An unstuffy hotel bar with a stunning, starry terrace.
With a twinkly, cosy, vine-clad terrace beckoning us into The Bloomsbury Club bar from the street, I was taken aback by the frosty manager who said there’d be no space – outside or in – for me and my friend for at least two hours. Perhaps we weren’t as preened as the average punter. But on a detour (okay, snoop) around the rest of the hotel we found the indoor section of the bar, where seats were offered up by more friendly waistcoated staff. I’m so glad we persevered.
Wood-panelled and dressed to the nines, The Bloomsbury Club oozes plush appeal: English gent’s club meets library, the cabinets filled with booze rather than books. The analogy is apt, as the bar takes its inspiration from the group of writers and artists who hung out together in this area in the early twentieth century. There’s a drink named after each of the Bloomsbury Set’s ten core members, so you can sip on a Virginia Woolf or a Duncan Grant (a gorgeous whisky drink with a maraschino sweetness).
The room is decked out with chesterfield armchairs, punctuated by modern, teal velvet stools. A semicircle of high-backed chairs rings the bar, a prime spot where I was able to soak up the expert mixology while peering at a jazz duo twanging at the foot of the room.
So plan ahead if you want a seat in one of the leaf-covered alcoves on that alluring terrace. But don’t be disheartened if it’s full – the indoor bar is the real deal.
The bar, housed within The Bloomsbury hotel, is furnished with plush leather armchairs, atmospheric lighting and wall-to-wall bookshelves, and leads on to the enchanting outside space, a twinkling grotto perfect for those long summer evenings. With a vast selection of premium spirits, including a rare and fine spirits cabinet from around the world, the bar is home to an array of liqueurs, aperitifs and carefully crafted cigar list to suit any mood.
|Venue name:||Bloomsbury Club Bar|
16-22 Great Russell Street
|Transport:||Tube: Tottenham Court Road|
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