In partnership with: Pan Pacific London
f you’ve passed through the City of London or caught a train from Liverpool Street station recently, you almost certainly noticed the Pan Pacific London hotel. Housed in a soaring 43-storey bronze tower on the new Bishopsgate Plaza, it’s been hard to miss as it climbed up among the area’s skyscrapers over the past two years. Well, finally, the wait is over. The Pan Pacific London has just thrown open its doors, welcoming guests to discover its elegant suites, fine dining restaurant and expansive wellness offering.
Let’s start with the most important feature: the rooms. The Pan Pacific London boasts 237 rooms, of which 43 are suites, all of which feature the gorgeous Yabu Pushelberg interior design seen throughout the hotel’s public spaces. Serene and modern, most notable is the lack of 90-degree angles, which creates a feeling of calm and softness not seen in other hotels in this usually business-focused district.
Elsewhere, custom headboards double up as bespoke art pieces, while light colour palettes and furniture crafted with organic nature-inspired silhouettes enhance incredible views across the city from the floor-to-ceiling windows. (And, if it’s views your after, be sure to book the 19th-floor Pan Pacific Suite, which boasts fantastic panoramas featuring landmarks including The Gherkin.) Add to this Diptyque amenities, a hot and cold minibar, Dyson hairdryers, yoga mats, on demand in-room fitness classes, a curated library of books and an innovative ChiliSleep Ooler Sleep Cooling System and you’ve got the recipe for a perfect night’s rest.
But, of course, a hotel is not the rooms alone and the Pan Pacific London has curated a high-end lifestyle offering that will make it a destination in its own right. Take, for example, the Ginger Lily bar. Inspired by Singaporean bar culture, this sophisticated venue features a champagne list with bottles from more than 200 houses as well as the largest list of by-the-glass champagnes in London – all complemented by more than 150 rums. Perfect for everything from first dates to post-work drinks.
And, with your appetite for aperitifs sated, you’re mere seconds from Straits Kitchen: the Pan Pacific London’s flagship restaurant. Helmed by Executive Chef Lorraine Sinclair, with input from Singaporean Group Executive Chef Tony Khoo, the menu pays homage to Southeast Asian cooking traditions and the melting pot of cuisines found in Singapore. Signature dishes include wok-fried Singapore chilli mud crab, teapot double-boiled soup and butter-aged Buccleuch beef – a brilliant Asian twist on a classic Sirloin steak.
Have more of a sweet tooth? Head down to the Orchid Lounge where Executive Pastry Chef Cherish Finden has devised an afternoon tea with a difference. Named Kopi Tiam, after Singapore’s traditional coffee shops, unique pastries are accompanied by bao, dim sum and choux, with a vast range of Rare Tea Company blends, champagnes and English Sparkling Wines available to pair. It goes without saying, of course, that the Pan Pacific London’s culinary expertise also extends to its world-class events offering, which includes a 400-capacity ballroom with custom Lasvit chandelier and nine flexible meeting rooms.
And, once you’re all partied out, how better to rejuvenate than by retiring to the hotel’s full-floor wellness suite? The centrepiece here is an 18.5 metre infinity pool boasting views over Bishopsgate Plaza, which is accompanied by a state-of-the-art TecnoBody gym, sauna, steam room and relaxation pods. Work up a sweat with a personal training session or aqua fitness class or, alternatively, tend to your all-round health with a mindfulness workshop or sustainable nutrition session.
Rounding out Pan Pacific London’s wellbeing offering is a full-service spa offering treatments rooted in South East Asian beauty rituals, combined with the latest Western science. Two tranquil rooms allow for a range of results-driven treatments specially created to target specific concerns and aid with relaxation, as well as caring for the unique needs of pregnancy and cater to personal grooming preferences.
The shining jewel in the City of London’s hospitality crown, the Pan Pacific London is designed for all your work and play needs. So, whether you’re looking to impress clients with fine dining, unwind during a busy business trip or treat your family to a luxurious holiday, make the Pan Pacific London your new go-to in the Square Mile.
Rooms at the Pan Pacific London start from £325 per night, visit panpacificlondon.com