Bloomsbury can be somewhat of a barren, parched part of London if you are thirsty for refined, high-quality cocktails. However, that reputation is about the change with the recent launch of The Coral Room at The Bloomsbury Hotel. This Edward Lutyens Grade II-listed building has been redesigned to broaden its appeal to discerning guests with the chic Coral Room at the heart of the transformation.
With 2,100 sq ft, double height space and an eye-catching high-gloss lacquer coral finish, this space demand your attention. Lutyens was particularly fond of the coral colour and the hottest designer-of-the-moment Martin Brudnizki has refurbished the space with thoughtful deference to the original designer’s plans. There are 5 made-to-order Murano glass chandeliers created specifically for this room, whilst British illustrator Luke Edward Hall has been commissioned to create 36 pieces of original artwork which take inspiration from the neighbourhood as well as Lutyens architecture.
Celebrating the resurgence of English sparkling wine, they have a dedicated section promoting the best that England has to offer. Their extensive list is carefully divided up based on county and different styles (classic, blanc de blancs, blanc de noirs and rosé). Each month, they rotate 6 independent small vineyard sparkling wines which they offer by the glass. I tried the distinctively refined, local offering, Digby Fine English Leander Pink NV rosé. It had a crisp, clean, refreshing taste which paired particularly well with their seafood small plates. It was made in West Sussex and inspired by the father of the modern wine bottle, Sir Kenelm Digby.
Their cocktails have a traditional, classic look with greats like Tommy’s Margarita and Espresso Martini. I would particularly recommend the later with their well-executed version containing the highly aromatic Mr. Black coffee liqueur, which gives the cocktail an added intensity.
Bar snacks and small plates are extensive for those who don’t like drinking on an empty stomach. Highlight include their Manchego cheese and chestnut honey; with the honey adding more floral and bitter notes to the nutty, caramel tasting cheese. Seared tuna was well-sourced with a welcome kick from the wasabi mayo and paired well with their English sparkling wines, whilst the lobster & crayfish mac’n’cheese was suitably indulgent and hearty, perfect for those wintry nights.
The renovation of the hotel coincides with a wider redevelopment of London’s little-known literary district including the arrival of Crossrail in 2018 as well as new galleries opening in the nearby British Museum.
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