Darling House, a new experiential house party-inspired cocktail bar, has opened beneath Hello Darling restaurant in Waterloo, London.
Masterminded by theatrical set designers Darling & Edge, the two-storey residence features six lavishly decorated rooms, which have been designed to resemble a home.
Guests arrive through a secret entrance disguised within a painting on the wall. Once inside, they have the chance to explore the individual spaces, including the kitchen, lounge, drawing room, library and bedrooms.
Each room is based somewhat on the Bloomsbury Group and 1930’s Bright Young Things, layered with the likes of hand-painted furniture, frescoed ceilings and antique chandeliers.
The drawing room, for instance, features a giant tiger head and big top tent wallpaper, while the library is covered in hundreds of butterflies. Drinks are all served by a mixologist from a secret cupboard on the landing.
Described as a “drinking experience with a difference”, Darling House is large enough to host 60 party-goers and is also available for private bookings.
Each room has its own speakers to plug into, so when hired privately, guests can choose their own playlist to each individual room to suit their evening. For a little added entertainment, burlesque in the bedroom, magic in the library and singing with a queen in the bathtub can be arranged.