Hilton Heathrow airport unveils refurbishment 

19 Jun 2021 by Hannah Brandler
Hilton Heathrow Airport Oxbo bar and cafe

Hilton Heathrow airport has reopened following a re-design of its public spaces by firm Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA).

The refurbishment centred around the narrative ‘A view from above’ and drew inspiration from the British landscape, and in particular, the views captured flying in and out of Heathrow airport.

The re-design features a full refurbishment of the ground floor entrance lobby, café, bar and restaurant, with a muted colour palette and nods to nature.

Within the lobby area, an oversized, sculptured chandelier hangs above the check-in desk, while a statement wooden feature wall aims to echo “the undulating British landscapes”. The space also includes oversized rugs, which are designed to mimic the nation’s cloudy skies, and several living plant installations bring nature indoors. 

Hilton Heathrow airport lobby

The hotel’s three F&B venues by Oxbo have been reimagined to create a “more natural and easy flow between the spaces”, and will also showcase a new food and beverage concept under the ethos ‘bound by nature’ which features menus focusing on “sustainability, respect for the land and for agricultural heritage”.

The Oxbo café has a pastel coloured palette, with polished concrete and salmon hand-made tiles at the counter, juxtaposing antique bronze finishes. There are also several living planters with large trees and a bespoke sculpture by British artist Allen Jones.

The Oxbo Kitchen has a warm “farmhouse-like setting”, featuring dark walnut grain, white marble, grey wallpaper and basket woven patterns.

Finally, the Oxbo Bar features earthier tones of green and peachy reds, with velvet fabrics, bronze metal detailing, five trees and an English ivy trellis.

Hilton Heathrow airport Oxbo Bar

Matteo Pace, HBA London’s Associate Designer and leader of the project, commented:

“All too often airport hotels lack character and imagination, so we were thrilled that Hilton were open to us being creative, allowing us to design a welcoming space that is connected to nature.

“Located at one of Europe’s busiest airports, the public spaces at Hilton London Heathrow Airport need to cater to all guests. Be it leisure or corporate visitors, we wanted to create somewhere that they can really enjoy and that enhances their travel experience through inspiring, thoughtful design.”

Last year the Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow unveiled a £4.2 million refurbishment.

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