From Maine to Milan, we round up the world's most notable overnights
CLAIM TO FAME: Brown’s was the first hotel ever to open in London, in 1837. Alexander Graham Bell visited in 1876 and made the first U.K. telephone call from here. Other high-profile guests have included Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: The Mayfair district, where boutiques by the likes of Paul Smith, David Linley and John Rocha are conveniently located a credit card’s throw away. The West End theater district is also within tottering distance.
HOT PLATE: Reserve a table at Hix Mayfair for some chic pre-theater dining. The menu has all the British classics, but the fish and chips are a must. For a treat after the show, have the divine apple crumble and custard brought up to your suite.
SIGNATURE COCKTAIL: The Donovan Bar, lined with British photographer Terence Donovan’s iconic black-and-white prints, serves a mean martini. Try the Donovan, made with Tanqueray No. 10, a splash of kümmel, pineapple chunks, nettle cordial, lemon juice and tonic water.
BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT: The Dover Suite. Sink into a sofa and admire the décor: the fabulously ornate ceiling, the gilt mirror over the marble fireplace, the tasteful prints decorating the walls. Or simply collapse onto your king-size bed and appreciate the equally enormous Bang & Olufsen TV.