London Syon Park, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel Celebrates With Grand Opening Party

By London Syon Park, PRNE
Thursday, May 19, 2011

LONDON, May 20, 2011 - To celebrate the official launch of London Syon Park, A
Waldorf Astoria Hotel, an opening party was held last night, at the new
landmark property in the grounds of Syon Park in West London.

The guest list included, Gillian Anderson, Jesse Metcalfe,
Zara Martin, Dan Pirrie, Geordie Greig, Hugo Burnand, Ben Elliot, Simon
, Jean Louis Sebagh along with Jules Knight, Stephen Bowman and
Humphrey Berney of classical band Blake. They were welcomed by Chris
, (President and CEO, Hilton Worldwide), Simon Vincent, (Area
President, Europe, Hilton Worldwide), John Vanderslice (Global Head of Luxury
and Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide), Andreas Panayiotou, (hotel owner and
Chairman, The Ability Group) and Dale MacPhee, (General Manager, London Syon

John Vanderslice, global head of luxury and lifestyle brands
at Hilton Worldwide, said, "Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts has applied its
values of timeless elegance and extraordinary service to our first
London-based Waldorf Astoria property, which is completely unique with its
beautiful location. The launch of this property reflects the ongoing demand
from discerning customers who enjoy luxury travel and epicurean experiences."

As guests enjoyed a gastronomic journey through the hotel and
its herb garden, executive chef Lee Streeton served delicious and hearty
canapés inspired by the Capability Brown designed vistas at Syon Park Estate
and respecting the heritage of the land. These included melt-in-the-mouth
Scottish Lobster with Baby Gem, Cucumber and Marie Rose Sauce, Streeton's
home smoked salmon with Shaved Fennel and Lemon and Julian Temperley Brandy
Truffles with Passion Fruit.

An array of food stalls presented an elegant yet rustic feast
of cheeses, vegetables and seafood, sourced locally or home grown at the
hotel's kitchen garden. The entire Astor Suite, one of the property's
premiere function spaces, was transformed into a dessert room with delicate,
naughty-but-nice delights from macaroons, chocolate and marshmallows to
alcohol infused ice-cream scoops created by executive pastry chef, Asoka
'Paris' Halaoawattage.

Signature cocktail served included The Delicious Duchess, the
Special Chairman and The Manhattan - recognising the heritage of Syon Park
and glamour of Waldorf=Astoria New York. Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne also
flowed throughout the evening.

Referencing the Big Band and Swing Era which the Waldorf=Astoria New York
has been synonymous, "The Rat Pack" performed live with a full orchestra
performing music. Meanwhile, the La de Dahs, a triplet of kooky female
singers, charmed guests with their delightful harmonies and vintage Brit-cool
style - a nod to the quintessentially Englishness of the location.

Late night guests were invited to move into the Clubhouse - a dining and
loft style entertaining space with an open kitchen. Guests enjoyed relaxed,
eclectic, menu of Mediterranean tapas and more fresh cocktails, as chilled
out tunes played in the background.

Tourism Minister John Penrose MP attended the event and said, "I'm
delighted to see Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts developing its presence in
Britain with what is a wonderful addition to our luxury offering. With our
aim to attract four million extra visitors over the next four years it's
unique properties such as this that will provide people with more reasons to

London Syon Park, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel is a smart, stylish,
new-build property with 137 guest rooms - offering the world renowned
singular luxury experience of the Waldorf Astoria brand. Set in 200 acres of
beautiful parkland, owned for the past 400 years by the Duchy of
Northumberland, just seven miles from both Knightsbridge and Heathrow
Terminal 5, London Syon Park provides a tranquil country retreat on the
outskirts of London town.

Notes to editors:

About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts

WALDORF ASTORIA is Hilton Worldwide's luxury brand of landmark hotels,
with each one as singular and timeless as the brand's namesake, The
Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York. From classic elegance to modern grandeur,
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts each represent worldly sophistication and
unparalleled guest service. From sumptuous spas and culinary excellence to
world-class golf, each hotel & resort offers the exquisite accommodations and
signature accoutrements that define refinement and sophistication. Discover
Waldorf Astoria by visiting

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the
lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to
extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 91 years, Hilton Worldwide
has been offering business and leisure travellers the finest in
accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to
continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across
its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,600 hotels and
600,000 rooms in 81 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts,
Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree, Embassy Suites
Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2
Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the
world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors(R). For more information
about the company, please visit

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