Knightsbridge establishment The Berkeley, one of London’s finest hotels, is opening a new bar and terrace, just in time for the height of summer.
The interior, conceptualised by Irish designer Bryan O’Sullivan, features panelling from a 300-year-old walnut tree felled in a storm, enhanced with splashes of coral, cream and pink. There are also brutalist-inspired arches, which reference the former stables of the Grenadier regiment on Wilton Place, where the hotel is primely positioned. Glass doors lead out onto an intimate terrace with four tables that overlook the neighbouring St Paul’s church. There’s also a snug, designed for parties, which features a mural painted by the artist TM Davy, its own sound system and call-for-service button.
Drinks are served from a half-moon marble bar, which features under-the-radar producers such as Japanese whisky-maker Ichiro, tequila producer Fortaleza, rum maker Trois Rivières and notable names such as Sassicaia and Macallan. To mark the opening of The Berkeley Bar & Terrace, the team has been working with Scottish whisky producers Gordon & MacPhail on the creation of a rare whisky from 1972, the year the hotel opened. There are only two bottles of this unique spirit sourced, which will be sold by the dram (£700). There’s also a cocktail list with classic and modern drinks such as the Sazerac and the Corpse Reviver (£16-£20).
A small menu will also be served, including Parmesan chunks, salami and spicy chorizo (£8 each); crudités with chive crème and seaweed oil with taramasalata (£14); Cornish crab and lobster beignets (£26); Iberico ham and Manchego (£19) and Camembert chicken tulips (£24), while a choice of caviar presents a refreshing accompaniment (up to £470).