Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London celebrated the completion of its £100 million renovation last night with a star-studded gala event.
The hotel, which has been reinvented and reimagined, welcomed 600 guests including celebrities, dignitaries and society guests from London and around the world, including Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group ‘Fans’, Dame Helen Mirren, Liam Neeson, Barry Humphries, Sir Clive Woodward and Vanessa Mae.
Guests arrived on the Red Carpet through the hotel’s coveted Royal Entrance on South Carriage Drive greeted by The London Fanfare Trumpeters and members of The Household Cavalry Regiment, against a backdrop of Union Jack regalia. The atmosphere of pomp and ceremony continued into the Ballroom, with ribbon dancers and entertainers dressed in elaborate costume inspired by the iconic Mandarin ‘Fan’.
General Manager Amanda Hyndman 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.”
Entertainment on the night was provided by Jack Pack, the UK’s “most successful swing group”, Soul and RnB singing sensation, Beverley Knight MBE, and chart-topping MOBO award winner Lemar. Live DJ sets were provided by DJ Joel and DJ Charles, whilst jazz pianist Gabriel added a soulful touch to the hotel’s two-Michelin star restaurant, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.
Guests sampled a range of delights curated by Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Bar Boulud, London. Further delicacies included Asian bites, Petrossian Caviar and Moët et Chandon Impérial, Brut champagne; to name a few.