‘Reinvented and Reimagined’ Relaunch
On Tuesday evening the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London was the place to be, as a star-studded gala party celebrated the completion of a £100 million renovation to the hotel’s guestrooms, restaurants and public spaces, which were designed by internationally-renowned designer Joyce Wang and are meant to represent the glamour of the 20th century Golden Age of travel. It has also been the hotel’s most extensive restoration in its 117-year existence.
Some 600 people gathered at the hotel in Hyde Park to relaunch this iconic London landmark in its new reinvented and reimagined new look. Those attending included local society guests, dignitaries and celebrities, as well as Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group ‘Fans’ as they are called, Dame Helen Mirren, Liam Neeson, Sir Clive Woodward, Barry Humphries and Vanessa Mae.
As guests arrived through the hotel’s Royal Entrance on South Carriage Drive, they were greeted by the London Fanfare Trumpeters and members of The Household Cavalry Regiment.
The evening was very much one of pomp and ceremony, which included ribbon dancers and entertainers wearing elaborate costumes in a nod to the hotel group’s Mandarin Fan.
Guests were entertained by the Jack Pack swing group, Soul and RNB singer Beverley Knight as well as chart-topping MOBO award winner Lemar. DJ Joel and DJ Charles provided the live DJ sets, whilst the hotel’s flagship two-Michelin star restaurant, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, had jazz pianist Gabriel playing some more chilled out soul music.
Heston Blumenthal and his team prepared some delicious food for the guests to try along with the hotel’s other restaurant Bar Boulud.
Amanda Hyndman the hotel’s General Manager commented: “We are thrilled to mark such a momentous period in our history and to celebrate that we are all new and fully open. The support and positive feedback we have received from our guests and partners has been overwhelming. It is a true testament to the kind and generous service that our 600 colleagues are committed to providing to guests every day.”
Simon Burrell is Editor-in-Chief of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London