The Punch Room
Apr 16, 2018
The London Edition is no doubt one of coolest hotels in London. It’s contemporary, oozing in style, and kudos too, gaining proper respect from bartender industry crowd. A must visit is the hotel’s secret bar, The Punch Room, but we’re talking a discreet and classy kind of ‘secret’, no gimmicky fridge entrances or bookshelves.
Once through the subtle hidden door, you enter a low-lit smart-looking room. It’s big enough for you to spread out but small enough for a cosy, intimate feel. Calm and low-key is the vibe, with its table candles, wood-panelled walls and Chesterfield-style benches. With its no-fuss decor it could so easily be bland, but is brought alive with a lively disco soundtrack, playful cocktails and friendly bartending team.
When it comes to tipples, make a beeline for the House Milk Punch, The Punch Room’s signature cocktail. Served in a hearty dimpled glass, the clear liquid tastes like sweet coconut and pineapple – think a grown-up Piña Colada, with a hint of spicy cinnamon and savoury tea notes. The part we always love about hotel bar drinks – the snacks! (Don’t pretend you’re not slightly thrilled by these cheeky bonus treats.) At The Punch Room, your booze comes with a side of blue cheese popcorn, characteristic of the bar’s playful, yet mature, take on classics.
A great place for conversation (the crowd are chill and the music is not too loud) makes this, coupled with the classy cocktails, the perfect escape for a little rendezvous.