Synonymous with each new season’s on-trend catwalk clobber, Harvey Nichols also regularly rings the changes at its popular lounge bar. We’ve lost count of the room’s various looks. For autumn 2018, it has been dressed in marshmallow, powder-pink, pumpkin and paprika hues. At the circular bar, order bling bubbles, modish cocktails and shakes, and snacks such as Moroccan-spiced fishcake, truffle fritters, superfood salads, club sandwiches, or Eton mess.
Premium cocktails – the know-how shared at weekend masterclasses – have a (sometimes tenuous) London theme. We’re at home in West London where drinks are supposedly inspired by ‘markets, culture, royalty and unity’; Yuzu Daiquiri works for us. In the East End, ‘edgy, hipster, success and movement’ translates, for instance, as a Fino Spritz (a fino sherry, cherry, and green-tea Bellini) – City bankers might not flinch at its cost, but Cockney salts could well have something pithy to say about the £17 price tag.