PROFILE AND BACKGROUND
The Westbury’s heritage is built from the love of the great game of polo and opulent luxury and service excellence…
POLO came to England in 1869 with cavalry officers returning from India and made its home at the Hurlingham Club in Fulham. On a visit to England, James Gordon Bennett Jr. owner of the New York Herald, watched a game and transported sticks, balls and a set of rules to America. Before long Polo became the sport of choice for the wealthy and Polo clubs become prominent in the Old WESTBURY area of Long Island.
In 1886 the Hurlingham Club was challenged by the Westchester Club for a series of matches. English players and ponies sailed to New York and triumphantly took the Westbury Cup to England. Polo resumed after the Great War. Leaders of Long Island society were also the polo playing families of the day and the social life around the game was to be envied.
In 1927, the polo playing Phipps family founded the luxury WESTBURY Hotel in New York which became a favourite amongst the polo playing set and stars of their day. On the success of this great hotel the Phipps family opened a sister property 1955 as the first American hotel in London. Following the flourishing success of the Polo Bar in the Westbury New York the Phipps family brought this now synonymous brand to London and POLO BAR and LOUNGE LONDON was born. The Westbury Cup, continued to be a highly sort after cup but only contested in the UK. It was housed on permanent display at the hotel for many decades and was one of the oldest trophies played for at Guards Polo Club, Windsor.
The luxury Westbury Hotel in New York still stands, no longer a hotel, but a conglomerate of sumptuous apartments but still exuberating luxury at its best.
The Westbury in London started with a big hole in the ground, a leftover from the last war. The section of Old and New Bond Street and Conduit Street was badly bombed. Reports from General Lee who stayed at the time in Claridge’s are no pleasant reading.
“Savile Row was ‘fairly battered to pieces’. All the glass is out in Bond Street and Regent Street. Not a shop in Conduit Street has any glass in it.”
In 1955 Bond Street and Conduit Street was still reminiscent of the war. Many buildings were still being re-constructed and businesses reforming. It was at this time that the polo playing, Phipps family assembled the Westbury Hotel, the first hotel to be built in London post-war. After successful trading it was the American KNOTTS HOTEL Group that recognised the potential, not only the growing demand for extra hotel rooms, but also the location, right in the heart of the world’s most prominent shopping street – BOND STREET. Savile Row, now famous for their tailors and cutting and stitching for their immaculate suits replaced the once most fashionable street for doctors’ consulting rooms, those you find now at Harley Street.
Over the next 40 decades the hotel went through a number of operator changes including
Trust House Forte and Granada. In 1999 Cola Hotels acquired The Westbury Hotel with a clear vision to re-create the glamour, glitz and ostentation of a bygone era. The Cola family had a clear vision of bringing the Westbury to the forefront of the hospitality industry.
On the turn of the millennium the Cola family decided that they would re-invigorate the Polo Bar. An extensive renovation was completed and the bar was extended to three time its original size. Boasting Gucci and Fendi furnishings and with its signature Swarovski crystal window shades it soon became ‘The’ place to be seen in Mayfair.
ALYN WILLIAMS AT THE WESTBURY
Elegant, understated and chic, Alyn Williams at The Westbury is a shining star in Mayfair’s ever- growing Michelin constellation.
Following eight years perfecting his craft with Marcus Wareing in the Berkeley Hotel, Alyn Williams stepped into the spotlight with the opening of his eponymous restaurant in the autumn of 2011 – and has already made quite an impact.
A Michelin star, Four AA Red Rosette Award, top 15 ranking in the UK’s 100 Best Restaurants and National Chef of the Year crown have catapulted Alyn and our sophisticated establishment to the top of everyone’s fine dining wish list.
We’re committed to sourcing only the best available seasonal ingredients; keeping cooking straightforward with contemporary touches; ensuring presentation is spotless and service, led by Giancarlo Princigalli, is superb.
