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Brunello


of black and gold, marble, velvet and mirrors. It was theatrical and alluring without being tacky. If the hotel had a fault it was in the ground floor Brunello restaurant that lacked the seductive quality of the rest of the hotel. It tried hard but never really developed its own identity and character. In one area the tables were placed far too close to each other; it became easier to start up conversations with those on the tables either side of yours than with the person sitting opposite, such was their proximity. As a luxury hotel restaurant it was memorable for the wrong reasons making it hard to compete. Te restaurant has now undergone a


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complete refurbishment along with the entire ground floor area including the lobby, reception and bar. Te space has been opened up, the restaurant seems larger although this may be down to fewer tables and a lighter colour scheme. Whatever, this is a


t doesn’t seem like that long ago since the Baglioni hotel in Kensington opened its doors for the first time. Te hotel had one of the most intimate, sexy interiors in London. A celebration


vast improvement and the overall effect is a delight. Credit is due to the Milan based design firm Spagnulo & Partners. A sophisticated, light and airy dining area with comfortable, finely designed furniture. Black and gold is still in evidence but no longer dominates the space. Instead a colour scheme of mint and lemon, mustard and forest green adds a classic, timeless style to the interior. Te menu, in keeping with the hotel’s heritage, retains Milanese influences and is certain to impress the most discerning guests. Te restaurant re-opened following its


refurbishment in the summer and for a few months was called Osteria 60, which may have caused a little confusion. Osterias, which were commonplace in the northern cities of Italy, were little more than cafes although they were popular and much loved by locals. Interestingly there are over 500,000 Italians living and working in London so this high-end Italian restaurant should have no problem attracting its own local following, regardless of its name. Brunello, Baglioni Hotel, 60 Hyde Park Gate, London SW7. Tel: +44 (0)20 7937 8886 www.baglionihotels.com


GS Magazine 13


Photographer: Angus Pigott


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