Fairmont The Norfolk celebrated Kenya’s 50 years of independence with the unveiling of the newly refurbished Kenyatta Suite, on Friday.
In true Norfolk tradition and heritage, guests traveled back in time with an exhibition of old photos since the early 1900’s, complemented with 70’s signature tunes, including the popular ‘zilizopendwa’.
There were classic appetizers and cocktails from vintage menus, which featured English high tea classics consisting of Scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, French pastries – Mocha éclairs, Millefuille, fresh Raspberry cheesecake and Steak and kidney pie. Cocktails from a bygone era were also served and guests indulged in Planter’s Punch, Tequila Sunrise, Side Car, Bronx and Whisky Sour.
Since 1904, The Norfolk Hotel has played a leading role in Kenya’s colourful history with the city of Nairobi growing up around it. The restoration of the Kenyatta Suite involved upgrading fixtures and furniture with chic luxurious furnishings to give the room a modern touch, whilst preserving charm and the unique personality of The Norfolk.
The event was graced by Christine Wambui Pratt – first born child of the founding president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, and saw her officially opening the Kenyatta Suite.