London’s thriving bar scene has recently had a magnificent upgrade as the elegant and upscale bar, ‘The Hyde’, opens its doors to the public at The Royal Park – A Roseate House Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel comprising three renovated, mid-19th century Grade II listed townhouses. Visually delighting and catering exquisitely to the taste and feel of the bar’s guests, The Hyde offers a restorative and all-encompassing intimate sensory experience.
The Hyde: Bar
As a traditional hotel bar, The Hyde offers discerning locals and seasoned travellers to London a refined dining and cocktail experience, a place to meet and entertain with excellent personal service and the opportunity to explore the culture and history of London. Already a favourite with international guests, such as from the United States and France, and with no other luxury bar in close vicinity, The Hyde currently fills a void with its inimitable character.
The Hyde is an intimate and exclusive retreat, a space you enter not to be seen, but to enjoy outstanding service and unique comfort within the exclusive confines of a traditional British Townhouse Hotel, whilst relishing some of the best libations London has to offer. This is matched only by a contemporary food offering which complements the bar experience rather than dominating it.
Owned and operated by the Bird Group – India’s leading business conglomerate with diverse national and international businesses across a portfolio of travel-tech, aviation services, hospitality, retail and education – the hotel is managed under the purview of Dr. Ankur Bhatia – Executive Director, Bird Group. Speaking about the Bird Group’s venture into the UK, he said, “The Royal Park – A Roseate House Hotel provided the Bird Group with an opportunity to establish itself within the hospitality sector beyond India, where we already opened and operate two luxury hotels in New Delhi. We are also exploring further developments.”
Elaborating on the character of The Hyde, Dr. Bhatia said, “The bar was a conversion of two lounges at the entrance of The Royal Park – A Roseate House Hotel. While it was important to update the space, it was equally important to retain the character of a 19th century town house.”
The Hyde has also curated an eclectic mix of melodies, from upbeat lounge to cocktail, offering a varied selection of music across its different time bands, including lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
The Hyde: Beverages
The Hyde offers some of the world’s finest wine and spirits including The Balvenie 40, Yamazaki whiskey, Tesseron Extreme cognac and spirits from the prohibition bourbon list. The overall beverage and wine selections on the menu were created by The Hyde’s finest, globally recognised Bartenders. The Hyde’s signature cocktail, a luxurious combination, of calvados, homemade salted butter hazelnut liqueur, Dubonnet and Laurent Perrier Champagne is award winning in its own right. The bar’s cocktail list is a crossover of traditional classics interspersed with product creations that are off the beaten track, from small artisanal producers whose passion for their work translates into unique and exclusive products.
The Royal Park – A Roseate House Hotel has a chic garden terrace perfect for cocktail parties and barbeques for up to 30 people in the summer months. In the autumn and winter months, the vibrant colours of the courtyard bring the garden to life, adding a new dimension to the outdoor space.
The Hyde is open daily for drinks from Midday until Midnight and until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Hyde: Dining
The exquisite beverage offering is enhanced by the bar’s small plates menu, specially curated by the Head Chef Matt McKiernan who joined from the group’s 5 Star The Forbury Roseate in Reading where he was the Senior Sous Chef in the Kitchens that won 2 AA Rosettes and were recommended in the world-renowned Michelin Guide.
The food is freshly prepared using the finest produce available and is designed and served to be shared by the table, further promoting the bar’s philosophy of creating a relaxed, intimate experience tempered sharply with top notch service.
The bar also offers a unique and exclusive afternoon tea experience with chic selections on the menu.
The following service times are observed for dining at The Hyde:
- Breakfast Monday-Sunday 06:30am – 11:00am
- Lunch Monday-Sunday 12:00pm – 14:00pm
- Dinner Sunday-Thursday 18:00pm – 10:00pm
- Dinner Friday and Saturday 18:00pm – 11:00pm
- Afternoon Tea Monday-Sunday 14:30pm – 18:00pm
The Hyde: Interiors
Offering the best of British – classic sophistication meeting artistic magnetism – The Hyde is piped as London’s pinnacle of luxury cocktail bar destination. Presenting a refined yet cosy surrounding with a grand open fire place, the space is complemented with a design that re-invents the traditional hotel bar, whilst still retaining the character of a 19th century British townhouse. With walls adorned with original period features and artwork, it is enhanced by luxurious furniture and a fireplace to celebrate, relax and unwind, offering an exclusive retreat away from the cut and thrust of bustling central London.
Embracing a quintessentially British décor with a modern feel, The Hyde, like the rest of The Royal Park Hotel – A Roseate House Hotel, has fine picked genuine Georgian antiques. The furniture is made of old mahogany or rosewood and has been individually selected to fit perfectly, suiting equally the size and aesthetics of The Hyde.
The bar’s interior was created by the in-house design team at Roseate Hotels and Resorts, along with design inputs from Mrs. Smriti Bhatia.
Speaking about the design and the interiors, Dr. Ankur Bhatia said, “The Ethos was to create a space that worked well at different times of the day by creating an elegant but cosy space for lunch or afternoon tea, whilst lending itself superbly to the dimly lit intimacy of cocktails or dinner in the evening. We didn’t want to create another upmarket London Bar with an awkward food offering; we imagined a harmony of a beautiful interior, outstanding spirits selection served by experienced and talented bar tenders, tempered keenly with a food offering that complemented the drinking experience as much as the latter complemented the food. The original features of the building with its high ceilings and grand open fire places served as inspiration to enhance them with luxurious furnishings, fabrics and antique pieces of furniture.”
The Hyde: Location
Located in the quiet tree-lined area of Westbourne Terrace, bordering Hyde Park and Marble Arch, the 19th century British townhouse hotel is the capital’s cultural treasure-trove, offering guests a composition of rich history and sublime elegance.
Westbourne Terrace was once described as ‘quite the finest street in London’; John Constable, son of the famous landscape artist, once lived there, and Oscar Wilde married at St James’ Church across the historic street.
The Royal Park – A Roseate House Hotel is ideally located for shopping high street and haute couture fashion. Oxford Street, Bond Street, Mayfair and Knightsbridge are all close by, home to renowned international designers. Stepping out of the hotel, guests will have access to the exclusive shops of Westbourne Grove and the famous Portobello market where stalls sell everything from antiques and vintage clothing to fruits and vegetables. A short taxi or London Underground ride takes guests to the West End theatres or the ‘must-sees’ on every visitors list – The Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London, Madame Tussauds, the British Museum and the V&A, Lords Cricket Ground and the Marylebone Cricket Museum to name a few.
The royal parks including, Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park are one of the largest green spaces in Central London and just a stroll away. The Serpentine Gallery, Marble Arch, Notting Hill, Kensington Palace, Speakers’ Corner and Diana – Princess of Wales, Memorial Walk are all within walking distance.The hotel is easily accessible from London’s airports, road or rail. Heathrow Airport is a 15-minute direct train journey away on the Heathrow Express from Paddington Station, a 5 min walk from the hotel. The Central Line that runs from Lancaster Gate Station is also a short walk from the hotel.