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Famous London hotel undergoes extravagant renovation


The foyer and bottom floor of The Dorchester Hotel in London's posh Mayfair neighbourhood have just undergone a luxurious overhaul.

This updated appearance for the floor is only one component of the historic hotel's "most thorough restoration over the last three decades. The lobby Promenade at The Dorchester has also been updated with designs by Pierre-Yves Rochon that are reminiscent of the British countryside.

The powerful black columns with gold leaf embellishments are mellowed by the use of sage green, pink, and yellow.

The Dorchester's Delicious Drinks and Food

Located at the very end of The Promenade, the brand new Artists' Bar is a glitzy establishment that features a mirrored piano formerly owned by Liberace. Champagne and seafood take centre stage, while the bar's six creative drinks pay homage to the eclectic paintings on display.

The ingredients for a Stamp Duty are Doorly's Barbados rum, Drambuie, Oloroso sherry, lime, and English morning tea butter syrup produced in one's own kitchen. Inspired by Ann Carrington's mother-of-pearl button portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, these are echoes of the commemorative postage issue honouring the late queen.

The Dorchester's old bar, The Bar, has been renamed Vesper Bar. The hotel said in a press statement that designer Martin Brudnizki had created a setting that was meant to recreate the "spirit and elegance of the roaring thirties, a period when niceties were still paramount and yet havoc was cherished."

Connections to James Bond

The Vesper Bar has a gleaming palladium-leaf ceiling from the 1930s, rich green and blue velvet furniture, and a brand-new outside patio looking out into Hyde Park. The name of the bar is a nod to James Bond's history with The Dorchester. The Dorchester claims that James Bond creator Ian Fleming frequented the property beginning in the 1940s, when he also dined and created the Vesper Martini.

With its opening in 1931, this hotel made history as the first of its kind to be built using reinforced concrete. The hotel has a lengthy history of hosting famous people, nobility, and international leaders.

After the renovation of the first floor is completed in March, brand-new guest rooms and suites will open to the public.


Source: cnn.com


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