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Mandarin Oriental reopens restaurants, event spaces and spa following fire

The Mandarin Oriental hotel in Hyde Park, London, has reopened its restaurants, event spaces and spa following a fire which broke out in June of this year.

The group also announced its guest rooms and suites will be reopening this coming Spring and guests can place reservations now.

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. Around 36 hotel guests and 250 members of hotel staff, including singer Robbie Williams, were evacuated from the property at the time.

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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