Rockwell, a new bar inspired by the exotic fauna of the 17th-18th centuries, is opening at Trafalgar St James hotel in London this month.
The venue has been designed to evoke a sensory dream world, with herbaceous plants and vivid artwork capturing the strange and unfamiliar, taking guests on a transportive journey into the revelry of a bygone era.
Rockwell’s interior, led by Brady Willams, features exotic murals, verdant ferns, large Longifolia Cabana trees and luxuriously upholstered banquettes.
Bar manager Marco Ercolano, previously at The Rivoli Bar at The Ritz and Mr Fogg’s, has created a cocktail list which draws influence from the arrival of exotic imports retrieved through culinary exploration alongside traditional English spirits.
Examples include British Boxwood, made with London distilled gin and elderflower, while Fish in Flight blends strawberry infused whisky with citrus, apple and rhubarb. Fern’s Elixir will spotlight on English sparkling wine, and the Winged Fawn will include white port, champagne and watermelon.
The menu will also feature no-ABV and low-ABV cocktails, each using produce sourced from 33 metres below the streets of Clapham, from Growing Underground.
The Bar food menu will draw on spices and ingredients from around the world, with dishes including marinated chicken skewers with lemon and herbs and ceviche tacos with tuna and soy sauce.
Marco said: “Rockwell will indulge the escapist in all of us, transporting guests from the mayhem of central London to a sanctuary of surreal tropical flora and designs.
“The hotel and its surrounding area are so rich in history that we couldn’t help but be inspired to draw on British heritage when devising the menu too.
“The bar will be a plant-filled hideaway where guests can come to sip on botanical cocktails and escape reality with fantasy.”