The Rosebery – Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
For shoppers who want to escape the noise and bustle of Knightsbridge there is an oasis of calm, tranquillity and luxury – the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park’s Rosebery Lounge.
Leading off from the hotel’s main vestibule The Rosebery guests are ushered into spacious rooms, with windows overlooking the streets of Knightsbridge, furnished with small tables, green banquettes and chairs and decorated with specially commissioned artworks and contemporary pieces (some of which to us seemed a little in discord with the elegant rooms and lovely flower arrangements).
The Rosebery is open for breakfast from 8am until 12, from 12 until 6pm for light lunches and afternoon tea and for lounge dining from 6pm – 10.30pm.
We had a delicious light lunch from the Lounge Dining menu – green thai curry for one of us (from £18), dim sum for the other (£16), followed by a twice baked cheesecake with chamomile strawberries and a lemon tart with berry compote (each £13). The service as one would expect from a five star hotel was exemplary – super efficient, discreet and charming.
From about 1.45pm we had noticed a number of couples drifting in. Afternoon tea is served from 2pm. It looked lovely, a very special treat for a special occasion. Sandwiches, scones, pastries and cakes arranged on dainty hanging cake stands – we couldn’t help but award The Rosebery 10 out of 10 for its pretty table ware. The regular afternoon tea we noticed was £48 per person, £57 with a glass of champagne.
The lovely, attentive staff frequently and happily stopped what they were doing to take photos for family albums, or these days more likely Facebook.
Expensive yes; but The Rosebery has style and finesse, and it shows. www.mandarinoriental.com/london/fine-dining/the-rosebery