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One of London’s most iconic hotels, The Athenaeum Hotel is a family-run hotel with a legendary history. Located in the centre of Mayfair, it has a history of having its own unique personality, different from other luxurious hotels. The Bar at The Athenaeum is a destination on its own, recently refurbished by Kinnersley Kent Design, it is a perfect example of five-star luxury, right in the centre of Mayfair. Lets have a look!
Accessed via a discrete entrance on Down Street, the bar gives an intimate and inviting feeling, with matching elegant bespoke interiors. As well as retaining The Athenaeum’s famous whisky collection, the Bar features a fine selection of wine and champagne alongside a range of pioneering craft spirits and Signature Cocktails created by renowned Italian bartender Giancarlo Mancino.
The Bar at The Athenaeum is a sensual delight and a space that really comes alive at night, with a deliciously dark and tactile contemporary palette of blue-green, lemon yellow and stylish dark green suede, velvet and leather, with full-height glass walls backed by the tropical feel of the full-height ‘Living Wall’ greenery outside. Once you step inside, London’s busy Piccadilly thoroughfare feels a million miles away and there’s a sense of being in a secret, subterranean destination.
‘The Bar will be known for its new and unusual drinks menu. Don’t expect to see Campari, Bombay or Gordons in here,’ Giancarlo Mancino said. ‘The drinks will be ‘showcased’.
The bar itself creates a focal point within the space, flanked by bespoke cabinets, which hold the hotel’s extensive whiskey collection as well as a curated selection of interesting artefacts, chosen by Kinnersley Kent Design.
The bar’s design takes the signature use of reeded finishes to another level, via a high-gloss reeded black front with stepped brass details and a Nero Dorato marble bar-top with striking gold and white geometric veining. Back-lit glass shelves create an elegant framework for the display of Giancarlo Mancino’s bespoke glassware.
The furniture here really ups the elegance factor, with long, slim forms and plenty of sinuous metal. Stand-out pieces include a console designed by Kinnersley Kent Design to the rear of the space and the gorgeous MAYA Armchairs by BRABBU.
Also at the rear of the space, a screen plays a bespoke film sequence of passionate embraces from the movies, in a reference to the hotel’s long history of links with Hollywood greats, including former guests Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Shirley Maclaine, Cary Grant, John Wayne and Russell Crowe.
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