It's difficult to know what to make of The Savoy's dramatic gold and jet-black Beaufort Bar: a bad-taste Bahraini chocolate box or Norma Desmond's drawing room – as imagined by Donatella Versace for a Roman production of Sunset Boulevard? Either way, its brash interior is a camp kitsch hoot. Turn up for ‘decadent' afternoon tea (£62.50) and stay for mid-evening cabaret, ordering from a fabulous range of fizz and elegant (if pricey) cocktails with more universal appeal than The Savoy's new garb. Grounds for divorce is a happy marriage of aged Bacardi, Grand Marnier, Madeira and maple syrup, while the sorcerer (Hennessey Fine de Cognac, Campari, Cherry Heering and red vermouth) typifies spellbinding mixology from the team stationed at a theatrical bar. There are plenty of flash spirits, too, and service is seamlessly Savoy.
One dedicated to champagne lovers everywhere. A really impressive collection of Louis Roederer vintages and Cristal (including rosé) plus 27 bottles of pop available by the glass (including Nyetimber and five small growers) and a tasty magnum selection. Not cheap, but not the rip-off prices you might expect. The list is beautifully (and classically) printed and laid out.
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