair, and The Twenty Two is providing one thing completely different – one thing sexier and extra enjoyable, which will simply be a marker level for the way forward for the world. So for those who can afford it, it is most likely value it.