In-house ‘drinks historian’ appointed for hotel’s bars

Rebecca Seal Sheraton

Bars and restaurants at a five-star London hotel have their own in-house “drinks historian” who has been appointed after a major refurbishment.

The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, which is home to Smith & Whistle bar and other spaces such as the Palm Court Lounge, has brought in writer and food and drink expert Rebecca Seal for the new role.

She will develop ways of celebrating the hotel’s history, from its debut during the “Golden Age of Cocktails” in 1927 to today, drawing on her expertise and collaborating with the hotel’s bartenders and other staff.

She will create a series of unique menus with the help of the beverage team that will enable them to share their knowledge and new learnings with guests.

Topics for the new menus will include the emergence of cocktails during the Prohibition era and the classic 1939 cocktail book, Jigger, Beaker and Glass by Charles Baker which will be available in all public areas of the hotel as a reference point.

The hotel will also work with Rebecca to celebrate the newly revamped Palm Court Lounge. Using the current cocktail menu, which was inspired by the Charles Baker book, Rebecca will launch a series of activations over the coming months as part of the hotel’s official re-launch in October.

The 303-room Art Deco hotel, previously called the Sheraton Park Lane, has undergone a multimillion-pound transformation of its guest rooms and public spaces, including new Italian restaurant Mercante and bar Smith & Whistle which opened last year.

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