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London's Mandarin Oriental to reopen in December

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Just six months after a devastating fire undid what was meant to be "the most extensive restoration in its 115-year history," the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London is scheduled to fully reopen on Dec. 4 from a partial closure with new public areas, restaurants and event spaces. It will also unveil the renovated and enlarged Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London.

Public Areas

International designer Joyce Wang updated the lobby lounge and reception area, using contemporary materials juxtaposed with more traditional finishes to blend in with the nature-inspired décor at hotel's tearoom, The Rosebery.

The entryway has a centerpiece glass chandelier in the shape of a closed flower bud, complemented by an open flower blossom chandelier suspended over the lounge area. The reception artwork by Fredrikson Stallard is an abstraction of the textured and layered bark of the plane tree, the signature tree of Hyde Park.

The Restaurants

Two Michelin-starred restaurant, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Bar Boulud, London will be available for lunch and dinner service. Bar Boulud, London will relaunch with English-born executive chef John Barber, who played a crucial role in opening the restaurant in 2010.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal will reopen with Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts at the helm showcasing a new selection of dishes. The restaurant’s iconic meat fruit will make a comeback with plum jelly rather than the traditional mandarin jelly.

The Spa

New York designer Adam D. Tihany has overseen the redesign of the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London. In keeping with the new look, the spa menu also has been enhanced to include exclusive partnerships with some notable health and wellness experts.

The new spa has 13 individual treatments rooms; a suite with two massage beds and a Rasul water temple, a room designed for traditional Chinese medicine consultations and treatments; a Bastien Gonzalez Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio; and two additional beauty rooms.

Event spaces

The Loggia, The Ballroom, The Asquith and The Balfour will host social events and meetings. Wang has restored original décor and furnishings to blend with next-gen technology expected in modern conferences.

The design of the event spaces emphasizes "period elegance." The Loggia has the unique Royal Entrance opening directly onto Hyde Park alongside a classical airy interior. The Ballroom has its own terrace, a sprung dance-floor, 24-carat gilding and floor-to-ceiling windows looking over Hyde Park. Connecting to The Loggia, this is a good pick for weddings, social and corporate events.

The Mandarin Terrace is available for bookings with The Ballroom. With country garden-like surroundings, the terrace provides a tranquil, outdoor space with views over Hyde Park.

The Carlyle Room, adjacent to The Ballroom, along with The Asquith and Balfour rooms offer secluded spaces for conferences and private functions, meant to impart a sense of tradition, calm and comfort.

In spring 2019, the hotel will reopen completely with new guestrooms and suites, including two expansive penthouse suites. Most accommodation have views over Hyde Park and the London skyline.

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