The Library / The Garden Room
May 11, 2018
Too often bars feel like bland copies of each other. These days retro-minimalism has been done to death and retro-futurism is not far behind; it’s at times like this you long for a return to a world of classic drinking. The Library at the Lanesborough Hotel conjures up drinking men’s clubs from regency times, with wall to wall books and high ceilings and though you won’t find old lords snoring in the corner, you will find a standard of service unknown since colonial days. Following a refurbishment, the Lanesborough has created The Garden Room, for those who believe the life went out of the London bar scene along with the smoke. An extensive collection of Cuban cigars is offered for those who want to complete their evening in style.
What their peers say
“I went to work in this bar for two nights around ten years ago under the tutelage of Salvatore Calabrese. The bar is a decadent room that is designed in the style of a Regency Library, with bookcases lined with leather bound books, subdued lighting and deep leather wing chairs. The bar boasts an outstanding collection of ‘liquid history’ vintage Cognacs, highlighted with display cabinets and bespoke cocktails. I found the service here to be flawless on every single occasion that I’ve visited this spot.” Sean Muldoon of The Dead Rabbit, New York City
Main photo credits: The library bar page in Lanesborough official website