The Peninsula’s first UK hotel opens in London

The first UK hotel under the Peninsula brand has opened today (September 12) between Hyde Park Corner and Wellington Arch in London. 

The new-build hotel centres around an off-street courtyard featuring two 120-year-old Japanese maple trees and jasmine and wisteria vines.

The property features 190 guest rooms and suites, each of which features bespoke furnishings, textiles and original artworks. 

Each accommodation also offers mahogany-panelled dressing rooms, bathrooms clad in honey onyx stoneware and customised fittings crated by British artisans. Many have floor-to-ceiling windows with views over Wellington Arch and Belgravia. 

Six restaurants, bars and lounges include The Lobby, offering the brand’s traditional afternoon tea experience; Canton Blue, serving innovative Chinese cuisine; and The Peninsula Boutique and Café, where guests will find fresh-made salads, sandwiches and sweets. 

The hotel’s signature rooftop restaurant, Brooklands, will open in early October, showcasing modern British cuisine for renowned chef director Claude Bosi in a collection of spaces inspired by classic British aviation and motorsports. On the same floor, guests will find Brooklands Bar, which overlooks the London skyline. 

In November, The Peninsula Spa and Wellness Centre will open with a fully equipped fitness studio, a 25m indoor swimming pool and an extensive menu of treatments and therapies.

The brand said the hotel’s ground-floor retail arcade, featuring nine luxury boutiques from the likes of Asprey London, DMR – David M Robinson Jewellery and Watches, Mouawad and Moussaieff Diamonds, will open before Christmas.

The property also features a fleet of luxury cars, including Rolls-Royce Phantom IIs, hybrid Bentley Bentaygas, an electrified 1960 vintage Austin taxi, and a restored 1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom Sedanca de Ville.

Sonja Vodusek, managing director of The Peninsula London, said: “It’s a proud moment for me and my team to open the doors of The Peninsula London to our first guests. We are very excited to welcome local residents and international visitors alike to experience this exceptional property and to enjoy The Peninsula’s sophisticated hospitality and service in one of the world’s most dynamic cities. 

“This beautiful hotel has been a complex and creative project, many years in the making. The Peninsula searched for the perfect location in London for over three decades, and now after much craft, care and consideration, and through the dedication of our people, we hope our hotel will stand out not only in London but globally for generations to come.”

The Peninsula London is currently running a special introductory offer of £1,300, bookable until November 30, 2023. The offer includes daily breakfast, use of a House car, fully flexible check-in and check-out with Peninsula Time, and other benefits.

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