Opening in winter 2022 with Michelin chef Akira Back at its restaurant’s helm, here’s everything we know so far about the new Mandarin Oriental Mayfair hotel
Calling all fans of the Mandarin Oriental brand – the international hotel group is expanding its UK presence in London with the opening of Mandarin Oriental Mayfair. Set to open in late 2022, the property will sit on the historic Hanover Square, in the heart one of London’s most stylish neighbourhoods.
The new opening marks the first sister property to the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, which has firmly established its presence as one of the city’s most impressive stays. Aiming to deliver the same standards of hospitality, the new Mayfair property will feature 50 guest rooms and 78 private residences, offering hotel guests and residents an oasis of calm and Mandarin Oriental’s legendary service alongside a vibrant atmosphere in the public spaces.
Furthermore (and ideal for gourmands), guests can visit the first namesake Akira Back restaurant in the UK from Michelin Star awarded Chef Akira Back, as well as his ‘ABar Lounge’ concept. Bringing a dose of wellness into the mix, there will also be an urban spa, focussed on renewal and recalibration.
“We are incredibly excited to open a Mandarin Oriental hotel in the heart of such an iconic location. Mayfair has such a rich history and pedigree within luxury, fashion and art and is continually evolving. This is a wonderful parallel for our new property, which will introduce delightful touches for which Mandarin Oriental is loved, but in a more intimate and informal setting.
We feel that our warm, club-like atmosphere, which flows throughout the hotel, is set to make Mandarin Oriental Mayfair a new destination of choice in the area,” commented Susanne Hatje who joins as General Manager direct from the iconic Mandarin Oriental, New York.
Designed by internationally renowned Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (the talent behind the Lloyd’s building and the ‘Cheesegrater’ in London, as well as the Pompidou Centre in Paris), the building’s design has a rich historic context, given its location on the corner of Mayfair’s oldest square.
A strong sense of place has inspired the interior design of the hotel’s public spaces, created by Tokyo based studio, Curiosity, who have based their concept on ‘a hub of nature and art’. As homage to the hotel’s cultural and creative neighbours, artworks by local British artists will feature throughout the hotel with one-off furniture pieces curated by Curiosity’s founder, Gwenael Nicolas.
The 50 guest rooms and suites will compose of interiors courtesy of UK based Studio Indigo, embracing a British style influenced by the hotel’s iconic location in the heart of London, while encompassing touches reflective of the Group’s oriental heritage.
Not only stylish, the property’s dining scene is bound to have Londoners flocking to its doors. Chef Akira Back will make his UK debut at Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, bringing his award-winning cuisine to the heart of Mayfair. Born in Korea and raised in Aspen, Colorado, the Michelin chef brings a sense of adventure and boundless creativity to his culinary creations.
The Akira Back brand is a diverse portfolio of over 20 restaurants and lounges around the globe which pride themselves on creating innovative culinary experiences combined with a social atmosphere and elegant ambiance, pushing the boundaries of traditional hospitality.
A focus on wellness
Ideal for a break from London’s hustle and bustle, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, will offer sublime serenity. Set to feature an indoor 25-metre swimming pool, sauna, vitality pool, relaxation room and a myriad of bespoke wellness treatments, the city spa destination will provide all the pampering essentials required for a dose of rejuvenation.