Big news out of Claridge’s, the restaurant that brought us Davies & Brook (in late 2019, but it still feels super recent for obvious reasons!) has announced a brand new bar, The Painter’s Room.
Spirited seemingly out of nowhere, the room used to be the way to get from the ballroom to the Talking Heads Gallery by Claridge’s Artist in Residence David Downton, but now it’s London’s hottest new bar!
Taking its inspiration from the hotel’s art deco aesthetic, the new bar has been reimagined by interior designer Bryan O’Sullivan who has gone back to the hotel’s 1930s archives to ensure that the hotel’s heritage is not only reflected, but brought front and centre.
As is pink onyx. The blush-coloured stone is the centrepiece, complemented by a feature skylight in peach and cream coloured glass. And it looks incredible.
The blush-coloured stone is the centrepiece, complemented by a feature skylight in peach and cream coloured glass...
The metal work in the skylight takes its lead from the famous art deco door design throughout Claridge’s.
The mural that runs the full-length of the bar is the work of British artist Annie Morris, it was specially commissioned with whimsical characters which reflect the free sketch style that one might scribble on the back of a menu.
The mural that runs the full-length of the bar is the work of British artist Annie Morris...
The stained glass window, her first, is made from hand blown glass and has taken a year to take from concept to reality.
The whole place looks like an Instagrammer’s fantasy. Expect a queue of Instagrammers the length of Brook Street!
Of course, there’s a slim chance that you’re not planning to go to The Painter’s Room just for the social media likes. And that’s fine because the cocktail offering looks even better!
The cocktail menu has been created by the hotel’s new Director of Mixology Nathan McCarley O’Neill, and is divided into four chapters; Light, Interpretations, Complex and Clean.
Of course, there's a slim chance that you're not planning to go to The Painter’s Room just for the social media likes...
The focus is on purity of ingredients, cutting back to the essentials. ‘A standout drink is our Saint Remy – a variation on a martini – inspired by Van Gogh’s Almond Blossom,’ says McCarley O’Neill, ‘We studied the terroir of almond blossom itself – where it comes from, where it grows, what grows around it and this influenced the other ingredients in the drink, such as apple and quince.’
Meanwhile the food is small plates, from crispy scampi to beetroot tartar and the backdrop will be completed by hip-hop remixes, French electro-pop and jazz.
So grab a hold of your Insta handle and your coat and head down to The Painter’s Room, which opens today!