The Blue Bar at The Berkeley is named after the bespoke shade (Lutyens Blue) that was created especially for the bar by its design guru, David Collins. It’s here that the famous five star formalities are tamed down a little, resulting in a homely, relaxed and stylishly informal environment with chilled out charm that’s impossible to resist.
The bar is essentially a gradual flow of three separate sections that are all cleverly set out to work to the mood of your meeting. If it’s more of a casual thing, hanging out in the open spaces either side of the main entrance to the bar is perfect. If it’s all about the drinks, then the main room is certainly the place. But if it’s privacy you want, the hidden promenade that runs along the left-hand side of the main bar area is perfect.
At The Blue Bar you are just as likely to get a Don the Beachcomber Zombie cocktail in a bespoke Tiki mug as you are a lip smacking champagne cocktail in a hand-cut crystal flute. There is an extreme amount of love and care that goes into both the drinks and the service and yet it never feels in any way pretentious. The understated elegance of this place creates an ambience that is completely individual within the world of London’s five-star hotel bars and cocktails are gangster. Try the Lemon Meringue for starters, made with Stolichnaya vanilla vodka, lemon curd, lemon juice, caramel syrup and Laurent Perrier Champagne or The Highlander featuring Dalmore 12 year, Pierre Ferrand orange curacao, homemade old fashioned syrup and orange bitters.
Best Bars tip: Pop in early afternoon to sip away on the super tasty drinks and bar snacks — plus you’ll get a good seat in the main bar area before the early evening crowds come in.
— Matthew Bray-Heather