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Over a decade after it has re-opened, the hotel is still London’s premier address. A
London landmark and a “royal” hotel, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is the scene for
extravagant debutante parties, lavish engagement, wedding and christening receptions.
The hotel has also enjoyed a reputation as a great political meeting place for celebrated
statesmen. It is a place where princes and princesses, Maharajas, Sheikhs and Sultans,
presidents and prime ministers have passed through to host high-level forums, receptions
and society events, oh and now us “A&J”.
Frequently graced by the presence of Queen Mary, the Prince of Wales, Princess
Alexandra, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the late Princess Margaret and the former
Prime Minister; Baroness Margaret Thatcher – the Mandarin Oriental has always played
host to the world’s most influential and powerful.
Spectacular parties that hold a special place in the hotel’s history include Lady Vyer’s
silver wedding party in 1948 - with the King and Queen as guests of honour - and the
legendary Balaclava Ball, hosted by the five cavalry regiments who had taken part in
the charge, attended by the Queen, Prince Philip and the late Queen Mother. Other
celebrations have included the 1992 production of “Pavarotti in the Park”, one of the
country’s largest open-air concerts, the 1995 Anniversary of VE Day in which seven
Heads of State and their delegations took up residence and ‘Party in the Park’, one of
the largest music events - where many of the top acts made Mandarin Oriental Hyde
Park their home away from home. Most recently, the hotel was proud to host the 80th
birthday party of Baroness Thatcher which was attended by Tony Blair, Lord Archer,
Shirley Bassey, Joan Collins and John Major among many others.
One of the capital’s most distinguished hotels created with luxurious English elegance
also boasts a seriously fashionable address - situated in the prestigious and most sought
after Knightsbridge Area, this landmark hotel offers fine views over the Royal Park and
department stores such as Harrods & Harvey Nicholls, literally a stone’s throw away. The
Mandarin Oriental London, in our opinion has that perfect balance of decadence and
opulence that other hotels can only dream about. It Simply oozes sophistication and
The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London, re-opened its doors in
May 2000 following a £57 million restoration. The extensive work
included: a luxurious renovation of the hotel’s 198 guestrooms
and suites; the spectacular re-design of its restaurants and bar by
internationally renowned designer Adam Tihany; new meeting
rooms; and the creation of an exclusive spa, unique to London.