London, United Kingdom—Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine
The Gallery, HBA London’s bespoke interior design studio, has applied their high-concept approach to InterContinental London Park Lane’s Royal Suite, lending it a timeless and elegant style inspired by Queen Elizabeth II. With the suite debuting in 2012—Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee year—the designers were captivated by the location’s noble pedigree, seeing as the Queen spent the first decade of her childhood in a building once located on the site before moving to Buckingham Palace when her father King George VI succeeded to the throne.
Inspired by Her Majesty’s acclaimed fashion sense, familial qualities and leadership, The Gallery captured the Queen’s ability to balance compassion with strength through the juxtaposition of contrasting décor. In the living room, for example, silk-effect wallpaper is bordered by round brass nailheads while a chandelier in a sinuous floral shape is formed from rigid glass rods. The suite’s warm platinum and cream palette, when combined with assertive accents like a glamorous inbuilt cocktail cabinet with backlit onyx shelves, further blends the suite’s Art Deco touches with a contemporary interpretation of the opulent finishes found in royal palaces.
The classic loop-shaped clasp found on Her Majesty’s iconic little black handbag also provided inspiration for the designers. This motif is incorporated into the rooms’ ironmongery, with bespoke drawer pulls and door handles forged into this shape as well as the brass nailhead pattern on the doors. Exquisite details such as these, and spaces like the nautical writing desk-boasting library and decadent mirror-coated master bedroom, help to enhance the Royal Suite’s abundant sense of luxury.
Finally, the designers have commissioned a special collection of artwork for the Royal Suite, including a painting of Hyde Park, black-and-white photos of the adjacent St. James’s Park, framed antique postcards, sketches of The Queen’s finely detailed hats and signed contemporary giclée prints by Ann Carrington. Through the artwork, The Gallery truly conveys the spirit of Queen Elizabeth II, completing its tribute to Her Majesty.
Though regal in its aesthetic and amenities, VIPs from around the globe will be residing in the 1,453-square-foot Royal Suite and The Gallery’s intention has thus been to create a temporary home comfortable for each and every guest. You may never be a member of the royal family, but thanks to InterContinental London Park Lane’s Royal Suite, that doesn’t mean you can’t travel like a King or, in this case, The Queen.