London – Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

London - Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London is known for its award-winning spa, sharp service and luxurious accommodation. The 173 rooms and 25 suites are furnished with antiques, and the bathrooms are stocked with Jo Malone products; the hotel unveiled its refurbished Royal Suite, complete with crystal chandeliers and Lalique lamps, at the end of 2010. With Hyde Park on one side and Harvey Nichols and Harrods on the other, the hotel is one of London’s best locations for both shopping and green space.

X-factor Last year, Daniel Boulud’s traditional French restaurant Bar Boulud was joined by Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. ‘A meal at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is a hugely enjoyable feast of highly refined concept-food; the signature Fruit Meat starter is hilariously good,’ says Gold List contributor Peter Browne.