The Dorchester reopened the Art Deco ballroom suite in September 2011 following a restoration by Alex Kravetz Designs Ltd intended to recapture the opulence of Oliver Ford’s original 1930s design. With its own private Park Lane entrance, the space is internationally recognized for its impeccably elegant and understated style, and over 10,000 square foot can accommodate 500 for dinner and 1,000 for cocktails. Executive chef Henry Brosi extends a three-course à la carte menu offering in The Ballroom, a service rarely included in such large functions due to the high skill involved in grand scale production.
The 2011 restoration included the Park Lane entrance, Crush Hall, The Silver Room and The Gold Room, all now returned to their former glory with additional technology and lighting to ensure greater value for clients. The Silver Room and The Gold Room have been joined to provide more fluid function space. Three large crystal chandeliers were returned to iconic ceiling domes inspired by the 1930s originals, enhancing the play of light across antique mirror wall paneling. Original 13-foot high pillars made from a blue semi-precious stone (sodalite) provide overall color, enhanced by new hand-made champagne-toned carpet and custom-made Venetian drapery. An integrated audio system was installed and lighting can now be controlled remotely to enable dedicated spotlights for each table in any configuration.
PENTHOUSE & PAVILION
Positioned on the hotel’s 8th floor, the Penthouse & Pavilion is a theatrical suite of party rooms designed in 1953 by Oliver Messel bathed in natural daylight. Today the rooms offer the only example of his work not in a private house. Inspired by the theatrical design of Sleeping Beauty, Messel created a virtual wonderland with an ornate mirrored forest; golden birds perched on twigs as door handles and light fixtures that resemble gilded Edwardian bird cages. The Penthouse features floor to ceiling French windows opening onto a spacious garden terrace, with a fountain of frolicking cherubs, and impressive panoramic views taking in London’s London Eye, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament. Oliver Messel’s nephew Lord Snowdon’s guests to the celebrated rooms have included Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Tom Stoppard, Sir Dirk Bogarde, Sir John Gielgud, Jeremy Irons, Eric Clapton, Issey Miyake, John Galliano, Dame Judi Dench, Richard E. Grant, and Jane Horrocks.
THE CRYSTAL SUITE
The Dorchester’s most contemporary event room, The Crystal Suite leads directly from the heart of the hotel. A private entrance lobby features a dramatic sweeping staircase, at the foot of which sits a silver glass encrusted Liberace piano. Art Deco inspired, the walls are covered in a muted silk. Large windows let in natural daylight and impressive views across Hyde Park.
THE HOLFORD ROOM
The Holford Room is one of the few rooms that retains the exact design of the original 1931 launch of The Dorchester. Traditional oak panelled walls provide a warm foil to the light and airy Orchid Room.
THE ORCHID ROOM
Inspired by Wedgewood china, the Orchid Room has pale blue walls with white cornices, portrayed in an 18th century grand style. Both the Orchid Room and Holford Room are often provided as adjoining reception rooms for events, the rooms also connect to The Ballroom.
THE PARK SUITE
The Park Suite (left and right) are two adjoining rooms just off The Promenade perfect for smaller meetings and dinners, with a full wall of windows overlooking Hyde Park. If walls could talk; a painting which hung in the room when Prince Phillip had his stag night in 1947 remains on the wall today.
The Business Suite comprises three meeting rooms discreetly tucked away on the mezzanine floor, with the largest seating up to 12 people: the Boardroom, the Study and the White Room. In addition, the Executive Lounge provides a quiet, luxurious area for working, relaxing or just thinking, with a comprehensive range of services to support every business requirement. The meeting rooms and the Executive Lounge have a complimentary refreshment bar.
Exclusive to The Dorchester Spa is the uniquely named ‘Spatisserie’, an opulent, but intimate space for light lunches, afternoon tea with elegant, bite size cakes, biscuits and pastries, savoury nibbles, and champagne and Spa cocktails – all reflecting the ethos that ‘a little of what you love is good for you’.
Nestled in the heart of The Dorchester’s kitchens behind a cutting-edge liquid crystal glass wall, the Chef’s Table at The Dorchester strikes the perfect balance between a hidden enclave for private parties, and the chance to participate in one of the most highly regarded kitchens in London. Diners are personally attended by executive chef Henry Brosi who talks through the effect of different foods on palate and wine-tasting, infusing each event with his knowledge and jovial character. Luxurious interiors of scarlet leather, walnut, and steel highlighted with a Baccarat crystal chandelier, candelabra, decanters and glassware set the tone for a variety of occasions from private parties to corporate entertaining.
THE MEDIA ROOM AT 45 PARK LANE
The modern American culinary experience of Wolfgang Puck’s CUT at 45 Park Lane offers private dining or meetings in the Media Room, and comfortably seats 12. Situated on the first floor alongside Bar 45 and The Library, the Media Room’s 103″ Bang & Olufsen 3D BeoVision screen and surround sound system are perfect for screening live sports events, presentations or the latest film.
THE GRILL AT THE DORCHESTER
First established in 1931, The Grill at The Dorchester quickly gained a reputation as the place to be for the finest grill food in London. In keeping with this original concept, Alain Ducasse’s protégé Christophe Marleix has created new seasonal menus. The restaurant can accommodate groups and private events for up to 30 guests, please view a sample menu here. For an exclusive event in an iconic yet timeless setting, The Grill can be reserved for exclusive use – please contact us for more information.
ALAIN DUCASSE AT THE DORCHESTER
The contemporary French cuisine of this three Michelin starred restaurant can be enjoyed in three unique private dining rooms– the Salon Privé and Salon Park Lane – or the Table Lumière, the centre piece of the restaurant fitted with Hermes china and surrounded by 4,500 shimmering fibre optics.
China Tang offers some of the best and most authentic Cantonese food outside China, with a sumptuous interior designed to evoke a romantic sense of the art deco of the Thirties. The restaurant has three interconnecting rooms Ping Pang and Pong that can cater for 8 to 80 people for lunches, dinners or cocktail receptions. The rooms offer an integrated music system, DVD facilities, wi-fi and computer connection for presentations and private screenings.
KITCHEN PARTIES AT THE DORCHESTER
Throw a private Kitchen Party at The Dorchester for up to 120 guests with a front-row perspective on one of the most highly regarded culinary operations in London. Canapés feature from the famous restaurants of The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane, while the office of executive chef Henry Brosi doubles as a DJ booth. Guests will be personally escorted through staff service doors to the “back of the house” arrayed in color schemes of the client’s choosing. Additional options – including personalized aprons for cooking challenges – can also be arranged. Menu highlights include: “sauté gourmand of lobster and truffled chicken quenelles from Alain Ducasse; a Peking Duck Station from China Tang; a sushi bar from Henry Brosi; Mini Waygu beef sliders on brioche buns with sweet pickles from CUT at 45 Park Lane…and more.
To reserve one of our luxurious event rooms please contact:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7629 8888
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