Venue Review: The May Fair Hotel, London

Written by Paul Jan 08 2016

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The May Fair Hotel, London - W1J 8LT

Mayfair isn’t short of 5 star hotels, however for those seeking a top end hotel with a contemporary feel the options are diminished. The May Fair is a modern 5* hotel sitting just behind Piccadilly on Stratton Street. From the minute you walk in the door it is apparent that this is a popular hotel, and the crowd it attracts is some of London’s most well-heeled residents. On the day we visited BAFTA had taken over much of the hotel for it’s judges and members who were discussing nominations for the upcoming awards.

The hotel is part of the family owned Edwardian Group and it’s clear that this property is the apple of their eye. From the lobby to the corridors, the bars to the restaurant, everything is immaculate. A recent investment in the bar has seen a total makeover and created a place for people to relax and do business morning noon and night. We visited at around 3pm on a rainy Thursday and the bar was thronging with guests of all ages, a rarity in most hotels.

Guests will have access to numerous onsite amenities including the incredible May Fair Kitchen, well equipped spa, the Cigar Room and the famous Palm Beach Casino, located in the hotels Art Deco ballroom.

For those seeking event space the hotel has plenty of venues to offer. The flagship space is the Crystal Room, which features bronze lacquered walls and a Baccarat chandelier. It can host conferences for 280 or banquets for 180 guests. Elsewhere there’s the Danziger Suite where dinners for 200 can be held and the room can be split into two. Leading into the Danziger is the stunning atrium with a vaulted roof that offers plentiful natural daylight the space is ideal for conference catering or pre-dinner drinks receptions as it features a built in bar. In addition to the main spaces there are also 11 smaller meeting rooms suitable for events from 6 in a boardroom style to 200 in theatre style and all with natural daylight. They can be used for individual events or as breakout spaces in conjunction with the larger rooms.

At the heart of the hotel you’ll find the beautiful May Fair Theatre, one of the reasons why BAFTA are fans of this venue no doubt. The cinema features 201 Italian leather covered seats, all with built in microphones and electronic voting pads, as well as state of the art sound and projection facilities. These features make it the go to destination for exclusive premiers and screenings.

Photo of the May Fair Theatre at the May Fair Hotel, London

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