ADVERTORIAL • May 2023
Bringing Southeast Asian flair to One Bishopsgate Plaza, just a hop from Liverpool Street station, lives up to its promise to be: ‘Authentically Singaporean, distinctively British’. No Pan Pacific signature flourishes are lost in translation: from superlative service and gourmet cuisine to mindful living, holistic wellness and natural design, with vibrant Singaporean touches and approachable luxury throughout…
SHIOK! is the hotel’s patisserie, inspired by Southeast Asian bakehouses and set in historic Devonshire House across the plaza from the hotel. Dazzling confections include moorish chocolate bonbons; a Chinese Red Lantern flavoured with jasmine, pear and black sesame; Pineapple Honey Bee Madeleine; Pistachio Choux; Coffee Tower and Banoffee – plus a free-from offering. Team your pastry with bubble tea or a glass of bubbly. You’ll be exclaiming “Shiok!” for sure – the name is a Singaporean expression of admiration or approval, used to describe something amazingly delicious.
Reboot roasts at Straits Kitchen, which adds culinary pep to the weekends via its Asian-inspired Sunday-roast buffet. Feast on the likes of crispy pork belly, roast duck and barbecued pork, served alongside Singaporean icons such as Hainanese rice. Thanks to newly appointed head chef Nick Yung, the globe-trotting à la carte menu stars ‘ooh’-worthy signature dishes, including sarawak lada hitam crab, with flaming tequila and a choice of soft-shell or wok-fried crab. Walls showcase En Viu’s custom murals, illustrating Asian botanicals and mirroring the menu’s flavours.
Serving up liquid love letters to Singapore’s world-famous bar culture, rum-loving Ginger Lily is a lively spot for cocktails and conversations. Try the Aphrodite: Pan Pacific London’s cherry-flavoured take on the Singapore Sling. Catering to all, Straits Bar has rustled up 12 new mocktails, including the Guava Mary: a masterful muddle of guava juice, lime, salt, fresh chilli, mint and celery. You also have the choice for Champagne-based cocktails whose flavours nod to Asia. Feeling peckish? Nibble on moreish small plates. The hotel’s third bar, Silverleaf, serves premium-spirit cocktails in a Tom Dixon-designed space.
Honouring its Asian heritage, Pan Pacific London has introduced a new Traditional Chinese Medicine residency to its sleek SENSORY Wellbeing Floor, an entire floor dedicated to holistic health. Available to book every Wednesday, this holistic programme is led by Slavomir Latko, a specialist in Daoist wellness and classical Chinese medicine. Sessions kick off with a private consultation, resulting in a personalised treatment plan. Feeling knotty? Try the rhythmic bamboo massage in one of the two treatment rooms, which riffs on Southeast Asian traditions of ‘clean’ (aka natural) beauty. Did we mention the city-view 18.5m infinity pool?
Masterminded by New York design duo Yabu Pushelberg, the hotel’s interiors channel Asian principles of mindfulness, minimalism and balance. Bedrooms and suites pay tribute to nature with neutral hues and curved walls. Depicting oak, elder, elm and maple trees, custom headboards double up as art pieces. Organic forms, pops of colour and tempting tomes about plants, flowers and gardens reflect the hotel’s muses: Singaporean rainforests and British woodlands. In-room highlights include a Chinese tea set with an array of rare blends. Communal spaces are graced with minature orchids, moss features and landscape paintings adorned with flowers and birds.
Forget limp cucumber sandwiches, stony scones and boring brews, at The Orchid Lounge expect exquisite patisserie, steamed buns and dumplings alongside other Southeast Asian flavours that pay homage to the hotel’s Singaporean roots. Their Kopi Tiam offering, named after the cosy neighbourhood coffee shops found across Southeast Asia, features matcha scones and steamed pandan buns instead of traditional scones. Pair your patisserie with prestigious blends from the Rare Tea Company, or discover their extensive English Sparkling Wine offering. Little explorers can enjoy the Children’s Afternoon Tea, complete with an activity pack and a colouring in postcard that The Orchid Lounge will post to a loved one on their behalf.