The Coral Room: country house style in the heart of the city

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The Doyle Collection has created a second cocktail bar at The Bloomsbury hotel in London

A new destination for cocktails has been created within The Bloomsbury hotel in London under leading bartender Giovanni Spezziga. Taking over space formerly used for the lobby on the ground floor, The Coral Room has been created by owner The Doyle Collection as a “grand salon bar”, aiming to be an “exquisite country house” transported to the city, with a secluded cigar terrace. It is a second bar destination for the hotel which also is also home to The Bloomsbury Club downstairs as well as the Dalloway Terrace outside.

The interiors of The Coral Room have been developed with hospitality specialist Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, with distinctive coral-coloured walls, five beautiful bespoke Murano glass chandeliers and a stunning fused glass and marble-topped bar. British illustrator Luke Edward Hall has created 36 bespoke pieces of original art to line the coral walls inspired by the ever-evolving Bloomsbury area.

The traditional panelling, natural materials and roaring open fire are designed to allow guests to be transported to a relaxing country escape without leaving the city. The Coral Garden – a stylish secluded cigar terrace – is filled with trees, creating a cosy canopy of green foliage. The new spaces complement the architecture of the Grade II-listed neo-Georgian building, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and completed in 1928.

The Coral Room

The Coral Room is overseen by general manager Giovanni Spezziga, formerly at Scarfes Bar at the Rosewood London hotel. He was previously bar manager at Benares bar and restaurant in Mayfair, manager of W Lounge at W hotel in Soho and assistant bar manager at Hunter486 bar and restaurant at The Arch London hotel.

Under Giovanni, the bar offers an extensive English sparkling wine list alongside a selection of cocktails, specialising in highballs and spritz-style serves, with names that reflect both the countryside and the city. With prices from £12 to £15, highlights include the Midtown Swizzle with Havana Club Añejo Especial rum, Lustau sherry, passion fruit puree, lime juice, pineapple syrup and English sparkling wine.

The Big Smoke (pictured below) combines QuiQuiRiQui Mezcal with Ancho Reyes chilli liqueur, orange chilli syrup, chipotle tincture and ginger ale while Green Fingers mixes kale juice with Stolichnaya Vodka, pineapple juice, ginger syrup, lime juice and agave syrup. Barbour and Barrel (pictured top) is made with Jim Beam Double Oak Bourbon, honey, ginger syrup, pineapple juice, lemon juice and egg while the Gin Lane comprises Hendrick’s Gin, Viognier white wine, St-Germain elderflower liqueur, rose syrup and agave syrup.

The Coral Room also offers a wide selection of premium spirits and bottled craft beers chosen by bar manager Kevin Fry. Open from 8am daily, the bar is a place for breakfast, coffee or a light bite during the daytime, with small plates devised by executive chef Byron Moussouris, and is then transformed into a lively cocktail bar in the evenings. Towards the end of each week The Coral Room hosts live music such as vintage funk and soul. Giovanni adds: “I’m delighted and proud to be part of the team at The Bloomsbury, and look forward to putting The Coral Room firmly on the London map.”

The Coral Room, The Bloomsbury, 16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3NN
Tel: 020 7347 1221
www.thecoralroom.co.uk

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