In January, 1936, Rudyard Kipling was staying in Brown’s Hotel in Albemarle St, Mayfair, London. He was suddenly taken seriously ill with a perforated duodenal ulcer, was rushed to Middlesex Hospital and died on 18 January. Kipling loved Brown’s Hotel (which, incidentally, is the hotel Agatha Christie used for her novel At Bertram’s Hotel) – he wrote part of The Jungle Book there.
Recently Brown’s Hotel has spent 3 months restoring the Kipling Suite. One of his letters sent from the hotel has been framed and put on the wall, there is a “bespoke range of 100% organic luxury suite amenities” available, your evening wear will receive complimentary ironing on arrival, and you will have some nice chilled champagne of fine vintage awaiting you.
I would adore to go and stay in the Kipling Suite at Brown’s, but as one night costs £6,210 per night, this might be a little way off. Dad, are you feeling generous???? Any exceptionally generous readers of ‘Notes from a Book Addict’ can send donations to the ‘Susannah Fullerton Kipling Suite Charity Fund’.
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