A dramatic new rooftop bar offering theatrical, experimental cocktails is to open in June at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London at Tower of London.
Replacing the former SkyLounge bar, Savage Garden is described as a “decadent and twisted” all-day bar and cocktail lounge, with two outside terraces providing views of London from its 12th-storey location. It is pictured as computer-generated images.
It is being created with hospitality specialists Grapes Design and Gorgeous Group, with the drinks list being put together under bars manager and head of mixology Andre Cavalheiro. The ambitious, theatrical cocktails will have names like Wild Poison and Devil’s Advocate.
Andre was previously at Caprice Holdings’ restaurant Daphne’s, The Ritz and The Mandeville Hotel’s DeVigne bar, all in London, as well as a brand ambassador for Metaxa.
Executive chef Damien Chorley has created a menu that focuses on small plates and “savage feasting” with lunch and dinner dishes given dark and unexpected twists in terms of flavour, presentation and tableware.
The interior will be “brutal yet sultry, urban yet opulent with reflective, scored and savaged surfaces contrasting with plush velvet finishes and marbleised floors. Stone, metal, wood and glass reflect London’s urban landscape whilst colour assaults the senses with soft lavenders and rose pinks set off by burnt oranges. Screens, simulating light and shade, and bespoke artwork further underline the uncontrolled nature of Savage Garden.”
Outside, a large all-weather north-facing terrace will be open for meals and cocktails as well as for private hire, with a retractable roof to make it an all-weather destination. There will also be a second south-facing “gin terrace”.
It will host a roster of DJs and musicians and also feature a “unique” private room where guests will be invited to take their “savagery to the dark side”.
The bar’s name is inspired Anne Rice’s 1985 novel The Vampire Lestat, part of her Vampire Chronicles, where the vampires’ world of godless beauty is described as a “savage garden”.