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Mandarin Oriental London to ‘partially reopen’ in December

The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel in London has announced it will be partially reopening the property on 4 December 2018, after a fire broke out and damaged the property in June.

The group will be reopening its restaurants, event spaces and The Spa at Mandarin Oriental and said its reservation lines are “now open”.

A statement on the group’s website read: “We are delighted to announce that Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Bar Boulud, London, The Rosebery, Mandarin Bar, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London and all of our event spaces will reopen on Tuesday 4 December in time for the festive season and our reservation lines are now open.”

Following the fire, which broke out on 6 June 2018, the hotel remains closed but the group said the fire damage had mainly been confined to the exterior courtyard of the property with limited impact on the interiors.

The blaze is thought to have been caused by arc welding landing on the felt lining of a planting facade, and the external planting facade was damaged by the fire in addition to the roof and plant machinery on the roof.

Prior to the fire the property had completed the most extensive restoration in its 115-year history. As part of the renovation, the five-star hotel’s façade was revitalised, and designer Joyce Wang had transformed the lobby lounge and reception area.

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