We’ve long been fans of seeing local art on our travels, but until recently our experiences were usually limited to self-guided museum tours of the local area and the occasional pause to take in a beautiful painting or sculpture located within the hotel. Unless we had a guide, the significance of specific works often passed us by. London’s luxe Brown’s Hotel aims to change that. The Rocco Forte hotel has started offering Saturday morning art tours to encourage the preservation of the art scene in the historic and notably upper crust Mayfair neighborhood, where shops and galleries are fighting to remain open thanks to international fashion chains moving in. Each week a different participating gallery director takes a small group of up to eight guests on a tour through local galleries, including Albemarle Gallery, Andrew Clayton Payne, The Belgravia Gallery, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Browse and Darby, Connaught Brown, Faggionato Fine Art and more. You’ll start your tour right from the property, learning about notable works from artists including Tracey Emin, Mat Collishaw, and Bridget Riley that hang right in the hotel proper. A reasonable £60 per person fee includes coffee/tea in The Library at Brown’s Hotel, a tour of four Mayfair galleries and a three-course lunch at HIX Mayfair. Sounds like a nice way to spend a Saturday, don’t you think? Screen Shot 2014-08-05 at 1.22.54 PM