The two faces of London’s Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park are the two faces of London. On one side it’s the world’s best luxury shopping along bustling cosmopolitan streets with bright red double-deckers and the honking of black cabs; and on the other, it’s gently pedaling cyclists, slow-moving automobiles, and the clip-clop of the occasional horse-and-rider. Knightsbridge and Harvey Nichols at the front, the royally genteel Hyde Park at the rear. Between them sits one of Europe’s most perfect hotels.

Only very recently re-opened after a multi-million-dollar restoration, during which London and Hong Kong-based interior design-whiz Joyce Wang took care of the new design of all the rooms, suites and public areas, it captures the elegance of London life and adds to this the unique Mandarin Oriental-twist.

“Working on the redesign of the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has been an incredible and at times, surreal experience. It had been a dream of mine to work on a building of significant heritage in a city I hold very dear”, she would say upon completion.

Her studio looked to Hyde Park for inspiration – specifically the different textures, forms and colours you will see at ground level. Fallen acorns served as inspiration here. The aesthetic of the acorn was inspired by crown jewels used during royal ceremonies hosted by the hotel in the past.

Sitting between glorious Royal Parkland and the buzz of central Knightsbridge, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London is re-imagined and re-invented, offering the essence of timeless heritage coupled with contemporary flair and impeccable service.

The stunning re-imagining of The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London along with the hotel’s destination restaurants and Mandarin Bar, were directed by esteemed New York designer Adam D Tihany.

We typically favour Mandarin Oriental when visiting any one of the two-dozen cities they are currently located (the property in Dubai’s Jumeira is their newest, whereas the venue in London was originally opened as an exclusive gentleman’s club in 1889).

Service and attentiveness within a Mandarin Oriental hotel are always flawless – MO London was no exception. Someday, perhaps, all hotels will be run this way.

They give luxury a new meaning, so it is of little surprise that the brand’s loyalty club is so well regarded and highly used by its repeat guests. As a ‘fan’ of Mandarin Oriental, members avail from a choice of numerous benefits. They’re certainly worth checking out before you check in!

141 rooms, 40 suites, 3 restaurants, and bars represent London’s scorecard. Our pick? Well, with three outstanding restaurants and two Michelin stars, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London is undeniably one of the city’s finest culinary destinations. Heston Blumenthal has a place there, and so does Daniel Boulud.

As the only London restaurant of Michelin-starred chef Boulud, his eponymous Bar Boulud offers a truly special dining experience. A stylish bistro specialising in seasonal, rustic French cooking, Bar Boulud’s relaxed ambience and fabulous cuisine continues to win plaudits from critics and diners alike.

Comfort, luxury, design, location, and food are only part of every Mandarin Oriental’s story… another piece in the jigsaw is a superb spa and wellness facility. London is no exception.

In a world where a fully-equipped gym is de rigueur, this London icon has upped the game to another level with their new Fitness Centre which has been tailored to the cosmopolitan, luxury traveller and boasts state-of-the-art Technogym® equipment and a 17-metre indoor swimming pool. The changing area offers a sauna in the male area and steam room in the female area, revitalising experience showers and a relaxation area.

Spa time, you say? Along with the infinite possibilities their tailor-made treatments offer, and besides their 13 luxurious treatment rooms, you’ll find the Oriental Suite, featuring two massage beds and a Rasul water temple – its health-enhancing heat, steam, and mud are the ultimate in conditioning treatments.

After nearly two decades as a Mandarin Oriental property, their Hyde Park, London venue is back. All new. All fantastic. All now open.

It would be remiss of you not to want to try it.