The Peninsula London, the first British hotel from the almost century-year old Peninsula brand, has finally opened today (12 September) in a prime spot between Hyde Park Corner and Wellington Arch.
The new build hotel is designed to embody the finest British craftmanship and artistry, and is just steps away from Buckingham Palace, Knightsbridge and other iconic attractions.
The Peninsula London’s 190 spacious guest rooms and suites start at 50 square metres in size and feature bespoke furnishings, textiles, and original artworks that evoke the feel of chic private residences. All include mahogany-panelled dressing rooms, bathrooms of honey onyx stoneware, and customised fittings crafted by renowned British artisans; many have floor-to ceiling-windows with unparalleled views over Wellington Arch and historic Belgravia.
The hotel features six stylish restaurants, bars, and lounges. The Lobby offers traditional Peninsula Afternoon Tea and globally inspired fare are served beneath soaring ceilings, and often accompanied by live music. A more casual offering, including fresh-made salads, sandwiches, and sweets, is available throughout the day at The Peninsula Boutique and Café.
At Canton Blue and its adjacent bar, Little Blue, innovative Chinese cuisine, cocktails, teas, and exotic décor by Henry Leung of CAP Atelier celebrate the spice-trade union of Asian and British cultures.
Early October will see the opening of the hotel’s signature rooftop restaurant, Brooklands, showcasing modern British cuisine from Michelin-starred Chef Director Claude Bosi in a collection of spaces inspired by classic British aviation and motorsports by architects Archer Humphreys. Also on the eighth floor, Brooklands Bar overlooks the London skyline with a panoramic vista from St Pauls to Battersea.
The Peninsula Spa and Wellness Centre, opening in November, will offer a diverse array of relaxation and well-being choices – including an extensive menu of mind-body therapies, a results-driven wellness programme, a fully equipped fitness studio, and a 25-m indoor swimming pool.
Also available from November, the hotel’s special-event venues will include the St. George Ballroom, offering two elevators which are large enough for motorcars and can accommodate up to 450 banquet guests. Other options include a collection of configurable conference rooms, ranging from spacious to intimate, and a plush private cinema for film screenings for up to 15 guests.