Two very special private dining rooms offer an extra dimension to your Alyn Williams experience that will make any occasion truly memorable. The unique Wine Salon is the focal point of the restaurant where up to eight guests can dine surrounded by some of the world’s finest wines. Here, traditional restaurant ritual is turned on its head and guests only select their wine, from which Alyn will create a totally bespoke menu to complement the chosen bottle. For larger parties, the stunning Aspen Room seats up to 18 guests.
Combining contemporary cooking with timeless surroundings all wrapped up in in a five star luxury destination, Alyn Williams at The Westbury has brought even more star quality to Mayfair.
TSUKIJI SUSHI RESTAURANT
Tsukiji sushi restaurant is a perfect fusion of Japanese cuisine and Mayfair spirit. Exquisite dishes tailored to the creative imagination of head chef Show Choong include innovative sushi and sashimi made with the most elusive and fresh ingredients from all over the world.
Show Choong takes a positive approach to reinventing traditional dishes with healthy, flavour-filled organic ingredients, while renewing his menu each season.
The red wood interior of this sleek and airy 20-seat restaurant in Mayfair, London conjures up aspects of Japanese culture and philosophy.
The super chic award winning Polo Bar is inspired by Art Deco design taking opulence to the extreme with its Swarovski Crystal fittings and custom Fendi detailing. Stimulating, with divine surroundings, luxurious furnishing and sophisticated Bond Street clientele, the Polo Bar provides the best for the best.
The Polo Bar provides a stylish and elegant environment in which to enjoy an extraordinary selection of food, wines, cocktails and champagne. We strive to deliver the very best ingredients available. Boasting one of the most exquisite and exclusive Cocktail lists in London, the Polo Bar really is a ‘jewel of Mayfair’. Run by legendary bar staff and with a list to surprise and enchant the world’s most discerning travellers, The Polo Bar really is a secret gem in cosmopolitan London.
The soft, elegant interiors lend an air of mystery to this charming shrine of educated drinking. The Polo Bar is heaven for lovers sharing a moment over a romantic cocktail during the evenings; and in the morning The Polo Bar is populated by busy executives lounging, while playing back the conference call.
The Polo Bar was voted Best Hotel Bar 2016 at The London Club and Bar Awards, London Best Bar 2014 at the London Lifestyle Awards, London’s Best Martini in 2012 in the Mayfair Magazine and awarded Best Hotel Bar in 2010.
Alyn Williams at TheWestbury
- September 2015 – 4 AA Red Rosettes
- October 2015 – Michelin Star retained
- December 2013 – Toptable Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in the UK
- October 2013 – Ranked 39th in The National Restaurant Awards 2014
- October 2013 – made final shortlist for the 2014 Condé Nast Johansens Awards for
- Excellence, Best Restaurant category
- Award Category: Best Restaurant
- October 2013 – Michelin Star retained
- September 2013 – Retained Three AA Rosettes
- 2012 / 2013 – Alyn Williams was listed in the Time 100 best restaurants
- October 2012 – Alyn Williams announced as National Chef of the Year
- October 2012 – Ranked 15th (third highest new entry) in the National Restaurant Awards
- September 2012 – Awarded Three AA Rosettes
- September 2012 – Michelin Star awarded
- September 2012 – Alyn Williams was voted as Olive Magazines best new restaurant
- November 2011 – Alyn Williams at the Westbury restaurant opened POLOBAR
- Polo Bar wins Best Hotel Bar 2016 at The London Club and Bar Awards 2016
- Featured in Tatler Restaurant Guide 2016
- Shortlisted for London Bar of the Year at the London Lifestyle Awards 2015
- Polo Bar won London Bar of the Year at The London Lifestyle Awards 2014
- Won Best Mixologist at The London Club and Bar Awards 2014
- Polo Bar was shortlisted for 50 best bars in the world 2013
- Polo Bar won London’s best Martini in 2012 in the Mayfair magazine
- Polo Bar was awarded best hotel bar in 2010/2011OTHER
- Tsukiji Japanese Restaurant won best Neighbourhood restaurant in the Concierge Magazine 2012
- Tsukiji Japanese Restaurant voted best sushi in London by the Japanese Guide in 2012
- The Westbury Hotel first gains AA 5* rating