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The new old fashioned – snugly yet elegant modern interior design project that doesn’t want to miss next time you are in London! The bar is set within five-star Knightsbridge hotel The Berkeley and has been decked out in a selection of warm colours and materials that Bryan O’Sullivan Studio hopes will create a “cocoon”-like atmosphere.
The Berkeley Bar and Terrace offers a collection of intimate bar spaces connected by a series of Brutalist-inspired arches, which reference the home of the British Army’s Grenadiers, whose stables were originally located on the Wilton Place grounds where the hotel was built in 1972. These arches frame the bar at one end beautifully, where drinks are served from a half-moon marble-topped bar, with the premium spirits on the back bar dramatically back-lit by recessed lighting. A roaring hearth bookends the main room.
Discover a small-batch rum with a big personality or enjoy a single glass of red courtesy of Coravin. Explore short runs and limited editions or re-acquaint yourself with long-forgotten favourites. Every item on the carefully curated menu has been selected for its one-of-a-kind character.
“The rich history of the building provided a springboard of inspiration for what we hope is a timeless yet contemporary new edition to this London landmark,” explained the studio’s founder Bryan O’Sullivan.
It may be new, but the roots of The Berkeley Bar & Terrace stretch back 400 years thanks to a singular tree: The Fulbeck Walnut. Part of the Fulbeck Estate, it fell in the Great Storm of 2007. But this end was just a new beginning. The timber was salvaged, cut and transformed by expert craftsmen and is now celebrated in every line, accent and panel of the timeless interior design project.
Another mural appears in the adjacent main bar, which portrays natural imagery of winding tree trunks, wheatgrass and leafy branches.
The focal point of the bar is a snug that boasts a pink-hued mural by New York-based artist TM Davy.
Depicting a series of female faces with “mysterious and knowing expressions”, the artwork makes reference to snugs found in old pubs where women would withdraw to socialize and enjoy alcoholic drinks without judgement.
An undulating blush-coloured sofa runs around the room’s periphery, joined by a trio of coral seating pouffes. Together they can accommodate just nine guests, making it suitable for intimate gatherings of small groups or couples. This space also comes complete with its own call-for-service button.
Two marble side tables and ornate glass wall sconces have been used for decoration.
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