Ah, Vesper Bar, we’ve been expecting you…
Well, considering the Dorchester’s ground floor bar (named The Bar) has been cordoned off, there must have been something brewing. And, as it turns out, the five-star hotel is getting a swish new bar in December – named after the cocktail (gin, vodka, kina lillet) that James Bond ordered and then coined in Casino Royale, naming it after his love-interest, Vesper Lynd.
All these references, of course, stem from the smooth-talking spy’s close affiliation with the hotel. Author and creator Ian Fleming stayed and dined here and it’s where most of movie press conferences are held (Sean Connery and Roger Moore were also both announced as new 007s here). Show up in a tux and you might even catch the eye of scouts on the look out for Daniel Craig’s replacement. Okay maybe not, but you get the drift…Bond runs in The Dorchester’s blood.
Anyway… Bond stuff aside, The Dorchester is getting a new bar and it sounds absolutely majestic. Swedish interior architect Martin Brudnizki has been given the design keys (The Ivy, Aquavit and Annabel’s are just a few of his doings) and the aesthetic will hark back on the glitzy heyday of the 1930s (complete with a Palladium leaf ceiling, original pieces from celebrated photographer Cecil Beaton and a terrace looking over Hyde Park). The Dorchester’s Head Bartender Lucia Montanelli is who you count on for drinks and while the full extent of his menu is unknown, a martini hour is said to feature.
Just don’t follow Bond’s advice. They’re definitely better stirred, not shaken.
NOTE: Vesper Bar at The Dorchester is set to open sometime in December. In the meantime you can follow developments on the hotel’s website or Instagram.
Vesper Bar | 53 Park Ln, The Dorchester, W1K 1QA
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