Rocco Forte Brown's Hotel is steeped in literary history. There's the Kipling Suite of course, named in honor of Rudyard Kipling, the Mumbai-born British author who finished writing The Jungle Book during one of his many stays at the hotel. And mystery writer Agatha Christie’s beloved sleuth, Miss Marple, took a holiday at the grand property, albeit operating under a different cover for her 1965 crime novel, At Bertram's Hotel.
The hotel's literary pedigree makes Brown's a favorite place to stay among intellectuals, book lovers, and culturists. And conveniently, just two minutes away from the hotel is Peter Harrington Rare Books on Dover Street, a purveyor of first editions and rare titles since 1969, where keen Christie fans might find an original signed copy of the author's detective stories, or adherents of the Nobel laureate's writing can pour over Kipling's complete works. Better yet, consider taking the definitive edition home for a cool USD 31,000.
Brown’s Hotel has been popular with authors like Rudyard Kipling, Agatha Christie, and beyond over the years.
Guests of Brown's Hotel suites are invited to a bespoke tour of Peter Harrington Rare Books, where they will get their fill of page-turning stories about some of the shop's ultimate finds, including the impressive Winston Churchill lot that fetched more than USD 700,000 at auction, with books inscribed to his predecessor Neville Chamberlain, King George VI, and Guy Burgess, the infamous double agent. Then there was the time an employee of the shop found a first edition of Frankenstein, inscribed by Mary Shelley to Lord Byron.
Should your tastes command a more particular appetite for first editions, suite guests are asked in advance about their literary preferences so that Peter Harrington’s expert guides can cater their storytelling to each guest’s specific interests.
Following the tour, relax in the private hotel library, adjacent to the renowned Donovan Bar, named in honor of the celebrated British fashion photographer, Terence Donovan, with your newly acquired tomes whilst you enjoy a tumbler of complimentary scotch.
To learn more about Rocco Forte Brown's Hotel, or to reserve the Peter Harrington rare books experience, contact the concierge upon making a reservation.