Bars: the new Beaufort Bar at The Savoy

The Savoy used to be the bees-knees: Vivien Leigh met her future husband, Laurence Olivier, in the reception hall, Whistler and Monet painted the views from their bedroom windows and Katharine Hepburn, Oscar Wilde and the Beatles were all regular guests. Even with a rumoured £300 million refurb, however, the hotel is still the same Edwardian and Art Deco tourist attraction. Except, that is, for the new Beaufort Bar, where it is easy to imagine Tom Ford kicking his heels in the black velvet chairs against the backdrop of black and gold leaf walls. A throwback to the 70s, it offers an impressive range of vintage champagnes available by the glass and an Art Deco bar where cabaret performances will be staged. And if you can pass the new Savoy Tea shop on the way out, without picking up one of their delicious patisseries, then you know you’ve had one too many of those glasses of Cristal.

The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy
Open from 10th Oct
The Savoy, Strand, WC2R 0EU
020 7420 2372
— Francesca
7th October 2010