One of the finest hotels in Mayfair is getting its first new bar in over a decade. The Connaught, located at Carlos Place, has been part of Mayfair’s streets since 1815, and has a rich history, with world leaders and royals having visited throughout the decades. The latest addition to its story is The Red Room, a brand new bar which is billed as ‘a homage to extraordinary female artists’.
The interior of the room has, unsurprisingly, a red theme to it...
The interior of the room has, unsurprisingly, a red theme to it, and the artwork is by four female artists who have never had these pieces exhibited to the world before. One of the most prominent artworks in the new bar is called “I Am Rouge” by artist Louise Bourgeois hangs over the fireplace. There’s also an oil painting, a photographical piece and holographic pieces featured, made by Bourgois alongside Jenny Holzer, Ti-a Thuy Nguyen and Trina McKillen. Even the glasses that are served to you are flecked with red.
The bar certainly seems to have been thoroughly thought through- it is as detailed as it is lavish. Those who did Jane Eyre at school (sorry to dredge up memories) may remember studying the feminist symbolism of ‘the red room’ in that book, and given the new bar’s focus on women, it seems fairly likely that the name is in part a reference to Bronte’s work.
The design of the bar is the brainchild of Bryan O’Sullivan, who has designed a number of other bars in Mayfair, such as The Berkeley Bar & Terrace and The Painter’s Room. O’Sullivan wanted a ‘home within a home’ feel to the bar, and designed it to look like a collector’s living room, with moulded lamps and a marble fireplace.
It's designed to look like a collector's living room, with moulded lamps and a marble fireplace...
Wine is the drink in focus at The Red Room, using The Connaught’s cellar that boasts over 3000 labels. Highlights include a 1994 Petrus ‘(the most famous Merlot in the world)’ as well as a 2011 Richebourg Grand Cru. A list of six curated cocktails also features, and a menu of charcuterie – featuring British cheeses and hams.
The bar is set to open in all its scarlet glory on Wednesday 29th September, with opening hours of 4pm-midnight, and joins The Connaught, The Coburg and The Champagne Room as the fourth bar at The Connaught. Unlike these other bars however, The Red Room promises a very different and thought-provoking experience.