Fri. Jun 2nd, 2023

The Dorchester in London has been a luxury landmark since the 1930s. But, the iconic property recently underwent a significant transformation and is revealing the first images of its famed dining Promenade and brand-new Artists’ Bar.

First up, The Promenade—the hotel’s heart—will be home to outstanding dining experiences like The Dorchester’s traditional afternoon tea. To honor this legacy while bringing the space into the modern era, designer Pierre-Yves Rochon opted for white and sage green ceilings with gold leaf accents, blue sofas, deep pink chairs, dark oak wood tables, and the signature statement carpet. To top it off, an original collection of contemporary artworks by British artists will be on display. While each piece is unique, the collection was curated to “evoke the sensation of strolling through a perfectly curated and cultivated English garden,” according to the property.

Regarding the food, Culinary Director Martyn Nail will oversee the new, modern British menu. Expect indulgent all-day fare like a lobster casserole and buttermilk pancakes at breakfast, superfood salads at lunch, quail egg tartlets for evening canapés, chicken and langoustine pie for dinner, and The Dorchester’s signature Crêpes Suzette (flambéed tableside) for dessert.

As far as the other reveal, the Artists’ Bar marks a brand-new spot for locals and visitors in the heart of Mayfair. Here visitors will get to sip on champagne while surrounded by Lalique crystal designs and Liberace’s legendary mirrored piano, which has been meticulously

Restored. Rochon also oversaw this space’s design, including a mirrored ceiling, powder blue seating dotted, a grand crystal chandelier, and signature patterned carpets.

Here, the cocktails will be served tableside on bespoke trolleys while more British art hangs on the walls. Expect pieces from Ann Carrington, whose work was inspired by the Queen Elizabeth II postage stamp and features mother-of-pearl buttons. Plus, Ewan Eason created an aerial view city map of the Hyde Park area made in gold leaf. It’s these pieces of art that inspired the signature cocktails on the menu. The six drinks were named after each piece hung in the restaurant and used ingredients that reference the work.

Nail also curated a menu for the Artists’ Bar that features British-caught seafood, a Caviar selection, Irish rock, and native oysters, a lobster cocktail, seabass ceviche, and a selection of sashimi and sushi.

Capturing a new era for the London institution, this is a first look at what’s to come for the new Dorchester as it revives London’s social scene and welcomes guests from afar. The anticipated upcoming unveiling of The Promenade and Artists’ Bar, alongside a new forecourt and facade (that has been a prominent London landmark for over 90 years), grand entrance, and lobby, will mark the first step in the hotel’s masterful renovation, the biggest since the 80s.

Next up for the renovation will be the new Cake & Flowers boutique, Vesper Bar (formerly The Bar at The Dorchester), designed by Martin Brudnizki, and the new rooms and suites are coming in early 2023.

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