Having undergone a £ 2 million refurbishment, this stately hotel has a contemporary edge, celebrating British history. The Hyatt Regency London honours Sir Winston Churchill, with many nods to him throughout the décor and design details.
Quintessentially British, the hotel is located in Portman Square, overlooking Portman Square Garden and close to Marble Arch and Oxford Street – a great central London location, but perfectly tucked away. The hotel was purpose-built and opened in 1970 as The Churchill. It has welcomed many notable politicians, including Barack Obama and Tony Blair.
The doors opened to a beautiful modern lobby – elegant, calming and bright with a grand piano, grey marble floors, a high ceiling and white panelling. It was so light and airy, and we were welcomed before being shown to our suite.
The hotel has 440 rooms, with 50 suites, including a one-of-a-kind Royal Suite, which was sadly occupied during our stay, so we didn’t get a peek! Our Regency Suite looked out over Portman Square Gardens with a beautiful balcony. Fresh flowers welcomed us to the bright and elegant room, with Molten Brown toiletries in the bathroom and a lovely walk-in shower. A quick walk to Baker Street for a bite to eat was convenient; this hotel is so well situated for accessing central London.
Weddings at Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill
Olga met us and showed us the event spaces, lovely rooms with neutral pastel palettes, perfectly pretty for wedding celebrations. The spaces have been renovated, ready for couples who have been waiting for restrictions to ease!
Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill can accommodate small, intimate weddings and larger celebrations for up to 180 guests. Photos can be taken in the stunning Portman Square Gardens, conveniently located close by. The rooms are classically elegant, with two spaces to choose from. We loved the grand, light Chartwell Ballroom and were enchanted with the deep green, sophisticated Library, with décor featuring photos and bookshelves inspired by Churchill’s love of travel and literature.
The wedding team are experts, looking after you every step of the way to make sure your wedding day is just as you imagine. You’ll have a dedicated wedding planning specialist to handle every detail. You can even choose to have your hen party there as well!
Dining at Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill
Serving seasonal cuisine and delicious cocktails, Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill has three places to enjoy a bite to eat. Locanda Locatelli is a Michelin-starred restaurant with an Italian-inspired menu. The Churchill Bar and Terrace is art-deco inspired, with an enclosed terrace, lush greenery and flowers, as well as heaters and blankets to keep it cosy.
We dined at The Montagu Kitchen, serving food inspired by the National Trust’s Chartwell House and Garden in Kent. There are hints of Churchill everywhere, with lots of Churchill-inspired décor adorning the walls and a love letter from Churchill to his wife featured as well.
The food was delicious. Executive chef Roger Olsson uses fresh seasonal produce, and Peter looked after us beautifully. We shared rosemary sourdough, then crispy waffles topped with caviar and delicious crab served as appetisers. Our main was Scottish lobster – sweet and succulent with the most delicious Marie rose mayonnaise and rosemary fries. Baked vanilla cheesecake with mixed berries rounded our meal off perfectly, and we relaxed, soaking in the atmosphere. The food was exquisite; I would highly recommend booking a table if you’re in London.
We visited The Churchill Bar and Terrace for a drink, escaping outside to enjoy the fresh air under a cosy blanket before making our way back to our suite and a very comfortable bed.
Breakfast the next morning was served in The Montagu Kitchen, with every regulation adhered to with regard to Covid safety precautions. Hot food was served from behind screens, and there were plenty of bowls to choose from for cold options. After a relaxing breakfast of omelette and some fresh fruit, we checked out.
Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill is perfect for a heart-of-the-city wedding. The wedding rooms are so pretty that they need minimal additional decoration, and the hotel is light, bright, and welcoming. Here are our highlights:
The food – our lobster was divine, and the seasonal menu has so many choices
The terrace – is perfect for an evening cocktail. We loved the cosy blankets!
Location – it’s central but tucked away with excellent access to leafy Portman Square Garden