Exclusive: Inside The Athenaeum's Renovation

Rosewood London, Mayfair
Photo by Qatari Diar
Galvin at The Athenaeum

The Athenaeum, located in Mayfair, is currently undergoing an extensive revamp and rebranding. The renovation is touching the first floor and public spaces, including the lobby, restaurant and bar. The new look and new top food and beverage partnership will debut in May with a grand re-launch near the end of June or early July. Luxury Travel Advisor has an exclusive sneak peek into the renovation. Take a look.  

What’s New For the Look

An existing apartment at The Athenaeum 

The hotel’s ground floor, façade and entrances are being transformed, Guests can expect double-height floor-to-ceiling windows, which will provide views across to Green Park and create a south-facing front terrace for the hotel (yes, please).

Since The Athenaeum has been in Mayfair since 1840, Kinnersley Kent Design, which has worked on Historic Royal Palaces, Heidi Klein, Fortnum & Mason and is leading this project, sought to strike a balance between the classic Mayfair vibe and a fresh contemporary feel. The furnishings are a modern reflection of the hotel’s Art Deco heritage and also include standout design elements, including golden ‘Meshmatic’ chandeliers by Rick Tegelaar, ‘Paravento’ alloy partition screens by Dimore Studio, and ‘Valet’ mirrors and benches from Stellar Works. We think the new pieces will shed a functional yet fashionable feel across the hotel, imagine rich colors paired with sleek lines.

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What’s New for Culinary

Chris and Jeff Galvin

The Athenaeum, a family run hotel, will leave the renovated restaurant and bar under the helm of Michelin-starred chefs and brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin. Galvin at The Athenaeum’s menu will be filled with British favorites and local produce. That’s right, these are the same chefs known for La Chapelle, and they also just opened the Galvin Pub Company earlier this year. Needless to say, we think these top chefs will make Galvin at The Athenaeum quite a hotspot.

To go along with the British fare, Bradford-based Abrahams & Carlisle created waiter stations, private dining sideboards and bar tables, while Oxfordshire’s Bampton Design built the conference and restaurant tables. And Yorkshire’s Hill Cross Furniture completed the upholstery.  

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