New arrival experience, bars for The Dorchester

First look at the new Promenade, new Vesper Bar and Artists' Bar

The Promenade, The Dorchester

The Promenade at London’s iconic The Dorchester is preparing to relaunch in coming months following a complete transformation by designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, with a new, modern British menu overseen by culinary director Martyn Nail.

The Promenade will capture guests’ imaginations from the moment they step through the timeless new lobby of The Dorchester.

The interiors by Pierre-Yves Rochon encompass the hotel’s charming eccentricities whilst bringing a fresh elixir of colours inspired by the British landscape. Flanked by striking pillars along the depth of the space, delicate white and soft sage green ceilings are finished with gold leaf accents.

An original collection of contemporary artworks by British artists will be revealed throughout The Promenade.

The Dorchester exterior | Photo credit: Mark Read

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The Dorchester Lobby | Photo credit: Mark Read

The pieces, uniquely individual and crossing a range of diverse media and techniques, all offer a new take on nature and have been created to evoke the sensation of strolling through a perfectly curated and cultivated English garden.

The furnishings complete the drama of the space with cornered blue sofas and flavescent yellow and deep pink chairs sitting neatly around dark oak wood tables. No part of The Dorchester would be complete without a signature statement carpet to anchor the vibrant interiors.

Surrounded by exceptional gastronomy from modern British menus at The Grill to three Michelin-starred French cuisine at Alain Ducasse and famed Cantonese dining at China Tang, The Promenade returns as the ever-welcoming heart of The Dorchester.

The Promenade Art, The Dorchester

Here, a contagiously warm energy dances through the day from the indulgent breakfasts where lobster casserole and buttermilk pancakes will take centre stage, to vibrant lunches with generous superfood salads accompanied by a trolley of seasonal ingredients, and elegant afternoon teas. As evening descends, the space will transform once again into an intimate dining room that shines with the glow of good company and great surroundings.

Delicate canapés will start a theatrical evening meal at The Promenade, from quail egg tartlets to lobster arancini paired with truffled eclairs, preparing the palate for a sumptuous selection of dishes. Seasonal British-caught fish and shellfish, from roast salmon to lobster cannelloni, will sit alongside a selection of robust mains such as the signature chicken & langoustine pie, Delica pumpkin & sage risotto, and Tournedos Aberdeen angus. To end the meal, indulgent desserts will include The Dorchester signature Crêpes Suzette, flambéed tableside.

Perfectly situated in the heart of London since 1931, The Dorchester stands tall in Mayfair with Hyde Park on its doorstep. The hotel will reveal its new interiors on the ground floor first, with the re-design of rooms and suites to be unveiled in March 2023.

All-new Vesper Bar

Meanwhile, a new cocktail destination, Vesper Bar, has debuted this week. Designed by renowned designer Martin Brudnizki and overseen by Scott Gavin who joins as bar manager, Vesper Bar is set to become one of Mayfair’s finest bars.

Serving up an illustrious history, Vesper Bar will be London’s ultimate destination for cocktail sipping. Stepping into this atmospheric hideaway reveals the award-winning team of cocktail alchemists, ready to serve classic or experimental cocktails, concoctions from rare and forgotten recipes or just a glass of the ‘usual’. Every drink is poured into beautifully unique glassware, ready to be savoured alongside a cool soundtrack and globally-inspired bites from the eclectic bar menu.

The bar’s new interior is inspired by the spirit and elegance of the 30s, a time when manners were still important and yet mayhem was celebrated. The new layout allows for a dedicated Park Lane entrance and an outside terrace with views towards Hyde Park. Ornate design runs throughout the bar, including a 1930s Palladium leaf ceiling creating a warm effect as Martini hour transitions into the evening. An upper area of the bar and cosy ‘snug’ provide more privacy without compromising on the atmosphere.

Artists’ Bar revealed

Additionally, The Dorchester has this week unveiled the Artists’ Bar, a glamorous and sparkling area for fun evenings of champagne, seafood and entertainment. The interior shines at every angle from the bar’s own Lalique crystal designs and Liberace’s legendary mirrored piano, which has been meticulously restored to take pride of place. Cocktails, served tableside on bespoke trolleys to create a touch of theatre, will reflect the carefully curated collection of artwork that adorns the walls.

Artists' Bar, The Dorchester

An original collection of artworks by artists working in Britain will be proudly displayed throughout Artists’ Bar. The pieces, uniquely individual and crossing a range of media and techniques, are a celebration of London, mixing nature with urban landscapes, whilst portraying The Dorchester’s impact on the city and the famous figures associated with the hotel.

F&B at Artists' Bar, The Dorchester | Photo credit: Tina Hillier

Six signature cocktails presented at Artists’ Bar take inspiration from the spectacular artwork with ingredients mirroring the references and influences that each artist used to create their work.

Petal Head is inspired by Amy Judd’s whimsical florals created with Stoli Elit, kumquat, Aperol, and passion fruit; and Stamp Duty, which references Ann Carrington’s iridescent of the Queen Elizabeth II postage stamp, features Doorly’s 3 Barbados rum, Drambuie, Oloroso sherry, lime and homemade English breakfast tea butter syrup. Gilded Sun draws on the gold leaf and deliate tones of Sue Arrowsmith’s artwork, whilst Velvet Brown pays tribute to Maria Rivas’ elaborate collage of Elizabeth Taylor and The Dorchester with more exotic flavours. Moreover, Time Remembered mimics Melanie Goemans’ painting by incorporating carefully selected herbs and fruit, whilst Ewan Eason’s map of London forms the basis of the City of Gold cocktail with the use of gold dust and lemon verbena cordial.

Gilded Silk
Time Remembered
Velvet Brown
Stamp Duty
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