The Regency period is commonly known to memory as a golden age of British luxury, centered around the reign of Queen Victoria. Britannia was the self-proclaimed “Queen Victoria, the modern queen and the mistress of her Prince Edward Chancellor Henry XV.” (source). Seen as a type of fairy tale royalty, this period also saw the rise of modernism (including fashion, industry and journalism). It also saw the formation of some of the most prestigious families in England: The Holland family, the Schiff family and the Earl of Sandwich. They reportedly had the largest family in the British Isles.
The stunning Regency hotel in London was completed in 1856 by Sir John Holland, a lawyer and solicitor general and the son of then Prime Minister Arthur Caspar. When the hotel was sold in 2010, it was purchased by philanthropists George and Desiree Schneider and George Fernandes who recently converted the Regency hotel into a spectacular residential retreat.
The new owners had a number of requests for the Regency hotel: firstly, they wanted to extend the existing 37 room hotel and, secondly, they wanted to completely renovate and reconstruct the new Regency rooms. As part of the process, the architects behind the renovation were asked to avoid altering the existing structure. However, following a careful analysis of the building’s condition, it was decided to replace the original structure with a new and more luxurious one. The resulting design is the result of a collaborative effort between the architects and the owners who worked together to find a solution that was both aesthetically pleasing and compatible with the existing structure.
The luxurious new building is composed of three luxury villas, each with almost 500 square meters of living space. The villas feature snug spaces with private swimming pools, youth club memberships, bars, restaurants and a plethora of amenities, including a luxurious spa and gym.
The Regency hotel New World features elegant rooms as well as luxurious suites. The interior design throughout is a mix of classical and modern elements. The hotel is built on the foundations of the building’s historical architecture and it features intricate details that refer to the period of great pomp and magnificent tournaments. The façade is designed to emulate the close architecture of the period and also the delicate curves and glass walls of the hotel’s iconic Regency-style rooms.
The hotel’s guests are treated as adults and this makes them feel more at home there than in some hotels. They expect a high level of service and style when they visit the hotel and they expect an environment that is comfortable and inviting, as opposed to the vast lobby areas that some hotels specialize in. It’s an interesting hotel, on one hand being reminiscent of the old days and on the other hand featuring some really nice and modern features.