New experiences at The Dorchester
There are now more complimentary experiences to sample than ever before at The Dorchester, from fascinating history tours to sunset yoga overlooking Hyde Park. Kate Pantin, director of guest experience, introduces us to some of the many wonderful things happening at the hotel.
Introducing Kate Pantin
My role is to ensure that every guest’s stay goes smoothly, so I’m delighted by the diverse range of new experiences we’ve just introduced for them to enjoy at The Dorchester. This has been a challenging year for everyone, so what better time to launch some fun and safe ways to make the most of all that our incredible hotel and its people have to offer. Let me guide you through the complimentary activities, led by our team of truly talented experts in their field.
Thursday is the new Friday
Social Thursdays are entertaining weekly workshops with our experts. One week it’s at The Dorchester Bar sharing secrets of their new cocktails with our very own cocktail guru Giuliano Morandin, another time it’s a spa specialist with top tips for radiant skin or great ways to relax and get a good night’s sleep. We’ve also got further ideas coming up later in the year, which will be well worth looking out for such as a dim sum masterclass at China Tang, and caviar tasting with behind-the-scenes access to The Dorchester’s kitchen.
Meet our historian
Take a stroll down memory lane with The Dorchester’s very own historian, Chris Astbury. As the keeper of our archive there’s little that Chris doesn’t know about The Dorchester’s long and illustrious history. Let him show you some of our famous signature suites and event spaces and enthral you with the stories behind them, before taking a short tour of Mayfair’s best-known streets. With Chris as your personal guide, you’ll be an expert in no time and able to impress your friends and family with your newfound knowledge.
Photo credit: Mount Street
Flowers for all occasions
Our resident designer florist, Phil Hammond, has just started a series of inspiring floral demonstrations with his wonderfully creative team. Learn how to build a beautiful bouquet and create the perfect arrangement for any occasion. You’ll get to see some of their fabulous displays around the hotel, including the enormous urns that provide the perfect backdrop to our famous afternoon tea. He’ll also introduce you to our very own The Dorchester Rose and share the story of its creation.
See you for sunset
I’m really excited about this one. There’s something so magical about gazing out over Hyde Park as the sun goes down during those crisp winter months. Watching the sky change colour has such a calming effect and when it’s combined with a yoga lesson you’ll experience true zen. Join our expert instructor, Chi, as she guides you through a peaceful yet powerful practice in one of our suites. Classes are designed to suit all abilities and you’ll be rewarded with a deliciously refreshing smoothie at the end.
More on the menu
Our chefs will also be sharing their culinary skills. Don an apron and chef’s hat and join them in the kitchen to conjure up one of their classic dishes for yourself, such as their popular Norfolk chicken leg with black truffle ravioli. Alternatively, take a tour of our wine cellar with master sommelier Christopher Delalonde, followed by a British cheese tasting session, perfectly paired with a series of wines designed to complement the cheese. His wine wisdom and wonderful storytelling make it a truly memorable experience.
Our experiences at The Dorchester change each month so there’s always something new to discover. In keeping with government guidelines, spaces are limited so please book early at [email protected] soon.
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