Introducing the Mandarin Oriental Mayfair

The Hong Kong–based luxe hotel brand will be opening its second London outpost in the months ahead.

A rendering of the Mandarin Oriental Mayfair. (Image courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group)

One of the British capital’s most fashionable neighborhoods is getting new boutique lodgings this winter: the Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, London. Situated on the corner of historic Hanover Square, it will become the more intimate sister property to the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in Knightsbridge, which occupies a revamped Edwardian pile originally built in 1908.

The upcoming M.O. Mayfair will comprise just 50 guest rooms and suites, along with 78 private residences. Designed by the renowned architecture firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (the same talents behind landmarks like the Lloyd’s building in London and Paris’ Centre Pompidou), the building will be a respectful contemporary addition to Mayfair’s oldest square, with a facade whose color scheme and composition draw inspiration from the heritage structures in the immediate vicinity. The 50 guestrooms and suites are the work of London firm Studio Indigo; these will be done up in a British style with touches reflective of the group’s Asian heritage. Tokyo-based design company Curiosity is responsible for the public spaces, which will hint at the cultural and creative cache of its surroundings with works from local artists and one-off furniture pieces curated by Curiosity’s founder Gwenael Nicolas.

Mandarin Oriental Mayfair will house the first Akira Back restaurant in the United Kingdom and an associated ABar Lounge concept; the menus are being conceptualized by the eponymous Korea-born celebrity chef, whose empire spans more than 20 restaurants and bars around the world. Travelers can also enjoy bespoke wellness treatments at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, where facilities include an indoor 25-meter swimming pool, sauna, vitality pool, and relaxation room. Taking advantage of its location, the hotel will offer guests and MO Fans exclusive access to local experiences ranging from high fashion to art, culture, and dining.

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