Velvet by Salvatore Calabrese

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Bars, Hotel Bars
Dark and moody, Glamorous, Luxury, Romantic
Food Occasions
Late night dining
Special Features
Live music or dancing
Perfect for
Celebrations, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
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In the Corinthia London hotel, you’ll find Velvet – a luxurious, intimate bar offering a spectacular range of beverages to delight the senses. Situated in impressive proximity to Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace, Corinthia London is a hub of luxury and opulence, and Velvet is no exception. Described as a setting in which to celebrate ‘joie de vivre’, this is the ideal location to impress friends, business partners, or loved ones.

Renowned bartender Salvatore Calabrese, nicknamed the Maestro, brings his sharp expertise as curator of the drinks menu. Calabrese is well-known for his magic behind the bar, having created the world’s most expensive cocktail, worth £5,500 and served at The Playboy Club in Mayfair. Combining a range of cocktail classics with more modern creations and unique twists, Velvet’s range offers something exquisite for all tastes.

For his new menu at Velvet, Calabrese looks to historic icons for inspiration, from Marie Curie to Walt Disney, and has named this collection of tipples 'The Quote Book'. By harnessing the powers of AI, many of the world's most revered names have been reimagined in a contemporary light, with the likes of Albert Einstein sporting sunglasses and a puffa jacket. 

As for the cocktails, each one is given a creative name inspired by a person of note, and accompanied by a quote - perhaps a handy talking point, especially when on a first date. Speaking of Einstein, for example, the V=SC squared is said to be floral, dry and aromatic veggie, with Ginepraio Dry, trio peppers, Muyu Jasmine, Moscato D’Asti and aromatic oils.

As for food, there's a selection of bar snacks which are easily devoured in a bite, from spiced Devon crab bao bun sliders and avocado tartare, to Lake District Farm beef skewers with truffle mayonaisse. Delicious.


How can I find the bar?

It is tucked away inside the Corinthian Hotel on Whitehall Place.

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Is this the same as Bassoon bar?

The space formerly held Bassoon, but Velvet is a new and completely reimagined bar.

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Can I eat a meal here?

The bar offers a selection of small plates to accompany your drinks.

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Can you book at Velvet by Salvatore Calabrese?

We operate a no reservation policy at Velvet.

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What is the ambience at Velvet by Salvatore Calabrese?

A luxurious Champagne and cocktail bar, allowing the forbidden and a joie de vivre, join us from 9pm Tuesday-Saturday to enjoy live music.

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What is the menu like at Velvet by Salvatore Calabrese?

The 'Quote Book' menu draws its inspiration from the profound words of historical icons. It is a fusion of history and modernity, a journey through time and taste. Join us as we explore the past to create the future at Velvet.

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Corinthia Hotel, Whitehall Place, Charing Cross, London, SW1A 2BD

020 7321 3200 020 7321 3200


Opening Times

Bar Evening
Mon Closed
Tue 21:00-01:00
Wed 21:00-01:00
Thu 21:00-01:00
Fri 21:00-01:00
Sat 21:00-01:00
Sun Closed


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