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Rosewood London – A rose by any other name

WITH ITS EVOCATIVE NAME, UNIQUE DESIGN AND SUPERIOR AMENITIES, THE NEW ROSEWOOD LONDON LEAVES A MEMORABLE IMPRESSION.

The hotel, which occupies the former head office of the Pearl Assurance Company in the heart of London, made a majestic splash when it opened in 2013, marking the arrival of Rosewood Hotel & Resorts in Great Britain. The remarkable 5-star establishment has been racking up awards ever since.

Renovating the 1914 Edwardian building was a sizable challenge, but the project (which came in at C$146M) was an enormous success, resulting in a brilliant blend of contemporary sophistication and noble history. Several key architectural elements were conserved, including the original carriageway entrance, grand courtyard and spectacular marble staircase (which rises through all seven floors beneath an elliptical dome with a 166-ft. cupola). With 262 rooms and 44 suites–including the Grand Manor House wing featuring a private entrance, six bedrooms (and its own postal code!)—the hotel evokes the elegant London residences of the Belle Époque. In fact, it feels more like a private mansion than a hotel.

The public spaces, 12 reception halls and the Mirror Room restaurant were designed by Tony Chi and Associates, while the Holborn Dining Room was done by the Martin Brudnizki Studio. Tony Chi is known for his use of lacquer, textured wood and prisms; the addition of books, flowers and original works of art throughout the common areas contribute to the residential feel of the hotel.

Whether you’re staying at the Rosewood London for business or pleasure, you’ll appreciate its proximity to key locations like Covent Garden, the British Museum, Royal Opera House, West End theatre district, and many art galleries for which the area is known. If you’d rather stay “home,” there’s plenty of luxury to be indulged in at the magnificent Sense Spa, where you can relax and be pampered, and perhaps enjoy one of stylist Matthew Curtis’ famous hair treatments.

The Rosewood is definitely one of the most exciting places in London to eat and drink.

The Rosewood is definitely one of the most exciting places in London to eat and drink. The Holborn serves classic British fare brilliantly reinvented, and the Gin Bar has more brands on offer than any other watering hole in the city: 400 different types of gin and 27 tonics, including a Rosewood signature blend. Scarfes Bar, named for caricaturist, Gerald Scarfe (whose works hang on the walls), provides a friendly, “gentleman’s club” atmosphere. The menu features Indian dishes and exotic flavours, the cocktails are cleverly creative, and there’s live jazz music every evening. In the luxurious garden setting of The Terrace, guests can savour unique food and drink offerings that change with the season. Ensconced in your heated seat, it’s the perfect place to sip a hot toddy, hot buttered rum, spiced cider, hot wine, or British whisky, and even enjoy a good cigar.

The intimate Mirror Room is a jewel. Executive Chef Amandine Chaignot is one of the new generation of stars in a field where there are still surprisingly few women. “Not that long ago, when I would visit food and kitchen shows, people would ask me which chef I was secretary to,” she notes. The young French chef has a most impressive resumé. After graduating from the Ferrandi school, she started her career at Prunier. She won the Bocuse d’or in 2001–– her very first competition—then placed second at Taittenger in 2005. “Competitions taught me how to manage my stress,” she says. “I also learned a lot from my stint as a judge at Masterchef.” Chaignot spent time in the kitchens of some of the greatest hotels in the world, including the Plaza, the Ritz London, The Meurice, and The Bristol. She was with Hotel Crillon for two years, moving from there to The Raphael. For the Mirror Room, she develops innovative, comforting dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and the Rosewood’s famous afternoon tea, all inspired by the seasons. “I love to work with herbs, and with all plants and vegetables, in fact. I like to suprise people with simple, well-made food that is not fussy. I’d say my cooking is a lot like me!”

This hotel is a recommendation of Nathalie Guilbert, of Groupe Voyages VP

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Rosewood London – A rose by any other name – e-mag