London's The Berkeley reopens Blue Bar

15 Jul 2016 by Mark Caswell
The Blue Bar at The Berkeley

Luxury London hotel The Berkeley has reopened its Blue Bar following a six-month restoration project.

Originally created by the late Irish architect and designer David Collins, the bar has been restored and extended by one of Collins’ former protégés Robert Angell.

The bar now features a new glass pavilion, and narrower entrance doors “to add a sense of discretion and intimacy”.

Wood panelling has been restored and painted, adding “touches of seductive reds with black and silver tones”, and a blue bar topped with onyx sits on a white marble floor.

The Blue Bar at The Berkeley

New furniture has been designed by Angell and handmade by furniture craftsman Ben Whistler, incorporating fabrics “in hues of blue and silver”, while the rotating louvred screen on the windows of the bar are upholstered in red and blue material.

The Blue Bar also features a new ‘Cocktails with True Colour’ meny, with drinks that “increase in potency depending on the colour chosen ranging from the subtle Green section to Yellow champagne cocktails to potent Red highballs and finally a selection of favourites within the Blue cocktails”.

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