LOB­BY­ING FOR SUC­CESS IN LON­DON

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AF­TER 115 YEARS OF TIRE­LESS HOSPI­TAL­ITY HIS­TORY, IT’S ONLY FAIR THAT MAN­DARIN ORI­EN­TAL HYDE PARK, Lon­don should re­fresh it­self with a nip and a tuck. The park-side ho­tel has re­cently re­vealed the first part of its multimillion-pound ren­o­va­tion with a new re­cep­tion and lobby lounge, jointly in­spired by the ho­tel’s royal her­itage of the early 20th cen­tury’s Golden Age of travel. Dom­i­nat­ing the de­sign are two new glass chan­de­liers that rep­re­sent dif­fer­ing stages of a bloom­ing flower, il­lu­mi­nat­ing the Joyce Wang-de­signed pub­lic spa­ces, with car­pets rem­i­nis­cent of fallen leaves and bark-ef­fect wall cov­er­ings. A huge aluminium sculp­ture by Fredrik­son Stal­lard greets guests in the re­cep­tion area, as well as blown glass pieces by San Min Lee fea­tur­ing Chi­nese pot­tery from the Ch’ing Dy­nasty, hang­ing on ei­ther side of the new lobby lounge. The sec­ond phase of the ren­o­va­tion will see two new lux­u­ri­ous pent­house suites cre­ated, with pri­vate ter­races and ex­ten­sive park views. New York de­signer Adam D. Ti­hany has also been hired to over­see the ren­o­va­tion of The Spa at Man­darin Ori­en­tal Lon­don, as well as a light re­fur­bish­ment of the ho­tel’s pop­u­lar restau­rants and bar – and fear not, the ho­tel will re­main open through­out.

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