This was our first post-pandemic visit to the Mandeville Hotel, London; we usually book this particular boutique hotel for our annual ‘shopping ladies outing’. It is conveniently located for all our favorite shops and is surrounded by fabulous restaurants and bars; everything we need is within walking distance. And despite this, the street in which the hotel is located is quite quiet.
The Mandeville Hotel is located in the heart of London’s West End and has undergone an extensive refurbishment and refurbishment that took a total of two years, and the results are spectacular. The red brick collection of converted townhouses is very distinctive. The interior is contemporary, there are many fascinating works of art scattered around and the furniture has a retro touch. The fifth-floor hallways are a landmark in themselves; they are a kaleidoscope of flamboyant and vivid colors, extravagant designs and choice furnishings.
The hotel is a fashionista’s dream come true. Traditionally, the Christian Lacroix house is famous for its flamboyant Haute Couture fashion scene in Paris and London, reinventing the word “iconic” since the 1980s. Since 2011, Maison Christian Lacroix has been designing exclusively for Designers Guild under the creative direction of Sacha Walckhoff, creating the best collections of fabrics and wallpapers, and accessories for the home with in addition: “je ne sais quoi” which accompanies each Christian Création Lacroix. The collection embodies the true essence of the Christian Lacroix brand. Intricate, colorful and referencing historic tailoring and architecture, the collection offers the ultimate in chic luxury, each telling its own story.
The story told through Mandeville’s fifth-floor decor is that of the wonderfully decadent French Riviera, using primarily the Belles Rives collection as inspiration for this redesign.
Highlights of the 5th floor designs include Wallpapers La Croisette and Macarena. These are inspired by the fashionable ladies of the “Croisette” who coexist in the villa “Santo Sospir” with the famous sanctuary of Jean Cocteau in the south of France. And the Exo’chic Garden of Monaco, a view of the palm forest digitally printed on a cotton sateen for wallpapers and fabrics.
We were lucky enough to be upgraded to a Christian Lacroix premium deluxe room, the Classic Lacroix which is a representation of the French fashion designer’s hometown, Arles, enhanced by Spanish influences including prints inspired by azulejo tiles and upholstery in the classic Lacroix motif of Paseo Doble.
The piece de resistance is the Terrace Suite, which unfortunately was not available on the dates we were visiting. It is spread over the top two floors of the hotel and offers an unrivaled level of privacy. This is one of the few penthouse-style suites in town that also has a private outdoor rooftop terrace with fabulous views.
Dinner at Mandeville is fairly standard hotel fare and is served at the Reform Social and Grill, an all-day dining restaurant. The service is exceptional, without being intrusive. The interior is inspired by traditional men’s private clubs. We settled into one of the huge comfortable red leather booths and placed our orders. The menu is typical modern British cuisine based on the seasons. I opted for the seared scallops served with kaffir lime leaves and passion fruit, my partner Elly opted for the caramelized red onion and goat cheese tart which was a generous portion which was just as good, as my fork found its way to Elly’s plate, it looked too delicious not to try, and sharing is caring.
The atmosphere in the restaurant was very lively – it looks like people like to walk around again. The crowd was young and affluent, many of them happened to be locals.
For our mains, I ordered the sea bass which was served with mashed sweet potato and mashed peas, Elly ordered the gnocchi, which was served with roasted vegetables and a tomato and mascarpone sauce.
Although suitably stuffed, we ended up ordering dessert; we blame the diners at our next table. They had just finished theirs and told us it was too delicious to miss.
Elly ordered the dark chocolate fudge which is served with vanilla ice cream, and I had the artisan British cheese selection with crackers, which is served with honey pear chutney.
As much as we were tempted to stay at the bar, soak up the atmosphere and try the fabulous cocktail menu, we decided to call it a night, after all, we had a big day ahead of us, and we had to walk the streets of London and shuffle our credit cards.
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the hearty breakfast served at the Reform Restaurant certainly sets us up for the energetic day we had planned. The chef made me a delicious omelet with toasted bread in the attic and Elly had the Eggs Benedict, which she described as second to none. The service was once again exceptional, and although we would have liked to spend the day relaxing at the hotel, we decided to take the main street and finally do all our shopping.