Flemings Mayfair hotel is one of the few remaining family-owned hotels in London and also one of the oldest, having opened in 1851.
Flemings was established by Robert Fleming during the year of the Great Exhibition, at a time when over 6 million visitors came to London to see the event and required overnight accommodation. Having served as a valet for the Marquis of Anglesey, working at their grand London home Uxbridge House at No. 1 Old Burlington Street in Mayfair (which is now known as No. 7 Burlington Gardens and is now the Abercrombie and Fitch store), Mr Fleming would have been able to save a large proportion of his earnings and was subsequently able to open a hotel on Half Moon Street. By 1855, Robert and his wife Mary had expanded the premises and were described as running a ‘Private Hotel’ at Nos. 9 and 10 Half Moon Street.
Flemings Mayfair hotel and Half Moon Street occupy a prominent place in English literature. Consideration should be made of Flemings Hotel as the inspiration of Agatha Christie in her book At Bertram’s Hotel. In it, Christie created a mystery: She gave tantalising descriptions of everyone’s idea of the quintessential London hotel – “dignified, unostentatious, and quietly expensive” – but omitted the specifics that would enable readers to identify the particular hotel serving as the model.
Before publication, Agatha changed Bertram’s manager’s name because it was too close to that of the real one at Flemings. Edmund Cork, Christie’s agent, told Agatha that he had changed Crescent Street to Square Street to further disguise Flemings on Half Moon Street where Robert Fleming, a Scot, opened a small private hotel at No. 10.
Today, Flemings Mayfair is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and the award-winning hotel offers unrivalled luxury accommodation in Mayfair, one of London’s most prestigious neighbourhoods; moments from Green Park, Piccadilly and a short walk from Buckingham Palace.
Fully refurbished in 2016, the hotel’s sumptuous new interiors are a chic blend of contemporary style and Georgian elegance with an intimacy that belies the 129 deluxe rooms, luxury suites and ten apartments.
Flemings is also home to highly-acclaimed restaurant Ormer Mayfair by TV personality and Michelin-awarded chef Shaun Rankin, as well as the intimate Manetta’s Bar that offers an ambiance redolent of the glamorous 1930’s. It also boasts three stunning private dining rooms, seating up to 22 people and all featuring the latest AV equipment.