Originally opened in 1837 by James Brown, valet to the Lord Byron, Brown's, the oldest and most established hotel in London, is situated in the elite area of Mayfair and is ideally located for guests needing access to London's financial center. Fine arts surround Brown's with the Royal Academy of Arts, Christies, and Sotheby's in walking distance, together with the exclusive boutiques of Bond Street and St James' on the doorstep. <P> The wood paneling, open fire, and graceful antique furnishings combine to provide all the comforts and warmth of a country house in the heart of the city. The famous afternoon tea in Brown's Drawing Room is a unique occasion to savor English tradition at its finest. The historic hotel also features seven private function suites, a bar, two restaurants, and a fully equipped health club. <P> Composed of 11 original townhouses, the 118 bedrooms have been individually decorated in a classical English style and boast luxurious goose down duvets, king-size pillows, and crisp Italian Frette linen. All bedrooms are air-conditioned and have been designed for the discerning business and leisure guest alike.