Park views at The Peninsula London.
The Peninsula London has finally revealed an opening date. Originally slated to launch in the spring of 2023, the property has now announced that it is now accepting reservations for stays from September 12. It is expected that the hotel's spa and wellness centre will follow with a launch the following month in November.
The Peninsula revealed its much-anticipated London property to the press earlier this year. The Peninsula London is centrally located at Hyde Park Corner, just up the road from Buckingham Palace and close to the well-heeled shopping districts of Belgravia and Knightsbridge.
The hotel has been many years in the planning and a crack group of architects and designers have been gathered together to produce a sleek sister property to Hong Kong’s original Grande Dame, but with a distinctly London feel. This will be the group's 12th 'Pen' hotel.
The property, formerly an office block, has been redesigned by UK-based Hopkins Architects with plenty of natural light to illuminate the sweeping, columned lobby and the sleek guest rooms. The property has been described as a showpiece not just for The Peninsula group, but also for this most-exclusive area of London.
The Peninsula London opens this autumn.
Two hundred pieces of artwork depicting British landscapes by artists from The Royal Drawing School line the walls. Fashion designer Jenny Packham, whose pieces are often favoured by the Princess of Wales, has created the staff uniforms. British perfumier Timothy Han was called on to create a bespoke fragrance for the in-room bath products.
“The arrival of The Peninsula London marks the culmination of a remarkable collaborative journey,” said Peter Borer, chief operating officer of the Peninsula’s parent company The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels (HSH), at the hotel’s recent press launch. “The beautiful design of the property is the result of years of creative effort by some of the most grand-breaking architects, designers and creative partners in the industry.”
The hotel opens onto a discreet, off-street courtyard and the gardens around the cobbled central yard are landscaped with cascading wisteria and 120-year-old Japanese maples. A fleet of Bentleys, a 1935 Rolls Royce and a 1960 vintage Austin taxi stand ready to whisk guests around the British capital.
Inside, there are 190 rooms and suites and 25 luxury residences. Many rooms are fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows to maximise the million-pound views over Buckingham Palace gardens, Wellington Arch and Belgravia. Premier room categories run to four suite types, three of which have private balconies or terraces. At the top of the accommodation tree, the lavish Peninsula Suite has a private screening room, its own fitness centre and exclusive access to private pick-up and drop-off in the underground car park.
The Peninsula’s famed afternoon tea will be served in the lobby accompanied by live music throughout the day. A rooftop restaurant, Brooklands, serving a contemporary European menu, and Canton Blue, the hotel’s Chinese restaurant on the ground floor, complete the culinary experience.
“London is one of the world’s most dynamic cities and we are looking forward to serving local people and international guests with The Peninsula’s legendary hospitality,” said Clement Kwok, HSH’s chief executive officer. “The Belgravia neighbourhood is perfectly aligned with our commitment to offering an exceptional standard of elegance and luxury.”
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