Welcome to The Coral Room.
Luckily, there aren’t any great barriers to getting in.
Because while it’s part of the almost terrifyingly glamorous Bloomsbury Hotel, it’s also open to the public. Which is good news for three main reasons:
1) It’s a looker. Designed by Martin Brudnizki (Hix Soho, 45 Jermyn Street, J Sheekey) and housed within the Grade II listed grande dame, this is one of the more impressive places you could sweep your date off to. Lined with its eponymous coral walls, it’s designed to evoke ‘a country house in the city’, but could more accurately be described as ‘a showstopping orange salon fitted with five bespoke Murano glass chandeliers; a glass-and-marble fused bar; and its very own leafy cigar terrace out the back‘. Potato, potahto.
2) The drinks are good. Very good. They boast an all-English sparkling wine list, but you’ll want to try the cocktails first – like the Big Smoke, which combines tequila and Quiquiriqui mezcal, orange chili syrup and chipotle tincture with ginger ale; or the Green Fingers, slipping vodka into a potent mix of kale juice, pineapple juice, and ginger, lime and agave syrups.
3) You won’t need to go anywhere else. Because naturally you can get bar snacks to go with your drinks, like seared tuna with wasabi mayo or lobster and crayfish mac ‘n’ cheese – and towards the end of the week, there’s even live musicians to keep you company.
Meaning there’s no reason to move… atoll.
NOTE: The Coral Room is found in the Bloomsbury Hotel, and is open from breakfast (10am) – nightcap (midnight/1am Fri and Sat) every day. You can find out more on their website HERE.
The Coral Room | The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street, WCIB 3NN
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