Inspired By Sir Winston Churchill’s Work and Passions
Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill has launched an extensive set of brand new events spaces, ready to welcome back weddings, social and corporate events of all sizes from 21st June onwards. The Marylebone based luxury hotel has used the lockdown period to carry out a planned renovation of six existing events spaces, and the complete build of one brand new space to cater to any kind of event. Each area has its own personality, intended to excite and inspire guests, with nods to Sir Winston Churchill’s own life, the man to whom the hotel pays homage. The hotel has worked with renowned BJB designers to rethink the interiors of each room, as well as Catherine and Randolph Churchill (Churchill’s great grandson) from Churchill Heritage, who have curated all the artworks for the spaces. Through artwork, photographs, and books, the spaces tell the story of Churchill’s leisure and work life, his travels, passions, and achievements as a statesman, while the interior design lends a touch of glamour and individuality to any event.
The Library - Weddings & Celebrations
The pre-existing Library has been completely redesigned by BJB to serve as a smaller space for more intimate weddings and social events. The Library will hold 50 people in a banquet format, and up to 75 as a reception, as well as seamlessly leading through to the hotel’s largest space, the Chartwell Ballroom, to accommodate much larger events. The design of the Library celebrates Sir Winston Churchill’s love of travel and adventure, and stays true to its name, by inviting guests to admire and delve into the historic literature lining the walls. As a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953, Sir Winston Churchil’s personal connection to literature and the written word make the Library an apt dedication to his legacy.
The new space is a deep green colour, evoking a luxurious and sophisticated atmosphere, with a handmade, spherical chandelier lighting up from the centre of the room. The walls are adorned with photographs from Sir Winston’s personal photograph albums (The Broadwater Collection), which showcase Churchill enjoying his leisure time, whether playing polo, boarding a cruise with his wife Clementine, or donning a captain’s hat for a day as a yachtsman. The photography displays Churchill’s fun, creative side, and pairs perfectly with the Library space, designed for weddings and social events. In addition, guests are invited to admire and delve into the historic literature lining the walls, donated by the son of a major collector of literature about Churchill, Major Alan Taylor Smith RA, to whom the Library is dedicated.
Many important and milestone celebrations have been much missed over lockdown, and this new space promises to bring people together and strike up a conversation inspired by this exciting collection of books and photographs.
The Gallery is a brand new build, and adds another 145 square meters of space to the events offerings at the hotel. The Gallery is an expansive and light-filled space that can accommodate up to 132 in a reception capacity, and 120 theatre style. As the name suggests, The Gallery is adorned with inspiring artwork, and enjoys an abundance of natural daylight along with outside access to the front of the hotel.
The neutral and calming colour scheme has been based on the natural landscape and Churchill’s own , stunning gardens at Chartwell House. The pale green walls are lit up by a Preciosa chandelier, which has been designed with treetops in mind. Handmade with Bohemian hand blown glass, the golden branches are each lit up, to give the impression of sunlight dappling onto the floor below. The impressionist charm for which Churchill’s artwork is known personifies the Gallery Studio, adding a touch of glamour to any event.
The Gallery can be opened up seamlessly onto the studios, bringing the total potential capacity to 252 in reception format.
The Studios have been redesigned with flexibility and interconnectivity in mind, and a fresh colour palette that matches and compliments the natural light flooding in from The Gallery when the rooms are opened up and used as one space. The Studios have been based on Churchill’s own studio at Chartwell House, which was his escape from working life, via painting and artwork. The paintings themselves reflect Churchill’s travels and span a number of years, including The Coast Near Cap D’Ail (1949), A Distant View of Eze (1930), and Fishing Boats Cap D’Antibes (1949). Sir Winston wrote of painting abroad, “The painter wanders and loiters contentedly from place to place, always on the lookout for some brilliant butterfly of a picture which can be caught and set up and carried safely home.” The Studios encapsulate his love of painting in France.
The Studios each accommodate up to 40 as a reception, or 18-20 in the popular boardroom formation. The Studios are also interconnected so that each can open up into the next, to create a larger space.
The two boardrooms are perfect for smaller meetings and business get togethers, fitting eight people each, and kitted out with state-of-the-art technology for presentations and to accommodate HY-Brid Meetings, with some people Zooming in, and others in the room together. The Boardrooms reflect Churchill’s days as a Statesman, and delegates can look to the walls to find Churchill greeting Princess Elizabeth, standing with King George VI, or walking through Paris on Armistice Day. Touches of red bring the neutral rooms to life, and are influenced by the pops of red in Churchill’s own study at Chartwell - red being a colour of power and strength, which Churchill is known for.
For all events, Executive Chef of Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill, Roger Olsson, has been designing exclusive banquet menus that evoke the modern British cuisine of the hotel’s signature restaurant, The Montagu Kitchen. With menus based around ‘Farmed’, ‘Caught’, and ‘Harvested’ concepts, dishes easily cater to all dietary requirements without compromising on creativity and flavour, and remain flexible depending on requests.
Of the new event spaces, Hotel Manager Frederic Le Gallois said, “Not only are our new and redesigned spaces fitted with all the necessary mod-cons and tools, but we have worked hard to give them the character and flair that guests of our hotel have come to expect. Sir Winston Churchill was a powerful, political man, but he also had many passions and interests outside of work. We want our spaces to reflect this, and double up as both business and leisure rooms - places where people can relax and celebrate, or meet and work.”
All guests and delegates can feel safe and secure at Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill, following their achievement of GBAC (Global Biorisk Advisory Council) STAR™ facility accreditation for outbreak prevention, response and recovery. GBAC is a division of ISSA - The Worldwide Cleaning Industry. In addition, all event spaces are equipped to host socially distanced events, depending on the regulations that come into play upon reopening of the events and wedding industry. Available in all event spaces, Hyatt’s new HY-Brid Meetings Offer is designed to connect multiple meetings at various Hyatt hotels globally via technology, to keep companies connected while travel is challenging.
About Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill
Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill is conveniently tucked away in upmarket Marylebone, located in the heart of London’s West End, featuring views over the charming gardens of Portman Square. With 440 sophisticated guestrooms, including 50 suites, plus 12 distinctive meeting spaces, the hotel offers a full range of services tailored to serve the needs of business and leisure travellers alike. Dining options include seasonal British dishes at The Montagu Kitchen, craft cocktails at award-winning The Churchill Bar & Terrace or Michelin-starred Italian fine dining at Locanda Locatelli.
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Image credits: Churchill Heritage