The celebrated Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is a byword for luxury and exceptional service. Its London outpost, in an exuberant red-brick Edwardian building, is no exception, currently about to complete a comprehensive, multimillion-pound renovation, with a stunning design by Joyce Wang. She has drawn her inspiration from Hyde Park’s natural beauty, the hotel’s royal heritage and the glamour of the early 20th-century’s Golden Age of travel, and the finished look is fabulous. The reception areas have striking glass chandeliers that represent the different stages of an opening flower, and carpets that recall fallen leaves, while the revamped art deco-influenced bedrooms have carefully curated artworks and bespoke furniture. There are two sumptuous penthouse suites, with private terraces and park views, and the new spa features an exclusive Mandarin Oriental express studio concept. Highlight of the fitness centre – a stylish, 17m stainless steel pool.
Doubles from £650
+44 (0)20 7235 2000; mandarinoriental.com
Beautiful Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens on our doorstep. Founded by King Henry VIII and opened to the public by King Charles I, Hyde Park offers abundant playing fields, pleasant strolls, and a most diverse flora and fauna all the way to its western end of Kensington Palace. Queen Caroline and King George II moulded the gardens in 1728 and created the Serpentine lake. For most of the 18th century the gardens were closed to the public. They were opened gradually but only to the respectably dressed. In the 19th Century Queen Victoria did some redesign to feature the Italian Gardens and a spectacular memorial for her late husband Albert. Later in the 19th century, writer J.M. Barrie took inspiration for the writing of Peter Pan, where a statue that he commissioned still stands today. Extensive statues and memorials adorn the royal park, such as the Diana Memorial Fountain which was opened by Her Majesty in 2004.
Discover a quintessentially British experience at The Rosebery Lounge, renowned for its award-winning Afternoon. Guests can now sit and enjoy a selection of small bites and warming cocktails overlooking fashionable Knightsbridge whilst listening to live music ranging from blues, jazz and swing as well as soul and funk.
Any abundance of luxury items at Harvey Nichols, Harrod’s, the boutiques of Sloane Street and all of the local boutiques that the Concierge have created special relationships to the benefit of guests.
CLAIM TO FAME
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the late Princess Margaret first learned to dance in its ballroom.
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