Over the last year, the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has been undertaking some refurbishments, including an overhaul of the fitness center. Recently unveiled, the new facilities include a 17-meter indoor swimming pool and a gym stocked with Technogym equipment (including treadmills and cross trainers). In addition, there’s an Internet lounge with touch screen computers, an In-Body Analyzer to measure your health-related fitness, a sauna in the male changing room and a steam room in the female area. It’s also possible to book a session with a personal trainer from Sculpt. A limited number of memberships are also available to non-guests.
The Mandarin Oriental has also refurbished its Carlyle Suite, an elegant meeting space with chandeliers adjacent to the Ballroom.
Last but not least: the Knightsbridge hotel will soon debut The Rosebery (pictured here), the Afternoon Tea & Champagne Cocktail Salon. Named for Lord Rosebery, this brand new venue channels the room’s Victorian roots with interiors by G&A Designs. Flooded with natural light, The Rosebery is distinguished by its central fireplace and art collection. During the day, you can make reservations for Afternoon Tea, served on the bespoke Rosebery China Collection by William Edwards, with glassware by John Jenkins. Specialty teas, along with Mandarin Oriental’s signature Breakfast, Afternoon and Directors Reserve blends, are paired with a selection of finger sandwiches, scones, pastries, and seasonal jams. In the evening, The Rosebery will morph into a Champagne Bar.
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA, Tel: +44 20 7235 2000, www.mandarinoriental.com/london