Rosa Lewis Bar
May 11, 2018
Naming after the hotel’s formidable owner, the Rosa Lewis bar at the Cavendish is a stylish and impeccable space. Known as The Duchess of Jermyn Street, Lewis was an impressive individual, rumoured to have been a mistress to Edward VII, a renowned cook and a force with which to be reckoned by all accounts. Her portrait now hangs in the lobby (which is currently under refurbishment) and there is a small collection of personal papers scattered about the place. The current space is faintly sterile in that generic hotel way, but the bar itself proves to be calm and quiet, a refuge from the bustle of modern London. The bar tenders serve up adept, fruit-led drinks like their signature tipple also named for Rosa which blends Cointreau, rose syrup and Chapel Down Brut rose. There’s a French Martini, a Strawberry and Basil Mojito and a Bourbon and Red Apple Fizz on the list alongside a short array of classics, like Ian Fleming’s beloved (and potent) Vesper. That aside, most of the drinks err on the delicate side, so if you fancy something stiffer and stronger, ask the bartenders to create something bespoke or whip you up a classic. The back bar is well stocked with premium spirits, with single malts particularly well-served. They also serve a range of sandwiches and bar snacks alongside a properly spiffing British afternoon tea. Prices are pretty reasonable given the St James location.
Main photo credits: The Carvendish official website