The Waldorf’s new intimate cocktail bar and live music venue The Parrot has officially opened its doors.
Launched in collaboration with actor, DJ and producer Idris Elba and identical twin brothers Lee and Nicky Caulfield, visitors to the 60 seater bar can expect a host of surprises, ranging from a hidden cocktail menu to regular, unannounced secret shows and an exclusive guest list.
The venue also boasts access to a chauffeur-driven branded car, created in partnership with Aston Martin.
Built in 1908, The Waldorf has been at the heart of London’s bustling Theatreland for over a century. The Yamaha London Stage’s professional house band will perform with talent direct from some of London’s best-loved stage shows.
The Parrot’s cocktail menu will offer an eclectic choice of bespoke mixed drinks, created exclusively by head bartender Daniele Panzanaro. Each glass has been inspired by a different member of the Parrot family, utilising premium spirits to offer unique twists on classic tropical cocktails.
Favourites include the short, sharp Parakeet, made with Maker’s Mark bourbon, Wray & Nephew rum, banana essence and white Peruvian pepper, and the long and tropical Crimson Rosella, a mix of Seven Hills, Pimento Dram spice liqueur, cranberry juice, vanilla syrup and lemon juice.
To accompany the cocktails, executive chef Karl Richardson has created a concise menu of small plates served on repurposed seashells, including Wagyu beef with pickled enoki, wasabi and pineapple, poached lobster with mango, chilli coconut and lime.
To finish, guests will also be able to order up a helping of Cheers Luxury Alcoholic Ice Cream in four indulgent flavours: Toffee+Vodka (5.8% ABV), Mojito (8.4% ABV), Strawberry Daiquiri (7.9% ABV), and Chocolate Espresso Martini (6.9% ABV).
The bar’s exotic namesake is alluded to in the interiors, from walls lined with bespoke, hand-painted palm wallpaper to lush foliage and an abundance of greenery planted throughout the space. The bar front itself is decorated in luxurious teal fish scale tiles beneath exposed Edison filament bulbs, conjuring the moody, atmospheric feel of the speakeasy.
The Waldorf Hilton general manager Guy Hilton said: “The Parrot was a natural move for us, building on the history of The Waldorf as an entertainment hub nestled between five major West-End theatres.
“In 1908, the hotel was the vision of theatrical impresario, Edward Sanders and has since seen the entertainment offering grow through the ages, from teaching London to Tango in the 1920s to introducing a house orchestra and hosting glittering champagne receptions.
“Opening its doors to legends such as Sir Laurence Olivier and Dame Julie Andrews, we wanted to grow the star quality even more through the launch of The Parrot.
“Working closely with entertainment experts Lee and Nicky Caulfield, we have embarked on a partnership to draw on the exotic inspiration of the tropically-designed Palm Court which is where we have traditionally hosted entertainment-filled events.
“The range of music, theatre and comedy acts The Parrot will promise is an exciting move for us which naturally pays homage to the glittering heritage of the hotel.”