A confession: I am an unashamed Savoy fan: there’s just something about this historic hotel and her history that speaks to this “hotel junkie” – especially now – with her new couture transformation complete. One venue which I have been dying to try out however – saved for the right occasion – is the deeply glamorous Beaufort Bar, the theatrical, Art Deco venue, located just off the Thames Foyer in the heart of the hotel. Now I have attended many a cocktail function in the space’s old guise as the Beaufort Room but this re-invention of a venue is particularly clever. Here’s why with five fast facts:
- The bar stands on the hotel’s former cabaret stage that was graced by luminaries such as Caroll Gibbons, the Savoy Orpheans and George Gershwin. The rising stage (the focal point for the evergreen “Stomping at The Savoy” dinner dances) still works perfectly and nightly entertainment might today include a cabaret legend or an up & coming star.
- A decor highlight: the alcoves encircling the bar, burnished with GBP38,000 worth of gold leaf. Against the black deco walls, they are particularly effective and lend a seductive opulence.
- A mere GBP21,000 was spent on the theatrical velvet drapes that frame the “centre stage” bar, augmenting the design and showcasing the Head Barman.
- One of London’s most extensive ranges of champagnes is available by the glass with rare vintages from Louis Roederer and Cristal served. If you wanted to try a methuselah of Cristal 2002, it comes in at a respectable GBP16,400. (A methuselah of champagne is the equivalent of six litres of champagne or eight bottles.)
- It is really all about the cocktails however and two were recommended to me. The pink-coloured champagne cocktail “Impressionist” (GBP16.50) was the first (which is served in a tall champagne glass alongside a red rose in dry ice, emanating a “Monet-esque” fragrant fog). It is was named for the famous artist who regularly painted the view from The Thames from the hotel and has a suite named after him. He was fascinated by London’s fog apparently. The second was “Patience” (GBP14.50) named for the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta which opened The Savoy Theatre. Gilbert & Sullivan’s operas were commissioned by Richard D’Oyly Carte, the original owner & creator of The Savoy). This delicious pale green concoction was made with Hendrick’s gin, Chartreuse, lime marmalade green tea and cucumber syrup, served martini style. Get’s my vote.
The Beaufort Bar is open from 5pm – 1.am – Mondays to Saturday. On Sundays, it’s 5pm – midnight. The Manager is Ludovic Solmi and his Head Barman is Chris Moore.
Contributor: Sue Lowry.
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